The Roasterie Café commits itself to supporting small, specialty-coffee-bean farmers around the world and employing a convection air-roasting method to help ensure smoothness and consistency. Customers can take bags of dry beans, such as Super Tuscan Espresso ($12.65 per 12 oz. bag), home for private brewing, or they can perk up with signature drinks that include Brooksider Bob, a mélange of mint, chocolate, and espresso ($3.85 for 12 oz.). Fruit smoothies such as Mandarin Passion ($4.15 for 16 oz.) inspire slurpers to throw regular-sized oranges in a dryer, and coolers such as Thrilla Vanilla ($4.50 for 16 oz.) calm urges for chilled caffeine. The coffee mecca rounds out its extensive menu with bagels and pastries, as well as more than 20 different flavors of loose-leaf and sachet teas.
Handcrafted confections and aromatic coffees decorate the charming Natasha's Mulberry & Mott storefront, channeling the vintage vibe and sophistication of a French patisserie. Each artfully rendered treat on the menu is handmade fresh daily by head pastry engineer Natasha Goellner, who uses her background in fine arts and classical culinary training to concoct elegant, delectable dainties. Arouse comatose taste buds with a miraculous pairing of the flaky pain au chocolate croissant ($2.75) with a tasty latte ($2.75), and then freeze the good feeling with a cryogenic mango sherbet ($4.95 per pint). The array of pastel-colored French macarons ($1.95) reflects the store's multihued interiors, and each strawberry éclair ($2.50) has been harvested fresh from Paris's strudel orchards. Outside, the delightful patio fosters al fresco conversation over a coffee ($1.50 small, $1.80 large).
As a child, Lisa Clark would conjure up chocolate cakes for her mother through an Easy Bake Oven. While the first batch had mixed results, she was diligent about perfecting her cake recipes. This dedication came in handy later in life when she left her career in the customer service industry to establish Cupcake ? La Mode. Since then, along with her husband Daniel, the pair has watched their boutique cupcakerie grow from a home-based business to three brick-and-mortar locations, each decorated with hot pink hues and contemporary black baroque chandeliers. The newly opened Roseville location is the most recent addition, following four years of success in the Kansas City area.
Believing that presentation is just as important as taste, Lisa and her team handcraft cupcakes from a vanilla or chocolate batter base before artfully decorating them with homemade buttercream frosting, candies, and fruit. The decorative cupcakes?which come in flavorful variations such as marshmallow fondue and bella nutella?are best enjoyed with a blended coffee or tea amid the boutique caf? setting, though larger batches can also be made for weddings or as bribery gifts to sweet-toothed monsters. When not baking up sweet treats in her shops, Lisa and her team are giving back to their community by supporting local charity events such as Dolls and Desserts for Down Syndrome.