SOUTHINGTON – Southington Coffee House is the only cafe to sell crepes locally, said owner Denis Guay.
“That kind of uniqueness is a big draw for clients and customers,” Guay said. “I think crepes get a lot more buzz and popularity when people talk about Southington Coffee House.”
Guay said the coffee house offers gourmet coffee, blue tea, coffee-based drinks, espressos, lattes and other beverages. He said the cafe has various bakery items as well.
“We have weekly drink specialties, iced tea and hot lattes as well as regular iced and drip coffees,” Guay said. “We have bakery items ranging from muffins to croissants. We also do scones.”
According to Guay, the cafe has savory and sweet crepes made to order at the customers’ request.
“[The customers] can pick what fillings they want, and the crepes are made right in front of them so they can watch the crepe maker spread the batter and add their toppings or fillings,” Guay said.
When Southington Coffee House opened in August of 2019, the community was interested, Guay said.
“We had a line all the way down the sidewalk going back to the Municipal Parking Lot,” he said. “The response was huge and has really continued to be huge.”
Guay said the cafe is primarily busy on Saturdays and Sundays.
He said the customers enjoy their weekly themed specials.
“We get a lot of customer commentary about waiting to see what our next theme is going to be,” he said. “We try to follow popular stuff that’s happening if movies are coming out.”
According to Guay, the community has voted the cafe for “best coffee” three years in a row.
“We have a lot of Facebook and Instagram followers, and they react and view a lot of our posts,” Guay said. “I would say the response has been pretty favorable.”
The Southington Coffee House purchases its coffee from farms and occasionally handcrafts its beverages, Guay said.
According to Guay, the cafe is steady throughout the year, but the busiest season tends to be fall.
“I think people like lattes and drinks, and our coffee definitely peaks in those months,” he said. “I also think given our location, the Apple Harvest Festival happens right in the heart of where we are, so that drives a lot of foot traffic and customers.”
Guay and his wife have lived in Southington for 12 years.
“We are really proud of the products we produce, and we’re proud of our community,” he said. “We hope to be a part of the community and not yield big profits or anything like that. This is really about establishing ourselves as part of the community and giving back in different ways.”