As we begin a brand new 2017, above all, we must thank you, our amazing guests, for the great success we’ve had since opening on March 6, 2015. We wouldn’t be anywhere without your loyal patronage, support and friendship.

We all love what we do and love sharing our food and coffees with you. Your comments help keep us on our toes by letting us know what you like, what you don’t like and what you wish was different here at Café Xpresso.

Some of the results from your suggestions have been the change of stools at the front window counter which many of you are enjoying. The new seats were added early in 2016 and are much more comfortable to sit at for a while. I’ve noticed that now, even when tables are available, some guests choose to sit at the counter.

We’ve also started the practice of having weekly specials. Our great chefs always have a few tricks up their sleeves and what better way to show them off than creating weekly specials. Also, in November we started “Pizza Tuesdays” and the concept has been very successful. A Gluten Free Crust has also been added, so there are usually both versions of Pizza available.

Another positive turn is that Chef Bob, our in-house foodie & leader of the Kitchen, had his hip replaced in the fall and feeling good and building his stamina back up. He’s been back in the Kitchen making his renowned soups and helping Chef Matt, our pastry expert.

With much woe, we had to say goodbye to Chef Megan who went on to a position where she gets to bake breads, her true passion, all day. But we added Chef Dana who interned here during the summer and she is the Kitchen Assistant. We’ve also added Chef-to-be Christina, who is a culinary student at Lincoln Technical School, to help the Kitchen with all the prep work. Having a menu where just about everything is made, cooked, roasted & baked in-house requires a lot of work on the part of the Kitchen team.

Not to ignore our exceptional Coffee Bar and Counter staff, all your favorite Baristas are still here. Gina, the morning wonder who opens at 6 am; Colin, who works lunch to closing and weekends; Christine, who will speak French to you if you’d like; and Nathaniel, the tall one from Seattle’s coffee land. Early summer we added Deb to the team and just before the holiday rush, we also added Sara who hails from California originally.

So now I draw an end to our first-ever Blog post and we will have additional posts a couple of times a month going forward. Until next time, we wish you a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2017!

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