By Alicia Dziak

It’s hard to believe that Cupcaked, at 22 Monroe St. in Ellicottville, just celebrated its six-month anniversary. The bakery, which boasts a selection of brownies, cookies, cake pops and, of course, cupcakes, (many of which come in gluten free options!) has quickly become a staple in the village scene.

Just two weeks ago, Cupcaked owner Annie Coe took on a new challenge when she began partnering with 49 Coffee House and Eatery in Springville. The new coffee house, named after its location at 49 East Main St. in Springville, features a variety of coffee and tea drinks, as well as Coe’s delightful baked goods.

“So far, it’s going way better than expected,” Coe said, noting that she has made about six deliveries to Springville so far, with about 13 dozen items in each delivery. Products include gluten free brownies, cake pops, customized buttermilk “49” cookies, two different cupcakes each week, and blueberry lemon and orange cranberry scones, which Coe said are the most popular items so far.

While the products are similar to those sold in Ellicottville, Coe noted that the cupcakes going to Springville are a bit more elegantly decorated due to the lower volume of them, although they are moving to a similar style of decorating for the Ellicottville products in the near future.

The 49 Coffee House building was purchased in late 2016 by Greg Beatty, his cousin, Kevin Buncy, and Kevin’s wife, Lindsay, all Springville natives. The new restaurant and village hangout is a result of hard work and determination after months of renovations and a vision.

“Lindsay is a coffee fanatic and liked the idea of a coffee shop,” said Kevin of their decision to open a business in Springville. He said, and Beatty agreed, that there was never a question of whether they would end up in Springville after graduating from high school.

“There’s so much potential here,” Kevin said of being in downtown Springville. The trio began major renovations on the building and, in addition to the coffee house, luxury apartments are planned for the second floor, which Beatty and Buncy hope will be completed by summer.

Kevin explained that when the trio began looking for local bakers to partner with, Lindsay reached out to Coe.

“She was super friendly and interested in working with us,” Kevin said.

Coe is not the only local vendor the 49 Coffee staff will be working with. Once their full food menu is available, which Beatty and Buncy said will be soon, they will be working with local barbecue legend Jake Cranston of Jake and the Fatman, who will supply the pulled pork for a specialty sandwich that includes pork with Jake’s signature BBQ sauce, topped with housemade mac and cheese and pickles on sourdough bread.

Other mouth-watering sandwich selections include three paninis made with waffles instead of bread — Buffalo chicken, blueberry and BLT with pesto. “All three are incredible,” Kevin said.

The syrup for the sweet paninis will soon be supplied by Jake Miller, who owns Jake’s Greenhouse in East Concord. The syrup will also be incorporated into other food items such as maple coleslaw.

Of course, a coffee house is known for its beverages, and 49 Coffee takes pride in using locally roasted coffee beans sourced from Golden Cup Coffee in Buffalo. Kevin explained that their house blend, called 1808 The Settler, is named after the first permanent settler in Springville. The medium-roast coffee is an Ethiopian/Honduras mix, and is available in bags to take home as well.

Another popular option is the Nitro Cold Brew, which is brewed at room temperature for 14 hours, infused with nitrogen and poured from a tap. The result is a creamy, carbonated strong brew, with a head much like that on a glass of stout beer.

49 Coffee also offers loose leaf tea, fruit smoothies, bottled beverages, decaf options and, in the future, might work toward making their own soda.

While Kevin also owns and runs a painting business, he plans to work at the coffee house in the afternoons and evenings, and both Lindsay and Beatty will be there full time, and also have assistance from two current employees.

Opening weekend proved to be a success. “There were rushes of people. It was great,” said Kevin.

Among the short-term goals, Kevin and Beatty agree that perfecting the food, adding Monday hours and bringing on another employee top the list.

49 Coffee House is open Tuesdays-Fridays, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m; and Sundays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For now, they are closed on Mondays, but agree that there is a strong possibility that will change in the near future. To keep up to date on all of their happenings, visit their Facebook page or following them on Instagram (@49coffeehouse).