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Posted by on Jul 11, 2015 in Blog, Coffee In America, Local Coffeehouse Visit, Main Street USA | 1 comment

Sweet ColoraDOUGH!

Sweet ColoraDOUGH!

ColoraDOUGH Aaron BadolatoGrowing up in an Italian home taught Aaron Badolato the true joys of food. He and his wife, Anne, enjoyed the plethora of delis and bakeries available in the Denver Metro area, but when they relocated to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2012, they were hard pressed to find the quality and variety they had become accustomed to. Out of frustration, they developed that coffee shop/bakery/cafe they wanted to frequent in the form of Sweet ColoraDOUGH.

Located on the main drag at the south end of Glenwood Springs, Colorado, this quaint little shop opened in May 2014. The last year has far exceeded their expectations as they serve locally roasted coffees and a variety of sweets and savouries from finely tuned recipes they developed themselves.

When asked what his most popular coffee drink served at Sweet ColoraDOUGH is, Aaron readily responds with “The Dirty Hippie!”…a blend of coffee, spicy chai, mocha, and steamed milk. A must try!ColoraDOUGH Edible Aspen Feature

With a staff of 24, this locally owned shop gives back to the community that supports it by handing out over 500,000 donuts to over 600 organizations in the past year alone. Whether just passing through, or making Glenwood Springs your vacation hotspot, Sweet Colorado will fill the bill with their freshly roasted coffees, baked goods, and light dining fare.

 

by Ginny McKinney

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Posted by on Jan 19, 2015 in Blog, Local Coffeehouse Visit, The Local Coffeehouse Guide Facebook Page | 5 comments

A look at coffee in Hawaii

I’m writing an article about coffee in Hawaii … its past, present and where it’s headed, based on my research and intuition.  

I love gathering facts and opinions and deciphering what is truth and perspective! Lucky for me I was able to spend some time on the Big Island myself and get a sense of the energy, movement and vibe. I met many coffee people whom I interviewed and chatted with about their love of coffee and interest in the future of the industry.

If you have a perspective to share with me, please comment on this post. The article will be published  in an industry magazine soon. I’ll share it with you then 🙂

Mahalo, Lisa

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Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in Blog, Local Coffeehouse Visit | 0 comments

SPIN Laundry Lounge, Mississippi District, Portland OR

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SPIN Laundry Lounge Coffee & Cafe

Oh happy day!!

Have you done laundry at a laundry mat? Trust me …. the experience can be horrifying! One time I was doing the weekly duty and stepped in doggy doodoo ~ IN the facility !It can feel a bit degrading as a guest. Not anymore!

Enter: SPIN in Portland, OR 

SPIN Laundry Lounge

SPIN Laundry Lounge Cup! They also have their own Permanent Press Blend Coffee Roast!

 

It’s sustainable – She took an old building in a trendy neighborhood and designed it to use less energy then chose the most energy-efficient washers and dryers on the market.

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Posted by on Jul 30, 2014 in Blog, Local Coffeehouse Visit, The Local Coffeehouse Guide Facebook Page | 1 comment

Sweet Grass Market in Walden Colorado

Walden in north central Colorado is a town with a population of under 585 people and is the largest municipality in Jackson County. A small town just shy of the Wyoming border. I was passing through from Steamboat Springs, CO, through Poudre Canyon to Ft. Collins, CO when I saw the store and took a u-turn on Main.

Sweet Grass Market, Walden, CO

Sweet Grass Market, Walden, CO

 

Sweet Grass is the liveliest little place in town with coffee and burritos for customers like me, feed for some of the locals. YUP! It’s a coffeehouse and feed store! Not to mention a few other gadgets around available for purchase like stained glass and beautiful framed photographs of animals.

Deb McGlaughlin started the business in 2012. She donates a majority of her profits to the North Park Wildlife Rehabilitation center, which she manages. She has a passion not only for community but for small and large animals that are injured, usually on the roadways. Most of the injured animals are birds like eagles and owls. 

Pop in and visit them … and tell them I said “hi”!

Lisa

Sweet Grass Market
420 Main Street
Walden, CO 80480
(970) 723-4033
www.sweetgrassmarket.net
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Posted by on Jan 15, 2014 in Blog, Happiness, Local Coffeehouse Visit | 0 comments

Wanderer Wandering Through Portland in Search of Coffee

I CONFESS … I AM!!

Henry, Gypsy Daisy and I got stuck in the Pacific Northwest. Maybe it was a rut from one of the Oregon Trail or Lewis and Clark Expedition wagons that  helped persuade us, but we’ve made camp for a bit.

... ready to explore Portland's coffee culture!

… ready to explore Portland’s coffee culture!

In January I’ll be starting a tour of the famous, deeply rooted coffee culture here in the Portland area over the next several weeks and will share many of them here on the pages of my blog.  I love to sample the roasts, watch the baristas as their craft and sit along side the regulars it take it all in.

Please share your favorite Portland coffeehouse or specialty roaster with me so I can make sure to find the best.

A toast to the roast!

Lisa

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Posted by on Oct 1, 2013 in Blog, Local Coffeehouse Visit | 0 comments

Rock Rabbit Coffee & Bistro, Pinedale, WY

Rock Rabbit!!!!  Makes me want to get up and dance 80’s style!  The name is reminiscent of the 80’s song by the B-52’s, Rock Lobster.

Dan and his partners have created a space in Pinedale, Wyoming that screams music. They have a stage and several big monitors looping musical performances including Jimmy Buffet, The Doobie Brothers and Phil Collins. I was able to attend their Tuesday Open Mic Night and was simply blown away by the talent in that town with a population of 2,030.  If you count the people who live in the outlying areas it goes over 5,000 of the most talented people per capita I’ve every been around (as if that accounts for much).  Five musicians performed their own music with guitars or a keyboard …   AMAZING!!!  Oh, and one comedian who was allowed to give one joke (Jeff)  LOL!!

They serve coffee roasted in Wyoming and make most of their goodies from scratch.  I devoured “The Big Fat Rolled One” one morning that knocked my socks off; for some reason I took a nap shortly afterward.

Rock Rabbit Coffee & Bistro
432 Pine St  
Pinedale, WY 82941
(307) 367-2448

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