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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 😉

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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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