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Guthrie coffeehouse turns into community hangout

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Co-owner Trey Woods at the Hoboken Coffee Roaster in Guthrie.  mh
  • Co-owner Trey Woods at the Hoboken Coffee Roaster in Guthrie. mh

With sacks of coffee stacked in corners, stylish metal chairs and rough-hewn wooden tables, Hoboken Coffee Roasters, 224 S. Division St., in Guthrie is a comfortable, creative space for conversation and coffee.

It took years of focused work by husband-and-wife owners Trey and Mallory Woods to perfect their vision for the cafe and roastery.

“We held all kinds of jobs in order to remain in Guthrie while we worked and saved toward the shop,” Trey said. “I drove a school bus, Mallory worked as a nurse’s aide and in a bakery and at one point, we both worked at a snow cone stand.”

The pair first met in 2007 over java while at Oklahoma State University and then moved to Oregon, where they studied coffee culture and roasting techniques.

In 2010, they sold what they could (including their car), shipped a high-end espresso machine to Guthrie and biked more than 2,000 miles home. They settled into Willie’s Tire building, an empty warehouse in the town located just north of Edmond.

“When we first started working here, it was a mess with no electricity, plumbing, heating or air conditioning,” Trey said.

It was risky, but there was promise.

“When Mallory saw the ceiling, we decided the place was perfect. They don’t make ceilings like this anymore,” Trey said of the beautifully aged wooden beams above him.

Mallory grew up in Guthrie and has always been fascinated with its abundance of Victorian-inspired architecture. Trey was born in Bethany.

Their shop is filled with local antiques and design elements influenced by their time spent in the American Northwest.

Barista Savannah Crockett makes a latte recently at the Hoboken Coffee Roasters in Guthrie.  mh
  • Barista Savannah Crockett makes a latte recently at the Hoboken Coffee Roasters in Guthrie. mh

Courteous coffee

Monday is coffee roasting day for the Woods, and their machine is a big, top-of-the-line Diedrich from Idaho.

“I can do a 10-pound batch of coffee in 10 to 15 minutes,” Trey said.

The beans are sourced from Bodhi Leaf Coffee Traders in Southern California, Rainforest Alliance Certified Coffee from Guatemala and direct-trade farmers.

“Our focus was to create great coffee in a great atmosphere and form a space where we get to know the local people,” Trey said.

Robert Hayes is one of those people. He’s a self-proclaimed daily regular.

“I come here because not only do I enjoy a good cup of coffee, I enjoy the ambiance,” Hayes said.

He also comes in to enjoy the array of vinyl albums the Woods play on an old-fashioned turntable.

A horse-trainer by trade and a Guthrie native, he said he keeps coming back to Hoboken because of its friendly owners.

A recent busy morning at the Hoboken Coffee Roaster in Guthrie.  mh
  • A recent busy morning at the Hoboken Coffee Roaster in Guthrie. mh

“Your gifts will make room for you,” Hayes said, paraphrasing the book of Proverbs from the Bible. “If you don’t have the gift of being personable, of liking people, then you don’t have the gift. These folks do.”

There’s more than coffee and hospitality here. The couple also creates and sells baked goods — including muffins, cakes, cookies and biscotti — and offers teas, including chai latte.

“Saturday is our busiest day. People relax with coffee on the patio,” Trey said. “We get a lot of outsiders stopping here before going antique shopping.”

Visit hobokencoffeeroasters.com.

Print headline: Hoboken hooked, This former tire shop-turned-cafe in Guthrie is now a community hub.

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