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First test-pot of coffee brewed at Emporium's new coffee kiosk at RWMC

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The Emporium's new coffee kiosk inside Regional West Medical Center brewed its first test-pot of coffee Wednesday afternoon, and co-owner Ron Schleuter says everything is on track to officially open the kiosk on Thursday morning.

"I found my passion in life, and this is it. I love coffee and so its just natural for me to be excited about opening up another location, especially here at Regional West," Schleuter says.

Schleuter says its a bit ironic to be opening up Emporium's third location there, as he said the hospital extended him an offer almost a decade to open up a coffee cart in the same lobby.

"We were too busy at the time, so for this to come around now, when I am retired from the Postal Service and I have time to do this, Its exciting."

Schleuter says one of the most exciting things about the new kiosk is the fact that Emporium was able to install it's own reverse osmosis system, and will be able to provide purified, filtered water that he says is necessary for the perfect cup of coffee and espresso. 

The Regional West coffee kiosk will feature a similar menu to the coffee cart located in the Panhandle Co-Op's Main Street Market, with breakfast pastries, oatmeal and cafe items.

Familiar faces will also be popping up at the new location.

Allana Fitts, someone Schleuter says "knows all the customers and everything they like" will be working the new kiosk, as well as Will Thomas, someone Schleuter calls a "favorite among the customers" at Emporium.

"I think having those two as our anchor employees I think we're going to have a lot of great success here and I think people are going to enjoy their personalities and coffee making abilities."

Schleuter says he expects a fully staffed kiosk all through out the day at the Regional West location to adapt to hospital staffing hours.

"We think we need to be here when you have the shift change so we're going to try to open up about 5:30 in the morning, then we're going to want to stay open until about 6 o'clock at night, that way we catch both of those 12 hour shifts."

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