Cleveland cold brew
Back in 2002, I took my obsession with coffee to a whole ‘nother level by opening my own little coffee shop, Zanzabar Coffee and Espresso Bar on W. 25th St. across from the West Side Market. That small coffee shop made a name for itself and built a loyal following for our mocha “toddy”. Sadly, the shop only lasted a year, but that dream never died.
Fast forward (really, let’s fast forward) to 2016. My coffee dream is coming back into focus, but now everybody’s talking about COLD BREW. After figuring out it’s the same process as our beloved mocha toddy, I set out on a mission to try this again. While watching game 7 of the NBA finals where the Cleveland Cavaliers had come from behind to tie the series, I told myself “if they win, I’ll do it”.
After experimenting with various recipes and perfecting the technique over the last few years, I realized my cold brew was just as good, if not better, than some of the brands already out there. Cleveland Cold Brew’s following grew every week at the University Hospitals Farmer’s Market, as customers kept asking: “Where else can we buy this? It’s so good!”
After competing with over 180 small businesses and being chosen by the city of Cleveland to be part of the Mayor’s Neighborhood Transformation Initiative (NTI) Retail Incubator Program, we will open our very first retail location soon at Glenvillage, a new mixed-use development
in the Glenville neighborhood!
Thank you for coming along with us on this journey. Yes, we know we’re one more brand with the name Cleveland in it. But to us, that name, this city, proves that dreams do come true, and nothing is impossible!