Cutchogue ice cream sensation Scoops Ice Cream Shoppe has returned with new additions that blend the best of both worlds. Now under the name Scoops & Grinds, the shop added coffee, espresso and baked goods to the menu after a three-year hiatus.
“I think Cutchogue was in need of a coffee place. Southold [and] Greenport [have them] but there are no coffee shops in Cutchogue. There are places to get coffee like the Cutchogue Diner, Karen’s Deli and 7-Eleven but I think people are looking for a rich, quality espresso as opposed to regular drip coffee,” said owner Lisa Liberatore, who opened the bakehouse and espresso bar in March at a new location about a half mile east on Main Road. “My coffee is a medium-dark roast with a smooth body and crisp finish, supplied from East End Coffee Roasters.”
Liberatore owned Scoops from 2006 to 2010 and repurchased the business in 2012. In 2014, she closed Scoops temporarily when she was offered the opportunity to move the shop next to Braun Seafood.
“I wanted to create a beautiful, homey space where people could chat with friends while they enjoyed a good cup of coffee and a nice sweet treat.”
Popular sweet treats so far include the raspberry crumble, almond berry cake, carrot cupcakes and chocolate chip and cranberry pecan scones.
“My recipes have sort of evolved through trial and error and eventually I’m satisfied with flavor and presentation.”
No matter what Liberatore is whipping up, the baked goods pair perfectly with seasonal lattes. Right now the lavender, caramel, mocha and vanilla are all the rage.
Liberatore is also getting creative with choices for the health conscious eater offering options like avocado toast and acai bowls. Fruit smoothies will be another tasty addition come summer.
But despite the swimsuit-friendly options, customers can still indulge in Hershey’s hand-dipped or soft-serve ice cream as well as ready-for-pickup ice cream cakes.
“The past few hot days I suggested putting a scoop of ice cream in the coffee and people really loved it. It’s funny how certain things complement each other.”
Fun twists can also be spotted throughout the décor. Tile floors, industrial tables, wicker chairs, a turn-of-the-century butter churner and coffee grinders give the space the perfect mix of “old and new.”
Much like the shop does itself.