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Stop and smell the coffee

"We don't keep anything past nine days," Emmet said. "You're going to be hard-pressed to find a place that tells you when their beans are roasted. We put it right on our labels. That's keeping with our mission to keep things fresh. We want to be able to help people recreate what they get here at home. We want to get people pumped up about coffee."

In addition to coffee, the caf (c) offers a full range of espresso drinks, lattes, chai, smoothies and a variety of teas. Baked goods are made on site, and salads, sandwiches, and soups are also available.

So far, Baldwinsville has given the Simpsons a warm welcome.

"One of the greatest things has been the interaction with customers," Emmet said. "People have been kind and encouraging. There are just a lot of great people who welcomed us."

"We want to be here for a long time," Jean added, expressing a special gratitude to all of those who have helped them launch their business.

Customers Sharon and Bill Jacobs of Van Buren Road are ecstatic to have a new venue in the location of the former Patisserie.

"We missed having a place where we could stop and have coffee and sit by the window and talk," Sharon said. "The coffee is very good. We really enjoy it. The people are very friendly."

Giving back to the community

The Simpsons are committed to supporting local groups and charities through their business. Already they have made donations to the Greater Baldwinsville YMCA, Boy Scouts, St. Mary's Church and PEACE Inc.

"A lot of cool things are happening here in Baldwinsville, and we want to give back to the community," Emmet said.

Recently, the Simpsons were approached by a group of local students who wanted a chance to organize an Open Mic Night. The event was so successful that it is now a regular occurrence on Thursday evenings.

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