Photo by Scott Franz
Tasha and Al Compos own and operate the newly renovated Spill the Beans Espresso Cafe on 13th Street.
Tasha and Al Compos admit they picked a bad week to start their new business in Steamboat Springs. After the couple bought and renovated the Spill the Beans coffee shop on 13th Street, they held a grand opening party six weeks ago that coincided with the road repaving on Lincoln Avenue.
“Our second week here, we asked ourselves if this was really a good idea,” Tasha Compos said. “We started a business at a time when nobody could get to it.”
After the roads downtown reopened, Tasha Compos said business began to pick up as locals found their way to the shop in the early morning hours. The new oven and the half-kitchen the couple added to the shop finally were being used to their full potential.
“We’re always busy baking pastries and cupcakes in here,” Tasha Compos said. “We start the oven at 5 a.m.”
Customers who visited Spill the Beans under the previous ownership hardly will recognize the interior of the shop. The old furniture and carpeting has been replaced, and the walls now are orange and “chocolate cake” brown. But the biggest change they have made to the shop is the addition of a variety of food items to the menu.
Spill the Beans now serves breakfast burritos and sandwiches in the morning and deli or panini-style sandwiches for lunch. Tasha and Al Compos said they would like customers to remember just one thing about their new business venture.
“We’re a true mom-and-pop operation,” Tasha Compos said. She and Al are the coffee shop’s sole employees, and they moved to Steamboat from Golden with their two sons after seeing the coffee shop for sale on Craigslist.
“We told ourselves, ‘There’s no time like the present,’” Tasha Compos said, admitting that the transition from teacher to coffee shop owner has been significant. “We didn’t want to look back and think we missed a great opportunity.”
Spill the Beans isn’t the only coffee shop in town with new owners. Steamboat resident Caitlin Scanlon and accountant Clark Davidson bought Steaming Bean Coffee in Old Town Square downtown on July 1. Scanlon, who previously was Steaming Bean’s manager, said the store has added breakfast burritos and French-pressed coffee to the menu and will host new events such as an acoustic guitar jam session Sept. 14.