Nothing quite defines a neighborhood like a coffee house, or in this case, multiple coffee houses. Adding to the quaint Main Street community in East Greenwich is Nook Coffee House, and owner Shannon Wylie is thrilled to be open. “It became a dream of mine when I was in high school. For me, coffee shops have always represented a little escape from your to-do list, from the rain, from your boss,” she says. “Where you nearly always walk out more satisfied, more content than when you walked in. I’m excited to serve people their cup of ‘happy’ and give them a cozy and inviting space to enjoy.”
Originally from New Hampshire, Shannon fell in love with Rhode Island after visiting good friends of hers. She was enamored with East Greenwich the first time she visited because it reminded her of Keene, NH, a place she spent a lot of time growing up. “I love the small town feel of East Greenwich, its quaintness and the sense of community you get from the mom and pop shops,” she says.
And the cups of Joe she serves up? Shannon brews locally roasted beans from New Harvest Coffee Roasters in Pawtucket. The house brew is Kilimanjaro, a certified organic and direct source bean. As part of their direct source program, New Harvest maintains close relationships with some farms in South America. New Harvest visits these farms at least every two years and pays at least 30% higher than minimum fair trade wage. So now you can feel even better about that cup of coffee.
Shannon also insists folks try the Kombucha tea and sample different flavors using her self-service tap system. Another must-try is the Dirty Hippie (‘Dirty Chai’), which is steamed chai with a shot of espresso. Need a snack to go along with your brew? Nook carries bagels and muffins from Cranston Bakery and donuts from Donut Bazaar.
More importantly, Shannon is “excited to bring locally roasted, specialty coffee to East Greenwich. And [she’s] passionate about fostering a sense of community.” Looks like she’s added to the mom and pop shops on Main Street that inspired it all. 307 Main Street, East Greenwich. 402-0029, www.NookCoffeeHouse.com