Monday, July 06, 2009

coffee on the menu

from a 1918 directory, rockford, illinois

A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning,

as if supported by the rays of the sun,

a bird settled on the fire escape,

joy in the task of coffee,

joy accompanied me as I walked.


Anais Nin


click on any photo to enlarge




Some of you have inquired from time to time,
what we actually served in our coffeehouse,
circa 10/31/1999 - 5/2004.

This is one of our working menus at the time.

L put the menu together.

Our prices were reasonable, even for
then. We only offered 12 and 16oz drinks,
but if you stayed in, the ceramic mugs were
large ones. We only went as high as $3.50 for
the larger & flavored drinks towards the end.

17 comments:

Merle Sneed said...

Very cool menu, CM. That L has talent.

Megan said...

I hope you have another coffeehouse someday. If you want.

Celeste Maia said...

I just woke up and saw your coffeehouse menu and I am ready! When do you open another coffeehouse? I promise I will cross the Atlantic and come. I love the menu.
The little poem by Annais is very nice. Did you know that she prided herself on having no odor?

Kurt said...

What a lovely storefront.

Emerging From The Fire said...

I love that snickerdoodles are on the menu. :)

mum said...

I can imagine what a treat it must have been coming across the Caffe Metro Espresso in Wabash. Great that you kept copies of your material.

Cheers to you, cm.

the editor., said...

Hi! C.M.,
Thanks, for sharing...
The Photographs,
(Especially, of your coffeehouse)
The Working Menus,(Created by L)
The Saying by Anais Nin, and
The Quote by Edward Abbey.
Take care!
DeeDee ;-D

Café P11 said...

I like the place, you were the barista there CM?

mouse (aka kimy) said...

need design of your menu! are we surprised!! tee hee.

oh I love that anais nin passage! what joy!

Mary said...

Pop acquainted me to Coffee Messiah and curiosity took me to "bird with broken wing".

Frank Zappa favorite write-in US President candidate for years. Thanks for the new and old memories.

Mary B.

Coffee Messiah said...

merle: She is, indeed ; )

megan: Er, not ; )

celeste: Thanks so much. I know you would have been welcome and have enjoyed it.

kurt: It was amazing, 'cause if you look at the bookstore to the left, they never did fix it up.

emerging: Ha, ha. We had never heard of it until moving out here. The cookie yes, flavored coffee, grrrrr.

mum: Hey there, Thanks. I'll make a visit over the weekend ; )

dcd: Hi there and Thanks for stopping by. Hope U R feeling better.

cafe p: Yes and it was where we had our business for 4 yrs.

kimy: Thanks for stopping by. Still waiting to hear.

mary: Thank so much for stopping by!

subtorp77 said...

OOOH! Double-shot Chai? In coffee or tea, yes! And yes, very reasonable! and nice menu work, L :)

Coffee Messiah said...

subT: Hey, thanks for finding and seeming to enjoy that! I will have to relate how Green Tea Chai wouldn't sell at first, and what I did to make it our best seller ; )

subtorp77 said...

C.M., there's a spiced Chai tea I've tried that was quite a pick me up. And I don't much go in for the flavoured coffees but I do tend to get experimental, at times( rare times, at that ). Happy week-end!

Coffee Messiah said...

subT: Chai with a shot is pretty satisfying ; )

Storms a coming, hope it's dry your way finally.

subtorp77 said...

C.M. ,dry for now but we're due for more of the wet stuff, o'er the week-end :(

Colette Amelia said...

Wow! looks fabulous! hows about the meat loaf recipe?