Chocolate Fish Coffee is on track to open a 1,500-square-foot shop next to Taylor’s Market on Freeport Boulevard within the next three months.
Husband and wife co-owners Edie and Andy Baker hope to run their new store more like a New Zealand cafe than the coffee shops they’ve established downtown and in East Sacramento, Edie said. That means more espresso drinks and light food, including a toast bar with toppings like avocado or The Good Stuff jam, when the establishment opens in June or July.
The Bakers also have a permit to serve beer and wine at their new digs, offerings of which haven’t been nailed down but will likely include Track 7 brews and a New Zealand sauvignon blanc. The same beverages and food will be offered at the East Sacramento store at 4749 Folsom Blvd., which will remain open from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the time being, once proper permits are approved by the city of Sacramento.
Andy is a native Kiwi, while Edie lived in New Zealand for eight years before the couple moved to Sacramento 14 years ago. They were disappointed at first by the comparatively low amount of fresh ingredients in Sacramento, Edie said, then watched as the farm-to-table movement took shape and people’s eating habits changed across the United States.
“Everyone (initially) said, ‘Don’t do food, don’t do food, you won’t survive,’” Edie said. “Now the concept will work because people are expecting it. If you look across coffee culture in the U.S., that’s what happening — people are adding beer and wine and adding a small element of food.”
Benjy Egel: (916) 321-1052, @BenjyEgel