Cascadian Coffee sees changes

March 2, 2018

The coffee shop at the corner of SE Cass and Rose Streets in downtown Roseburg is seeing some upcoming changes.

As co-owner Gabe Stratton takes on full ownership, Cascadian Coffee Company is transforming into a different entity called Cascadian Coffee Company and Catering LLC.

Stratton said he has been expanding the menu to include breakfast every day, a weekly made-to-order sandwich and a vegan soup once a week. He said the business will now offer catering services for events, and he’d like to offer deliveries of baked goods to area businesses.

Courtney Dillon, Stratton’s former co-owner, opened Cascadian Coffee in July 2016 with his previous business partner, Ellis Poole. Stratton joined the company to help in the kitchen in winter 2017, and then bought out Poole about six months later to become co-owner.

In May Dillon plans to move to Nigeria, where his wife, Alyssa Roland, will be a diplomat with the state department. The couple moved from Roseburg to Washington D.C. about a month ago to start Roland’s training, so Stratton said he will become the sole owner.

Stratton is working toward his goal to limit the amount of waste produced at the coffee shop.

“All our food waste goes to a local woman who owns pigs, and our coffee grounds go to the Boys & Girls Clubs’ garden,” Stratton said. He said a young kid comes by to collect empty cans from the business and donates the deposits he gets from them.

Stratton added he’d like to continue opening up the business to more community involvement, like offering kitchen space for rent, hosting live music events and becoming part of an art walk event. The coffee shop has sold art for a while, and Stratton hopes to expand on that to offer space for local artists and jewelry makers to sell their work from the shop.

Dillon said he had a really good time at Cascadian Coffee.

“I learned a lot and it was a lot of fun creating a community space and meeting lots of interesting people,” Dillon said. “It was a lot of work but there were a lot of perks to it and it was a good experience.”

Before opening Cascadian Coffee, Dillon had been a barista for Umpqua Local Goods and Coffee, operated by NeighborWorks Umpqua at the same location. When it closed, NeighborWorks didn’t want the space left vacant so it offered Dillon the property.

“It was a dream of mine to have my own coffee shop,” Dillon said. In Nigeria, he said he hopes to pick up coffee roasting again as a hobby and give it away to people.

Cascadian Coffee Company and Catering LLC. is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Stratton said he’d like to open it on Saturdays once business picks up. The company has a new phone number and can now be reached at 541-637-0824.

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