Enter the Slow Bloom Coffee Cooperative, and it feels like walking into the future and the past.
Located at 420 W. Colton Ave. in Redlands, the building has a ’70s vibe, with yellow textured windows and matching water glasses. The sign above the front door is in an almost psychedelic font, in a bright, rich orange.
The menu, however, is thoroughly modern, with the latest coffee and tea concoctions, as well as seasonal specials. There’s also a case with baked goods, including chocolate croissants from the beloved Village Bakery in Calimesa.
Slow Bloom is a collective of coffee workers allied with UE, an independent labor union. On Slow Bloom’s website, the team writes, “We are mothers and fathers, family and friends; every one of us a passionate individual committed to our communities and the people we serve.” That passion is clear, from the friendly greeting at the register to the artfully poured coffee served piping hot. —Catherine
Posted: May 5, 2022