Carrie Rengers

Barista Guild of America chairwoman to open Leslie Coffee Co. in Delano this fall

Sarah Leslie is opening Leslie Coffee Co. in the one-time Independent Order of Odd Fellows building in Delano this fall.

Wichita coffee lovers, this is your week, apparently.

Following news that Kookaburra Coffee is going to open in the space Mead's Corner is vacating downtown, now there's new Delano coffee news.

Sarah Leslie is opening Leslie Coffee Co. in part of the one-time Independent Order of Odd Fellows building at 930 W. Douglas.

"I am very passionate about coffee," Leslie says.

So passionate, in fact, she's the chairwoman of the Barista Guild of America.

Leslie is from Wichita but lived in New York City for a dozen years and worked in various roles related to coffee — barista, manager, trainer and educator — while she went to school. Leslie has a master's degree in cinema studies from New York University and thought she might become a professor.

"I kind of realized I could still be involved as an educator, but just in coffee," she says. "Coffee just seemed like a better gig in the end."

Leslie Coffee will be a specialty coffee shop that also serves pastries and a small food menu centered around toast for breakfast, light lunches and snacks.

The shop will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

It will be in just over 2,000 square feet of the 12,000-square-foot two-story building, which is being converted into a multi-tenant space.

"I'll have the ground floor corner," Leslie says.

That means she'll face Douglas and Walnut Street.

There will be a variety of seating, such as a bar along one side, a community table and group seating.

A training room also will double as overflow seating.

Leslie plans to have classes on topics such as how to make better coffee at home, how to be a barista and how to taste and appreciate the flavors in coffee.

She says she wants to offer community groups use of the room, perhaps with the purchase of coffee, though she hasn't worked out the particulars yet.

"Coffee people are a lot of fun," Leslie says. "It just tends to attract people that are very passionate and unique."

She says coffee drinkers may have diverse interests, but then they share coffee, and there's something unifying that happens.

"It feels like family when we all get together."

Leslie Coffee will open this fall. Look for more details then.

Dr. Steven Nissen talks about the safety of coffee, caffeinated soft drinks and energy drinks. Video produced by Cleveland Clinic.

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com.
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