By Amanda Eggert EBS Staff Writer
BIG SKY – Local coffee roasting company Caliber Coffee opened a coffee house on Feb. 1, after owner Opie Jahn operated a roasting business on Highway 191 for the last year and a half.
“It was the next logical step,” Jahn said. “There was a huge need for it.”
Business is going “swimmingly,” Jahn said about his shop, which is open Monday through Saturday at 80 Snowy Mountain Circle in the Blue Grouse Business Center just west of Town Center.
For the time being, Jahn and his wife Annie Burd are staffing the shop, but anticipate hiring another person soon.
Burd prepares quiches, sandwiches and soups, while grilled breakfast burritos and breakfast sandwiches on English muffins will be listed on the menu soon.
Coffee options include drip, pour-over, espresso, cold-brew, and a concoction Jahn calls “Caliber proof” made of drip coffee emulsified with one tablespoon of butter and one tablespoon of coconut oil. Chai tea, hot tea and hot chocolate are available for patrons interested in a little less caffeine.
An eclectic mix of items are positioned throughout the hardwood floor-covered space: antelope and deer mounts that came with the space hang above the counter, and the chalkboard menu of daily food offerings is positioned inside a huge metal vice.
Seating options include a chairlift and a long couch Jahn affectionately calls the “purple people eater.”
Bags of coffee roasted on site are for sale. With the exception of decaffeinated brews, all of the coffee served at Caliber comes from beans heated in Jahn’s 12-kilogram roaster.