If you love Vietnamese coffee, then you'll want to try this new Baton Rouge shop.
Uncle Ben's Coffee opened in mid-November at 7132 Florida Blvd., Suite A. The new store offers Vietnamese iced and hot coffee drinks, as well as cold brew and fresh brewed coffee.
Ben Nguyen, a managing partner in Uncle Ben's, said the menu will expand soon to feature specialty drinks and herbal teas. Local baked good are also being considered as menu additions in the future.
Nguyen has worked in the tech industry for the past 8 years. He said that coffee is his fuel. At the same time, coffee has been his passion since he was a child.
"When I was a little boy, I lived with my grandpa in south Vietnam. Every morning, on our way to open our small school supply store near the house, we stopped at a street coffee shop near the house," Nguyen said. "That is a beautiful memory for me. My grandpa passed away two years ago. When I had the opportunity, I wanted to do something for those childhood memories, in the memory of my grandpa while still serving good coffee to the community."
Another reason for opening was the prime location. Nguyen said there is no coffee shop in the area, which features businesses such as Louisiana Technology Park, Cox Communications and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
As of now, delivery through UberEats is in development for Uncle Ben's. Nguyen will also personally deliver orders in a one-mile radius at certain morning and afternoon times.
"I hope I can personally bring coffee starting sometime next week," he said. "I want to provide inspiration to friends and people around this area for their daily work."
For those who haven't tried Vietnamese coffee, the drink is a blend of sweet cream and strong coffee. The right cup isn't too bitter or sweet.
"It's like a dessert," Nguyen said, mentioning what his customer have said in reviews. "The difference is in the taste and blend of ingredients. Really, I tell people that they just have to try it."
Uncle Ben's Coffee is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, visit unclebenscoffee.com.