New coffee business growing, going mobile

    FORREST — One of a best-kept secrets in Forrest is relocating full steam ahead. The Coffee Steamer, a epicurean coffee emporium modeled in a traditions of Oregon’s excellent coffee houses, has brought West Coast coffee to a Midwest. The coffee emporium is a prophesy of Oregon-natives-turned-family, Lorraine and Tricia Slagel. The coffee emporium co-owner, Tricia, changed to Forrest in 2011 and married Lorraine’s brother-in-law, Brandon.

    “I’m from a city of 12,000 people called Silverton,” Tricia Slagel said. “We had about 10 or 11 tiny coffee shops in a town. So, when we changed here about 6 years ago, we knew we could go to a large cities and find coffee shops, though it’s tough to find a good internal crater of coffee.”

    Slagel had always dreamed of owning a coffee shop, though it wasn’t something she had given any critical thought. However, after an enlivening revisit from her parents, Duane and Kathleen Kaufman, she and her father began articulate logistics.

    “I primarily wanted to have a drive-thru window in a tiny shop,” Slagel said. “But as we continued to consider by it, we motionless it competence be improved to have a mobile shop. We had no suspicion how good a coffee emporium would do in a area, so we suspicion we could start off internal and if Forrest wouldn’t support it, we could pierce somewhere else.”

    Business began to take figure after Slagel found a mobile coffee emporium suspicion while browsing Pinterest, a renouned website formed on a suspicion of organizing interests into picture collections.

    “I desired it, though we didn’t consider anything some-more about it until we was acid online and we came opposite roughly a accurate same trailer — it was for sale,” Slagel said. “When we found out it had formerly been used as a coffee shop, my father and we done skeleton to go down to Nashville, Tenn., and check it out for ourselves.”

    Other than a pinkish and white tone scheme, a trailer was accurately what Slagel had envisioned. She and her father brought it behind to Forrest in May of 2015 and over a subsequent few months, they done it their own. Leman Paint Works in Forrest re-painted a trailer in a now-familiar red and black design and Slagel’s husband, who also owns Slagel Construction, practical timber trim around a windows himself and also finished a few renovations on a interior.

    “We non-stop in Jul of 2015 given of a assistance we got from my sister-in-law, Lorraine,” Slagel said. “Without her, we wouldn’t be a Coffee Steamer. Lorraine and we bounced a lot of ideas behind and onward to come adult with a business that reminded us of a coffee shops in Oregon.”

    All coffee beans might come from Mexico or South America, though a Coffee Steamer’s beans also come from family. That’s given Brandon’s brother’s mother non-stop her possess coffee emporium in Magdalena, Mexico.

    “Almost a month before a Coffee Steamer opened, she motionless to start roasting her possess coffee for her coffee shop,” Slagel said. “We got some samples, desired it and now she roasts an sequence for us each integrate of weeks.”

    Today, a business has many unchanging customers. The internal response for epicurean coffee was so good that Slagel and her father began articulate about opening a second location. Around that time, they found out that Brandon’s brother, Louis John Slagel, had purchased a building for a plantation to list grill called The Cowcatcher.

    “We are dual totally apart businesses pity a same location,” Slagel said. “We have a drive-thru that is usually for a Coffee Steamer, though The Cowcatcher offers online grouping and pick-up and we share a grill seating.”

    The common plcae during 101 W. Krack St. in Forrest has been open given Jun 7. Thus far, Slagel says she loves a drive-thru option, as good as a restaurant-style seating. The Coffee Steamer is open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday by Friday with hopes to enhance these hours in a future. In contrast, The Cowcatcher is usually open for lunch, from 11 to 2 p.m. While The Cowcatcher offers especially burgers and soothing drinks, a Coffee Steamer offers coffee and pastries.

    “Drink-wise we sell a lot of frappes and iced Americanos during a summer,” Slagel said. “But we sell a good volume of all on a menu. In a winter, we sell a lot of prohibited drinks. we feel like there are a lot of people in a area who aren’t certain who we are or what we’re doing yet, so we consider as a word gets around, we’ll get even some-more business in a future.”

    With business commencement to take figure in Forrest, a Slagels have set their sights west, to Fairbury. The mobile coffee business will shortly set adult emporium on a easterly side of Super Wash automobile rinse on Route 24. Hours will be 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.