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Berres Brothers Coffee Roasters in Watertown


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My husband and I love coffee, and about 12 years ago we found a wonderful place in Watertown called Berres Brothers Coffee Roasters.  This building with the cafe, retail shop and roasters opened in June 2005.  They had outgrown their other building and needed a much bigger one. The coffee is delicious and their cafe also has great food.  It was featured on the Food Network program “Unwrapped”. This is their only building, but they do have kiosks in many area grocery stores around the state. Master Roaster Pete Berres oversees the whole operation and makes sure all his customers have the best experience possible with Berres Brothers. Staff are real friendly and are happy to pose for a picture with you. Here we are with AAlice 🙂

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Inside friendly and welcoming, even the color of the wall relaxes you.  When you relax with a cup of their coffee, it’s “BB Time”.

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Not only can you enjoy and buy coffee and food there, every month they give a free “Behind the Beans” tour.  We went on one twice and had so much fun learning about how coffee is grown.  We also got to taste roasts from many different beans. Staff member Harold transported us to South America where the beans are grown..

Beans tour

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After the tour we enjoyed some more coffee and lunch, a great  sandwich with sweet potato fries, yum!.

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If you want some real delicious coffee, this is it.  If you can’t come to Watertown, you can order it and have it sent right to your door.

Happy BB Time!

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A Beary Good Time in Mukwonago


Mukwonago sign

No, I wrote beary in the title on purpose, “Mukwonago” literally means “place of the bear”.  It’s located 15 miles south of the Milwaukee city limits. My husband I went there yesterday (3-9-13)  for a visit.  This town has strong roots in Native American culture, and the populace enjoys visitors.  We headed downtown to the historic downtown where a couple of the original houses stood when the town was founded,  there was a 9-foot tall wood carving of a bear.

Bear carving

We also found a synopsis of the history of the town on a sign.

Mukwonago History

Native American history is also quite visible. Outside The Country Porch store downtown is a wooden Indian outside, not many of those left anymore.

Wood Indian

We continued to a local store that is a favorite in the area,  “The Elegant Farmer”.  This is a very unique store, it’s in a barn, and they sell all manner of specialty foods, plus they have a deli. Across the street they have an apple orchard and grow pumpkins.  The have many events throughout the year for the public to enjoy.  It’s a happy place, as depicted by their smiley face barn front facing the road.

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They had a maple syrup making demo at The Elegant Farmer.

Maple Syrup Demo

Staff from Covenant Harbor at nearby Lake Geneva have sugar maple trees on site that they tap and make their own maple syrup from. They are having a Maple Fest on April 7 and they were promoting this event.  We learned it takes about 70-80 gallons of sap boiled down to make ONE gallon of maple syrup.

A food the The Elegant Farmer is famous for is their  “Apple Pie Baked in a Bag”. Bobby Flay from the Food Network tried to make a better apple pie on his show “Throwdown With Bobby Flay”, but he lost!

Apple Pie in bag

We had a good time and will return later in the year. We also want to explore two other nearby towns, Genesee and Genesee Depot.  There is a historic site at Genesee Depot that is not open yet called Ten Chimneys we want to see.