By Jill Nagy
Inspired by a perceived commonality between coffee and motorcycles, Jamie Rock and Ray Newberry opened the Kickstart Cafe at 33 Ferry St. in Schuylerville.
According to their website, “Coffee and motorcycles share many fundamental values. Everyone has their own personal taste and the two things bring everyone together.”
Although, “there is a sprinkle of motorcycle people” among the clientele, the cafe is attracting mainly a family-oriented crowd, according to Rock.
They specialize in coffee and breakfast sandwiches, he said. The coffee comes from Iron Coffee Co., in Hoosick Falls whose owner, Mike Milliron, provided advice and taught the new barristas how to brew and serve coffee.
“I guarantee it’s some of the best coffee you ever had,” Rock said, adding that it is a bold Italian roast. They also offer a full menu of teas.
Among the breakfast sandwiches a favorite, according to Rock, is the Sasquatch, “a meat lovers’ breakfast sandwich” with ham, bacon, sausage, egg and cheese. The same combination, plated, is called the Kickstarter. For the less adventurous and more cholesterol-averse, “our avocado toast is very popular.”
Rock spent about a year as a barista before opening the cafe. For Newberry, it is his first endeavor in the field. The verdict, so far: “We love it. We love the lifestyle. We love it,” Rock said.
The cafe can seat about 30 people and also offers take-out. They have their own parking lot.
They plan, “for sure,” to expand in the future to other towns, if this goes well, and we think it will,” said Rock.
Kickstarter is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; Friday and Saturday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 7a.m- 3 p.m. They are closed Mondays. The menu and further information can be found at www.kickstartny.com or. Its telephone number is 518-507-6268.