Wine and Beer of the Moment

Good morning! We are happy to unveil new featured “Wine and Beer of the Moment” selections today to kick off the first official week of summer! Many thanks to our resident wine and beer experts, Eric and Andy, for sharing their selections and knowledge with us.

Wine of the Moment, as selected by Eric:

2012 Campagnola Pinot Grigio IGT

Region: Veneto
Grapes: 100% Pinot Grigio
Price: Glass – $6.50   Bottle – $28
Color: Light straw
Taste: Crisp and dry with a pleasant green apple aftertaste
Aroma: Elegant lemon and clean


Beer of the Moment, as selected by Andy:

Shift Pale Lager

Brewery: New Belgium
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
Style: American Pale Lager
Size: 16oz Can
ABV: 5%
Price: $5.50

American Pale Lagers, also known as “all-malts”, are offshoots of their cousin the American Adjunct Lagers which were popularized under the brands of Budweiser, Miller and Coors after the end of prohibition. Unlike the latter (which use adjunct grains – predominately rice and corn), American Pale Lagers are brewed entirely with barley malt and therefore often have a greater depth of flavor and complexity to the beer. American Pale Lagers are a relatively recent development in the American Craft Beer scene, particularly in Colorado, where breweries such as New Belgium and Upslope have begun brewing Pale Lagers for widespread distribution.

Shift Lager, from New Belgium, has an interesting personal history. Having been brewed for years by the brewery exclusively for employees at the end of their shift (hence the name), in early 2012, after lobbying by New Belgium employees, the brewery began selling the beer in all of their distribution markets. Despite the simplicity of the style, Shift achieves a level of complexity that would surprise any beer snob. Sweet notes of tropical fruit are balanced by citrusy hops combining with a light, medium carbonated mouth feel perfect for any summer adventure.



Coffeebar/Bespoke T-Shirt Design Contest

Coffeebar and Bespoke have come together to create a radical t-shirt design contest for our community. Here’s the run-down…

You’ve got two weeks to design the absolute coolest t-shirt you can that represents both Coffeebar and Bespoke. Links to download our logos are included here in this post. It is not required to use the logos, however the t-shirt design must somehow illustrate the concepts behind both Coffeebar and Bespoke (using your creative judgment!). T-shirt designs must be in one color.

T-shirts designs should be both emailed to marketing director Kara at as well as uploaded to the Coffeebar and/or Bespoke Facebook pages by July 1st, the official end of the contest period. A winner will be announced approximately one week after that point. Judging is as follows: 50% based on the most “likes” on the design photo on Facebook (recruit your votes!!); 25% based on Giuseppe’s vote; 25% based on Bespoke’s vote.

The winning design will be featured on t-shirts to be sold at both Coffeebar and Bespoke. The winner will also receive five free t-shirts featuring their design, as well as a $50 gift certificate to Coffeebar and a $50 gift certificate to Bespoke… in addition to being immortalized in Coffeebar/Bespoke fame! (Be sure to include your signature or personal logo on the bottom of your t-shirt design if you’d like!)

Questions? Drop us a line via the comments section on this post. Thanks, and happy designing!!

Links to download logos:

Staff Profile: Andy Spivack

Andy Spivack, Resident Beer Expert

AndyProfileFrom: Bedford, NH (by way of Colorado, Texas, and Utah)

How did you end up in Truckee, and what do you love most about our community? I came to California to eventually take advantage of the plethora of Social Work Grad School programs. I chose Truckee for my love of the mountains and the outdoor activities available. Having three childhood friends who lived here made the decision even easier. What I love most about this town is it’s wonderful, and active, community of locals and, of course, its proximity to the outdoor activities close to my heart.

