Cool Beans in GJ: More than just a coffee shop |

Cool Beans in GJ: More than just a coffee shop

Angela Wetzel
Free Press Health Columnist

While many restaurants in the Grand Valley have a gluten-free menu, the chance for cross contamination in the food is high.

Cross contamination is what happens when an allergen, in this case wheat, enters food that is normally gluten-free. Many restaurants in the Grand Valley do not have a separate gluten-free kitchen as the expense of having two kitchens can be too much. This can create issues for those of us that are celiac or have a gluten intolerance and is why many of us choose not to eat out.

That is why Cool Beans Coffee Shop is such a treat. I had been told by a friend that they had gluten-free items and after she sent me pictures of their baked goods, I just knew I had to check it out.

When I walked into the shop, I was happy to see that the majority of their baked goods are gluten-free. The lady behind the cash register was busy helping other people so I took a look at the many different baked goods they had available which ranged from muffins and scones to cupcakes, cookies and brownies. They also had whoopee pies and ice cream sandwiches!

Once the lady was free I went through my usual questions about their gluten-free items. Once of the main questions I ask is; “Do you have a dedicated gluten-free kitchen?” I was very pleased to hear that they do! She told me that anything that wasn’t gluten-free was baked next door, at Berna B’s. I was also told that they do catering and have done full gluten-free menus for events.

They also had samples of their cookies, whoopee pies and scones out and they were marvelous. I had to get some of their baked goods but had a hard time choosing so I happily purchased a carrot cake muffin which was delicious. I also purchased brownie cupcakes for my parents and they said that they were delicious as well.

Not only were their baked items delicious, their prices were very reasonable. The muffins and cupcakes were only about $.50 more than the regular items which in itself is amazing! So when I feel like a gluten-free treat, I won’t be breaking the bank.

Cool Beans Coffee Shop is located next to Safeway on 29 Road. If you are looking for great baked items, I would highly recommend Cool Beans. I know I can’t wait for my next stop there!

Angela Wetzel has celiac disease and is president of Gluten Free Grand Valley, a support group for those with celiac disease and wheat allergies. Contact her at or visit Gluten Free Grand Valley on Facebook.

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