A little over a month ago I started yet another on-going series here called “Coffee Talk,” where I go to a coffee shop and sample a cup of coffee. The hook here is I’m not a coffee drinker, I had one sip when I was twelve-years-old and hated the beany-roasted brew with a passion! But it seems like everyone else drinks coffee, so I’ve decided to go around and visit coffee shops in and around Peoria and ask them to fix me a cup of coffee that even a non-coffee drinker might enjoy. I started this about a month ago and shortly after that post went up, I got a message on facecrack from Erin, who along with her husband, Eric, owns a coffee shop and bakery in Dunlap called, JamBerry. She invited me to do the next episode of “Coffee Talk” there, I got a little verklemped, pulled myself back together and now it’s off we go for the second installment of MBIP’s “Coffee Talk.” To the MBIP Mobile!
The MBIP Mobile is off and rolling and aimed towards Dunlap. The day is overcast and I’m always grateful when the horrible sunshine is hidden from the sky. Oh happy day!
That was an easy drive and here we are at JamBerry Coffee Shop in Dunlap. That’s an impressive building!
There’s a nice patio area out here, but it’s a little chilly to be sitting outside today. That’s right, I said the “chilly” word. Summer’s officially over. Sob!
So let’s go inside and check out JamBerry.
There’s the front counter and I have a sneaking suspicion that’s Erin over there, who invited us here. Let’s go say hello.
Hello! I was correct, this is Erin and her husband Eric and their son, Ever. Erin and Eric said that opening JamBerry was a real dream come true for them and the coffee shop is doing well. I always love to hear about dreams coming true, and check out Ever, he’s displaying all five fingers that are intact on his right hand. Nobody likes a show-off Ever, but you’re too young to know that, so we’ll give you a pass. This time!
And what a perfect day to visit a coffee shop as it’s National Coffee Day! (Small print private joke alert!)
And there’s certainly a lot of coffee, espresso’s and tea to choose from! We’ll get back to that in a little bit, for now, let’s take a look around in here.
There’s a table opposite the front counter that looks over on 2nd Street. I really like the hardwood floor in here!
This is Tony, who was enjoying coffee in here with his two children, Kestrel and Anderson.
There’s another room in here just beyond this brick archway...
And there’s artwork on display in here from local artist, Michael Adams.
I love the art and the fact that he works in such different styles. Very nice!
Here’s a shot from the back of this room.
There’s a hollowed out TV set over here filled with board games.
Leave your stinking Kindle at home, there’s real print books to read in here!
Erin told me that this children’s book is what inspired their coffee shop’s name, JamBerry.
The kitchen is in the back and this is where...
These cupcakes came from! Everything in here is baked on the premises by Erin and Eric.
This case is filled with their signature baked treats, Jam Pockets. I’m definitely going to try one of these! I think I’ll try one of the chocolate ones on the bottom!
But first, we need to figure out what kind of coffee drink I should try. All the coffee in here is from thirty-thirty coffee.
Eric and Erin suggested I try the Honey Bourbon Peach Latte, I agreed and here’s Eric brewing it up. This is a recipe that Eric developed.
As you can see, there’s a lot of steps to get the finished product in a cup!
And here it is, along with the chocolate Jam Pocket.
Wow, this coffee is really good. The coffee taste isn’t overpowering and there’s a nice sweet flavor that comes through as you drink it. I may just become a coffee drinker after all!
Oh my god! This Jam Pocket is insanely tasty! The chocolate filling is decadently rich and creamy and the frosted pastry is super fresh and flaky. This is worth the trip here alone, I even got one to go!
Youngest smart phone alert so far on MBIP! You’re busted Ever, now put that phone away and go get a Jam Pocket, you’ll thank me, I promise! Thanks to Erin and Eric for great coffee, pastry and hospitality at JamBerry! I really had fun hanging out there! We’ll see you all tomorrow!
Coffee Talk Rating
Four Linda Richmans—I really liked their coffee and that Jam Pocket took it over the moon...I’d say more but I’m getting a little verklempt over here...talk amongst yourselves.
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