A new coffee shop, Lost Dog Coffee, has opened recently in Taylor. The project to open it has been in the works since May of this year. Located in Plein Air, next to Grit restaurant, Lost Dog aims to bring the best coffee to locals and Mississippians alike. The brainchild of Brian Spillman, Josh Faught and Campbell McCool, the pieces just came together for them and fit their dream coffee shop. Spillman took over ownership of Cups coffee on Jackson Avenue about a year ago but wanted to partner with Faught to create something original and unique to the surrounding Oxford area.
The coffee shop will be serving Huckleberry beans, a roaster company, based out of Denver. Josh Faught, manager, lead barista and part owner, said that Huckleberry has awesome people to work with, but even better coffee. “We are so excited to offer espresso like people have never had before. We will have our house roast year-round, but we are also excited to feature seasonal coffees as well. Single Origin roasters is another name we plan to work with alongside Huckleberry,” Faught said. “It’s awesome to expand the coffee community and offer something different, especially out in the Taylor community.”
The interior of the space includes vintage furniture finds, as well as pieces designed by Obie Clark. The pine floorboards are from an old warehouse, and the barista bar comes from JJ’s Wood Shop. Faught said the shop was able to secure one of the first models of a Modbar AV espresso machine, that is smooth and sleek and won’t take up a lot of counter space. Lost Dog is the first in the state of Mississippi to get this new machine. “It will definitely enhance our coffee’s taste,” according to Faught, who is all about changing the game with coffee goals, and a self-proclaimed coffee enthusiast.
Faught said Lost Dog will serve lattes, cappuccinos and all the regular espresso-based drinks you can order within a coffee shop. Typical drip coffees will be available as well, for people who prefer the non-specialty drinks. Small pastries and muffins will be available along with some other small things patrons can grab and go. For those who want to sit in the shop and enjoy the ambiance, wi-fi is available and drinks are served in specialty made Keith Stewart mugs. Stewart is a local potter from Taylor and one of the mugs was made with ashes from an old Taylor Grocery grill. Lost Dog hopes to offer craft beer selections once the alcohol permit comes through, as well as specialty coffee cocktails. Another drink he wants to serve is known as a pour-over, a Japanese coffee brewing method that has been gaining popularity among foodies and coffee critics. Spillman said he loves coffee shops because people are able to gather and gain a sense of community. Him and Faught spent a lot of time learning different brewing methods, tasting different brands of beans and figuring out the difference between origins and roasts.
The shop is planning on hosting musicians and having future concerts in the grassy area across from them in Plein Air.
“We really want to cater to those coming to get away from Oxford, students can come to study, or just have a nice cup of coffee and get away from the traffic,” Faught said. “I encourage everyone to come out and try something different. We’re so excited to be a part of the community out here. We love to meet people and look forward to meeting more while serving some of the best coffee in the U.S.”
Lost Dog is open Thursday through Sunday from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. For updates follow @lostdogcoffee on Instagram.