As of press time, Woodberry Kitchen, the new Clipper Mill restaurant owned by Nelson Carey and Spike and Amy Gjerde, was slated to open in late May. But for now, we're reveling in its smaller side project: Artifact Coffee (2010 Clipper Park Road, 410-464-8000). The beans are both Fair Trade and organic; your cuppa joe is 100 percent freshly French pressed. Baked goods are from local stars Stone Mill Bakery, Rose's Cookies, and Patisserie Poupon. We are particularly fond of the Maple Breve, an intoxicating mix of espresso, pure maple syrup, and a dollop of dairy. Gjerde, pictured, has been pulling much of the espresso himself, and is training the staff to his exacting demands. "I really enjoy espresso," he says. "It's a part of cuisine that gets ignored, but with us, it's sort of become an obsession."
Artifact Coffee is earning bravos for its breves.
Issue date: May, 2007