Beanz brews up a new coffee hotspot in Springdale
STAMFORD — Andrew Zuckert has been percolating his idea for a coffee shop in the Springdale section for more than a year — before the building for his business was finished.
Today, that 88-apartment complex at 1032 Hope St. is open, and he is ready to serve.
Beanz coffee and espresso bar opens Saturday on the ground level of 1032 Hope St. With the new establishment, Andrew Zuckert and his wife, Karen Zuckert, aim to capitalize on Springdale’s residential and commercial growth to offer a gourmet coffee destination.
“I really love Springdale because it seems like it’s the best of both worlds with Stamford: You have the city, but it also feels neighborhoody,” Andrew Zuckert said Thursday at the shop. “There will be people in the morning who are looking for coffee on their way to work. There will be families walking by who want ice cream for their kids in the afternoon.”
Beanz — whose spelling riffs on the “Z” in Zuckert — enters a competitive coffee landscape. A Dunkin’ Donuts operates a few hundred yards away in the Springdale Shopping Center off Hope Street, and a Donut Delight stands 2 miles to the south on the same thoroughfare.
“I think Dunkin’ Donuts has its own fan base, and Donut Delight is a great place — I’ve gone there many times, I happen to like their doughnuts,” Andrew Zuckert said. “We’re just an alternative offering. We’re probably more of a ‘handcrafted’ coffee shop than those locations would be.”
Beanz is building on the success of the Zuckerts’ Gingerbitz bakery and café at 155 Elm St. in downtown New Canaan, which opened in 2014. The Zuckerts live in New Canaan.
For information on Beanz Coffee at 1032 Hope St., call 203-274-7035
“We all gravitate to things that we like in business,” Andrew Zuckert said. “In Gingerbitz, I naturally gravitated toward the coffee. I just really enjoy serving and drinking great coffee.”
As they do at Gingerbitz, the Zuckerts will use Durham, N.C.-based Counter Culture as their coffee supplier. Counter Culture’ blends originate in countries around the world such as Ethiopia, Guatemala and Colombia.
Beanz’s 12-ounce blends and 16-ounce blends sell for $2.50 and $3.25.
Counter Culture supplies Beanz’s coffee-making equipment and provides technical training and assistance.
“Our focus is on exclusively wholesale relationships; our job is to find folks like Andrew who are going to represent the coffees that we work very hard to source and to roast and bring to market,” said Counter Culture sales representative Matt Banbury. “They’re going to represent those coffees to the highest quality.”
Beverages include espressos, hot chocolate, teas and iced drinks.
Beanz will carry a number of pastries and confectionery offerings — including croissants, cupcakes and gingerbread men — which are made at the Gingerbitz bakery.
“I feel good about offering something more homemade and good quality,” Karen Zuckert said. “There will always be different things available with the cookies, pastries and confectionery treats.”
The coffee shop will feature an ice cream bar with eight flavors, milkshakes, sandwiches and salads.
Beanz covers 400 square feet, seating five at a counter inside. The Zuckerts may eventually add patio seating, Andrew said.
The establishment will open 7 a.m. Monday through Friday. The Zuckerts are still finalizing closing times and weekend hours. `
“We want to bring a really high-quality product to the neighborhood,” Andrew Zuckert said. “That’s our mission.”
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