The coffee shop was abuzz with brewing and busy people last Friday as the doors opened to the new Silver Bean Coffee shop near the base of Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah.
In the mix was Shannon Bahrke, two-time Olympic moguls medalist. You couldn’t miss her—beaming smile, contagious personality, and of course, her trademark neon pink hair. Bahrke and her husband Matt Happe (yes, pronounced happy), were happily welcoming customers to their new shop. Bahrke’s friends showed up too. U.S. Ski Team athletes like aerialists Emily Cook, Dylan Ferguson, and Bahrke’s brother, Scotty, plus ski jumper Lindsey Van, and mogul skier Bryon Wilson were all signing special Silver Bean posters of their specialty coffee blends for fans. Bahrke and Happe are huge givers; they make nearly 30 athlete blends for U.S. athletes. Sales of the blend help support the athletes and go to the nonprofit
“I’ve known Shannon for years,” says Cook. “She’s an amazing person. It’s really amazing how she has found a way to support the athletes as well as becoming an entrepreneur herself.”
This isn’t just any coffee shop. The place oozes energy due to energetic Bahrke and it offers the often bland coffee land of Salt Lake City strong skier coffee, and a much needed cool place to hang out before and after hitting the hill. The couple’s goal for the shop is to offer that go-to place for mountain lovers.
“This couldn’t be a better location—coming in here on the way up into the mountains to go ice climbing, skiing, or running and biking,” Bahrke says. “That’s why we live here and hang out with the people that we do. It’s because we all love the mountains and we all love to be up there and be active.”
Gone are the days of drinking stale 7-11 coffee before heading to Brighton, Solitude, Alta, or Snowbird. Bahrke and Happe started Silver Bean three years ago selling tasteful, fresh roast from out of a warehouse in Salt Lake City. Then they met Daryl Castleberry and his wife, Mary, who owned Canyon Coffee. Only months into ownership, Castleberry, told his barista to start looking for a better coffee. She showed up with Silver Bean, and the response from customers was overwhelming, he says. The four coffee lovers partnered and re-branded the current shop, bringing more energy, a cool, outdoorsy atmosphere, better coffee, and breakfast food like egg sandwiches, to the outdoor mecca of Little and Big Cottonwood.
The shop is located just off exit 6 of I-215 in the Old Mill shopping and entertainment complex just off SR190. For more information about Silver Bean Coffee, and to order online, visit www.silverbeancoffee.com.