Coffee Time: Where the owner knows your name
Located in the King City Plaza, Coffee Time is likely where you first met your neighbor for a cup of coffee or a scrumptious pastry.
Coffee Time is a long-time business in King City where owner Brent Peters gets a chance to serve delicious offerings to King City citizens and visitors alike.
Peters has owned Coffee Time for 13 years, but he hasn't always been in the coffee shop business.
"I started off in banking, for 20 some years," Peters said. "I got tired of the travel and the suit and tie, and was looking just to buy a small little place. I've always wanted to own my own small business."
Peters tinkered with the idea of changing the name of Coffee Time when he bought the business, but stuck to the original name.
"I probably at the time -- should have changed it because we do more lunch than we do coffee, quite honestly," he said. "But Coffee Time is what stuck and people know me by Coffee Time."
No doubt coffee is popular, but Peters' eatery offers a whole lot more for the community.
"We do morning pastries," Peters said. "We do cut our own meats and cheeses here. We have really nice, big, fat sandwiches. We keep them at a decent price, especially for the senior community."
At Coffee Time, all the soups are prepared from scratch.
"We're kind of known around here for our soups," he said. "I have about 40 to 50 different recipes. I'll change it, depending on the season. They usually last anywhere from 3 to 5 days, so everyone can have a chance to try it. Then I'll just bring up a new one."
Ask Peters about the popular Chicken Chili soup.
"It's one of those staples," according to Peters. "I have a smoked salmon chowder that people really seem to like."
Other choices may include Thai Basil soup.
As for coffee, there are plenty of choices.
"We do Caffé D'arte, a Seattle-based roast," he said. "We do any espresso drink that you want."
Being in business for over a decade in King City, Peters gets to know the community on a first-name basis.
"It's been great," Peters said. "Over 13 years, I probably know half my customers by name or I know what sandwich or what coffee they are going to order. You get to know them. You get to know their family."
King City is becoming a good fit for Peters as well.
"When I bought this place, I wanted to, kind of, tone down my life a little bit, which is great for me," he said. "Now I have great regular customers. I've got a foundation of people that I know will be here, come thick and thin."
That customer loyalty really helped in 2020, a year when, due to the pandemic, business at Coffee Time dropped by approximately 70%.
"The customer base was very loyal, which was great," Peters said. "My regulars, that I would see maybe a couple of times a week, would come in five to six times a week, so they really were helpful for me. They knew we were struggling and they helped us out."
And if you want to drop by Coffee Time simply to chat, no problem. "Some people just come here to chat. I'm perfectly fine chatting with you. That's great," Peters said.
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