Sioux Falls, SD
Without the drip, many of us would drop.
"It's kind of my staple," Jill Vierick said, holding a cup of coffee.
That drip is familiar to many of us who wait for our coffee every morning. In 2013, you can order your coffee in what seems like thousands and thousands of ways. No whip? Coming up. An extra shot of espresso? You got it. Now there are a few more places in Sioux Falls to fill your cup.
"I don't know if you could even call coffee a trend, because it's been such a popular drink for so many years. I think people are starting to explore a little bit more instead of getting black coffee," Travis Rhoades, Scooter's Coffee Franchise Owner, said.
Scooter's Coffee is the latest brew business in Sioux Falls. Located on the corner of 33rd Street and Minnesota Avenue, you have probably seen the tall, rectangular hut in the parking lot of Avera Home Medical Equipment. You really do not see a lot of these parking lot drive-thrus in this area, save for a few coffee cabins on either side of town. This is the second Scooter's Coffee in Sioux Falls, with the first location, a traditional coffee house, on Western Avenue.
Other businesses are adding to the blend. Coffea Roasterie's new downtown location, set to open soon, according to its website, adds to the list of options. Of course we all know about the powerhouses like Starbucks and Caribou Coffee. Even so, the offerings are much smaller than what you would find in larger metropolitan areas.
"The coffee market is actually a little under-served in Sioux Falls. As far as the number of locations, you look at similar sized towns like Lincoln, and they have ten Scooter's, five Starbucks, Caribou Coffees and a bunch of local ones," Rhoades said.
Urban Spoon lists 31 coffee shops in the Sioux Falls area; 32 counting the new Scooter's. This number does not include shops attached to retails stores or fast food restaurants. This is a lot less than the hundreds Urban Spoon lists for the Minneapolis area. Still, Sioux Falls' growing number is far more than what Jill Viereck is used to in Larchwood, Iowa.
"It's a really, really small town. So, you make coffee at home and you go to the local gas station. The older individuals will sit and have coffee together," Vierick said.
Scooter's may whip up some competition, but Rhoades doesn't think anyone will get steamed about it.
"I think Starbucks is fine. We figure we're helping them out. They seem to have too many customers backed into the streets sometimes. Hopefully we can take some of their share for them," Rhoades said.
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