Jonathan Riethmaier opened Mammoth Espresso (821 Baronne St., 504-475-4344; www.mammothespresso.com) March 24. The shop offers specialty coffees using Michigan roaster Madcap coffee, 15 types of tea and and a small menu of baked goods and croissant sandwiches.
Mammoth uses Seraphim brewing system, which brews individual cups to order in three minutes in a fashion similar to pour-over coffee. The staff also pays close attention to teas, steeping different teas at appropriate temperatures and times, Riethmaier says.
Riethmaier moved to the city two years ago to open the shop. He and his wife originally are from Arkansas and chose New Orleans because of its culinary richness and coffee history, Riethmaier says.
He started working in the coffee industry on the marketing and public relations side a little more than 10 years ago in Atlanta. Later, in Washington D.C., he became interested in the specialty coffee world, and worked as a barista and organized latte art competitions with the group DMV Coffee. He is a co-founder of the local group New Orleans Barista Social Club, which holds latte art competitions and posts job vacancies at local specialty coffee houses.
Mammoth Espresso is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.