HAWARDEN—Almost a year after opening at 1001 Central Ave., Roasting Bean is adding baked goods to its menu lineup.
Owner Maribel Curiel, 26, has enjoyed offering a wide selection of hot and cold coffees since it opened on August 27, 2021. But earlier in the year, Kayla Wolf, 34, contacted Curiel about the possibility of to use the space for a business she and her mother operate.
“My mother and I have a home bakery at her house. This company is called The Bickering Bakers. I got my hands on Maribel because I needed a place to meet brides. We do weddings and quinceañeras. We do birthday cakes and lots of cupcakes and things like that,” Wolf said. “So I contacted her and asked her if I could meet wives here. Then we started talking and became good friends.
From there came the idea of hiring Wolf as a staff member to cook and sell baked goods at the cafe.
Wolf also continues to work at Bickering Bakers. However, since starting on July 25 as a baker for Roasting Bean, Wolf has been making blueberry lemon, white chocolate raspberry swirl, chocolate fudge and white chocolate chai for the coffee. Every other Friday, zebra donuts are also sold.
“If people like our products, we will gradually increase the menu. We can also make orders. If you want muffins or cookies, they just have to call Roasting Bean a day ahead so we can make that for them,” Wolf said.
Being open to customer feedback and requests is an important part of his business, Curiel said, adding that more changes are on the way for Roasting Bean.
With Wolf on board, the couple plan to expand the store’s kitchen for use in activities and possibly cooking meals.
“Our goal is to have fun activities here with the kids. I would love to do a tea party and the girls could dress up as princesses and have tea parties,” Wolf said. “We could have sugar cookie decorating parties.”
What meals they might provide are always a topic of discussion, although they are considering things like chili and cinnamon rolls.
Curiel said it was amazing to have been in business for nearly a year already.
“I’m really grateful,” she said. “It was a roller coaster ride, basically. You don’t know what to expect the next day, but I’m happy.