The drip coffee and French press are fine, as are espresso drinks of every stripe, but Rooted isn’t only about consuming coffee. It’s an enterprise with higher purpose, expressed by the mother-daughter team who opened it in 2018: “Rooted Coffeehouse is a mission-driven community that exists to cultivate authentic relationships through the art of coffee.”
Yes, some people do walk in the door, get their coffee and beat it, but the experience can be so much more than a quick corporate caffeine fix. Rooted is a comfortable place to wile away time with friends or smart phone and enjoy clean-cut vibes that infuse the bright shopping-center storefront. It’s an easy-going place, perhaps too much so if you are in a hurry. Despite coffee being its focal point, there is none of the buzz and hustle typical of hard-charging big-name coffee houses. The drink makers and cooks take their time, calling out orders when finally they come to the counter, ready to serve. The slow food movement would be proud.
The measured pace yields beautiful food to accompany expertly-crafted drinks. Everything that comes from the kitchen and coffee machines is lovely to look at. And, more important, yummy to eat and drink.
I’m not a big fan of lattes, cappuccinos, and otherwise dressed-up coffee drinks, but I am enamored of a Rooted concoction called Fat Coffee: drip-brew mixed with coconut sugar, vanilla bean ghee, and MCT oil. It’s a swirl of sweetnesses that complement but do not overwhelm the coffee itself. On the other hand, simple drip coffee is a hearty, balanced cup and espresso is forthright, dark and syrupy. Other available beverages include cold brew and smoothies. Among the latter are several fruity sweet ones, plus a veggie powerhouse in which spinach and cucumber plus lime are a dominant green chord and pineapple just a whisper.
Even if you don’t like coffee or salubrious beverages, Rooted’s foods are compelling reason to visit. Thick multi-grain toast is the foundation for artful arrangements of good-for-you toppings, such as one called Peanut Butta: peanut butter, honey, sliced bananas, cacao nibs, and bee pollen. They’re all organic, of course. Avocado toast includes hemp seeds, microgreens, red pepper flakes, and Himalayan sea salt. On another one, blueberry preserves are accompanied by cream cheese, honey and chia seeds.
In addition to breakfast sandwiches (“served all day, or until eggs run out”), Rooted’s menu offers a broad selection of hot sandwiches on ciabatta or pretzel bun. None are ordinary. Ham and cheese (muenster) comes with slices of tart green apple, garlic spread, and fig & sweet-onion rosemary jam. Turkey and brie is augmented by peach chili pepper spread. Even PB&J becomes AB&J, made with almond butter and strawberry preserves.
Do note that drive-through service is available. As inside, service in the car line tends to happen at a leisurely pace.