Life By the Beans

Author – Coffee Love'n – Christian

February 25, 2020
Beth Klebe

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Coffee Truck

Coffee trucks… interesting concept. I have to ask myself, “If I saw a coffee truck strolling down the road, would I flag it down to get some coffee…?”

The answer is, “Yes!” Most definitely. Especially if it had a good reputation for good coffee. If it had an excellent reputation, I’d probably run after it!

Now I have to ask myself if this is something I should look into doing… I love the idea of it. But I live in a small town of about 2200 people and I do not think there would be enough people to support something like that.

However, there are two coffee shops in this small town of ND. Kind of like Willow City, ND (my original small town) has about 200 people with one gas station, one cafe, one Farm Credit building (it’s a farm community) and two thriving bars. One bar sells their own homemade pizza, with the sausage and sauerkraut being the biggest seller and the other is an excellent steak house. People travel from miles around to eat at both places.

But, the small town that I am referring to is called Bottineau (bot-in-oh). My youngest son currently goes to school and the others have graduated from there. This is also where the Courant is located (the newspaper where I work). It is considered a resort town. The nickname for it is “The Four Seasons Playground”.

There is a beautiful lake called Lake Metigoshe just 10 miles up the road. They have their own water ski team, the lake organization puts on an excellent fireworks display every year during 4th of July and there is an excellent bar & grill called the A Frame. The population actually doubles during the summer. There is also an exciting Events Center opening up this summer called the Lake House. It is right next to the A Frame, near the lake shore, and across the road from the Quilt Inn. There is also a cute little gas station/convenience store across the road. They sell pastries from the bakery in Bottineau called the Family Bakery. They have the most delicious assortment of homemade pastries, donuts, cookies, and breads. It is also has a cafe in it with decent coffee.

And, to give people something to do during the winter, there is a nice ski resort near the lake as well. They are located in the Turtle Mountains which borders Canada. They also have nice snowmobile trails up there and good ice fishing. The latest craze is Dark House Spear Fishing. That is one of the things on my bucket list. I want to try spear fishing. The other is fly fishing in Montana!

Anyways, one of the coffee shops is located in a very nice decor & gift shop who has excellent taste in decor and the other is located in the best creamery in the entire US, if not world. Their hand made ice cream is to die for!

Both places offer very good coffee. They buy their beans from businesses who roast them in ND. Unfortunately, a local company who roasts beans to sell has health issues and has decided to sell out. I have been tossing around the idea of bringing in a sample of my own, but have not had the guts to do it. I know my beans are good enough, but I do not know if I have enough guts to sell them to a business. It is more like, I do not know if I could keep up with the demand. My roaster is not that big.

But, if I were to do it for myself, I think I would. If I had to roast beans for my own business and had to keep up with the demands, I would do it! I am a fickle person that way. I have a hard time supplying things I make to other people. But I have a passion for helping others any way I can. If someone needed coffee beans and it was helping them out by supplying it to them, then I would do it. But if I were going to sell it to them to make a buck… I am not as interested. I think the pressure of supplying a supreme product is too high for me.

What do you think, should I do a coffee truck and supply it with my own roasted beans?

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