A new cafe that serves Ecuadorian coffee is the Warner Robins family’s first cafe as well as the first franchise of Macon-based Z Beans coffee.
The new spot at 102 South Armed Forces Blvd. already does a bustling morning activity with a fairly steady overall flow of guests in and out for breakfast and lunch.
The cafe is operated by Sally and Gus Lempsink, along with their son Andrew Wilson.
Originally from Ecuador, Sally always wanted to open A coffee. When she visited a Z Beans cafe in Macon and learned that their coffee was from Ecuador, she wanted to open one at Warner Robins.
Z Beans Coffee has its roots during a Mercer on Mission trip to Zaruma, Ecuador, to determine if coffee farming would be a viable economic alternative for mining communities in the El Oro region to support themselves.
The location of Warner Robins
Across from Robins Air Force Base and adjacent to the Warner Robins Law Enforcement Center, the new Z Beans coffee the store tends to be particularly busy from 6:30 am to 8:00 am during the work week.
“I’m super happy we’re open for business and super happy we’re doing so well,” said Wilson, who handles the kitchen.
On a recent breakfast visit after the morning rush, I tried the new Christmas blend, a drip coffee, and added oat milk and Splenda. Oat milk was an extra 50 cents.
This medium mix was delicious, and with instrumental Christmas music playing softly over the overhead speakers, the experience left me in high spirits for the rest of the workday.
I also tried a breakfast sandwich: sausage, egg and cheddar on a croissant also with an extra 50 cents each for the addition of spinach and tomatoes. It was very good and quite satisfying.
Breakfast was $13.24 including a $1.20 tip.
I was a little disappointed that the special Ecuadorian dishes, something that must have been unique to this Z Beans cafe, were removed from the menu since it opened last month.
I was looking forward to trying Ecuadorian cuisine. But I was told there might be an opportunity to sample a dish or two in the future. My visit was unannounced.
“We dropped them because they didn’t have the popularity,” Wilson said. “But we hope to bring them back. We did not let them go. »
During the hour I was there, customers came and went. Some took their coffee and breakfast to go. A few ate inside. The drive-thru was also intermittently busy.
The Z Beans cafe menu includes a wide variety of Ecuadorian coffee choices, including drip, cold brew and cold brew delights, café con leche, “a shot in the dark” and French press.
Espresso options include latte, cappuccino, ‘4 Locos’, mocha, ‘coffee frizado’, caramel macchiato, Americano, and a dirty chai latte.
Under the non-espresso menu heading are chai latte, hot chocolate, specialty tea, milkshakes, smoothies, bottled soda, bottled water, and sweetened and unsweetened tea.
Ground coffee is also sold. Photos of the various Ecuadorian farmers who grew the coffee plants and information about the coffee are included on the label.
The menu includes upscale breakfast options such as “The Sweetened Classic,” maple-glazed bacon, egg, and sharp cheddar cheese on a cinnamon brown sugar cookie, and “The Southern Special,” brisket smoke, egg and sharp cheddar cheese on a buttery croissant.
Breakfast sandwiches range from Chilli Cheese and Bacon on a Turkey Croissant, Eggs and Swiss on a Bacon Croissant, Eggs and Cheddar on a choice of Cookie, Croissant or Bagel with Cookie and Gravy .
The menu also includes three breakfast burritos with the caveat “first come, first served.” The burritos are bacon, egg and cheese, sausage, egg and cheese, and vegetarian options.
Pastries include apple fritters, cinnamon rolls, croissants, muffins and scones, as well as cookies.
Take-out lunch options include a chicken salad on a croissant, a snack pack, and a cup of chicken salad.
Also offered for lunch are four grilled turkey, apple and brie sandwiches on a flatbread club croissant. Also served are chicken noodle soup and beef chili.
Formerly Martin’s BBQ, the building has been renovated. It has a whole new look inside and out.
“We’re so happy with how things turned out,” Wilson said.
Inside, there’s a long high table in front of the windows facing the Warner Robins Law Enforcement Center, with several electrical outlets for cell phones and laptops. Free Wi-Fi for guests is fast.
In this area there are a few tables as well as a small sitting area with a comfortable loveseat and two chairs.
When you walk in there is a large counter to order from. Drinks are prepared behind the counter. Several tables are spread nearby.
The café also offers a catering service.
The new celebrated spot its grand opening On October 21, after having had its pre-opening the day before.
Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The cafe is closed on Sundays and public holidays. The number is 478-236-8505.