Annie Defa learned a lot in her 10 years in the coffee-shop industry, including how to select the choicest beans from among thousands. She puts this knack into action on a weekly basis, consulting with her local roaster to supply the shop with the aromatic blends she brews into steaming mugs or transforms into specialty drinks. She and her crew also bake up croissants, cookies, and muffins fresh each morning. In the summertime, an outdoor patio supplements the café’s intimate indoor space, and free WiFi ensures that clients stay up-to-date with emails, news, and the latest styles of cappuccino-foam mustaches.
The potation crafters at Beans & Brews Coffee House whip up hot and cold beverages from perk-proffering coffee beans, relaxing tea leaves, and sweet decaf alternatives. Hot coffee drinks, such as the cappuccino ($3.60 for 12 oz.) or eye-opener brew ($2.80 for 12 oz.) gently jolt the brain awake with mountain-roasted goodness, and the dulcet notes of iced chai ($4.10 for 16 oz.) and B&B frappes ($4.05 for 16 oz.) cool off summer-scorched palates with their sweet, icy taste. Roasters get the most out of each coffee bean with Beans & Brews’ trademark high-altitude roasting, which imparts each batch of grounds with a smooth flavor that, like an angst-riddled teddy bear, maintains a high level of complexity.
Acres of golden wheat stalks blanket the high plains of Montana, stretching toward the sun and gently swaying with the wind. Farmers harvest the wheat and send it off to Taylorsville, Utah, where Great Harvest Bread Co.’s masterminds mill the grain into whole-wheat flour, which bakers knead, roll, and bake it into warm loaves of bread. The bread comes in an array of flavors such as sunflower, high-five fiber, and cinnamon burst, and can be bought by the loaf or in one of Great Harvest's fresh deli sandwiches.
Bakery and Brews' retinue of baristas incorporate flavors imported from Uruguay and Argentina into the shop's selection of coffees, teas, and smoothies. Guests can grab their choice of 20-ounce chai frappes, flavored lattes, or fruit smoothies to go, or they can grab a seat at one of the café's tables, plush couches, or resident grandpa laps. The drinkery's menu brims with liquid bounty, satiating thirsts with a varied selection of espressos, teas, and hot chocolate that will keep palates guessing and esophagi logging overtime hours.
Working out of a postal truck repurposed as a mobile bakery, Street Sweets & Eats’ owners Stacey and Jake bake and deliver a menu of cake pops, creatively flavored cupcakes, and sandwiches. Raspberry-filled lemon cake, chocolate chips and cookie dough, and coconut-topped vanilla cream stand out among 11 other inventive cupcake flavor combinations which, along with their other snacks, can be purchased directly from the truck or ordered in bulk for catering.
Each day, the staff of K's and D Bakery starts from scratch, whipping up an encyclopedic list of both sweet and savory goodies. Fresh donuts sweeten the display cases every morning, and bakers pull fresh bread from the oven several times throughout the day. Unlike a chef with only a cat-shaped cake pan, K's and D's team crafts several types of custom cakes, decorating them with toys and photos for birthdays or blanketing them with fondant for weddings.