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Old Village Roaster continues unique coffee tradition

Dec. 29, 2011 @ 09:38 AM

HUNTINGTON — Established in 1995 the Old Village Roaster has been a labor of love for owners Vicky and Pete Cooper.

The small independent coffee shop first began when Pete Cooper purchased an antique peanut and coffee roaster from 1892. The original roaster now sits on full display at the front of the store. Since then the small shop is one the few in the Mountain State that roasts and flavors its own coffee. The Old Village Roaster’s coffees are also available through the Healthy Life Market in Barboursville and Tamarack. The shop is also home to some of Pete Cooper’s antiques including a collection of antiquated coffee memorabilia much of which was donated by the store’s loyal customers.

“We introduced a lot of flavors for the holiday season that we will be keeping around for awhile,” Vicky Cooper said. “Also some of the flavors that have Christmas names we actually serve year around. For instance our Frosty’s Favorite flavor we also sell under the name Yummy Cinnamon Graham in the summer. Another winter flavor we have is Tis the Season, which is mint chocolate with Irish cream. Another good year-around flavor is our S’mores. We also gladly flavor coffee beans to order.”

A cup of gourmet coffee sells for $1.75 for a small and $2 for a large. They also offer specialty coffee drinks such as cappuccino ($2.50 to $3.50) and café lattes ($2.50, $3.50). Customers can also enjoy a selection of non-coffee drinks.

“We make a fantastic hot chocolate with Ghirardelli chocolate syrup that is nice and chocolatey. We also have a white hot chocolate that is wonderful. A lot of people like to top it with whipped cream and peppermint sprinkles,” Cooper said. A small hot chocolate sells for $2.50 while a large goes for $3.50. “We also do a Mexican hot chocolate which as a mixture of spices to it. We also carry Harney & Sons teas. We have a wide selection of loose leaf and bagged teas on sale in a lot of different flavors.”

The Old Village Roaster continues to offer an assortment of candies as well as house roasted nuts and homemade caramel corn.

“We tried a new flavor this year with the caramel corn, cinnamon which was a big hit. We also still have some gift baskets,” Cooper said.

The Old Village Roaster is located at 919 4th Ave. It is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays. Cash and check payments are accepted, no credit/debit cards are taken at this time. For special orders and more information call 304-697-1944.

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