Friday, August 21, 2009

Coffee at Square Beans

Posted By on Fri, Aug 21, 2009 at 3:37 PM

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When Kelli and Walt Geminn moved to Collierville they thought a coffee shop would be a “good fit” for the town’s historic square.

“And we kept hoping somebody would do it,” Kelli jokes.

The Geminns opened Square Beans, on the west side of the town square, a year ago March, and it is, indeed, a good fit.

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The place is comfortable but not cramped. There are café tables and armchairs, the art on the wall is by local artists. One of those “leg” lamps, so prominent in A Christmas Story, was brought in just for that holiday (rather than a tree), and it remains as a beacon in the window.

The coffee is single-sourced and is bought from micro-roaster out-of-state. The selection changes weekly. (Yesterday, it was a deep and dark brew from Tanzania.) There’s a full menu of espresso drinks and non-coffee drinks, such as Mexican hot chocolate and caramel apple cider.

Square Beans also has a bakery case full of tantalizing house-made cookies and brownies and cakes from Sugaree’s.

And one more thing: Square Beans serves lunch … pimento cheese, black forest ham and Swiss, roast beef and Provolone all served on fococcia bread.

“We’d really like to get the word out,” Kelli says. “We’re more than just coffee.”

Square Beans is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Square Beans, 103 N. Center in Collierville (854-8855)

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