Last Stand Coffee is back at "Cush" on Railroad Ave (1st Street) in Eugene
Cush Cafe, 1235 Railroad Boulevard, Eugene, Oregon
Josh Henrikson is back in town. Nobody in town draws the perfect espresso like Josh, who has honed the art of the coffee to a science of research, timing, and gourmet taste. Josh draws Last Stand Coffee (his personal brand) (click for yelp to the old location) at "Cush," (click for Opening announcement) a coffee house with currently limited pastry selection, opened now for a couple of weeks, not very high profile, across the street from the train tracks, on the inside of the curve before Railroad Boulevard becomes 1st Avenue, between Chambers/River Road and the Whiteaker, next door to Alex's Garage (specializing in German auto repair). The place is much larger than the old property on Blair next to the old Russian church, with a different footprint. Two areas of plate glass store-front bright with natural light look out across the street and tracks (and the occasional moving train). Or you can look in at the art on the walls. Read the paper with your espresso drink (best in town). A full varied library of real vinyl and turntable is in the alcove to your left as you come in the front door. The service counter is to your right, where the polite barista will brew what you will like, make mine the cappuchino, thanks.
Behind the service counter, a half-wall leaves a reach-over for kitchen service and a small area not yet equipped, but that's part of the vision on down the road. Between the audio room and the counter a hall opens to bathrooms to your right, another room that doesn't quite know its identity yet, to the right a sliding glass door leads to the wide asphalt along the side of the building, where a canopy covers an area large enough for a table and a bunch of chairs. It's outside, in the shade; though the ambience is currently "suburban industrial" the vision is to upgrade the vegetation along the fence and other aesthetic improvements as they may occur. And then there's the party room, the large dark cave in the back, with a small stage for a dj and equipment, and a very low ceiling. A mirror ball or two, some dance lights, one can picture the cavern scene with a dj where the Beatles would have been. Or something else. It has potential.