Established by Vicky and Pete Cooper in 1995, The Old Village Roaster in downtown Huntington traces its origin to Pete Cooper’s acquisition of an antique roaster, which he restored before using it to sell roasted peanuts at local fairs and festivals.
Pete Cooper began to experiment with coffee for a while before opening his own coffee shop, which is one of the only shops in the state that roasts its beans on-site, allowing for a large selection of flavored coffees.
“Our roasting machines date back to the turn of the 20th century, which has always been a highlight of our activities. Whether we were taking them to art shows or fairs we would take the antique roasters with us. We developed a following, and people really enjoyed seeing how it was done. Some of the older methods are always of interest,” co-owner Vicky Cooper said. “As far as I know we are the only ones in the state that use the kind of roasting machines that we do. We have 50 or more flavored coffees that are flavored with specifically designed flavoring oils.”
Every day the shop has eight different types of coffee available starting at $1.75 for a small cup and $2 for a large. Each day there is always a flavored coffee such as West Virginia White Christmas, which is flavored with French vanilla, coconut cream and white chocolate. There’s also the Santa’s Christmas Grogg, which has butterscotch and rum flavors. You can enjoy a doughnut, muffin or pastry to go with your coffee for $1.50. Bags of the house-made caramel corn are available for $3.50 for a small bag or $7 for a large bag. The shop is also known for its glazed pecans and almonds, which sell for $4 per bag.
Specialty coffee drinks such as as cappuccinos ( $2.50 small, $3.50 large) or cafe lattes ( $2.50, $3.50) also are available. For non-coffee drinkers there are some other cold weather beverages to enjoy, including hot chocolate ( $2.50, $3.50) and Chai ( $3, $4).
The Old Village Roaster also offers edible gifts for the holiday season, including specialty gourmet chocolates – like sea-salted dark chocolate caramels or chocolate-covered cherries – for $15.95 per pound.
“We have a wonderful assortment of pre-made gift baskets. We have a really good variety to chose from. Each one has a slightly different assortment of items in them. Most of them have our coffee, some chocolate, caramel corn and other assorted decorative goodies,” Vicky Cooper said. “We ship our gift bags all over the country. We also ship our coffee across the country. I had a call this morning from Oregon. I recently had an order from Oklahoma. We’ve had orders from all over the East and West Coast. Some are people sending gifts in Huntington. Some people have lived here and gotten our coffee as a gift, and we have some customers who we ship to about once a month.”
The Old Village Roaster is located at 919 4th Ave. next to the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center. It is open 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. In December, the shop is also open Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cash and all major credit cards are accepted. For special orders or more information call 304-697-1944.
By PAUL SEBERT
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