Garden Herbs

Yes, we have started to grow some herbs in the our back patio. But they are little pots. Surely we need to plant more to make it useful for our culinary excursions. However, the simple step of cultivating a pot at a time has created good change. We have since launched, “The Courtyard”, our backyard seating area, a space that has inspired many a great conversations.

And we continue to plant our gardens.

Last month, we started to brainstorm with one of our Barista, Chenell Bowers, on how we can help with a project she is involved in the Philippines called the “The Garden Herbs” project. Imagine our gardening hands reaching across the globe? We began to get excited. “The Garden Herbs” project is a preschool wellness initiative with a focus on feeding undernourished and malnourished children in Peña Blanca, Cagayan Valley, Philippines. There are now close to 100 children involved in the daily feeding component of the program. To feed the children until the end of the year, we need $4,000. Close to half of this has already been raised.

So we said to ourselves, isn’t this just like our garden project in Guymon, “The Courtyard”? Starting with small pots, we can hopefully create a garden that can feed all.

And we will build our garden. And build bridges between various gardens.

We will soon offer some heirloom rice from the Philippines with proceed from sales benefitting “The Garden Herbs” project. We will also launch our Arroz Caldo (Filipino chicken and rice soup) sometime in August utilizing this heirloom rice.

Can’t wait to see what our garden will look like next year!

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The Art of the Latte

It is almost two years since we first opened our doors. On February 9, 2011, we had a soft opening by testing our products and giving out free drinks. We had a formal opening on February 12, 2011 (which is also my birthday!). My crew and I will often reminisce about those days. “Do you remember when….” one of us would start, and then we would end up with volumes full of stories about boo-boos, funny things we did and said, how we used to do things (we did what?), and those who are not working with us anymore. Some of the newer ones would ask about a menu item long gone. Or, a team member that they did not meet. All of us have stories of each other, and our own life stories would most likely have a chapter about the Bru.

To celebrate our 2nd year anniversary, we wanted to honor the great talent and skill of our baristas. We have, in fact, come a long way from the days when we had to teach each other the parts of an espresso machine. And, we take our coffee seriously. So, on February 9, from 2-4 p.m. we will have a Latte Art competition among all our baristas. Please come and join us in this fun event. We will have free cookies, muffins and coffee for all our customers during the event!

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The Holidays

The holidays are in the air. We love this time of year!

We have our decorations up, We are brewing our hot Peppermint Mocha Loca latte. We have new holiday teas and coffee. We also are selling some Funky Chunky popcorn and chocolate delights. And, of course, we occasionally have some holiday music on.

Not in the mood to bake? You can pre-order any of our yummy desserts.

We are closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. We will close early on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, at 3 PM. We will close early on Dec. 22, at 6 .p.m. for the Annual Bru Crew holiday party.

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After experimenting with a few menu offerings, we have finally nailed down our revised menu for Fall/Winter 2012. For the time being, we will be discontinuing our brunch on regular weekends. We will continue to serve our wonderful breakfast offerings including our crepes.

Check out our menu tab for more information.

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Urban Bru Cafe, Sounds Great!

One day, I was sitting by the counter at Urban Bru. On my laptop. Sipping a latte. Listening to music. And, listening to the sounds of the coffeeshop. Yes, there are a lot of fun sounds at the coffeeshop. That is how we came up with the idea for our latest TV ad. Listen closely the next time you drop by.

To watch video, click below:
Urban Bru Summer 2012 Ad

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