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First Avenue Coffee goes green

Boiling water is squirted into a paper filter to produce pour-over coffee at First Avenue Coffee on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018. The new coffee bar is outfitted with high-end pour-over stations but also features other types of brewing methods. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

First Avenue Coffee has been named a one-star certified green establishment.

The high-end coffee shop opened over the summer in downtown Spokane and specializes in locally roasted, organic, sustainably grown coffee. It was recently recognized by the Green Restaurant Association, a nonprofit aimed at helping eateries become more environmentally sustainable.

First Avenue Coffee scored highest in the waste category. Other categories include disposables, food, chemical and pollution, energy, waste and water.

First Avenue Coffee is owned by local developer Jerry Dicker and Deb Di Bernardo, who also owns Spokane’s Roast House Coffee.

First Avenue Coffee joins two other Spokane establishments in GRA green certification. The Blackbird in the old Broadview Dairy building and Manito Tap House on Spokane’s South Hill, both owned by Patrick McPherson, are each GRA certified with four stars.

Four stars is the highest level of GRA green certification.

Only nine establishments in Washington state have GRA green certification. They include the Hillside Cafe, Northside Cafe and Southside Cafe, all at Washington State University in Pullman. Those three WSU eateries each have the one-star certification.

The remaining GRA-certified restaurants are Dining at Microsoft in Redmond, Creekside Restaurant at Kalaloch Lodge in Forks, and Lake Crescent Lodge in the Olympic National Park, all with three stars.

For more information, visit dinegreen.com.

First Avenue Coffee is at 1011 W. First Ave. Call 868-0425. On the web: 1stavecoffee.com.