Trotwood leader ‘absolutely delighted’ as new coffee shop opens

A new coffee shop full of exotic choices has officially opened in Trotwood after several years of being at farm markets.

Mysterium Coffee, located on Main Street, features custom-roasted premium coffees from around the world, like Honduras, Brazil, Costa Rica and Ethiopia.

“We should always drink great coffee,” said owner Joel Conover.

He spent nearly five years selling his coffee at farm markets in Clayton, Harrison Twp. and Brookville before relocating back to Trotwood. Conover says he is at the same location he once was before doing the farm market circuit. He said his old shop was full of “fun and laughter” and hopes this shop will be the same.

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“I am absolutely delighted that Joel relocated to Trotwood,” said Trotwood Community Improvement Corporation Executive Director Fred Burkhardt.

Conover’s specialty is pour-over and espresso brewing processes to extract the most flavor while carefully monitoring the temperatures. He has roasted green coffee beans and has created his own recipes.

“I give immense credit for Joel keeping up with his business and being part of the community,” Burkhardt said.

Conover has loose tea available for those who do not like coffee. It is blended by third-generation tea masters, he said.

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The shop offers homemade brownies and cookies. Smoothies are an option, too, with strawberry-banana and peach-mango. Conover expects to add more options for foods and drinks.

Conover’s favorite music is jazz, including artists such as Miles Davis, and his personal collection will be available for listening at the store. Local musicians will be able to perform soon, Conover said.

The shop has a taste of Trotwood and Dayton inside with historic photos of the areas. Those include photos from the historic Great Flood of 1913 and an original “Dayton 100” by Anderson and Company, to name a few.

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Conover’s biggest influence with coffee was his grandmother, a former head cook for Trotwood schools. He said she was a real foodie and would let him taste her creations starting at the age of three.

He credits his time in the Navy for experiencing exotic coffees from all over the world. He served on the USS Nimitz during Desert Watch, right after Desert Storm.

“I want people to be able to experience some of the best coffees in the world freshly roasted in the latest roaster technology available,” Conover said. “I think I might be the only shop in the Dayton area to let everyone experience the same coffee enjoyed by royalty.”

The shop is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 486 East Main Street, next to the Trotwood YMCA. The shop’s telephone number is 937-623-4447.

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