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Coffee house opens in Cedar Grove

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By Stephen Thomas

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - Three friends hope Bullitt County will wake up and smell the coffee.

They are the new co-owners of Cedar Grove Coffee House, a family owned and operated business in Shepherdsville.

Two co-owners, Teresa Ramey and Christy Marin, are sisters. Ramey brought in Dave Baumgardner to help establish the business.

“Dave is our coffee expert,” Marin said.

Baumgardner brings his past catering experience, which Ramey was aware of after hiring him for various functions.

The co-owners want Cedar Grove Coffee House to offer Shepherdsville an experience that hadn’t existed prior.

“We’ll really try to support the community here,” Baumgardner said.

Cedar Grove Coffee House displays an artistic side with live music on Monday and Tuesday nights. Musician Dale Ferguson is the usual Tuesday talent.

The walls at Cedar Grove Coffee House contain works by local artists, all available for purchase.

Proximity to Jefferson Community and Technical College’s Bullitt Campus and free Wi-Fi Internet access make Cedar Grove Coffee House a destination for local college students.

“They love the smoothies,” Baumgardner said.

The above amenities are in addition to the product featured at Cedar Grove Coffee House, featuring local roasted coffee by Argo Sons of Louisville.

“We want to stress the word ‘fresh’,” said Ramey. “It’s roasted within the day it’s served.”

Argo Sons roaster James Tooill said stores are supplied coffee with an expiration date of a year or more. Argo Sons can deliver much quicker to Cedar Grove Coffee House.

“I’m surprised how many people here are coffee experts,” Tooill said. “If (Cedar Grove Coffee House) supplies a better option here, people will go for that.”

Those experts can choose from many types of international coffee beans and various flavors, including straight black.

Marin mentioned seasonal latte flavors were available as well as espresso drinks and iced lattes.

Other drinks include all-natural fruit smoothies. Baumgardner said the drinks were made with real fruit, low-fat yogurt and skim milk.

“It’s very natural and even healthy,” he said.

Ramey mentioned patrons could also request flax seed and protein additions to the smoothies.

Cedar Grove Coffee House features 15 varieties tea, including green tea.

“The chai latte has been a popular drink,” Marin said.

The secret weapon at Cedar Grove Coffee House might be its hot chocolate.

“We have the best hot chocolate in town,” Baumgardner said.

Cedar Grove Coffee House features sugar-free products, along with skim and soy milk upon request.

Soups are also on the menu, with sandwiches soon to be added. Other food items include bagels, muffins and assorted pastries. The co-owners hope to add frozen yogurt in the spring.

Cedar Grove Coffee House will cater to area businesses with a coffee and smoothie bar. The location can be rented for parties.

Other features include drive-thru service and a “frequent flier” card allowing customers a free beverage after purchasing 10 coffees or smoothies.

The co-owners promote a family-friendly atmosphere in their family-owned establishment.

“We wanted something ‘family’ where people could be family and bring their kids,” Ramey said. “We wanted to be happy coming to work.”

Cedar Grove Coffee House is located at 142 Buffalo Run Rd., Building C, off of Cedar Grove Rd., next to Mi Sol Mexican Restaurant and the House of Quilts. Hours are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Hours are extended to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays.

For more information call 921-0075, visit www.cedargrovecoffeehouse.com.