You might think foods like eggs, cream cheese, and sausage are a thing of the past once you go plant-based, but at BlackStone Herbs & Coffee Bar, they don’t have to be. The organic, vegan cafe and CBD purveyor first opened in Cumberland just over a year ago and quickly became known for their craft espresso drinks. “We strongly believe in coffee culture and strive to perfect classic cafe drinks such as lattes, cappuccinos, cortados, americanos, etc.,” says co-owner Eddy Sandoval. “Some say we have a bartender’s approach to crafting our espresso drinks.”
Now with a second location in Coventry, they still put the same level of care into your first drink of the day, and have branched out to recreate a breakfast favorite. Plant-based sausage, egg, and cheese sammies on a plain or everything bagel offer a hearty (and healthy) addition to their menu of vegan sweets like donuts and cannoli.
“We source as locally as we possibly can, so things change with the season,” Sandoval explains. Past specials have also included savory eats like a Meatball Sub on a gluten-free torpedo roll with house-made Italian “meat” balls and a Chickpea Tuna Wrap. Their own Garlic Herb Cream Cheese on a bagel topped with cucumbers, spinach, or tomatoes is always an option. For seasonal pastries, BlackStone sources from places like Miss Vegan based in Warwick, The Donut Shack in Tiverton, and Juliana’s Italian Bakery in Cumberland, while many coffees and teas come from New Harvest in Pawtucket and Farmacy Herbs in Providence.
“Our vision is to provide limitless, simple, and raw ingredients or healthy alternatives that you do not typically find in a coffee shop,” says Sandoval, which extends to the “herb” part of their name, referring both to tea and CBD offerings. Tinctures, pain salves, gummies, and more are made with CBD from Dream Catcher Farm in Dudley, MA, and friendly staff are happy to explain the homeopathic wellness ideas behind the different varieties.
Both cafes were founded around an art- and community-forward vision. “The Coventry location gives us more space to really make a fun and inviting atmosphere where you can grab a latte, tea, or matcha, and hang out,” says Sandoval, or take a seat at the custom live-edge wood bar and “watch the magic” of the baristas preparing craft drinks, while enjoying a breakfast sandwich, of course. Coventry and Cumberland
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