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By Rebecca J. Williamson

September 20, 2012 (Santee)Almond milk - check.  Soy milk - check.  Coffee?  Checkmate.  Where? At  Kaffee Meister---which opened September 17 in the Carlton Oaks Plaza in Santee.   The original Kaffee Meister is a coffee bar and drive-thru located next to the Big Red Barn in Lakeside.

“It will be a quality, community coffee shop,” according to Chester McLaughlin, son-in-law to owners Mike and Lesley Emmons. 

He describes what will set Kaffee Meister apart from other coffee shops, with what he states will be flavorful products that they don’t “blindly add sugar to.”

What started in Mike and Lesley’s kitchen as a free weekly coffee for friends and acquaintances branched out into the Lakeside location and now the Santee location.

McLaughin, a graduate of West Hills High School, explained the products that they use are from Seattle’s Caffe D’art which includes Italian traditional artisan coffee. Teas will be from Harney & Sons Master Tea Blenders.  Bread and Cie products will bring up part of the rear of their light menu that also includes other items like smoothies. 

A laptop bar will assist customer needing a place to do business or homework. 

“We would like to push customers to try different things…” McLaughlin continued and not just with their coffees, teas, and menu items----music as well.

Local musicians Gregory Gross, Bari Zwirn, and Tim Woods comprise the group known as Wood’n’Lips which is currently slated to perform on Thursday nights. 

Other uses for a coffee shop?  Kaffee Meister will be a safe place for blind dates to meet.  “Meister” offers easy access to freeways relatively speaking and a nice light and breezy atmosphere. 

Commuters can give them a whirl starting at 5:30 a.m. and the baristas are ready to serve.

For further information visit their website at:  www.kaffeemeister.com .

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