New juice bar at old java shop
May 19, 2009
When a jogger finishes a run at Kimball Junction or someone comes out of the Silver Mountain Sports Club they often smell coffee and are ready for breakfast. The Park City Coffee Roasters are now offering options that won’t undo the workout, explained co-owner Rob Hibl.
Last month the coffee shop opened the Park City Organic Juice and Smoothie Bar.
"Now you can get healthy and get buzzed," Hibl joked.
Manager Shelby Kushma has a lot of experience in creating healthy treats that taste great. She also runs a raw-food catering business.
Pastries and the famous coffee sold from Logan to La Sal are still available, of course, but the café has now added oatmeal and drinks made from organic ingredients.
"We offer wheat grass shots, all fresh fruits and no artificial sweeteners. Almost 95 percent of what we use is organic and we’re dedicated to becoming a green business," Kushma explained.
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When the café began offering the fruit drinks she got five or six requests a day before the new menu was even up, she said. Business has gone up 30 percent. The warm weather has helped, too, she said.
Everything – including the coffee – is served in recyclable containers. Bins are available as well for customer use. The store now recycles so much of its own garbage that only 30 percent is waste, she said.
The café also switched completely to halogen light bulbs and installed eight solar panels on the roof.
"We want to let people know that it’s easy to start with small things," Kushma said. "We want to be more of a conscious business in a society where we use so much and waste so much."
Additionally, the café serves four organic coffees and most of the beans used are purchased through fair-trade channels. They buy as many supplies and ingredients as they can locally and remind customers that buying coffee from them puts money back into the community, she explained.
If coffee is still your beverage of choice as the weather heats up, Hibl recommends people try his coffee ice cubes. Even though it takes some extra effort, he likes to freeze coffee instead of water so the beverage isn’t diluted as the cubes melt – in fact, it gets stronger.
Ken Chahine said he loves the atmosphere of the Park City Coffee Roasters Café while using its free wi-fi.
Natalie Johnson said she’s a fan of the café because of the local feel.
"It’s a nice atmosphere inside and it’s cool that they roast their own beans," she said.
Park City Coffee Roasters has a new organic juice and smoothie bar
1680 West Ute Blvd. Suite D
New extended hours:
Mon. – Thurs. 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Fri. – Sat. 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sun. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.