Move over Starbucks, there’s a friendlier coffee bar in town and its sweeter than you could ever hope to be.
The new coffee bar’s name Bitter+Sweet pretty much sums it up. It’s coffee and desserts, but according to owner Janice Chua, it’s not just any ol’ coffee or big-chain-purchased desserts.
“It’s really important that I can swear by own products. I’m not going to go to Costco (buy something) and just heat it up,” Chua says.
Everything she serves in Bitter+Sweet is something she would seek to eat or drink herself.
Until July 31, Chua will give everyone an opportunity to double their pleasure with a buy-one-get-one-free coffee drink (of equal or lesser value) when you print out a copy of this article and take it in to the shop.
Opened on July 23 Chua is encouraged by seeing repeat customers already. One of the sweet treats, kouign-amann, a French treat which uses croissant dough and caramelized sugar and brown sugar, had one little girl gobbling it down in the shop and asking for another for the road.
Bitter+Sweet is a coffee and dessert bar located at 20560 Town Center Lane near the .
“It’s interesting, some might call it weird or crazy,” she says.
Coffee and desserts haven’t always been Chua’s world. Up until very recently she was a banker and managed a division of 40 people at Silicon Valley Bank.
“I consider this my second career. I wanted to build a community in a space where people can catch up with friends,” she says.
The store has an area made just for that, too, with comfortable seating for “hanging out,” plus barstools where customers can watch the barista work, and also table and chair seating for those who want to sit with their laptops and work or surf the web with free Wi-Fi.