Merchant Spotlight: Beans & Leaves New Owner, Ethel Robey-Berger

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The Village of Downtown Long Grove would like to give a warm welcome to Ethel Robey-Berger, the new owner of Beans & Leaves Coffee and Tea Café, who took over the café from previous longtime owner, Karen, in August 2014. Beans & Leaves is an independent, family-owned coffee house that has been serving the Long Grove community since the 1970s.

Ethel, a Philippines native, and moved to the United States to attend college at George Mason University. After completing her undergraduate degree, she moved to Europe and attended the Culinary Institute of Florence in Italy where she pursued her culinary career, and later settled here in Long Grove, IL.

Ethel and her husband Tim, have always dreamed about having something of their own. When they heard the news that Beans & Leaves was for sale, Ethel immediately thought this was the perfect opportunity. She discussed the topic with her husband, and he supported the endeavor. The timing was right, as Ethel’s youngest daughter started school full time this fall, affording Ethel the chance to rejoin the workforce in the way she wanted to – as a business owner.

Beans & Leaves offers a cozy atmosphere and features fresh, locally roasted fine coffee and a wide variety of loose leaf teas. The café’s mission is to make coffee and espresso a class above anything else within the area while providing a clean, tidy, and organized environment. During the warmer months, many people enjoy walking around outside on Beans & Leaves beautiful patio and gazebo. This is the perfect place for family and friends to gather, as well as musicians and artists. Come to Beans & Leaves where neighbors gather as friends, live music abounds, and memories are made.

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There have already been a few, small, meaningful changes made within the shop under Ethel’s ownership. “We now serve Conscious Cup coffee, a local small batch roaster”, says Ethel. She is now offering Sumatra and Guatemala beans in the café, and is in the process of developing her own signature tea blend, “The Beans & Leaves Tea”, that we can watch for in the near future.

Quality and service prevail at Beans & Leaves. When asked about her customer service philosophy Ethel said “Do unto your customers as you want to be treated when you’re a customer.”

Ethel and her husband have two children, and could not be happier with the new business. During her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, or devoting time to Landowska Harpsichord Society of Illinois: A non-profit organization that promotes and finds venues for young classical musicians.