Vegan Treats in Vickery Village

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OVR Coffee Café puts focus on taste, health

By JESSA PEASE

jessa@northfulton.com

A new hot spot in Vickery Village gives the traditional café a makeover.

Roswell native Lynette Jean’s OVR Coffee Café serves “mostly Organic, always Vegan and sometimes Raw” treats, hence the unusual name.

The menu offers pour-over coffee, fresh juices, smoothies, breakfast items, traditional layer cakes, salads and sandwiches with more ideas on the way.

“I don’t really say this is vegan and you should be eating vegan, but you give someone a nice pastry and they ask about it,” Jean said. “I’ve had a great response and most people are very happy.”

After studying graphic design and spending 15 years as a graphic artist, Jean’s daughter, Hanna, made Jean realize she enjoyed baking more than sitting in front of a computer.

Jean said she decided to make a change and attended Le Cordon Bleu for baking and pastry.

She found a niche in vegan baking and said she spent about five years perfecting all of her recipes.

“I think the menu has a French pastry kind of attitude, because of the school I went to,” Jean said. “I have tried to keep that in mind when I do the cakes and pastries, so that I can give someone something that is beautifully elaborate, but is vegan too.”

Because she wants to give people healthy alternative options to foods they enjoy, Jean creates cakes, pastries and coffees for customers who have intolerances to dairy products and eggs. She also makes gluten-free options.

“Those customers can come in here and peer over the bar and have anything they want,” Jean said. “It’s really exciting when you see their faces.”

Inspiration for recipes comes from Jean’s mother and grandmother, her travels to Europe and her own garden, she said.

“Even though people go out of their way to eat different or ethnic foods, you kind of go back to your roots a lot,” Jean said. “I like tea, so I put it in a lot of my baked goods for flavor. I try to stay as natural as possible with no additives.”

After working for caterers and other businesses, Jean wanted to open a small bakery, so she searched for the ideal location in the Vickery Village.

“It actually wasn’t a place I had targeted, but when I came by here one night with a friend, I saw the signs in the door, so I checked it out,” Jean said. “The willingness and excitement for what my concept was made me want to be here.”

Jean found that 90 percent of the people surveyed in Vickery said a coffee shop was the biggest thing missing there.

Serving coffee also meant more research because she had to find a source for fresh beans and figure out how to make the coffee correctly to serve with vegan-friendly milks — oat, almond or soy.

OVR coffees use the pour-over technique and are freshly brewed for individual customers. Jean creates her own caramel, vanilla and chocolate syrups.

“If you are going to have coffee in your title, you better have really good coffee,” Jean said. “Most people have been satisfied.”

One of Jean’s coffees, called “The Munchies,” consists of two shots of espresso, choice of milk and the caramel and vanilla syrups. This drink has done so well that OVR bottles it for sale.

Jean plans to expand her menu and work with local caterers and vendors, so she can reach more people.

“I would love to do cooking classes with kids,” Jean said. “If I could, it would be really great to open another spot. I love the food truck idea. I even thought about having a food truck with a top that is a garden. I mean, how organic and fun would that be?”

OVR Coffee Café

Vickery Village, 5755 Clarion St., Cumming | 678-771-8230 | ovrexchange.com

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