BY MARCY SHORTUSE - When the streets of Boca Grande are full of people again in a few months, a new door will open to the streets every morning in the Railroad Plaza. The full-bodied smell of coffee will mingle with a hint of warm, fresh baked goods from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Cindy Crespo will be in the kitchen cooking it up.
And if Cindy’s in the kitchen, we all know there will be good eating to be had.
Cindy, who lives on the island, will be the general manager for a cafe and bakery called Morsels, and the proprietors will be Steven and Laura Busch, also of Boca Grande. They are looking at a soft opening date of around Thanksgiving.
The cafe will start out with a complete breakfast menu which will include items such as yoghurt and granola, egg strata and egg tacos, all what Busch considers to be “lighter fare.” After their grand opening they will begin to consider a more complete lunch menu as well, and possibly evening hours to accommodate after-hours coffee drinkers.
What they will be featuring are edible treats called “Morsels.” They are the creations of a couple who own a bakery in Traverse City, Mich., and Cindy will be making them according to their recipe. They are small, two-bite pieces of cake or muffin with many varying flavors to chose from.
To go with the Morsels, Cindy will be serving Intelligentsia coffee and Kilogram tea. It will be ordered special and shipped weekly for the freshest roasted beans to be ground and served by Cindy at Morsels.
Flavors will vary seasonally.
For more information on the coffee and tea, go to intelligentsiacoffee.com.
“This is really high quality coffee,” Busch said. “For us, it’s all about the experience of the coffee. As far as we know there aren’t any Intelligentsia offerings here on the west coast.”
Busch and his family are frequent visitors to Traverse City, where Jeff and Misha Neidorfler have their shop called Morsels Espresso + Edibles. It was opened in 2008 and focuses on using local, fresh ingredients and coffee service. When he spoke with Jeff and Misha about using their store as a model for his idea for a bakery in Boca Grande, they were excited.
“We go to Traverse City a lot in the summer and fell in love with the place,” Busch said. “This shop will be a great fit for Boca Grande. Everything we plan on doing is high quality. It will be reflected in the space, from the decor to the food to the coffee. We’re targeting a really great customer experience.”
“This is a fun way for us to be involved in the community, and we’re fortunate to spend a lot of time here so it will be a lot of fun.”
Cindy is looking forward to the venture as well. She is already planning her contributions to the store and looking at seating arrangements and decor.
“I want it to have a really cool vibe,” she said. “I was so excited when Steven approached me in May about doing something like this. The coffee is really incredible, and so are the Morsels. I am hoping to integrate some of my baked goods along the way.”
Cindy has been baking for years. Not long after she moved here years ago word got out about her baked goods (particularly the red velvet cupcakes), and she has been catering events and parties locally ever since.
“This is a very humbling experience for me,” she said. “It’s an amazing offer; I can’t wait to get started.”
Stay tuned to the Boca Beacon and Gasparilla Gazette for more information in the coming weeks.View More images >>
Editor’s note: Morsels were delivered to the Beacon office this week and promptly devoured. The general consensus as to their goodness? Ohhhh myyyyy ...
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