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Get made-to-order cold brew and pastries with Charlotte’s new subscription service

CHNO Coffee’s subscription service will offer 16-ounce cold brews and pastries from local bakeries like Dulce Dreams Cafe (pictured). Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

CHNO, a locally owned coffee company, will launch a ready-to-drink cold brew and pastry subscription service starting January 28.

What is happening: The weekly service will offer customized cold brews, as well as the option to add pastries from a rotating local bakery, says CHNO owner Carlea Resinos.

Why is it important? CHNO’s subscription service allows customers to get their caffeine (and sweet tooth) fix while supporting small, locally owned businesses.

Background: Recinos launched CHNO Coffee Co. as a pop-up coffee shop in September. While his ultimate goal is to turn CHNO into a “brick-and-mortar community space,” a subscription service seemed like the perfect next step, Recinos told me.

  • In case you’re wondering, yes, CHNO, pronounced “CHEE-no,” is the chemical formula symbol for caffeine (C:8 o’clockQ:10:00N:4:Oh2).

Crush. According to the National Coffee Association, American coffee consumption is at an all-time high. And mYoung adults in the US are drinking more coffee than ever before.

  • 51% of 18-24 year olds reported drinking coffee in the past day, according to the National Coffee Data Trends Report.
  • Coffee consumption outside the home is also increasing. In other words, we love ordering coffee as much as we love drinking it.

How does it work? CHNO’s subscription service opens for orders on Saturday, January 28th.

Carlea Recinos, owner of CHNO Coffee Co. Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Here’s everything you need to know, from the menu to picking up your order.

CHNO’s subscription model works weekly as needed. With no recurring fees, you’ll only pay for the week(s) you want to book.

Orders and acceptance. You will place orders through the Odeko app. Orders will open at midnight every Saturday and close at 11:59pm the following Tuesday. Pickup (from various locations) will be next Friday from 12-5pm.

  • This week, orders will open on Saturday, January 28 at midnight and close on Tuesday, January 31 at 11:59 p.m. 1200 S. Graham St., Friday, Feb. 3, 12-5 p.m. (outside Bhramari Brewing) will have a pickup pop-up.

Subscription menu includes both a custom cold brew and pastries from a local bakery partner. There is no minimum or maximum order size for cold brew.

It is considerably. All cold brew comes in 16oz bottles. “By pouring over ice, you can usually get two servings out of one bottle,” says Rekinos.

  • You’ll be able to fully customize your order with homemade syrups and both dairy and non-dairy options.
  • Recinos receives weekly fresh-roasted coffee from Minnesota roaster Folly Coffee for cold brew.

A Latino-owned bakery, Dulce Dreams Cafe, will be CHNO’s first pastry partner for the week. They will be introduced Conchas (Mexican sweet bread shaped like seashells) from their Valentine’s Day menu.

With CHNO’s fully customizable menu, you can create your coffee order just like you would in a coffee shop. Graphic by Carlea Recinos.

Cost: Each bottle of cold brew is $5.50 for syrup and milk. A bottle of syrup and oat milk costs $6.50. Pastry prices will depend on each individual vendor, and bakers will receive 100% of the profits on their pastries, Rekinos said.

Crush. In addition to the subscription service, you can find Carlea and CHNO Coffee Co. at various pop-ups around town. There, you’ll be able to try a wider variety of its menu, including espresso-based drinks and plant-based energy drinks.

What’s next? Resinos hopes to expand the subscription menu to include its energy drinks in the near future.

Keep it up! With CHNO’s subscription service, such as upcoming pastry partners and special discounts, through their weekly newsletter and: Instagram page.

CHNO Coffee Co.’s daily menu. Graphic by Carlea Recinos.

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