NORTH HAVEN — A recent college graduate has opened an eco-friendly coffee shop, combining her passions for business and the environment.
Montana Telman, 23, worked in several fields before opening crossroads., 1878 Hartford Turnpike, on April 1. She worked in coffee shops during college and after being out of work because of the pandemic she decided to try her own business.
“There’s nothing in this area like this,” Telman said. “If you live over here and you want coffee you have to go down to Washington Avenue...”
Paul D’Amico, a North Haven resident, found out about the new shop on Facebook.
“It’s nice to have something different,” he said. “North Haven has a lot, but it needed a small coffee shop in this area.”
Telman said one of her main concerns is food and other waste. She uses recyclable, bio-degradable products, and multi-use baking dishes.
“I made sure that my menu is small enough that I know what will sell,” she said. “If I notice something really isn’t selling, then I can adjust. For me, it’s creating as little waste as possible.”
Along with monthly specials, customers can expect hot and iced coffee, tea, hot chocolate and baked goods.
“There isn’t a huge assortment,” said Telman, a North Haven resident. “But it’s all my own recipes that I came up with and perfected. Everything is fresh.”
The shop gets coffee beans from Perkatory Coffee Roasters in Southington. Perkatory offers single origin coffees and exclusive blends.
The current drink of the month is the “Brown Cow” — a chocolate milk latte with house-made whipped cream, cocoa dust, chocolate drizzle, topped with a wafer cookie.
Telman is planning an official ribbon cutting event in early May.
The business is open Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.