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Posted October 09, 2013 in Community Featured, Greene County

Question: How can cinnamon toast rise to a new level?

Answer: By being served prepared and served by Greene Bean Coffeehouse & Roastery.

Cinnamon toast has been one of my favorite breakfast treats since I was a kid, so when I visited Greene Bean Coffeehouse and they suggested the cinnamon toast because it was so good, I was tempted, but also skeptical.

My skepticism was short-lived.

Cinnamon toast reaches new heights at Green Bean Coffeehouse in Jefferson.

Cinnamon toast reaches new heights at Green Bean Coffeehouse in Jefferson.

The cinnamon toast was served with two perfectly square pats of butter on top. Owners of the coffeehouse call it cinnamon streusel toast. What makes the toast so good is the cinnamon-sugar mixture baked right into swirls in the toast. Add to that cinnamon mixed into the bread dough, and there’s no going wrong.

The coffeehouse also offers muffins and other baked goods, some of them locally made.

I also had freshly-brewed Colombian coffee. There was no bitterness, and the brew tasted quite fresh. I always add creamer and sugar or sweetener, but for me, the flavor still comes through.  Each day a different house-roasted coffee is brewed, rotating the flavors throughout each week. The coffee varieties available come from far-flung places such as Costa Rica, Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Indonesia. If you like the coffee, you can take a pound or two home with you.

If you want to try a variety of coffee-related drinks, have a seat. They serve an array of espresso and other coffee drinks such as Americano, latte, flavored latte, mocha and flavored mocha, macchiato, traditional cappuccino and a Hayworth. Non-coffee drinks include hot chocolate, chai, steamers, frozen hot chocolate, fruit smoothies and old-fashioned soda and strawberry cream.

The owners, Rich and Reason Osborne, just opened the coffeehouse in May, but have been roasting coffee locally for more than four years.

“We wanted to get the coffee flavors just right, so we started out by roasting and selling the coffee first,” Reason says.

Both Rich and Reason work in the coffeehouse and also employ a full-time barista and two other people to help run the coffeehouse.

Green Bean Coffeehouse
202 N. Wilson Ave., Jefferson
(515) 386-3776
Hours: Monday: 7 a.m. – noon
Tues. – Thur.: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. – noon, 3-9 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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