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On White Horse Pike in Haddon Township, a new coffee shop offers Nicaraguan, Ethiopian and New Guinean blends.

Jamie Blanchard of Royal Mile Coffee Roasters has opened his first cafe after years of selling beans at Whole Foods and other stores. His roastery is in a Cherry Hill warehouse. 

He started Royal Mile in 2013 in his backyard shed in Collingswood as a part-time project. He met his coffee supplier Steve Mierisch in early 2014. (Mierisch’s family owns 11 farms in Nicaragua from which he transports coffee to the United States for roasters like Blanchard.) 

The Royal Mile business kicked off in 2016 within Whole Foods, which saw Blanchard as a small roaster that had access to a direct and true relationship with a supplier.  

Royal Mile Coffee Roasters is open in Haddon Township.

The opportunity for the cafe fell into his lap, Blanchard said.

Owner and pastry chef Josué Santiago Negrón and husband Scott Korvek of Dulce Artisan Bakery in Collingswood introduced Blanchard to a 350-square-foot space at 905 White Horse Pike.

“I was like, ‘Let’s put a cafe in here — this is the greatest thing,’ “ Blanchard said.

The coffee menu features pour-overs with blends such as the Love Jawn (light, medium-dark roast with notes of chocolate, mint and mixed berries), the Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Misty Valley (light roast with sweetness and berry tones), the Hawks (medium roast with a nutty, caramel and rustic taste) and the Papua New Guinea Kigabah Peaberry (light roast that’s juicy and fruity).


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