By Gabby Landsverk, Staff Writer
“So many people have said we need a coffee shop in Pierz,” said Jeanne Klassen.
Starting Oct. 19, Pierz will get its wish with the debut of the Daily Grind, a new coffee shop and community gathering space on Main Street.
Klassen, the owner of the new shop, said it’s been a long-term goal to open her own coffee business.
“I’ve wanted to own a coffee shop my whole life,” said Klassen, a longtime coffee drinker who appreciates a steaming cup of coffee at all hours of the day.
Klassen recalls watching her mother making coffee on the stove top, boiling it and adding an egg, with delicious, memorable results.
“I’m always trying to find that kind of cup of coffee,” Klassen said.
One secret she learned, Klassen said, is that it’s all in the ingredients..
“If you have good water and quality beans, you’ll have a perfect cup of coffee,” Klassen said.
Not all caffeine sources are created equally, Klassen added, and she’s done a lot of preparation to serve excellent espresso and perfectly frothed milk.
“A lot of people don’t like vending machine coffee,” Klassen said. “That’s been our greatest goal, to make sure I get good cappuccinos to people.”
Klassen made the decision to pursue her dream last spring. She had hopes to open the shop in time for the start of the school year, but shoulder surgery forced her to postpone the work.
Klassen previously owned a wellness coaching business in Pierz and has worked a wide variety of jobs before becoming a small business owner.
She added that her husband, Tim, has been extremely supportive of her endeavor, even when things turned out to be more difficult than originally planned.
“It’s been an experience because it took a lot more than expected,” Klassen said of the resources to get the shop ready to brew fresh cups for customers.
Klassen said proprietors of other local cafes have been very helpful in providing advice. The company that supplies her coffee, Farmer Brothers, also helped set up the shop and offered training on the new equipment.
With the new espresso machine and coffee makers installed and the beans have ordered, Klassen said she’s looking forward to getting to work.
“I love dealing with people and Pierz people are great,” Klassen said. “I want to enjoy this and have fun with it.”
She hopes residents will enjoy the new shop as much as she does.
“I want to give customers what they want,” Klassen said. “I want this to be a place to sit down, relax and enjoy a great cup of coffee.”
The menu will include pie from the Royal Cafe and pastries from Pete and Joy’s Bakery in Little Falls, along with standard coffee house beverages like mocha lattés and as well as unique signature drinks.
Local crafts will be available for purchase in the shop as well, Klassen said, includingher handmade jewelry.
Other features or menu items might be added once the business gets off the ground, Klassen said.
“I have lots of ideas, but I keep telling myself to start small,” she said.
The shop’s scheduled business hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, although Klassen may add more hours if business is good.
So far, Klassen plans to be the only one working behind the counter, but she doesn’t mind.
“I don’t look at it as a job,” Klassen said. “It’s something where I get to play with coffee and talk to people, so it’s the best things all rolled into one.”