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Savor Local Flavors at Nook Coffee House

By Marina I. Jokic

There is nothing like good food and drink to bring people together. Nook Coffee House is no different in its approach to attracting customers. Brewing up some locally-roasted java, a variety of loose leaf specialty teas, and oven fresh goodies, the coffee house has become quite famous in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. It's known for its nutritious Kombucha on tap. Nook also sources its baked goods from Rogue Island in Providence as well as various small vendors out of the Hope and main commercial kitchen in Warren.

Known commonly as an ancient restorative potion, it has been revered for thousands of years for its health-enhancing qualities. A fermented drink made from tea, sugar, water, and a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, Kombucha is chock-full of beneficial probiotics and vitamins. It's purported that the drink's multifaceted health benefits include the elimination of harmful bacteria, curbing inflammation, improving digestion, and even aiding in weight loss.

Owner of Nook Coffee House Shannon Wylie wants to deliver only the best experience to her customers. Her vision for the café included a metropolitan-inspired leitmotif of rustic sophistication, a strong sense of community, and a distinctive coziness.

"We like knowing [where] our coffee and food come from, and we figure we can't be the only ones," Wylie said. "Nothing in Rhode Island is more than 45 minutes away so why should we look beyond that to get our ingredients?"

Brewing locally-roasted beans from New Harvest Coffee Roasters in Pawtucket, Nook purveys an array of organic and directly sourced coffees, both by the cup and by the pound. Prominent tea flavors at Nook include green, Moroccan mint, Masala Chai, and Matcha. As part of their Direct Source program, New Harvest maintains close relationships with certain farms in Central South America, visits these farms at least once every two years and pays at least 30 percent higher than the minimum fair trade wage.

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