Why do you love beer? Oh god, so many reasons. Beer is a form of art to me; the canvass is its basic ingredients (yeast, barley, water, hops); the style the artistic method. I love experiencing a new beer to see where someone has taken a style, built upon its history, and injected their own ingenuity into it. From the color to the smell to the taste, each brewers take on a style of beer is subtly (or dramatically) different from the others. In addition, beer is a social experience, meant to be shared and enjoyed with people. And each setting lends itself to a different beer. Like wine, beer can be paired with food, but it is also paired with times of day, temperatures, weather, and location. One of the best beers I ever had was a PBR 16oz pounder at 14,309′. Perfection sometimes comes in the form of simplicity. Most of all though, I love beer because of its history, the stories of the styles, and how it is the drink of the peasantry – my ancestors.

What do you like most about being the Coffeebar Beer Expert? I love running beer tastings. Having the privilege of ordering beer at Coffeebar allows me to essentially run a big, perpetual, beer tasting. I like that.

When I’m not at Coffeebar, you can find me… Scurrying up rocks, hiking on a trail, riding my bike, reading by the lake, or enjoying a beer with friends (of course).

What is your favorite city and why? A tough question. My favorite city is Denver, because it succeeds in having the right balance of cool, culture, and proximity to outdoor activities. New York City is the best, pure city. Austin Texas is far and away the coolest place I’ve ever lived. Unfortunately, it’s in Texas. I’m slowly becoming more and more infatuated with Reno.

What did you list as your favorite utensil when you applied? A regular old spoon! You use it for soups and ice cream. My favorite things. Ever.

If you walked in on your wife/husband with another man/woman what would you do? Probably, sarcastically, excuse myself for interrupting them. Then go drink.

What is your favorite beer, or favorite type of beer? Impossible question. I tend to go on style kicks for long periods of time (I’m currently moving out of a year-plus long Saison infatuation), and choice of beer is also often dictated by situation (an 18% strong ale is amazing after dinner, but I’d never drink one sitting on a dock at Donner Lake). With that said though, I often turn back to aforementioned Strong Ales (I have gone on multiple style benders with them) because of the innate complexities. Avery’s Maharaja Imperial India Pale Ale is the pinnacle of a style and I’ve labeled that as a “stuck on a desert island” beer, along with Trappistes Rochefort 10 (Belgian Quad).

What’s in your picnic basket? Pan-Bagnat (on homemade French Country Bread of course). Lemon-Dill Potato Salad. Arugula Salad with Pear and Goat Cheese in a Lemon Vinaigrette. Strawberry Shortcake. A couple really awesome beers. (BTW: I LOVE picnics)

What’s at the top of your travel bucketlist? A seven month bike tour of Europe. Been thinking about it for YEARS.

What is something yo are extremely proud of? That people consider me a “good” person.

I would really love to learn how to…. Mountaineer.

If I had to choose between the following — dragon, alligator, monkey, eagle, rat — I would pick: Eagle. Bad. Ass.

I couldn’t live without…. Those perfect moments. You know the ones I am talking about.

I’m really good at…. Hiking long distances with a heavy pack without complaining one bit.

My idea of a perfect day is… An awesome, leisurely breakfast, followed by climbing and hiking, maybe an afternoon cappuccino and then grilling with good friends and good beer around a fire.

From your perspective, what makes Coffeebar special? The combination of well crafted coffee, simple food, excellent beer and wine, and community, is a really unique thing. In a world where business is often dominated by greed, lies, and cost-cutting, CoffeeBar lends itself as a model of what you can do that is good for your body, soul, and community. I’m proud to be a part of it.

Art Show: Michael Heltebrake

Screen Shot 2013-06-04 at 4.08.50 PM Coffeebar will debut its June art show, featuring the works of artist Michael Heltebrake, TONIGHT! All are welcome to come check out our monthly art show reception, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Michael Heltebrake has been a “closet artist” for most of his life, always doing art in his spare time. Growing from the “closet artist” and becoming a professional in his industry, this past decade has been an exciting time for the evolution of his art; he’s produced work with energetic passion.

Realizing that creative expression is a catalyst for the wellspring of internal happiness, Michael has willingly made way for the muse.

