Artifact Coffee has officially opened in Union Mill, the newly redeveloped and restored apartment building just north of the Avenue in Hampden. The mill redevelopment, meant to mirror the Woodberry mill redevelopment project (where Gjerde's Woodberry Kitchen is), provides reasonably priced rental units for teachers and other working families in need of fair priced spaces. Artifact is located on the main floor of the mill, and its décor fits in well with the urban re-use concept of the mill. Fred Steuver, a family friend, helped design the interior with reclaimed artifacts, including a 50-ton railroad jack and several old machine brackets used as support structures, according to the Baltimore Sun.
Artifact does in fact have more than just coffee. All items on the menu are under $15, and the menu will change regularly and include some supper items. Currently, Artifact offers breakfast options such as: pullman toast and jam, griddled cornbread, breakfast sandwiches on English muffins, and scrapple with egg. Lunch or “day” options include: bacon, green tomato, lettuce, and mayonnaise sandwich on pullman toast, egg salad sandwich, grilled cheddar and BBQ pickle sandwich, asian noodle salad, and Greek vegetable salad.
The shop provides Intelligentsia teas and Counter Culture grinds. Prices are a little higher than usual for a Baltimore coffee shop, with a cup of java priced at $3.50 for 12oz. However, coffee is manually brewed to order. Hours are from 7AM-5PM weekdays, and 9AM-5PM on Saturdays and Sundays.