Craft and Common: An uncommon twist to the way you drink coffee

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If you haven’t visited this new business, you are missing out, big time! Craft and Common is an up-and-coming spot for literally everything: craft coffee, cocktails, food, meetings, shopping, the list goes on.

Lindsay and Brandon Duensing (wife and husband owners) are Orlando natives and Brandon is a UCF alumnus (Go Knights!). After getting married, they headed west to San Diego, where they lived for five years. California is where their love of coffee culture started. The Duensings always knew in their hearts at some point they wanted to head back to Orlando to be closer to family. And on top of that, they always dreamed of owning their own business.

With their sense of wanderlust, they took the “long” route home. They hopped in an RV and traveled through the country for about a year, which gave them a ton of inspiration for the shop. As their trip came to an end, they were officially back on the East Coast. The Duensings were blown away to see how much downtown Orlando has grown and they instantly knew this is where they wanted to plant their roots for their new coffee shop.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF LINDSAY DUENSING

PHOTOS COURTESY OF LINDSAY DUENSING

Craft and Common is truly a unique experience. As you enter the shop you are transported to greenery and eclectic design… definitely Instagram-worthy! The service and products offered are top notch.

“We view ourselves as a welcoming neighborhood space where people can come in and feel comfortable,” Lindsay said. You can instantly feel it when you walk in. “We wanted it to be a place where people can meet up with friends or hold an informal business meeting. We just really wanted it to be a shared comfortable space where people can hang out.”

The coffee offered at Craft and Common is high quality and they even make it with local dairy. Lindsay says, “Our intention is to make coffee fun, different and approachable.” The Duensings have succeeded in this by putting a craft spin on coffee. One of their many concoctions is called The Mule, which is a cold brew-based drink with ginger beer, barrel aged bitters, lime and mint. Another one is called Painkiller, which is a cold brew float with vanilla ice cream, cream of coconut, orange and nutmeg. Mixology, if you will, but for coffee!

Don’t know much about coffee? Don’t worry — the baristas are trained and inspired to help you figure out what you may like and walk you through this new, fun way of enjoying a cup of joe. Just in the last few weeks, Craft and Common has started serving alcohol and light bites. Afternoon coffee can turn into an evening rendezvous where the lights dim and the candles are lit. It transforms into a trendy “chill” wine bar.

Craft beer on tap, wine by the glass or bottle, session cocktails, and a bar snack menu (shareable bites, tapas style). Doesn’t get much better than coffee, beer and wine! The shop is located at 47 E. Robinson St. New hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Check out their Instagram @Craftand- Common. See you there!

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