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The Artistic Bean opened at 615 Garrison Ave late in 2016 following renovations to the former antique store between R. Landry’s New Orleans Cafe and the Fort Smith city offices at the Stephens Building.

Devon Ramsey at The Artistic Bean takes green coffee beans from Indonesia, Colombia, Mexico and Guatemala to a higher level with onsite roasting and an early 1900s-style Italian espresso machine from Victoria Arduino. The shop opened at 615 Garrison Ave. in early November, between R. Landry’s New Orleans Cafe and the Fort Smith city offices in the Stephens Building.

The centerpiece of the coffee shop, this shiny hammered copper machine shoots out filtered water at just the right temperature and pressure to extract all the goodness from those small-batch roasted beans.

All of their lattes come with a double-shot of espresso, with a keen interest on showcasing the rich flavors and aromas of their special blend, which is two-thirds Sumatran coffee, Ramsey noted. A former welder, Ramsey studied under Kyle Wiggington, head barista for The Artistic Bean in Townsend, Tenn.

Workers downtown, including Fort Smith City Administrator Carl Geffken and city HR Director Naomi Roundtree are regular customers, he added.

The Artistic Bean is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Bev Ramsey, one of the co-owners of The Artistic Bean in Fort Smith, stopped in for a cup of tea Tuesday afternoon. The CEO of Pink Ribbon Boutique in Fort Smith is a “cancer coach” and certified mastectomy fitter. She says that “cancer sucks,” but the new coffee shop was a good thing that came from her life-altering experiences.

As it turned out, the soap from Bethesda Skincare she received from Mercy during cancer treatments led to a strong friendship with the soap’s creator, Jamie Collins Doss, whose artist husband Jeremy Doss started The Artistic Bean in Tennessee.

Bev and Stan Ramsey visited the Smoky Mountain town last year to meet the soapmaker, but ended up loving their coffee so much they now have the first Artistic Bean outside of Tennessee. The first was in Townsend, Tenn. with others popping up in Knoxville and Maryville, Tenn., last year. The Bethesda Skincare products can also be found at the local Artistic Bean.