44 North Coffee to open cafe in Stonington


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Raftery left and Wood in their new space

The Deer Isle roastery that could, plans to open a second cafe in downtown Stonington next summer.

44 North Coffee, a four-year-old small batch biz is NOT moving from its incredible home in the Seamark building (formerly Deer Isle High) said co-owner Melissa Raftery, but spreading their coffee gospel to the harbor. “Stonington has so much traffic coming in from the water and it’s hard to access us. We have little walk-in traffic,” said Raftery, who roasts, sources and blends organic coffee like Ethiopian Yirgacheffe and the Royal Tar for lucky locals.

Raftery and partner Megan Dewey-Wood fell in love with the building at 70 Main St., formerly the Eagull Gallery and took its owner up on his offer to purchase the early-1900’s building, originally a hardware store.

“It is a space that is very simple, but with a lot of warm charm. Tin ceilings, hardwood floors, all open concept,” said Raftery, who closed on the property Sept. 30th.

The new and, as yet, unnamed cafe will feature manual brewing methods. No espresso service, but custom pour-over bars and French presses will be in constant motion. There will be a batch brew for fishermen on the go. “We are expanding the version of what we currently have now,” she said. Call it slow coffee or third wave, Raftery says going latte free is a choice.

“We can brew a cup of coffee and explain to customers how it’s done,” and they can pick up a Bodum French press or Aeropress here, a bag of top-shelf beans and perk at home.

A new gathering space in Stonington, where caffeine options are few and far between, is a welcome sign of vigor. “It’s pretty amazing,” said Raftery. “The Facebook responses, the town has shared the news, everyone is excited.”

44 North’s second location will open seasonally (June – Oct), to catch the crowds who trek here for solitude, sun and a cup of the good stuff.

Kathleen Pierce

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A lifelong journalist with a deep curiosity for what's next. Interested in food, culture, trends and the thrill of a good scoop. BDN features reporter based in Portland since 2013.