With white walls and machines, and long, clean communal tables, Ceremony Coffee Roasters in Mount Vernon feels more like a laboratory than a coffee shop.
It speaks to the nature of their craft: Making great coffee is a science.
Ceremony's opening in September was one more sign that Baltimore is moving beyond drip coffee and basic espresso and into what's been called the third wave of coffee. Newcomers like Ceremony, Argosy Cafe and 3 Bean Coffee are helping elevate Baltimore's specialty coffee market, a movement that was in its infancy a decade ago with a few early adopters locally.
"Baltimore's craft coffee scene is still pretty youthful — there's lots and...