Juicy June

Simpatico: Fueling Locals with Coffee, Juices and Smoothies

By Andrea Bosco Stehle & Samantha Casale / Photography By Ashley Mclaughlin | June 01, 2015
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Meaning “likeable and easy to get along with,” we’re finding ourselves bonding with Simpatico already.

The Downtown locale fuels customers Monday through Friday (soon to be seven days a week!) from 6:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Pouring veggie fusion shakes, protein shakes, fruit smoothies, and a slew of coffees —including blends and espresso from La Prima Espresso Company, 19 Coffee, and Commonplace Coffee Roasters — you’ll definitely find something to help you recharge. Although Simpatico opened as an espresso bar, currently 60 percent of its business comes from smoothies and juices.

“Our kale smoothie saved our business,” says owner Ward Payne. “What sets us apart from others is the inclusion of the healthful fibers and use of essential oils. A customer introduced me to the hearty flavors and benefits of dōTERRA Essential Oils, and we saw the value they brought to our smoothies.”

A majority of his fresh produce is locally sourced, and Simpatico is implementing Sustainable Grounds, a program collecting compost from participating coffee shops to be traded with local farms and community gardens in exchange for produce. “It’s a win-win for all!” he says. Especially for frequent smoothie sippers, who can taste the kale in multiple concoctions. The Original Kale features kale, lemon, pineapple, and banana. Ward mixes it up with Greens N’at, combining mango, butternut squash, mixed vegetables, broccoli, carrots, green beans, yellow carrots, wax beans, red peppers, banana, and, of course, kale.

This summer, you’ll catch us sipping on the Mango Basil. A clean blend of mango, peach, strawberry, fresh basil, banana, and ice, it’s our peak pick of the season!

Simpatico, 425 Sixth Ave., Downtown. 412.287.7598.

Article from Edible Allegheny at http://edibleallegheny.ediblecommunities.com/drink/simpatico-fueling-locals-coffee-juices-and-smoothies
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