His inspirations in his current pieces have existed consciously in his mind for years, waiting to be externalized on the canvas. Michael’s aesthetic style is yet undefined, but is strongly influenced by his technical skills as a builder and his love affair with the line.

Michael’s works will make their debut display at Coffeebar this evening. We will also have beer and wine available, along with music and great company! So don’t miss this chance to check out some fabulous art, support a local artist, and mingle with good friends at Coffeebar. See you all tonight!

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Featured Wine and Beer Selections

Good afternoon Coffeebar fans! We are pleased to announce our very first featured wine and beer selections today. With an extensive variety of wine and beer selections now available at Coffeebar, we’ve called on our resident beer and wine experts to help us with selecting a beer and a wine to feature each month. This way, you can learn a bit more about the beverages we have available, and what our resident experts are loving at the moment. Enjoy!

Wine of the Moment, as selected by Eric, our resident wine expert:

Sergio Mottura Orvietto Secco DOC
Region: Umbria
Price: $9.50 by the glass, $32 by the bottle
Color: Clear pale yellow w/ golden highlights
Taste: Dry with a slight bitter after taste. Flavors of ripe golden apple, pear and dried peach.
Aroma: Fruity and fragrant, with hints of wild mint and aromatic herbs

The Orvieto White Blend is easily the most reputable wine from Umbria. This is a great aperitif wine and also pairs well with Coffeebar’s Garden Crepe Special.


Beer of the Moment, as selected by Andy, our resident beer expert:

Brewery: The Bruery
Location: Placentia, CA (Orange County)
Style: Berliner Weisse
Size: 750ml Bottle
ABV: 3.1%
Price: $12.50 per bottle
Berliner Weisse beers are a style of regional beers from Northern Germany, in particular Berlin. Dating back to the 16th Century, Berliner Weisse are Wheat Beers (Weisse means Wheat in German) that have been soured either through a secondary fermentation or by the deliberate introduction of lactobacillus, a type of yeast that creates Lactic Acid as a byproduct of the fermentation process. During the 19th Century, Berliner Weisse beers were the most popular drink in Berlin, but the style fell to the wayside during the 20th Century as Lagers/Pilsners grew in favor among Germans. It has seen a bit of revival in recent years in the American Craft Brewing scene.

Berliner Weisse beers are “Table Beers” — beers that are low in alcohol content to be shared among a table of persons during meals (side note: Table Beers date back to a time before water sanitation, where it was often dangerous in cities to drink water, so people drank very low ABV beers – the alcohol destroyed any bacteria/viruses/parasites – to prevent sickness). It is characterized by a mild but distinct tartness, medium carbonation, and a light, almost wine-like, body. Traditional Berliner Weisse beers are not flavored, but in Germany are often served with flavoring syrup (Raspberry and Woodruff being the most popular) to temper the tartness. Hottenroth stays true to the traditional style, with a distinct tart flavor, citrus undertones (in particular lemon), and a bready wheat malt backbone. The beer is easily drinkable, great in the sun, and good for mid-day drinking without the adverse “day drunk” effects.


Grand Opening Beer/Wine Tasting Event and Party

Coffeebar will host a ‘grand opening’ party and tasting event Saturday, May 25th to celebrate our new Beer & Wine beverage service.

The event will kick off at 5 p.m., with local funk band Thick Newton playing on the patio outside. Inside, beer and wine service will be available as well as a Beer & Wine tasting featuring a number of Italian & Belgian selections from our new list.  Attendees will experience Coffeebar’s new array of Italian Wine & Belgian Beer selections first-hand. Coffeebar will also feature homemade sangria; mimosas and a new Bloody Mary bar.

All are welcome to enjoy the sounds of Thick Newton and regular Coffeebar menu items from 5:00 to 8:00, but attendees must be 21+ to order alcohol or participate in the Italian Beer & Wine tasting event.  Cost for the tasting event is $10, and Coffeebar is asking all attendees to consider a $1-$5 cash donation at the door for the Truckee-Tahoe Humane Society.

