Convive Coffee Roastery’s Lawrenceville location is now open at 4032 Butler St. Owners Ryland and Katie Weber invite everyone to come in for what they call the ultimate mood enhancer. “Coffee is a simple way to make a person’s day better,” Ryland says.
The Allison Park couple started the business as a wholesale operation in St. Augustine, Fla., before moving to Pittsburgh and opening the original McCandless café in 2016. A third spot will arrive near Mars in Adams Township this spring, and plans for additional sites are already brewing.
The Webers named their business Convive, which means to eat and drink together, to reflect their focus on community. Customers are likely to make a friend or two during their visit, they say, and they can also make a contribution to the Pay-It-Forward Wall.
To do so, patrons buy a beverage and write a note on a cardboard sleeve detailing who it’s for and then pin it to a corkboard. Descriptions can be specific — “A latte for Joe Smith of Bellevue who just beat cancer” — or vague — “Hot chocolate for someone in the service industry.”
The Lawrenceville location
The 1,400-square-foot shop, once occupied by Crazy Mocha, opened Jan. 8. It’s a bright and cheerful place filled with plants. Patio seating will be available in warm weather.
Ryland built all of the tables, including a large communal piece at the back of the café, which will be used for coffee education workshops.
His baristas go through a lengthy training process led by Nathan Hufford and are highly knowledgeable about all aspects of coffee and customer service. They’re happy to share information and give folks a pour that suits their palate.
Head Roaster Joe Burns is in charge of operating the site’s new, state-of-the art machine. The Lawrenceville location will now be the roasting hub of the entire Convive operation.
“There’s a bean here for everybody,” Burns says.
Folksy, Convive’s signature blend, is a medium-bodied traditional brew, but there is a rotating selection of single-origin coffees that range from floral and fruity to dark and chocolatey. The beans come from all over the world, including Ethiopia, Kenya and Honduras.
Barista Paulo Melendez hails from Guatemala, where his family runs a coffee farm. He hopes to see their beans at Convive in the near future. Riley Stensland, a veteran barista, moved to Pittsburgh a year-and-a-half ago and immediately went in search of the perfect cup of coffee. After months of research and café hopping, he says he found it at Convive.
In addition to cups of coffee, guests can order iced beverages, nitro cold brew, mocha, hot chocolate and a variety of loose leaf teas. Pastries, including scones and to-die-for blueberry muffins, are baked in McCandless and delivered fresh each day to Butler Street.
When the third satellite opens this spring in The Shoppes at Adams Ridge, it will boast a bigger kitchen, allowing the Webers to increase their food offerings. A mobile catering unit currently brings Convive food and beverages to events throughout Pittsburgh.
No matter where people enjoy a cup of Convive coffee, the Webers want the experience to be a memorable one.
“We genuinely care about our customers and want them to feel welcome,” Ryland says. “We’re finding that when people go through something in their lives — a celebration or a tragedy — they’re coming here to connect with others.”