Fairhope’s newest coffee shop, The Burrow, emits a familiar theme

JordanGWhile growing up, Jordan Guthrie and her family moved around quite a bit because of her father’s occupation. They chose to settle in the Fairhope area in 2005. After graduating from Fairhope High School, Jordan continued her education at Faulkner State Community College. In addition to being a business owner, she has a passion for animals and is a dog and horse trainer by trade. Guthrie, a self proclaimed book worm, originally wanted to focus the new endeavor on her fondness of all things literary. It was later decided the business would also incorporate coffee. After a series of educational coffee tastings and input from a focus group, Jordan chose to partner with a small roasting company in Minnesota. In addition to having a preferred and quality product, the coffee supplier donates a portion of their proceeds to miscellaneous charities. Fairhope’s newest coffee shop, The Burrow Coffee & Co. opened its doors this January.
At The Burrow, the staff makes it their responsibility to share their knowledge of the product in a fun manner with an emphasis of the traditional art of coffee itself. The baristas are fully trained and aware of all the ingredients that go into their recipes. In addition to regular milk, they also offer non-dairy and sugar free options with the promise of making precisely to the customer’s preference. Customer satisfaction is their utmost priority.
The name (The Burrow) pays homage to Jordan’s favorite book series and was established to provide the local youth with a comfortable, safe place to relax, study, and connect with peers. In addition to books, there are board games and electronic gaming systems available to access. There is a separate meeting area in the building that is available for reservation for larger groups that wish to gather. Local artists are permitted and encouraged to use the walls of the business as a show place for their works.
The coffee menu  consists of hot (Macchiato, Cappuccino, Espresso), hot or iced (Latte, Americano, Breve, Drip Brew, Au Lait, Hot Chocolate or Tea), Blended (Frozen, Milkshake, Floats) and Specialty Drinks. The specialty drinks are staff creations and include some very unique flavor combinations. Just a few examples: Butterbeer (butterscotch, caramel and espresso), Godric’s Hollow (caramel, praline, vanilla chai, and espresso), Wampus (caramel, butter pecan, white & dark mocha, and espresso), and Unicorn Blood (coconut, peppermint and espresso) They also have another specialty board that features their most recent favorite creations.
Loose leaf teas are also available in a variety of flavors. The Burrow features pastries and breakfast burritos from Two Sisters Bakery & Deli and a light lunch menu is soon to be added. The Burrow offers call ahead and to-go orders as well as free delivery to Thomas Hospital and surrounding areas. They are open from 6am until 9pm daily.

The Burrow Coffee & Co., 314 Greeno Road South, Fairhope
(251) 517-9338 • Facebook “The Burrow Coffee & Co.”

Popular Downtown Mobile Coffee Company expands offering to Eastern Shore

John SerdaThis Mobile native started his entrepreneurial journey in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. John Serda graduated from the University of South Alabama and was working towards his Masters Degree as he studied abroad. During his time in Costa Rica, John and the son of his host family saw a need and fulfilled it. They opened a coffee shop and internet cafe in 1999. It was extremely popular with tourists and other students. The partners were able to procure and serve local high end coffee that visitors to the area enjoyed. That, in turn, spurred a demand for their Costa Rican coffee after visitors returned home. John built a website and was able to enhance his business with online coffee sales. What started out as a six month stay for Serda turned into two years. John eventually returned to Mobile and sought traditional employment. His underwhelming search led him back to coffee and self employment when he opened his first coffee shop in Downtown Mobile in 2008.

Serda’s offers traditional cappuccinos, lattes, frozen cappuccinos, iced coffee drinks with frozen coffee cubes and a great selection of fresh roasted coffees from around the world utilizing a state of the art on-site roasting facility. They also offer a great selection of sandwiches, wraps, salads, smoothies, Italian gelato, and craft beers along with domestics and imports, wine and liquor.

This past November, Serda’s Coffee Company opened a second location in Daphne. The Eastern Shore location mimics the same business model of the flagship store with added enhancements. The new construction of the building allows more flexibility in the kitchen arena which has inspired a chef driven menu offering cooked from scratch. In addition to meeting your morning caffeine needs, the Daphne location can get you fueled with breakfast specialties that include Columbian pancakes, biscuits & coffee gravy,  breakfast bowl and sandwiches, omlettes and benedicts. The menu transitions into lunch with soup, salads, sandwiches and sides.

The spacious surroundings host Tuesday night trivia, Thursday night bingo and Saturday game night, all starting at 7pm.  Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 5pm until 7pm with half off drafts and $1 off wine. It’s buy one, get one free coffee on Monday evenings and Wednesday evenings, enjoy two for one gelato.

Make plans to stop by the new Daphne Serda’s – there truly is something for everyone!

Serda’s Coffee Company, 1539 U.S. Hwy 98, Suite 203, Daphne • (251) 517-3963 • Facebook “Serda’s Coffee” • www.serdas.com

Daphne Coffee House focuses on building community

SCC-Web-About-GroupPhoto.jpgTwo couples – same dream, the dream of one day opening a coffee shop. What ultimately brought the Lynne and Gabe Holloway and Mallory and Eric Friese together could best be described as divine intervention. Both husbands were at crossroads with their career futures. Gabe, an Associate Pastor, was contemplating ordination. Eric had a successful career with Hewlett Packard. When Eric quit his job and started volunteering at church, the couples discovered their commonalities. Now the these two families are not only accomplishing business goals but spiritual goals as well.

Soul Caffeine is just as serious about coffee as it is about building community. Their method is simple, its genuine and focused and caring. Their business is a vehicle to allow people to come together. They promote personal value and serve as a “third space” with their unique take on customer service and conversation. Soul Caffeine also serves as a non-denominational networking facility where organizations and churches can gather and be truly ecumenical, not just in word but in deed.

