Like Cool Beans, Mercies will be using True Coffee Roasters, which has a roast in Fitchburg and a cafe in Monona. Orr said she would still serve breakfast, lunch, and smoothies.
“The menu will be different, but the principle will be a bit the same,” she said, noting that the menu will be slightly smaller and that she will update the recipes.
Orr said she still tries out menu items, but has a breakfast sandwich with bacon, eggs, cheese, and homemade jelly; and a homemade cookie.
She said the store will do whatever it can, including its syrups and sauces. “We’re going to do as much local sourcing as possible, so I’m going to work with local farmers, and also work with sourcing from other local businesses.”
Orr said she hasn’t decided where she will get her bakery, but is considering small local businesses.
She said she had been a barista for 11 years, mostly in Washington. She worked at Cool Beans for about four months and left after the store’s opening hours were reduced due to the pandemic. She had a second job at Costco in Sun Prairie, where she worked for almost two years.
Orr said she intended to have an area in the store with information on organizations that combat trafficking. She would like to present statistics to give people “an idea of what is going on, just in their own neighborhood”.