Making beans magic

"Everything plays a part," Huntington said.

Matt is working on a station that will soon serve his various roasted beans and blends as fresh-brewed, individual cups of coffee.

"I'm looking to improve constantly," he said. "I can always learn more and have better coffee."

Passion and respect

This integrity shines throughout the interactions at the caf (c). Customers, employees and vendors are seen as people first, Matt said. The staff always takes time to explain the choices on the menu.

"We go to great lengths to understand the things that we serve, respect the people doing everything for us, and try to understand their passion, and respect what they are doing," he said.

The daily soup and salad specials are a good example:

"We have a specific soup chef and she makes it only for us. She's always been passionate about making soup, mixing the herbs in the right proportions and making everything the right way to make a great bowl of soup. She makes the salads also," Matt said.

Small soup with bread is priced at $3.49; a large serving sells for $5.29. Other choices are a hummus platter for $3.29 or a slice of quiche for $5.99; the "artisan salads" cost $3.99.

The community of coffee

On a recent Saturday morning a boisterous group shared coffee and stories inside. Regulars lined up to place their orders in front of the handsome mission-style display counter stacked with pastries and cookies. Burlap bags of coffee beans rest next to the roaster. Music selected from staff favorites added to the happy, relaxed atmosphere.

The cooler displayed noodle salads, oranges and hard-boiled eggs. A large menu for iced drinks read, "Try our green tea latte."

A patio outside the door adds to the five-seat caf (c), where customers chatted at small iron tables and wooden benches surrounded by tiered wooden planters. These were filled with bright, trailing geraniums and lobelia interspersed with marigolds and coleus.

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