Lattes with books and a view of the river: River Moon Coffee to open cafe at library

Geoffrey IkutaSchodde, co-founder of River Moon Coffee Roasting Co., stands next to one of the coffee bean roasters at his office. River Moon Coffee will open a cafe in the Stillwater Public Library next month.

Something new is brewing at the Stillwater Public Library.

Stillwater-based coffee roaster River Moon Coffee Roasting Co. is opening a cafe next month on the third floor of the city library. River Moon owner Geoff IkutaSchodde said the library was the best spot for his company’s move to a retail operation.

“This will be our first retail cafe,” he said. “We thought that particular location had a lot of visual appeal. There’s a walk-out terrace next to the cafe.”

IkutaSchodde plans an Aug. 6 grand opening for River Moon Cafe. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, he added.

“We’re available with expanded hours beyond that for special meetings,” IkutaSchodde said.

Along with offering River Moon roasted coffees, IkutaSchodde said the cafe’s “eatables” would come from local vendors.

“Everything will come from the area,” he said. “The coffee, of course, will be fresh roasted. You’ll have the best coffee in Stillwater. Certainly the freshest.”

Opening the cafe at the Stillwater library could be considered a natural extension of IkutaSchodde’s young business on South Main Street.

“We started out as a (coffee) roaster,” he said. “Our primary business is a coffee roasting company. We started about a year ago.”

Like many small business owners, IkutaSchodde worked in the corporate world before deciding to start his own business.

“Well, you know, it was an easy entree into the entrepreneur world. My wife and I got interested in building a brand,” he said. “We wanted to be a brand that was a pleasure brand. We wanted a high-quality product with visual and sensory appeal.”

IkutaSchodde said River Moon has steadily built a commercial and retail customer base in its first year of operation.

“We supply River Oasis Cafe. Leo’s Malt Shop serves our coffee and we also serve some local businesses,” he said. “And people come by our place on Main Street and buy our product.”

IkutaSchodde believes River Moon coffee’s quality is a match for for his cafe’s location at the library. He cites the library’s “stimulating” atmosphere of books and art gallery and the St. Croix River visible from the library’s terrace as compliments to his company’s coffees. He hopes the River Moon Cafe, with its specialized coffees and expressos gives a boost to an “underutilized resource in Stillwater.”

“We want to make the space more appealing for the public to come and enjoy,” he said.