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Coffee micro-brewery coming to Lafayette

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Lafayette's first gluten-free bakery is teaming up with the city's first micro-coffee brewery. Rêve Coffee Roasters is joining forces with Bibi's Patisserie to bring a unique "European" experience to the coffee lovers and health conscious consumers.

Hannah Ellaham-Raffel, and her family has owned and operated Bibi's for four years. In December of 2012, they realized their business was becoming more than they could handle. They closed the doors to expand and decided to call Nathanael Johnson, owner of Cafe Mosiac in Eunice and a certified barista.

"It ended up being one of the best telephone calls we made so far in our business," said Ellaham-Raffel.

Johnson knew he wanted to take his love for coffee and brewing to the next step, and decided to begin developing Lafayette's first micro-coffee brewery. Rêve, the French word for dream, quickly became Johnson's reality when he teamed with Bibi's and began crafting specialty roasts with his business partner Christopher Pickle.

"We roast in small batches," Johnson explained. "We pay attention to details; making sure there are less defects."

Rêve and Bibi's will provide the community with retail and wholesale opportunities. Currently, Bibi's sends product throughout the U.S. and beginning next week will have their own line in Rouses Supermarkets. Rêve's client list is slowly growing. E's Kitchen and Great Harvest Bread Company sell their roasted beans and ground coffee. Johnson expressed he wants to keep the business local and family-oriented.

"Every person that is with us is not our account but our partner," he said.

Once the doors open, Ellaham-Raffel and Johnson plan to provide their coffee and pastries in a unique setting. Customers will be able to view the coffee-brewing process, take part in coffee and baking classes and tastings, and enjoy the music of Cajun and French bands. Ellaham-Raffel explained they have a heavy French-speaking customer base and want to cater to them.

"Hence the name Rêve and Patisserie," she began, "because we really feel like we want to give back to Louisiana's roots and bring that out as much as possible and make it healthier at the same time."

Bibi's prides themselves on being the only dedicated gluten and sugar free bakery in Louisiana. Ellaham-Raffel explained their goal is to keep the products hand-made and the atmosphere peaceful. that if it's not hand-made, it won't be served.

"You want to experience an old European time where things were much slower; where you could walk places and you (could) take that deep inhalation of coffee with your pastry and enjoy every single bite and know that it's not coming from some factory."

Bibi's and Rêve are set to open the doors, located on 1321 W. Pinhook Road in July.

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