The premise was simple: Open a no-frills coffee shop that focused on doing the basics well.
But even the clarity of 101 Coffee’s origins was rooted in the owner’s mission to honor her customers — many of whom just happen to be her neighbors.
“My original idea was to take away all the crazy options that can overwhelm people,” Catherine Meng said of her coffee shop, which opened in November 2018. “Like wine, there can be a discomfort around knowing what to order. My goal was making people feel comfortable.”