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As fresh as a warm bagel

Sandy's newest cafe is the city's only one with a drive through for convenience
by: Jim Hart Kelly Campbell adds flavor to a latte at her coffee bar. After experience as a barista and baker, Campbell is putting her knowledge to work at Café Coco.

This is Kelly Campbell's first venture into the world of entrepreneurship, but she's well-grounded and has developed the major skills of her trade.

She's the new owner of Café Coco, and she wants everyone to know she has the only drive-through café in Sandy - and the drive-through is working.

Without leaving the car, a hungry or thirsty customer can drive away with a delicious treat for their breakfast, lunch or coffee break.

Supported by her husband, Taylor, Campbell has developed her skills during the three years she served as a barista and the 18 months she worked in a big-box grocery store bakery.

She knows how to make all kinds of coffee drinks, baked delicacies, soup and sandwiches.

'I've always loved to bake,' she said, 'and I'm in love with coffee. So this (restaurant) just happened.'

The first thing she learned was she needed the freshest ingredients to produce high-quality food items.

That's her goal, and nearly everything in her café is made from scratch. But she also wants to be consistent and produce the same product each time she mixes ingredients.

Finally, she's fast. Her customers will be surprised when she finishes filling their order so soon.

The affordable menu at Café Coco includes special sandwiches and homemade soup every day of the week along with a variety of pastries she bakes every morning.

Anyone who asks how the café got its name will learn it is named after Campbell's dog. She also named some of the drinks after her dog.

Beverages include flavored coffee, tea, cocoa and fruit smoothies. She uses exclusively (local) Mount Hood Roasters coffee for all of her coffee and espresso drinks.

Campbell wants local residents to know she's always smiling and willing to serve the freshest food and drink - and she serves consistently the same high quality food and beverages.

'Everything is always fresh here,' she said. 'That's really important to me. I bake every morning: muffins and scones and warm bagels (and more).'

Café Coco is at 38871 Proctor Blvd., at Strauss Avenue. Open hours include 6:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday. Campbell can be reached, especially for take-out orders of pizza or sandwiches, by calling 503-668-3700.