Birds chirping. The sun shining warm and bright. People outside, enjoying these summer months in the great Utah outdoors. Playing Pokemon Go to their hearts content. Summer is a magical time. Which is why we’re spending our “Summer Vacation” in the studio, putting together an exciting series that we think you’ll enjoy. While we’ll always stick with our Utah Foodie format of sitting down with incredible entrepreneurs for interviews and stories, we wanted to introduce a new series called “Utah Foodie Reheated.” These topic focused, produced episodes are an opportunity to focus in on a subject in Utah that deserves a spotlight.
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Scott was comfortable in his career as an air traffic controller and DeAnn was a sales manager at a local Utah business. But their kids were growing up and leaving the house, and behind the scenes Scott and DeAnn's homemade chocolate was becoming much more than a hit among friends and family, and was turning into an obsession.
So late in their careers and in mid-2013, DeAnn and Scott Querry made the leap into a new chapter of their lives and opened Solstice Chocolate out of a a small 800 square foot location in the Central Ninth district of Salt Lake City. In this small, single-room location they received small boxes of imported cocoa beans, arriving from distant countries known for their cocoa beans, like Madagascar and Bolivia.
Solstice Chocolate's "bean-to-bar" model has proven that carefully controlling the entire chocolate-making process pays off. Today, just two years later, Solstice Chocolate bars can be found in over 170 locations across the United States and Europe.
On today's episode of The Utah Foodie, we take you through Solstice Chocolate's founding story, talk about the bean-to-bar model and roasting process to make fine chocolate, and get to know their owners DeAnn Querry and Scott Querry.
You can find their chocolate online at Solstice Chocolate's website, or at the Blue Copper Coffee Room or Publik Coffee Roasters.
Derek Belnap had been a barista at the Coffee Garden on 9th and 9th for almost a decade when he was approached about starting his own coffee shop. And just six short months later, he unveiled 3 Cups in Holladay with his pastry chef Amber Billingsley.
3 Cups represents everything great in a coffee shop: A beautiful atmosphere with lots of natural light. Great seating, like a long, wooden communal table, private booths, and an outdoor patio. Friendly and chipper baristas. And perhaps most importantly, great baked goods and outstanding coffee (largely coming from our friends and previous guests, Blue Copper Roasting Co).
In today's episode we chat with Derek and Amber about how they started 3 Cups, what went into their beautiful Scandinavian-inspired design, how they always hire such great baristas, how to talk a Starbucks-drinker into a pour-over, and why they put so much emphasis on their baked goods.