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That Coffee Shop is open for business in Grass Valley

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While driving down Hughes Road, you may have noticed a new little spot to get a cup of joe, and it’s not just any coffee shop — it’s That Coffee Shop.

Owner Amy Robson recently moved from Valdez, Alaska, to be closer to family and opened That Coffee Shop at 132-A Hughes Road three weeks ago.

“I was looking for a family-oriented place because I have two boys, and this felt like home,” said Robson, who was a barista before she attended college and loved the experience.



“I really enjoyed that, so I just went back to it … the customer service and delicious coffee.”

The shop offers pastries, muffins and waffles, and the coffee beans are locally sourced fair trade organic from Vaneli’s, a small roaster in Rocklin.




“It’s one of the best coffees I’ve ever had, and they roast to order, so it’s extremely fresh,” Robson said.

Robson looked at several places before she decided on the Hughes Road location.

“I definitely looked at quite a few places and liked this area of town,” she said. “There’s a lot of different businesses and residences.”

Robson said there has been a slow start, but she anticipates that business will pick up in about six months, adding, “Kids are welcome here, and I’ve been told by customers that my prices are better than other places.”

The shop was named with the intention of making people smile, something Robson accomplished when she visited the bank, she said.

“I wanted people to laugh when they heard it,” Robson said. “It’s kind of like my attitude. I try to be funny.”

Though the shop is small, the focus is on the most important aspect of a coffee shop — the quality of the coffee.

“The coffee definitely helps with competition,” Robson said. “Because this place is so little, I wanted to make sure that I had really good coffee.”

To contact Staff Writer Jennifer Terman, email jterman@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.


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