Q: So I hear The Blue Strawberry is opening back up?
A: 2020 was a year of change for everyone including us [The Blue Strawberry]. To adapt to the new landscape of Downtown, we leaned heavily into our roasted coffee sales. We focused on online to accommodate having to work from or stay at home to be safe. Since this new model is working well we feel it is time to offer additional ways for our community to get their coffee. Starting on February 1, 2021 we have opened our doors on Fridays and Saturdays for in-store pick-up. Customers will now be able to browse our selection of fresh roasted gourmet coffee.
Q: Does that mean I can get my latte again? If not, then what are you doing?
A: The challenges we have faced this year have lad us away for our typical food service delivery. For now, we are only focused on our gourmet custom roasted coffee for you to enjoy at home. We want to provide the best quality coffee at an affordable price for all of our customers to enjoy. Fresh roasted right here, locally in Cedar Rapids, to take home or have delivered right to your door.
Q: So what’s the difference between roasting beans and making drinks?
A: Like creating a latte there is an art to it but instead of mixing the espresso, milk and syrup I start with the base ingredient. The short discussion is roasting beans means that I take the green coffee beans, roasting them at a different temperature for each specific roast. The different temperatures allow for the perfect flavors to be brought out of the different beans. We also combine different kinds of beans and roast them together to create our signature blends. This is how that latte you enjoy gets it’s unique flavor.
Q: Do I have to order a lot of coffee though?
A: No, you can order as much or as little as you like. We have a range of options from 12oz bags all the way up to 5 lb bags. We currently provide coffee to many regular customers who order online through our website, www.blue-strawberry.com. We also offer our Coffee Club subscription service so customers can have fresh beans delivered to them without needing to remember to reorder. If you are unsure of what kinds of roast you would like the most, then we also offer sampler packs so that you can try all of the coffee we have to offer.