Following Thick Newton, the dance party will be from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., with music provided inside by local DJs. Attendance is limited to ages 21+ after 8 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you all there!


Cups for Cakes

Please come by Coffeebar Thursday, May 23rd as the Sugar Bowl Academy female upperclassmen host “Cups for Cakes,” a bra drive to help victims of Human Trafficking. Should be a beautiful day out on the patio and a great opportunity to do something good, and get something delicious in return!

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Dear Loyal Bibo Customers…

My heart sincerely goes out to Paul, his wife and all Bibo loyalists and customers. In light of the recent commentary to Coffeebar, I feel it is important to address what has transpired in a public forum.

It was never our intent to incite a debate among local coffee lovers. We were of the understanding that as of July 1st, the space on 680 Mt. Rose St was to be vacated by Bibo. Coffeebar had nothing to do with the non-renewal of their lease. We also had nothing to do with Bibo’s deteriorated relationship with Mr. Grulli. It is not our business to discuss or make assumptions as to why Bibo was not given an option to renew its lease and we have no intention of doing so. Given the timing of the situation, it may seem like Coffeebar is doing Bibo an injustice by moving into the space but if not us, the blame will fall just as easily on the next tenant.

I’ll be the scapegoat in this situation because in the big picture of coffee, food and culture in Reno I truly believe it is better to have a local, independent concept than some corporate chain in that location. Reno is a vibrant community that would be well served by many more cafes, restaurants and gathering spaces that inspire their patrons. We welcome and support any other entrepreneurs to join us in elevating the restaurant experience in Reno.

I started Coffeebar in Truckee with absolutely nothing 2 and 1/2 years ago and now employ over 25 people in one store serving the community with artisan coffee, tea, food and excellent customer service. We are not interested in riding on the coat tails of Bibo or any other business. We are a proud business and plan on introducing an entirely unique concept to the neighborhood. We serve coffee & espresso, yes, but we also sell crepes, panini, salads, fresh baked pastries, fresh juices, beer, wine and gelato. In light of the recent barrage of comments, I do not expect Paul’s support or the support of his loyal customers. We completely understand and admire their loyalty to Bibo, and I am very impressed with the fervor they defend their original Bibo location. I trust they will continue to support Paul & Deb in their other locations and I encourage them to do so. I do however expect to earn each Coffeebar customer one cup of coffee, one scoop of gelato and one crepe at a time. We are confident that we can inspire loyal customers of our own, and have a positive impact on the Reno community by bolstering its coffee and food scene, just as Bibo has.

We truly wish for the best possible outcome for both parties and the community at large, and hope Bibo can work to do the same by not speaking negatively about the character and integrity of Coffeebar and its team, or encouraging others to do so. Most importantly, we want to make sure it is clear to all parties that Coffeebar is not in any way the reason behind this current situation. We will continue to respect you and your business. We recognize this situation is not easy for you, but we do however ask for mutual respect throughout the process.

I wish Paul, his wife, and their business the very best of luck. I look forward to raising the bar to another level alongside Bibo and other successful businesses in Reno. I hope they find can find another space in the neighborhood so that we can both serve and thrive in the Reno community.


Greg Buchheister

Big News: A Letter to Reno/Tahoe…

Dear Reno Coffee Connoisseurs,

Coffeebar is very delighted to announce that we will become part of the Reno community with the opening of our second location in July!  We know Reno is a wonderful, vibrant community with an incredible culture and a booming culinary scene, and we are so excited to become a part of that. We are grateful to come into this opportunity and we do so with open minds, eager attitudes, and extensive experience to offer.

Inspired by the coffee shops of Italy, Coffeebar was founded on the principle of providing a community hub for its neighbors. Our mission is to provide our community and friends with three important qualities: excellent coffee, top-notch customer service, and a fun, friendly atmosphere.

