You can get coffee in lots of places in Haverhill, but if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, then a new business called Battle Grounds Coffee Co. might be right up your alley.

Battle Grounds plans to open in July at J.M. Lofts at 37 Washington St., the site of the former Surplus Office Supply building. The renovated building’s three upper floors have 18, one- and two-bedroom market rate apartments. The coffee shop is on the ground floor.

Salvatore DeFranco, a Beverly native who moved to Haverhill in 2014 with his fiance, Dana Perry of Amesbury, said the coffee shop is his first business. He spent six years as a Navy Seal, worked in maritime security for two years, then took time off to travel through the Middle East and Italy, where he frequented old world cafes which he said take pride in every cup they serve.

“You realize how important cafes are to the culture, which started a fire in me to open a place where you can get a gourmet cup of coffee,” DeFranco said. “Also, I wanted a place where you can sit and converse.”

He said that after his fiance found a house in Haverhill that she liked and purchased, they decided to open Battle Grounds. DeFranco said the name is a homage to his experience in the military.

“I’ve always wanted to operate a coffee shop as there are a lot of young professionals moving to Haverhill,” he said. “It’s near the highway, close to New Hampshire. You have the commuter rail and Amtrak Downeaster and the great thing about Haverhill is you are minutes away from various activities. You’re right on the river, close to the mountains and beaches, and there are plenty of hiking and mountain biking trails in the city and throughout the area.

“My mother is a special education teacher at Everett High School, and she knows three new teachers who just purchased property in Haverhill,” he said. “People are investing in the city and you have people like my friend Noah Koretz, who is looking to transform Merrimack Street.”

Koretz is an economic development expert who was provided to the city at no cost by MassDevelopment. He is assisting the city in its efforts to help revitalize the Merrimack Street district.

City Councilor Joseph Bevilacqua dropped by Battle Grounds following the ribbon cutting for the J.M. Lofts. He said he was impressed with DeFranco and Perry and told them their cafe will be a great addition to the downtown restaurant district.

“Everywhere I go, I see more people drinking gourmet coffee and teas,” Bevilacqua said.

DeFranco said he performed a market analysis that showed there is a growing market for gourmet coffee.

“This whole thing happened because my fiance and I wanted to find a good, quality cup of specialty coffee like you’ll find in Newburyport, Portsmouth and Portland,” he said. “Coffee is best when it is treated like produce. There are seasons for growing and seasons for harvest. We will carry coffee that is freshly harvested and shipped to the U.S. where it is roasted by local roasters. We will begin roasting our own coffee within the year and are currently shopping for suitable location to house our roasterie.”

DeFranco also plans to serve gourmet grill cheese sandwiches, salads and pastries and homemade cream cheeses, along with a selection of craft beer and wines.

He said he plans to install a “La Marzocco” brand espresso machine from Italy and will train his baristas in the art of making fine espresso.

“There isn’t a true espresso machine in Haverhill,” he said. “Our baristas will measure and weigh the coffee grinds and time the water so that each cup is perfect.”

DeFranco said he plans to outfit his cafe with custom, “made in USA” furniture made with U.S. steel.

“We’re trying to up the level of coffee for our customers,” he said. “Our slogan is ‘Country, Community and Coffee.’ We want to be the cultural epicenter of Haverhill.”

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