Coffey Haus a success in Luverne
Date Modified: 11/21/2012 1:17 PM
The Coffey Haus
113 E Main Luverne, MN
Telephone (507) 283-8676
Hours: Monday through Friday 7:45 to 3:00
Specialties: Cashew Chicken Salad Sandwiches, $7; Jumbo Muffins-Pumpkin Chocolate Chip (most popular) $2; Fiesta Taco Salad, $7, Junior size $5.15
LUVERNE, Minn. — A name says a lot about a business. But Tammy Makram, the proprietress of a cafe on Main Street in Luverne had a little bit of help in choosing a name. She only had to look up.
Permanently etched nearly 100 years ago in the bricks above are the words Coffey Block 1919. Thus, The Coffey Haus is the right name for her coffee and specialty sandwich cafe. Makram has been at location one year after being next door seven years. That space is now used as an overflow room or for catering events and private dining.
With the move, her sister gave The Coffey Haus a fresh, new look designed to encourage a cozy atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of life outside.
"For nine years I had helped a friend with the business before purchasing it," said Makram. "About that time I attended a seminar reminding me that I might be the only person that someone sees that day. That impression has stayed with me to make my time with everyone I meet something special. It is stressed to my two employees and, yes, even myself, to treat our customers with cheerfulness and encouragement."
Sixteen grilled panini sandwiches are served daily on fresh-baked bread made at the cafe. Bread choices are Italian vegetable, marble rye, cracked wheat, sourdough and jumbo butter croissants.
The Cashew Chicken Salad Sandwich is made with a secret recipe. A new sandwich, Thai Chicken with Pad Thai Peanut Butter Sauce has recently been added. All sandwiches are $7, but customers have a choice of a whole sandwich or half a sandwich served with a cup of soup for that price.
The Coffey Haus serves two soups daily. One is always chicken with white and wild rice. Other choices may include Italian Wedding Soup, (tiny meatballs, tiny pasta, spinach and beef broth), creamy tomato basil, cream of asparagus, or French onion.
The Coffey Haus offers a build your own sandwich. With choices of bread, meats, toppings, cheeses, the sandwich can also be grilled.
Coffee comes from two local distributors that provide jobs for disabled adults. She began with Jumpy Monkey Coffee that comes from The Village Northwest in Sheldon, Iowa. When it went well, she encouraged Rock County Opportunities to look at doing something similar. The coffee now provided through them is Buffalo Joe.
The Coffey Haus is also the place to find a good cup of tea. There are more than a dozen flavors to choose from. Pop, milk and coffee are on the menu.
Jumbo muffins come in 10 varieties. The pumpkin chocolate chip is the most requested; but the pistachio nut is a close second. Blueberry creme, butter rum, pina colada and cranberry are also offered.
Variety is good, says Makram, who doesn't like cooking the same thing every day. A person can eat in the establishment everyday and not repeat a meal.
Each table has a teapot, which are gifts from friends, hold silverware, said Makram.
— Renae B. Vander Schaaf