The comfortable set up and friendly staff is welcoming to all. Stay as long as you would like, write on their chalkboard walls, use their wi-fi, play the piano, bring the kids and let them play while you catch up with friends over coffee. Soul Caffeine offers a wide variety of reasonably priced, freshly roasted coffee including expresso, cold brew, french press, pour overs, frappes and their own signature coffee drinks. Non coffee options include tea, hot chocolate and smoothies. An assortment of pastries are also available.  All gratuities are donated to local ministries, mission organizations and non-profits that benefit and build community. Soul Caffeine Coffee House is open Monday through Saturday, 6am until 5pm. Soul Caffeine Coffee House, 2004 Highway 98, Set B, Daphne (251) 345-4156 • http://www.soulcaffeine.net • Facebook “Soul Caffeine”

Fairhope’s Newest Coffee Shop, The Fabled Brew cultivates “a story in every cup”

CoffeeCoupleThere are amazing things happening in the world of coffee, and this couple has set out to share their knowledge as well as learn from others along the way. Although their journey as shop owners has just begun, their travels and experiences are what have gotten them to this point. Jennifer Lindsay and Darryl Gonzales are creatively pairing their passion for coffee with a unique business model that celebrates regional differences. Fabled Brew is the name of their business because “there is a story in every cup.” With a Master’s Degree in History, Jennifer has identified coffee as one commonality of most every individual on the planet. “It transcends race, religion and socio-economic boundaries,” says Lindsay. “People from all walks of life can enjoy coffee.”
Darryl’s career in sales and marketing, along with the knowledge and experience acquired from growing up in his family’s restaurant business, helped harness the direction and timeliness of the launch of their business. It’s a beautifully unique combination of what each partner has to offer, and together they offer the community artisan brews from around the world. Fabled Brew opened in February after much research and training. Barista classes and coffee conventions were part of the mix, and every product that they use in their shop was hand selected for a specific reason. To ensure the freshest coffee possible, the roasted blends are supplied by Fairhope Roasting Company. The single origin beans come from a small roaster in Louisiana that ships directly. The coffee is brewed as ordered, and you won’t find any artificial sweeteners at this establishment. It’s agave nectar, honey or stevia that they offer. Their syrups and milk are all organic. Coffee and coffee drinks offered are espressos, lattes, Americanos, Javacicles (an iced blended coffee), the coffee of the day and Green Bean Refreshers – a refreshing fruity beverage with a caffeine kick – made from unroasted green coffee beans. The Refreshers are available in Valencia Orange or Wildberry Mint. They also offer several signature coffee drinks that have become fast favorites with their regular customers. They are always experimenting, so look for more to follow! You won’t find traditional coffee house snacks like muffins or bagels either. Fabled Brew has their own culinary creation called the Oublie that can be enjoyed in a sweet or savory manner. It is a tubular, stuffed, unleavened waffle served with a dipping sauce. Oublies can contain Conecuh sausage, pepperoni, ham & cheese, PB&J, spinach & artichoke or strawberry or blueberry & cream. On Saturdays the bacon, egg & cheese Oublie is added to the menu. Fabled Brew coffee is also available by the pound. There is a drive through window where you can place your order, or you can call in and pick up your order at the drive through if so desired. Fabled Brew is open Monday through Friday from 6:30am until 8pm and on Saturday from 7:30am until 7:30pm. The Fabled Brew, 21180B State Highway 181, Fairhope  (251) 928-2566 • Facebook “Fabled Brew”

Fairhope’s Bean & Bistro celebrates two years

TeriDaysTerri Days is happy to celebrating her second year as the sole proprietor of The Bean & Bistro. Her counseling career combined with years of sales experience and service in the food and beverage industry equipped her with just the right skills to serve with the public. After procuring all that training she finally decided that if she was going to work as hard as she had been working for other people in past years, she was determined to work that hard for herself. Terri happened to find her opportunity and for the past two years has dedicated herself to her business, The Bean & Bistro. This coffee shop in Fairhope is located behind Pizza Hut, nestled between Fairhope Music and Southern Edge Dance Studio. It’s a little off the main road but well worth the venture. You can relax in this cozy environment, complete with free wi-fi or even make use of the back room for meetings, parties, luncheons, etc.
She serves organic Costa Rican coffee freshly brewed in various roasts. Iced coffee, espresso and coffee alternative are also available along with smoothies, flavored iced teas, lemonade and even protein shakes. Breakfast items and bagels are available. And sandwiches can be made as a panini, wrap, croissant or bagel. Your choice of turkey, ham or cajun roast beef with swiss cheddar or bleu cheese with spinach, tomato and red onion. Other options include a muffaletta or veggie wrap. Try your sandwich with Terri’s soup of the day or some homemade salsa anch chips or the house hummus. Terri touts that the menu is merely a suggestion and she loves a challenge. Within the last year Terri – by customer request – has been preparing weekly specials that can be pre-ordered for take home meals. She will be more than happy to email you the weekly list of what’s available. Just email her at terridays@gmail.com to be added to the list. Terri has also been busy catering off site and special events – which is also an option to keep in mind!
You can also find eats & treats from the Bean & Bistro during Wednesday Trivia Night at The Fairhope Brewery and when the brewery hosts live music. Hours for The Bean & Bistro are Monday through Thursday from 7:15am until 5:30pm and Friday from 7:15am until 2pm. Although the establishment is closed on Saturdays and Sundays, The Bean & Bistro is available for private events and catering.  The Bean & Bistro, 249 Greeno Road South, Fairhope (251) 929-1400 • Facebook “The Bean & Bistro”