Owner Nick Fuller called incorporating beer at coffee shops a national trend.
BY WAYNE GRANT | STAFF WRITER
Changes are percolating at Deja Brew, the gourmet coffee shop at 142 N. Nova Road. Owner Nick Fuller is planning to bring a new trend to the city by adding craft beers to his menu in the next few weeks.
Coffee shops around the country have been adding alcoholic beverages, he says, and now he feels like it's time for his shop to get in on the action.
“You’re starting to see it in a lot of the bigger cities,” he said.
The shop will also begin staying open later and incorporating live music.
“A lot of my customers have been asking for music,” he said. “I may get someone to play acoustic guitar. We’ll have an open-mic one night a week. I’d like to see a group of people at a table and one of them going up to play some music.”
Fuller emphasizes that Deja Brew will still be a coffee shop with the same ambiance. The addition of beer only offers more options. He plans to offer several beers brewed in Florida.
The shop specializes in coffees, though, featuring more than 40 varieties of beans and loose leaf teas. Customers can also buy bagged coffee in whole bean or ground. Iced and frozen drinks are also available.
Along with the craft beers, Fuller has also brought in extra tables, increasing seating from 10 to 30. Also, a stage will be built in the next couple of weeks. After the remodel, finger foods such as cheese sticks and potato poppers, will be available.
Currently, the shop is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The new hours will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Enjoying coffee in Deja Brew recently were Yvette Becerra of Palm Coast and a friend visiting from Michigan, Alycia Paul.
“The coffee is excellent,” Becerra said. “I like the diversity of flavors. I can find bold flavors here, which is what I like.
She said she also liked the idea of offering beer because she would like to own her own coffee and beer shop.
Paul agreed that being able to enjoy a beer at a coffee shop is a growing trend.
“They are starting to pop up in Michigan,” she said.