New cafe brings fresh coffee and baked goods back to former Back Door Bakeshop space in downtown Bethlehem


Fresh coffee and baked goods are back at a store in downtown Bethlehem.

Toasted and Roasted, a micro-roaster and cafe, opened Tuesday at 92 E. Broad St.

The space previously housed Back Door Bakeshop, a popular takeaway cafe and bakery that closed in March after nine years in business.

Toasted and Roasted is operated by husband and wife Mike Khorosh and Ali Dickison, who founded the company six years ago in Los Angeles.

Dickison is from East Stroudsburg, Monroe County, and Khorosh is from Rockland County, New York.

“We operated the business for five years in Los Angeles,” Khorosh said. “When our lease expired last year, we decided not to renew, just because of the pandemic and wanting to be closer to family back home.”

The couple reside in Stroudsburg, where they also operate the company’s coffee roastery.

Their coffee beans are sourced from accredited and responsible importers who have direct relationships with small farmers who grow specialty coffee around the world.

“They are helping us, a micro-roaster, to get a premium product and link the origin of coffee from Ethiopia or Peru to Indonesia or Brazil,” a message on the website reads. of the company. “These partnerships allow us to always be sure that we are buying exceptional beans from start to finish.”

Samples of international coffee selections, including those from Colombia, Guatemala, Kenya and Nicaragua, are placed in small jars on the counter for customers to smell the different varieties.

Brewing methods include pouring and French press, and the couple have also installed a new espresso machine for specialty drinks such as cappuccino, double espresso macchiato and various lattes including chai, matcha and golden. (turmeric, caffeine free).

Drip coffee (hot or iced) starts at $3 for a 12-ounce cup. Most other house beverages, including cold brew coffee, hot or iced tea, lemonade, and lotus summer refreshments, cost between $2.50 and $5.

In addition to drinks, the cafe offers a variety of baked goods — including bagels, croissants, muffins and strudels — from Rockland County, New York-based Rockland Bakery, which operates five baking facilities in New York. York and New Jersey, eight regional distribution centers and a fleet of more than 100 vehicles delivering freshly baked goods in six states.

Toasted and Roasted also plans to source baked goods from Back Door Bakeshop, which returned to its origins as a wholesale business when it closed its brick-and-mortar location in early spring.

Back Door, known for its scones, cookies and cinnamon rolls, was created by Gail Lehman and Dina Hall in 2009 at 1422 Center St. in Bethlehem. In 2013, the couple moved the business about a mile south to larger urban space at East Broad and Center streets.

Khorosh and Dickison hope to give away sugar cookies, mini pies and “literally anything we can twist Gail’s arm to give us,” Dickison said.

“A lot of people came to ask [Back Door’s] cinnamon rolls,” added Khorosh.

Toasted and Roasted hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Customers can place their takeout orders at an indoor counter or a takeout window, and Khorosh and Dickison hope to get a few outdoor tables approved in the coming months.

To stay up to date on Toasted and Roasted offers and events, follow the company’s social media pages, and Info: 610-625-0987;


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