What started as an Elburn corner coffee shop in 2014 has turned into so much more.
Ann and Tony Cobb two years ago found themselves driving to the Tri-Cities to get a good cup of coffee. They both knew that a place with great coffee and espresso in Elburn would definitely be well-received. And once the Cobbs found a building space at 2 S. Main St. in the village, they knew they would regret it if they didn’t give the coffee and food business a shot.
Shortly thereafter, the Cobbs opened The Corner Grind to Elburn, the Kaneland community and beyond.
“We knew we could excel at lunch, but we wanted to become novices in the coffee world first,” Ann said. “We immersed ourselves in the industry and linked ourselves to a coffee roaster who is beyond amazing and taught us a lot. We wanted to make sure we had the espresso and coffee drinks perfect before we expanded our menu – we didn’t want to just be average at anything. Everything needed to be perfect.”
It’s been perfect thus far. Bakery items are made fresh in the store every morning, featuring everything from blueberry muffins to blackberry scones.
“Our homemade vanilla glazed donuts are probably our best seller,” Ann said. “They are usually sold out by noon every day.”
All of The Corner Grind’s drinks are made to order. Customers can order lattes, cappuccinos, iced teas and coffees, smoothies and lemonades. The business prides itself in the quality of its products, using the highest quality ingredients from Sparrow, Ghirardelli, Harney and Sons, and Monin.
Since its opening, The Corner Grind’s menu has expanded to fit the needs of its customers.
“We recently added breakfast sandwiches due to the constant requests for them,” Ann said. “We also run a soup and sandwich special every week.”
The Corner Grind opened with a staff of four employees, but has expanded to a staff of twelve in 18 months. Meanwhile, the Cobbs are thrilled that their business continues to increase week after week.
“We are amazed at the amount of business we have being in a town of only 7,000 people,” Ann said. “We have been overwhelmed by the support of the community of Elburn.”
The Cobbs intend to expand the breakfast menu to include homemade granola and yogurt parfaits and perhaps even an overnight cold muesli. The business also routinely adds seasonal bakery items as well as seasonal lunch specials. Turkey BLT and ham and swiss panini are two of the most popular lunch specials – always made with Boar’s Head meats and cheeses.
The Corner Grind is open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. It serves lunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Breakfast sandwiches are served from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and all day Sunday.