On May 26 the café opened and we thumbed through the Northwest Herald to find that you voted us the best coffee shop in McHenry County and “one of the best” for snacks.
“Best” is a wonderful word. We like it a lot. Sure, we aim for “best” because, well, what else is worth aiming for?
It’s been a bit less than 18 months since we opened with a clear premise: Freshly roast carefully selected green coffees and prepare each drink by hand. We buy only top-grade, Arabica coffees that are economically, socially and environmentally conscious.
In the shop that Saturday morning May 26, Adam congratulated us on the Readers’ Choice award that Northwest Herald readers gave us. We must say that Adam, Sean, Jenna, Karissa, Cindy, Anne, David and, though she’s gone away to finish college, Janelle, are really the reason for your attention. Their bright personalities and passion for what we’re trying to do carry us day by day. Like our sons, Jason and Mike, they all smile and say “thank-you” a lot.
Earlier this week, one of our barista made a latte with a beautiful Rosetta pattern poured into the espresso crema for a customer at the drive through. The drink could easily have been delivered with the cap on and without the extra care and, so, without notice. A little extra flourish: We hope it drew a smile from the customer.
We’re pleased our barista are having fun preparing your drinks. They get better each day. Perhaps that difference in how your drink is prepared and delivered is what you notice when you stop in. Thank-you for your vote.
If you haven’t taken the one-block detour off Highway 14 at Pingree toward the new METRA station, come on by and find out what all the fuss is about. You won’t be disappointed whether you order our freshly roasted and brewed coffees, a traditional or fancy espresso drink, tea, chai or smoothie. Try out pastries. Wayne brings his Goldies scones by every week and we bake them in the café so they’re fresh, too.
Roseanna & Jack Shipley