It can just be the simple things, like coffee

  In my previous days of fine dining restaurants and hotels, I can remember  that we almost  always sourced out the highest quality of ingredients to use. Sure they may have costed more, but we had an obligation to give the guest the very best, they were paying for it. Since I’ve been in healthcare, I’ve seen some shady things along the way, especially with coffee. (Many organizations still use a frozen coffee concentrate). I’m proud to be working with a team who is committed to our high quality coffee program – which is provided to our patients, co-workers, and guests.

 First off, our coffee is delivered  from Larry’s Beans, which is located only 7 miles from our Raleigh location. We purchase our beans whole, then grind them to order. At times, our beans are so fresh, they are still warm in the bag from the roasting process. I can remember traveling to the factory with some of our co-workers,  as we tasted, and experienced the passion  that these coffee aficionados have for their craft. My team was amazed at the entire roasting process, and it was unique for me to realize that some of our  own team actually had family farms in Africa,   which had harvested coffee. This was a personal connection. This  connection was real.

The coffee at Larry’s Beans is 100% Fair Trade, Shade Grown,  Certified Organic. They work closely with artisan coffee farmers to only purchase beans with deep, rich flavor profiles which they require for their style of slow, small batch roasting. The result… we are able to provide an amazing quality cup. Our patients are also able to enjoy this experience in a sleek mug which is easy to handle, along with being provided with individual, insulated  air pots for a second or third cup if they wish as shown below…

This has been so popular over the past few years, that the team at  Larry’s have actually designed  our very own blend called Dr.Mojo, which we serve to our patients and in the cafe’s. Dr. Mojo is also available for purchase in our retail venues, as well as at select locations throughout Raleigh and the surrounding area.

Recently, we transformed an existing space into Larry’s Local, a coffee kiosk which brews our very own Dr. Mojo bend, as well as serves many specialty coffee drinks, teas, and sweet treats. As you can see, our coffee barista’s are extremely proud, of our program as well.

So at the end of the day, if the thought of serving a frozen or generic blend coffee excites you, then more power to you. But I stand proud knowing that there is a handful of people in North Carolina whom are passionate to be providing this unique coffee experience to all patients and cafe guests.

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About Chef Ryan CEC

I'm the Executive Chef for Rex Healthcare's Culinary & Nutritional Services team in Raleigh, NC. We are doing some amazing things. We are changing the perception of "Hospital Food"- one meal at a time.
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