Coffee house brews up new name in Folsom

By: Art Garcia, Telegraph Correspondent
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What: Cooper’s Coffee House
Who:  Mike, Patsy, Troy Cooper; Stacy Baade
Hours:  Monday-Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where:  189 Blue Ravine, Folsom
Phone:  (916) 351-5889

FOLSOM, CA - After six years as a franchise store, It’s a Grind has transformed into the family run Cooper’s Coffee House on Blue Ravine near Folsom Boulevard, a java version of a “Cheers” bar “where everybody knows your name.”

“We’ve gone independent from the franchise,” said Troy Cooper, 24-year-old son of owner Mike and Patsy Cooper and the store’s assistant manager. “We’re just 100 percent all family now.”

The change came in early May. The store has 10 full and part-time employees. Stacy Baade, 37, Troy’s sister, is co-owner and manager.

Besides the name change and shedding its franchisee status, the coffee house has undergone a remodel and added new items to its menu.

“Now that we can do whatever we want we’re really trying to make it as much of a home for people as possible, to all different crowds,” said Troy Cooper. “We’re going in a healthy direction.”

New products include milk alternatives “that other stores don’t carry,” he said, like coconut and almond milk for customers who are lactose intolerant. New gluten-free and vegan products also have been added.

Fresh bagels and pastries are served every day, as well as a “signature” burrito made especially for the store by a catering company.

“It’s called Coop’s Original Breakfast Burrito,” Cooper said. “It’s individually made for the store. It’s not frozen. It’s all fresh ingredients, as opposed to sitting under a heat lamp or being pre-packaged frozen.”

In fact, he noted, “The foods we serve for breakfast are always fresh, never frozen and never pre-packaged.” The burrito sells for $4 and contains bacon, sausage, egg, cheese and potato.

Other breakfast items include a breakfast sandwich of egg, cheese and bacon on any bagel, plus a vegetarian burrito and a spinach and feta cheese stuffed croissant.

A cup of basic coffee is $1.95; most other beverages are priced between $3 and $5.

The coffee house seats about 25, has a fireplace and “lots of big comfy chairs all over the store,” Cooper said.

Cooper’s offers curbside service for call-ahead orders and free Wi-Fi.

“We’re just excited to be a family owned store now,” he said. “It’s given us a lot of freedom to cater to individual customer needs,” Cooper said.

“We try to make everyone feel comfortable and we make an effort to get to know people. Because they met here, many people sort of hang out here and all become a part of our little family.”

The coffee shop has no web site but can be found on Face Book at Cooper’s Coffee House.

Mike and Patsy Cooper live in Natomas. Baade’s home is in Orangevale, at the edge of Folsom, and Troy Cooper lives in midtown Sacramento.