RINDGE — There’s a new coffee shop in town.
Brendan Ojala co-owns Identity Coffee Lab, which opened May 1 at 1090 Route 119, with Rodney Seppala of Rindge. Ojala is from New Ipswich but lives in Boston.
“We were sort of just some amateur coffee enthusiasts,” Ojala said.
He and Seppala attended conferences and researched what it might take to launch a coffee shop, Ojala said, patiently waiting for their chance.
“Finally the right opportunity came about,” he said.
Identity Coffee Lab is a specialty shop with a focus on quality, Ojala said. He and Seppala found two award-winning roasters to source their products from: Elixr Coffee Roasters in Philadelphia and Brandywine Coffee Roasters in Delaware.
The Rindge shop will offer ready-to-go drip coffee, but Ojala said they also liked the idea of a craft beer mindset. So Identity Coffee Lab will also rotate three or four single-serve, hand-pour flavors each month.
“We sort of take that approach with our coffee, and we get passionate about finding the next type of bean,” Ojala said. “... It’s sort of an adventure for the coffee customer to come and find out what they like.”
The shop also has a full espresso menu and European pastries, such as liege waffles and Finnish coffee bread.
For more information about Identity Lab Coffee, find the business on Facebook.
This article has been changed to correct the spelling of co-owner Rodney Seppala's name.