Lelo’s Coffee Co., an online coffee company owned by husband and wife Sandy Davis and Derek Davis, will expand its online business with the brick-and-mortar cafe. The new concept will include an indoor cafe along with a walk-up ordering window inside a silo and will serve fresh coffee roasted on-site, Derek Davis said.
“It's showing people, you know, they don't really understand how they get their coffee; they can look into the silo and just see what was going on, like the behind-the-curtain type of thing, so they kind of understand where the coffee comes from,” he said.
The cafe will offer a variety of coffee drinks along with tea and a selection of food items. The Davises also plan to host educational cupping courses where visitors can learn more about coffee roasting and try different varieties of coffee, Derek Davis said.
Lelo’s Coffee Co. is named after Sandy Davis’ grandfather, who loved coffee, and the company aims to celebrate her family’s Puerto Rican heritage through coffee. The family-owned business supplies coffee to local restaurants, such as those owned by 33 Restaurant Group and Front Burner Restaurants, and is planning to collaborate further with Tupps Brewery through this project, Sandy Davis said.
“We love to collaborate with other businesses; that's so much fun. We could just make coffee by ourselves for the rest of our lives, and that would be fine, but making coffee to provide a stout, which helps in creating a different product with both of our talents, is so much more fun for us,” Sandy Davis said.
The walk-up coffee counter, to be located at 402 E. Louisiana St., is expected to open in June with the indoor cafe space following later in the summer, Derek Davis said.