Coffee & Juice

Drive right up for a convenient pick-me-up on Black Friday When all you early birds are out and about scoring awesome Black Friday deals in our Burnsville area, don't forget the convenience we offer at our friendly drive-thru window when you're en route to your next stop! Starting at 6:30 am, come get your pick-me-up, without leaving the car. Did you know, in addition to hot and iced coffee drinks, espresso, tea, made-to-order smoothies, and fresh squeezed juices, you can also get  freshly-baked goods or a hot cup of organic oatmeal at our window? Freshly baked muffins, scones, bars, pastries and cookies are among the goodies from our in-house deli bakery. Ask at the window what varieties are available that day, including gluten-free items too! Need something more satisfying that might carry you through your next big shopping stop? Our hot organic oatmeal comes with your choice of toppings. Toppings typically available  include

I will have to admit that I don’t need to follow a gluten-free diet or any other special diet for that matter but I can say that I feel for anybody that does. I have tried some gluten-free products in my time and some of them as you can imagine or know from experience, taste, well, how do I say it – like cardboard. Yet what I can adamantly admit is that our Down in the Valley Bakehouse’s new Gluten-Free Raspberry Rhapsody Muffin, which is only available for a limited time (through March 2016) at $2.69 each, tastes like anything but cardboard. In fact, I wouldn’t even know the muffin is gluten-free if someone didn’t tell me. Amazingly enough, it is also dairy free, using coconut kefir and coconut milk as its dairy alternatives. The muffin is so moist and chewy and

The whole idea behind smoothies, hence the name, is that they are healthy, smooth drinks full of chunks of blended fruits or vegetables. You can also add liquid (fruit juice, milk, or yogurt), ice and nutritional add-ons such as protein powders for a consistent texture to meet your individual taste desires. Click here for tips on making your own smoothies from National Co-op Grocers. However, dependent upon the amount of liquid, and the fruits and vegetables used, some smoothies are not as smoothly blended as others. And have you ever been on a quest to find the smoothest smoothie of them all? My quest ended when I tried our Emerald Pineapple Smoothie, available in our deli’s Coffee and Juice Bar. Our employees love this smoothie so much they chose it as their “Love List” item of the week! It’s a great treat

Over the last six years she has been working as a deli shift lead, Sandy is amazed at the amount of food the co-op’s little kitchen produces and the large amount of customers it is able to serve daily. Now she feels the deli’s breakfast options, which include breakfast sandwiches, yogurt parfaits, and hot oatmeal, fill a nice niche that was missing before. It pleases Sandy how the co-op seeks to meet more and more needs over time, which relates to the store’s mission of helping to create a healthy community. And when you are tired from getting up at 3:00 a.m. to do your Black Friday shopping, hopefully the deli’s breakfast options can meet your need for food fast! The deli’s drive thru opens at 6:30 a.m. on Black Friday, November 27 to give you that boost you need to do