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Kats Koffee: New location, same caffeination
by Cortney Maddock
May 14, 2009 | 959 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Tribune/Cortney Maddock - Kats Koffee owner Justin Bright laughs with his employees while he makes a drink at the coffee shop's new location 9725 Pyramid Hwy.
Kats Koffee owner Justin Bright has capitalized on the old business saying that it’s all about location. In March, Bright moved his burgeoning business from the Sparks Galleria shopping center to a new location with a drive-thru at the corner of Pyramid Highway and Eagle Canyon Drive.

“That was one of the reasons to move out here,” Bright said of the superb location. “The rent was cheaper and this location included a drive-thru and patio seating.”

The coffee shop was crowded mid-morning on Monday as people sat out front and talked while sipping on lattes, nibbling on pastries and enjoying the mild weather. A consistent line of cars carried passengers who ordered their food and drink through an intercom while a steady stream of customers flowed in and out of the inviting store front to pick up their morning caffeine boost.

Kats Koffee has been welcomed into the community. Its location, near the new Bully’s Sports Bar & Grill in Spanish Springs on the southbound side of Pyramid, makes it convenient for residents to grab a cup of coffee and a bite to eat in the morning before heading into Reno and Sparks to work. Kats Koffee is also the only coffee shop in Spanish Springs.

Location. Location. Location.

As if convenience could not be more important to a hurried commuter, Kats Koffee offers friendly customer service, amazing coffees, smoothies, Italian sodas and gelato as well as pastries and breakfast sandwiches and lunch specials.

For customers who walk into Kats Koffee, the teal walls are inviting and soothing against the brown counter tops and tables, and a chorus of voices says “hello.”

“Everything is still the same,” Bright said of the new location’s décor and service. “Everyone here greets you with a smile, if not a hello.”

It took Bright about six months to open the new location.

“I got worried when I closed down the shop to open this one,” Bright said. “It took about three to four months longer than I wanted it to take.”

Bright being in business helps keep other local businesses going ,as well. To keep Kats Koffee stocked and ready to make all of its unique beverage offerings, Bright, who is a life-long Sparks resident, said he tries to use all local vendors.

Bright keeps the pastry case stocked with goodies from Rolling in the Dough, he gets his pumpkin and specialty breads from Harvest Grains, his syrups and smoothie mixes come from Tavern Product Supply, the teas are supplied by Davidson’s Teas and the coffee beans are from Woodfire Roasting Company.

“When I get my coffee beans, they’re so freshly roasted that the bags are still warm,” Bright said.

Bright also said he buys his milk from Costco because it’s the best price he can find, and even with the support of the community and the constant flow of customers, that his milk purchases are down.

Bright said that 40 gallons of milk, which includes whole-milk, non-fat milk and half-and-half, will be sufficient for five to seven days of business. He added that he should be buying more than 100 gallons of dairy products a week, but is confident that business will increase again soon.

In addition to using local business to keep his own going, Bright is also trying hard to keep Kats Koffee eco-friendly.

“We are working with the Green Star Restaurant Association to get green certified,” Bright said. “A good 90 percent of my business is made up with compost-able or biodegradable products.”

Bright said the plastic lids and cups used at Kats Koffee are biodegradable and that customers who order pastries or sandwiches who need a bag are getting one that is made from corn starch so it is biodegradable, as well. Even the to-go boxes are made from potato starch by a company called Tater Ware.

Bright did want to make it clear that just because a business chooses to go green, the customer should not pick up the cost.

“I’m not the person who is going to charge you and arm and a leg to go green,” Bright said, adding that he absorbs the cost of using green products.

Even with using local vendors and green products, Bright said a customer can walk into Kats Koffee with $5 and walk out with a satisfying drink and a tasty treat. Kats Koffee has a menu that includes a full line-up of caffeinated drinks ranging from $2.50 for a small latte to $3.65 for a large

A breakfast sandwich combo includes a ham, egg and cheese sandwich on a bagel or bread and a small drink for $4. A lunch sandwich combo includes a roast beef, chicken or ham sandwich and includes potato or pasta salad and a small drink for $5.95.

“I get a lot of compliments on my roast beef sandwiches and I have a chicken sandwich that is awesome,” Bright said.

Customers be warned: There is always room for dessert. Bright did his research and offers an array of delicious homemade gelatos. Although the gelatos are fantastic, it was the love of coffee that brought Bright into the business.

Bright graduated from Sparks High School in 1995. He trained and worked as an electrician until he started researching coffee and decided to open his own shop. The original Kats Koffee opened in the Sparks Galleria in 2007.

“Pretty much the love of coffee made me want to get into this business,” Bright said. “I have to say, the community has supported me very well out here.”

Kats Koffee is located at 9725 Pyramid Hwy. in Spanish Springs. It is open from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.

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