At Coffeebar, we take our coffee very seriously. We use exclusively organic, C1 Grade coffee – the highest quality level of industry designation– and our proprietary organic coffee blends are roasted by Carl Staub right here in Reno. Carl is one of the most prominent figures in the world of coffee and over the last twenty years he has trained over 1600 independent roasters the art and science of roasting coffee.

In addition to excellent coffee Coffeebar’s menu offers an array of fresh and delicious options including organic chai, mate, and over thirty loose leaf teas as well as a variety of sweet and savory crepes, traditional panini, fresh baked pastries, homemade gelato, wine, and beer. Coffeebar makes every effort to support regional farms, prioritizing locally sourced, sustainable ingredients.

Our Coffeebar team is led by one of the top independent coffee retailers in the country, with industry experience dating back to 1998. Since opening its Truckee, CA location in 2010, Coffeebar has become an integral part of our community here in Lake Tahoe, providing a hub for friends to come together to share, chat, laugh, relax, work, connect and embrace life.

Our excitement in entering the Reno market is mixed with some disappointment as the space we will be opening in July, at 680 Mt. Rose Street, represents the loss of a location for another prominent and well-respected local coffee business. We recognize, understand, and connect with the impact that this business has had on Southwest Reno through its Mt. Rose Street location and continues to have in serving the region through two other locations. They have truly ‘set the standard’ for local coffee houses. We look forward to honoring that tradition by continuing to serve Reno’s coffee community with excellent products, superior service, and a community-oriented atmosphere just as they have done.

We’re excited to bring our experience and passion to Reno, and are very eager to immerse ourselves in a new community of food and culture. Our goal and priority is to not only provide excellent products, service, and experience to our customers, but to become an integral part of the community. We firmly believe that in Reno, coffee and community are interconnected, and the more quality coffee shops available to our region – and the more chances for people to connect through coffee — the better. Most importantly, we look forward to meeting all of you, and becoming a part of your lives.

We’ll see you this summer!  But if you can’t wait take a field trip to our Truckee location  (10120 Jibboom Street, Truckee).

Thank you!

Greg, Giuseppe and the Coffeebar Team

Beer and Wine, Extended Hours!

Coffeebar, Truckee’s Italian-style coffee house and eatery, is now officially licensed to serve beer and wine, in addition to all of your favorite coffees, teas and fresh local eats.

Coffeebar will begin serving from its beer and wine selections TODAY, April 15! The list of alcohol beverages available will include both Moretti and Moretti La Rossa beers on tap, as well as a third rotating tap selection; a variety of American, Belgian and Italian bottled beers; a rotating list of white and red wines available by the glass, all under $10; and an extensive selection of wines by the bottle, all with approachable pricing and excellent value.

The Coffeebar, which has become a favorite daytime destination for locals and visitors alike as well as a strong community hub, will now also cater to the night crowd with extended hours and an evening menu that will feature tapas-style seasonal specials, meat and cheese selections and other small plates perfect for an evening out. Coffeebar will be open until 10 p.m. daily through the summer, beginning this week. The evening menu will be available starting next week, April 22.

Patrons can also look forward to additional casual nighttime entertainment on Thursday nights (after Truckee Thursday’s), a fun Friday afternoon club on Truckee’s largest outdoor patio and the occasional live musical performances by local artists, DJ performances, art show receptions, book signings and other community-centered events.

Full wine and beer lists will soon be available online at … stay tuned! You can also stay up-to-date on all things Coffeebar, including nighttime entertainment, by “liking” us on Facebook, or following us on Twitter.

Coffeebar is located at 10120 Jibboom Street in Truckee. The coffee house is currently open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., serving organic, sustainable C1-grade coffee and espresso, fresh baked in-house pastries, panini sandwiches, salads, freshly made gelato, handmade Italian-style crepes, organic loose leaf tea and chai, Italian sodas and more. More than just an eatery, Coffeebar is a place for coffee, tea and food lovers to come together to share, chat, laugh, relax, work, connect and embrace life.

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