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Where Lost Dogs are Found: New coffee shop emphasizing pour overs opens in Taylor

Ashley Mills
Oxford Stories
aemills@go.olemiss.edu

Every lost dog from Oxford ends up in Taylor.

That’s why the owners of a new coffee shop at 4 Town Square Lane in Taylor decided to name it Lost Dog Coffee.

The business about 20 minutes outside of Oxford is in Plein Air, a small community with a chapel, event space and brunch restaurant. The building for the coffee shop was finished a few weeks ago just in time for the grand opening Saturday, Sept, 15, the weekend of the Alabama vs. Ole Miss game.

Co-owners Josh Faught and Bryan Spillman, who is also owner of Cups, an Espresso Cafe with one location at 1501 Jackson Ave W in Oxford, met in January and began talking coffee, something both are passionate about. They wanted to open a new coffee shop emphasizing pourers and specialties. Pour over coffee is when coffee is ground and a brewing system is used to pour hot water over the grounds to produce a fresh cup of coffee, according to the coffee website homegrounds.co.

“It was a dream we talked about one day, and then it went away,” said Faught.

Over spring break, they remodeled Cups. Soon after, Spillman received a call from Campbell McCool, and he told Bryan he wanted a coffee shop in Plein Air.

“Bryan left me a voicemail saying that this is everything we have ever dreamed of,” said Faught, “Then, he brought me out here and showed me the space.”

McCool wanted the space to be brick with pine floors and a rustic interior, which was “the exact coffee shop that me and Bryan had dreamed of with an added bonus that it was in Taylor,” said Faught.

With the location and homey feel of Lost Dog, it can be seen as an escape from the busy college town.

“Oxford has gotten so congested in the past 5-10 years that traffic is backed up,” Faught said. “In Taylor, you don’t have to deal with traffic and game days.”

Before opening, they compiled a long list of roasters to choose from across the country, knew what kind of equipment they they wanted to use, and knew what things they wanted to target and sell.

“We knew we wanted a modular espresso machine, because it creates an open space between the customer and the barista,” said Faught.

Josh and Bryan both liked the idea of being able to converse when you are making customers’ coffee. They wanted to push pour overs so they would be creating quality coffee over quantity.

“We want to make the highest quality coffee and espresso,” said Faught. “Some of the best coffee you’re ever going to get is not going to come from a drip, but someone manually doing it. We wanted to pride ourselves over great coffee.”

Employee Laura Taylor is a senior at Ole Miss who said the Taylor location is a cozy oasis void of students trying to cram for tests.

“The wood detail, local pottery mugs, and funky furniture make the place absolutely beautiful and worth the trip,” Taylor said. “The shop is the only one in the area that offers amazing pour overs. They have the best kinds of coffee with new, fun things to try, like coffee sodas, with more things to come.”

A free concert headlined by Jordy Searcy with openers McKenzie Lockhart and John Hart was held at Lost Dog Coffee recently. There will be another event the weekend of Oct. 26 that is hosted annually at Plein Air called The Conference on the Front Porch featuring special guests Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors performing.

The store is open Thursdays through Sundays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We will be doing cocktails soon as well as having three beer taps,” said Faught. “We will be multi-roasting and offering $4 bottomless drip coffee. We are far from done.”

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