Coffee Kiosks provide caffeine, warmth, friendliness

Monday, April 16, 2018

SHERIDAN — America runs on coffee. Black coffee, instant coffee, hot coffee, warm coffee, iced coffee. It comes in countless varieties: latte, espresso, mocha, cappuccino, frappe, macchiato, with cream, with sugar, with cream and sugar.

Most coffee drinkers have beans or grounds in their home or office. Or both. They may also stop by a coffee shop for a relaxing cup of joe.

Coffee drinkers in Sheridan have all those options but are also privy to a more unique option: the drive-thru coffee kiosk. These coffee sellers have no seating and are in the parking lots of other businesses, yet Sheridan currently supports four kiosks.

All are small but maximize space. Nearly every inch is packed with coffee machines, syrup, cups, snacks, refrigerators, mini-fridges and utensils. Workers constantly move around, deftly avoiding each other and all the other materials packed into the kiosk.

The Daily Grind has operated in town for the longest amount of time, opening in the late 1990s in the same location it stands today: on Coffeen Avenue near Ridley’s Family Markets. It underwent renovations last November, nearly quadrupling its kiosk space.

“We were getting busier in the old building, and I kind of just jumped with both feet in,” owner Lexi Kooper said. “It’s been great so far.”

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