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N illi'llililllBll :- - ., - -' :6B Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter ][)unn's Coffee and P-1'!4 00as: The local cq0000'nouse lnarJac, e L,uilt BUSINESS DUNN'S COFFEE AND FINE TEAS Linda Satchwell Staff Writer Isatchwell@plu When Erin and Jack Dunn sit down to discuss the coffee- house they've owned and operated for the past 13-1/2 years, it's clear that this is a family affair,-backed by a passion for coffee, quality and community. When they opened Dunn's Coffee and Fine Teas Sept. 4, 1996, there was no place in the area that "just did cof- fee." They'd recently moved to Quincy from Carmichael, outside of Sacramento. There, they frequented Boulevard Coffee, owned by Cliff Miller, "an artist" when it comes to roasting coffee, said Erin. The Dunns were trying to figure out how they were going to keep their family afloat in Quincy. They had three young children: Alex, Katherine and Nathan, who were 7, 5 and 2 at the time. Miller told them he thought they had the personalities to open a coffeehouse. Of course, said Erin, she realized later he was also seeing a new outlet for his coffee beans. Jack has left the building: Erin and Jack Dunn, owners of Dunn's Coffee and Fine Teas, enjoy working together. Photo by Linda Satchwell They currently order about 110-120 pounds every seven to 10 days. Miller helped them set up their place, which included selecting the right coffee equipment. It didn't hurt that Jack was a carpenter. He took the old cavern of a building and turned it into a warm, invit- ing community space. He also created a large, beautiful kitchen, which Erin loves. This is a good thing, because she bakes all of the pastries and creates all of the delicious winter soups from scratch in that kitchen. You can say it's home baked, said Jack, because this is "home away from home." Erin bakes every evening for the next day. She was an at-home mom for eight years so "you learn to make every- thing from scratch," she said. Taste anything that Erin bakes and you'll know it's talent more than practice that has her turning out ome of the best scones, breads, muffins, coffee cakes, pies and quiches around. Add to that, the very reasonable prices and large portions. Every year as Quincy heads into winter, Erin starts mak- ing soups. She's developed a schedule, because people kept asking when she was going to make their favorite again. Monday: chicken enchilada Tuesday: chef's choice Wednesday: Italian meat- ball Thursday: (this one's new) ct ickep with orzo, leeks and , ot r vegetables. Friday: potato cheddar All soups are served with a fresh, "homemade" roll, and they're a steal at $3.75 for 16 ounces and $4.50 for 20 ounces. Erin makes two giant pots of soup each day all she can really manage.she said. Even so, Dunn's often runs out, 1 Dunn's draws a lunchtime crowd with its delicious and well-priced soups. Warm soup and warm conversationwhat better way to chase away winter blahs? Photo by Linda Satchwell sometimes as early as 9:30 a.m., Jack said proudly. - Diehardscan call ahead and have their soup set aside for them. Erin also does special order pies, cakes and quiches. She's never advertised this. It's al- ways been just word of mouth.., until now. I have to say I've never had more fun doing an interview. I practically live in Dunn's-- it is dangerously close to Feather Publishing's Quincy office and without it you wouldn't be reading most of the articles I've written. It is the buzz that gets things done. Sorry to wax lyrical, but I've just finished a fantastic double-shot caramel-cream latte and my mind is actually working again. The other reason the inter- view was so fun to do is the Dunns themselves. It's a strange thing about Jack he's crabby, he's cranky and he's funnier than hell. Once, over a discussion of the local hospital, he got go- ing on death. He just about had me rolling on the floor. Death has never been so fun before. Erin, who is his sweet and mellow counterpart, said if Jack is away, everyone asks where he is. The same does not apply when she or the equally cool and kind Pauline go missing. So, apparently, this town is full of gluttons for punish- ment. I, for one, certainly am. Without that double espresso dose of cynicism to start my day, I'd be lost. Cliff Miller made a good call, it turns out. The Dunns have raised their three children on coffeehouse proceeds, and they've become a Quincy institution, as well though the anarchist in Jack would certainly bristle at being labeled as such. The Dunns love what they do and the town they do it in, though Erin said it bothered her that she had to spend so much time away from the kids when they were small. Now, however, each of them has worked in the coffee- house as they've grown up, and it's great "to see them again,' she said. As far as commuhity sup- port, said Jack, "the trick is being open and being consis- tent; Quincy doesn't have either." Erin, not surprisingly, had a gentler take on the commu- nity scene. "It's my favorite part," she said. People "come and visit and bring their fam- ilies and friends. Generations pass, and I ask myself, 'When did that happen?'" She said she enjoys heing a part of someone's good childhood memories. Dunn's is also a great place See Dunn's, page 7B Sudoku Puzzle #1678-D' 9 1 2 3 4 5 1 6 5 1 8 4 3 7 6 7 8 2 9 7 @ 2009 Hometown Content 3 8 9 4 Difficult Last W(ek's Crossword IEI515 IIGI ii00-]11 I'l ols , , , !c!E/I ,!.! tEIDBB . l"i Last week's Sudoku Sudoku Solution #1672-D 2 3 6 9 7 4!5 8 1 7391 6457 3862 1974 524i6 g 63i8 471!5 2589 Iiiiiii!!liiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiil!iiliii!iiiiiiii!iii!!i!!iliiliiii i!iii i i : , i,lffO KitchenAid. 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