The brother and sister team of David DeVore and Brittney Smith opened Antlered Teepee Espresso stand, June 28, in the lot next to the NAPA Auto store in Madras.
"It's always been a dream of mine," said Smith. "We both love coffee, and opening a business together is something we wanted to do," added DeVore.
The siblings both grew up in Madras, and this is a first business venture for DeVore, but not Smith, who with her husband, Spud Smith, owns Spud Smith Trucking in Madras. The Smiths have three children.
DeVore and his wife, Jessica, also have three children. Besides helping run the espresso shop, he is attending Central Oregon Community College and OSU-Cascades, majoring in natural resources.
Their drinks feature Bellatazza coffee, from Bend coffee roaster Stewart Fritchman, and their products are all locally-sourced from Central Oregon, including Eagle Bakery cinnamon rolls, and Eberhard's Dairy products.
Both owners said Fritchman did more than just sell them coffee from his roastery. "He trained us on everything from how coffee is grown to serving it out the window," Smith said. "He gave us detailed information on running a coffee business, where other companies we were looking at didn't do that," DeVore said.
Customers will be able to sample the product for themselves on Friday, July 7, when Antlered Teepee will be giving away free coffee drinks the entire day during its grand opening.
The stand also offers smoothies, Italian sodas, iced and hot teas, matcha blended teas, hot chocolate and Red Bull, bagels and other goodies. Try one of their specialty drinks, such as a White Buffalo, The Hippie, Buckshot, and Loco Coco.
In addition to the drive-up window, there is a patio area with a picnic table and shade umbrella for walk-up customers. A punch card offers the 10th drink free, and there is also a monthly raffle.
To honor on-duty law enforcement, emergency medical technicians, and firefighters, Antlered Teepee is giving them free 12 ounce coffee drinks, or half off on any other drink, and veterans get a discount as well.
"We're happy they serve us, and we're happy to serve them," Smith said. "They do so much for our community," DeVore agreed.
The name for the coffee stand originated, Smith said, because they are both proud to be tribal members (the teepee) and both passionate about hunting (the antlers).
DeVore said they also pride themselves in, "using quality, high-end products. We're really trying to specialize in great coffee."
Antlered Teepee Espresso is open from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. It is located at 646 SW Palmain St., and the business phone is 541-550-6972.