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Catching Up

11 Aug

Ahhhh Sunday morning! Its the only day I have a few rare quiet moments where i can sit and write without interruption. For a few minutes at least.

Update on a few things going on:

We took our first family camping trip and I loved it! Granted, we camped in a cabin not a tent but the cabin had no bathroom so that’s as close to “roughing it” as I get. I loved sitting around the fire with the kids and getting up in the morning without the help of my alarm clock to sit on the porch swing and drink coffee. It pretty much rained off and on for the two days we were there but we had a good time anyway. I’m looking forward to our next camping trip together. It was just the mini vacation I needed to spend some much needed quality time with the family and step away from the coffee shop for a second.

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Speaking of coffee shop, it is doing pretty well. Not the masses of people I would like every day but its growing slow and steady…..and really that’s all you can ask for. I’m seeing a lot of regular customers along with some new faces each day. My signs are up on my window, my flyers are printed, coffee cards ready to hand out and I’m working on the other odds and ends. I’ve also ordered a few new syrups and sauces and I’m excited about creating some new drinks.

I’ve been asked if I’m going to carry pumpkin lattes soon…..at first I thought it was way too early, but then I realized that I’m not really one for following rules. I drink iced coffee in the winter, wear sweaters in the summer and start thinking about Christmas when June hits. So in answer to my customers, yes I will be doing pumpkin lattes maybe as early as this week. Or as soon as I can get my hands on some pumpkin syrup. If I’m feeling adventurous , I may even try to make some of my own. We will see.

Other than that, not much else going on. I can’t believe school starts in a couple weeks….I haven’t done any back to school shopping yet. I just don’t feel ready for summer to be over and I don’t feel ready to have a sophomore in high school, a 4th grader and one that will be in preschool very soon. Well, once she decides that using the potty is a good thing.

Ok i guess thats about as much time as the kids are giving me today. I will be creating a new blog for the coffee shop soon. I will use that blog to post new drink creations and anything coffee shop related. I will still keep this blog so you guys can still follow my random ramblings 😉

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My first week at The Loco Bean

12 Jul

I don’t think I will ever have to say “I’m bored” ever again. This week has been so crazy and busy that I have literally been falling in bed every night and passing out from exhaustion…..but I love it! Its so exciting and scary at the same time to start a new business but I love setting things up the way I want. I opened the coffee shop officially this last Tuesday and I already have regular customers! Its been fun meeting new people every day and creating fun new drinks to try out. 

Some of the best drinks and desserts are created from mistakes and accidents and we’ve definitely had a few of those. Yesterday instead of house coffee, we put Chocolate Macadamia Nut coffee in a mocha frappe and it was so good that we are adding it to the menu. 

I also forgot how much I loved working downtown and I’m so glad to be back there again. There is never a dull moment and I work in front of huge windows so I get to watch and see everything going on. 

My favorite compliment today was when a woman ordered an iced mocha and said she loved it and it was better than where she usually gets it from. I hope each week can be like this one and that we continue to meet new customers so we can stick around for awhile!  

When things settle down a little, I will be posting from the coffee shop and taking pictures of drinks I create and hopefully some new desserts also. I’m thinking the color of the place is a little too calm for my liking so my next post will probably be pictures of the new paint…..because I had too much extra time on my hands 😉

The Loco Bean

7 Jul

I can’t remember if I mentioned it here or not, but I’m opening a coffee shop! I’m sharing space with B. Loco, a mexican restaurant, and I thought “The Loco Bean” would be a perfect name.

This new venture is moving pretty fast and I may be open as soon as this week. I will be going in today to get my menu up on the board and I’m thinking I will use tomorrow as a trial run. The building we are in has eight floors so I’m hoping to have a lot of coffee drinkers. I will be adding things as I go along because I don’t want to start out with too much going on. For now it will be coffee, espresso drinks, iced coffees, teas, smoothies, frappuccino style drinks and pastries. That alone will keep me busy for awhile. The place is a little different than other coffee shops because I will be working from a coffee cart instead of a counter. It provides a few more space challenges, but its unique and more fun this way.

The way the place is set up will be very convenient not only everyone in the building, but the surrounding areas also. You can come in the morning and grab a coffee and muffin and at lunch time run in for some mexican.  It is set up similar to Chipotle and you have choices of wraps, fillings, etc. I sampled one of the burritos they offer and it was delicious!

Okay, back to the coffee 🙂 If you’ve been paying attention you know that I’m pretty much a coffee freak. I used to only drink brewed coffee or an unsweetened latte but lately I’ve been branching out and sampling all different kinds. I know, my job is so hard. My goal is to make and sample everything on my menu in the next couple days. The other night I went in and played around with some new things and they came out pretty good. My husband is going to have to peel me off the ceiling.

We will also offer muffins and other pastries that I will either bake fresh myself or buy from other local bakers. I may at some point offer a couple “diet-friendly” options, but the majority of my pastries will be made with sugar, flour, butter and of course a few secret ingredients. I think desserts should be mouth watering and special. Not that some low fat or sugar free can’t be good, but I would rather spend money on a rich, gooey piece of dark mocha cake and have to fit in an extra workout that week. I will however be continuing my search for a low carb cheesecake that not only doesn’t suck, but that is delicious.

Nerves are now taking over and I think I will head into the shop and get some things ready. I have a few pictures I took when I stopped in the other week and they aren’t very good but I promise to add more as soon as I get it together.

This is right after we moved the cart in and before I put any of my stuff in.

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