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Bravo brings fresh, made-to-order coffee

By: Rachel Zirin, Senior Reporter
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Bravo Coffee Bar

813 Sutter Street, Suite C

Hours: 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday & Saturday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday

More information: bravocoffeebar.homesteadcloud.com or 916-803-8742

If you are looking for a freshly-made coffee, concocted just the way you like it, Bravo Coffee Bar may be your next stop.

Recently opened on Sutter Street at the end of January, Bravo will lure you in with just the aroma in the hallway. Nothing says fresh more than having your coffee bean ground and brewed right in front of your eyes – literally.

Owner Angie Pope brews her drinks using the pour-over method, which is not too common.

Pope has worked in the food industry her whole career. From managing a deli at Raley’s, specializing in the art of coffee at Peet’s Coffee, to having her own mobile hotdog cart, Pope combined her knowledge of mobile food service and coffee to bring the community Bravo Coffee Bar.

“I worked at Peet’s Coffee on and off for four years, and at the time, I was running a hotdog cart. It was stolen, so I decided to start selling local coffee beans at the Farmer’s Market,” she said. “After research, I learned beans don’t sell well, so I started making cups of coffee out of the beans I was selling. The pour-over bar was the easiest method I found to brew coffee when you’re mobile. It’s freshly ground and brewed at the time it is ordered.”

After becoming a popular stop for Farmer’s Market shoppers as well as at special events, Pope became a multi-roaster vendor. Later, she developed her own syrups and sauces to go with her coffee.

Pope’s Farmer’s Market customers have been requesting she open a store front so they have a place to get their coffee every morning, and after two-and-a-half years, she did it. Located at 813 Sutter Street, Suite C, Bravo now caters to the community every day. While there is a store front, Bravo will still be present at the Folsom Farmer’s Market on Saturdays, Pope said.

Bravo offers a variety of coffee and teas that everyone can enjoy. Hot or iced, customers can order their coffee with vanilla cream, chocolate crème, hazelnut crème, maple crème, as well as the black walnut, or just plain black.

The kiosk counter the pour-over station sits on could not have been made more perfect for Bravo, as by coincidence, it is stained with coffee.

There is no shortage of unique teas at Bravo with blackberry mango, raspberry lychee, cinnamon orange, chai and many more.

In addition to coffee and tea, Bravo will be incorporating many local products from the Farmer’s Market such as local honey, beans, pastries, fresh-cut flowers, smoked salmon, jams and jellies.

Pope said she loves being her own boss, but her favorite thing about her coffee shop is her customers.

“I have a passion for customer service and hospitality. To be able to put that together with a great product creating a great cup of coffee for someone that makes them happy, in that aspect, it makes me happy,” she said. “It’s fun, and I get to be with all my kids. They all work here. I get to be a mom and a business owner at the same time.”

In the future, Pope said she hopes to be a one-stop-shop with prepared salads and sandwiches. She said she wants people to be able to come get a coffee and a lunch for later, or a couple of items on their way home.

“When customers come in, they can expect friendly service and a great cup of coffee with homemade ingredients,” she said.

Bravo will be hosting their grand opening from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Feb. 24 with live music, featured artists, food and giveaways.