Get roasted at Forte

Hannah Whyte, a barista at Forte Coffee in St. Joseph, prepares a latte for a customer on Friday afternoon. 

Get roasted at Forte

Barb and Brian Maynard have opened Forte Coffee at 2045 Niles Road in St. Joseph. 

ST. JOSEPH — The sign on the front door reads “opening soon.” But Forte, a new coffee shop in south St. Joseph, was so busy, I figured someone had forgotten to take it down.

Owner Brian Maynard, who formerly worked as a marketing director for KitchenAid and Jenn-Air, was steaming espressos.

Get roasted at Forte

Forte Coffee offers customers a variety of fresh coffees, lattes and teas. 

Get roasted at Forte

Brian Maynard roasts his own coffee beans at Forte Coffee.

Get roasted at Forte

Hannah Whyte, a barista at Forte Coffee in St. Joseph, measures a selection of freshly ground coffee beans on Friday afternoon.

Get roasted at Forte

Customers can choose from a variety of cookies, including Michigan Cookies, seen here, and chocolate chunk, all baked by Allie Maynard at Forte Coffee.