Local coffee roaster brews up new home near the Museum District

Reviresco Coffee Co. owners, from left, Steven Dalton, Melissa Dalton and Tim Bynum. (Photo courtesy of Reviresco Coffee Co.)

An up-and-coming Lakeside coffee roaster plans to move into a larger space near the Museum District to give itself room to grow.

Reviresco Coffee Co. is working on a move into 710 Lafayette St. The 1,200-square-foot space will be home to the company’s roasting operations (which will occupy about half of the space) as well as a tasting room, retail sales and takeout coffee service.

Co-owner Steven Dalton said the new space is larger than its current location and also provides space for the tasting area and grab-and-go service he hopes will drive sales of the company’s packaged coffee. Both offerings will be new ground for Reviresco.

“We’re constantly getting requests like ‘Hey, can I come and try your coffee?’” Dalton said. “We found that being a web-based coffee roaster in the Richmond area doesn’t meet the expectations of a lot of the customers.”

He said the space won’t initially feature a cafe with indoor seating though it’s a long term goal of the company and demand may play a role in its rollout. The plan is to have the tasting room open by early next year.

Reviresco Coffee Co. plans to relocate to 710 Lafayette St. near the Museum District. (Jack Jacobs photo)

“We are hoping to one day have a cafe. I don’t know if that’ll be 12 months from now or three years from now but there’s been a lot of excitement in our circle for that day you can come and meet up with a friend at Reviresco,” Dalton said.

The company currently operates out of a 500-square-foot space it shares with shaved ice shop Peace of Ice at 6201 Lakeside Ave.

Reviresco primarily sells direct-to-consumer. While most of its business is with individuals, the company has a few wholesale accounts, the largest being Garners Farm and Market in Warsaw, Virginia. Dalton said the company doesn’t currently have any wholesale accounts locally but hopes to change that with the expanded capacity that’s expected to come with the move to Lafayette Street.

“Richmond is a very competitive coffee market. You have the big guys that have been around a long time and they produce good coffee and you have the new guys who have cafes and have made a name for themselves,” he said. “We’d love to see our coffee served in some restaurants and cafes in the Richmond area but it hasn’t happened yet.”

Reviresco plans to invest $10,000 in new equipment, renovations and a special-use permit to operate in the space, Dalton said. The storefront was formerly occupied by Candy Valley Cake Co.

Reviresco Coffee Co.’s business is primarily direct-to-consumer sales of its packaged coffee. (Photo courtesy of Reviresco Coffee Co.)

Dalton is a full-time local high school teacher who does the roasting part-time. He owns the company with his wife Melissa Dalton, who has wrapped up her career as a school teacher to spend more time on the administrative side of the business and homeschool the couples’ sons. Rounding out the trio behind Reviresco is Tim Bynum.

Reviresco started as a hobby in February 2021 when Dalton bought a coffee roaster with leftover money he got the previous Christmas. The venture morphed into a side-gig that later led to a subleased commercial space in November 2021. The company moved to its current Lakeside Avenue location in March.

The company’s name is a Latin word about renewal that seemed appropriate for a new venture born in tumultuous times.

“‘Reviresco’ is a Latin phrase with a bunch of translations. We focus on the translation ‘to flourish again,’” Dalton said. “It’s coming out of the pandemic and out of the social unrest in Richmond. We wanted to be part of something good, something new that grows out of that turmoil.”

Another upstart coffee roaster called Afterglow Coffee Cooperative opened a cafe at its Scott’s Addition location earlier this year.

Reviresco Coffee Co. owners, from left, Steven Dalton, Melissa Dalton and Tim Bynum. (Photo courtesy of Reviresco Coffee Co.)

An up-and-coming Lakeside coffee roaster plans to move into a larger space near the Museum District to give itself room to grow.

Reviresco Coffee Co. is working on a move into 710 Lafayette St. The 1,200-square-foot space will be home to the company’s roasting operations (which will occupy about half of the space) as well as a tasting room, retail sales and takeout coffee service.

Co-owner Steven Dalton said the new space is larger than its current location and also provides space for the tasting area and grab-and-go service he hopes will drive sales of the company’s packaged coffee. Both offerings will be new ground for Reviresco.

“We’re constantly getting requests like ‘Hey, can I come and try your coffee?’” Dalton said. “We found that being a web-based coffee roaster in the Richmond area doesn’t meet the expectations of a lot of the customers.”

He said the space won’t initially feature a cafe with indoor seating though it’s a long term goal of the company and demand may play a role in its rollout. The plan is to have the tasting room open by early next year.

Reviresco Coffee Co. plans to relocate to 710 Lafayette St. near the Museum District. (Jack Jacobs photo)

“We are hoping to one day have a cafe. I don’t know if that’ll be 12 months from now or three years from now but there’s been a lot of excitement in our circle for that day you can come and meet up with a friend at Reviresco,” Dalton said.

The company currently operates out of a 500-square-foot space it shares with shaved ice shop Peace of Ice at 6201 Lakeside Ave.

Reviresco primarily sells direct-to-consumer. While most of its business is with individuals, the company has a few wholesale accounts, the largest being Garners Farm and Market in Warsaw, Virginia. Dalton said the company doesn’t currently have any wholesale accounts locally but hopes to change that with the expanded capacity that’s expected to come with the move to Lafayette Street.

“Richmond is a very competitive coffee market. You have the big guys that have been around a long time and they produce good coffee and you have the new guys who have cafes and have made a name for themselves,” he said. “We’d love to see our coffee served in some restaurants and cafes in the Richmond area but it hasn’t happened yet.”

Reviresco plans to invest $10,000 in new equipment, renovations and a special-use permit to operate in the space, Dalton said. The storefront was formerly occupied by Candy Valley Cake Co.

Reviresco Coffee Co.’s business is primarily direct-to-consumer sales of its packaged coffee. (Photo courtesy of Reviresco Coffee Co.)

Dalton is a full-time local high school teacher who does the roasting part-time. He owns the company with his wife Melissa Dalton, who has wrapped up her career as a school teacher to spend more time on the administrative side of the business and homeschool the couples’ sons. Rounding out the trio behind Reviresco is Tim Bynum.

Reviresco started as a hobby in February 2021 when Dalton bought a coffee roaster with leftover money he got the previous Christmas. The venture morphed into a side-gig that later led to a subleased commercial space in November 2021. The company moved to its current Lakeside Avenue location in March.

The company’s name is a Latin word about renewal that seemed appropriate for a new venture born in tumultuous times.

“‘Reviresco’ is a Latin phrase with a bunch of translations. We focus on the translation ‘to flourish again,’” Dalton said. “It’s coming out of the pandemic and out of the social unrest in Richmond. We wanted to be part of something good, something new that grows out of that turmoil.”

Another upstart coffee roaster called Afterglow Coffee Cooperative opened a cafe at its Scott’s Addition location earlier this year.

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Don O'Keefe
Don O'Keefe
1 month ago

Hope they are able to open it up as a cafe — it would be great to have on in that area. Good luck!

Boz Boschen
Boz Boschen
1 month ago

Meanwhile, the Museum District waits on the coffee shop that is supposed to be moving into 3401 Patterson Ave.