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2 New Bakeries, 2 New Coffees For Maplewood

One coffee promises to be "as crazy" as Strange Donuts.

A new doughnut bakery and a new whole wheat bread and goodies bakery will be opening in the next two months in Maplewood.

Both will be bringing along local coffee.

Strange Donuts co-owner Corey Smale has announced a June 7 opening, and St. Louis based Kuva Coffee Roasters has a new three-source blend called Strange Brew they say will pair perfectly with Strange Donuts.

Smale said he wanted to match the doughnuts in his shop–some traditional and some experimental–with the right coffee but he wasn’t a big coffee drinker, so he was cautious.

“I had a tasting," he said. "They do as crazy stuff as we do. We do it with doughnuts, they do it with coffee.”

Kuva Coffee roast master Ryan Mustone said Strange Brew is complex.

“We did a blend of Ethiopian, Rwandan and Nicaraguan. The subtle sweetness that’s in the doughnuts is in the coffee,” Mustone said. “There’s a complex berry-vanilla-nutty flavor in the coffee that complements both.”

Strange Donuts plans to open at 2709 Sutton Boulevard on June 7, National Doughnut Day.

Great Harvest Bread is moving to 7360 Manchester Road from Olivette and bringing along La Cosecha Coffee Roasters. La Cosecha will do its roasting in the bakery.

“Great Harvest does everything from scratch, mills their own wheat to create the flour for their baked goods, and we roast our coffee from the green beans,” Jamie Jeschke of La Cosecha said.

He said they focus on single-source coffees.

“Everything we roast is fair trade and organic,” he said. “We let the coffee drinker know that the farmer was given a fair price for the beans.”

He said they feature Latin American, African or Indonesian coffee.

“Fresh roasted is really important to us,” he said. “It always tastes better.”

Some Maplewood residents already know about La Cosecha because it’s offered  at Studio Forté, a dance studio in the 2900 block of Sutton Boulevard.

Great Harvest hasn’t announced an opening date, but the large bread oven will begin to be moved in this week, owner Steve Jawor said.

Also in Patch:

  • Strange Donuts Meets Kickstarter Goal
  • Strange Donuts Held a Party at The Post in Maplewood
  • New Doughnut Shop Planning to Open in Maplewood
  • New Maplewood Bakery Owner Talks About His Soon-to-Open Shop
  • Coffee Crawl Highlighted Soon-to-Open and Existing Maplewood Businesses
  • Great Harvest Bakery to Move to Maplewood in May

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