For those of you who follow us regularly know that two of my very favorite things in life are coffee and chocolate! Seriously, who can possibly live without these? So being able to go behind the scenes with Winans Chocolates + Coffees was a dream come true! My two favorites in the same place. I need a “shivering with excitement” emoji to put here! 🙂 Check out this original sign that used to hang in their previous, original location.
We worked with two of the most amazing women for this tour. The first was Courtney Denning who is the Education & Media Manager for Winans Chocolates + Coffees. The second was Penny who gave us the actual tour. She made the tour so fun and entertaining! Thank you to both of these ladies for putting this together for us!
Winans offers these tours to the public. They are so fun and so informative! We would highly encourage you to take a tour if you are ever in the Piqua, OH area. These tours start with a slide show that tells the history of Winans Chocolates + Coffees. It also goes into great detail about chocolate and coffee. Super important for chocolate and coffee lovers like me!
Even if you don’t take the tour, you can see some of the chocolate making from the coffee shop area at their main location in downtown Piqua. Their location is 310 Spring St, Piqua, OH 45356. They have many other locations throughout the Miami Valley area.
They use only all natural ingredients in their chocolates. Nothing artificial ever! They make around 20,000 pounds of caramel a year! And they make around 1,000 pounds of candy per day!
Winans Chocolates + Coffees has a commercial Hobart Mixer from 1911 that they still use today! How amazing is this? It is original to the company and is one of the oldest, still working commercial Hobart Mixers in the world! Being that I used to work for Hobart Corporation (way, way back when), I found this really fascinating!
As far as the chocolate side of their business goes, Christmas is their busiest season. Easter is their second busiest season, followed by Valentine’s Day. The assorted gift box collection is the most popular item sold during the Christmas season. Their Easter bunnies are obviously the most popular item sold during Easter and chocolate covered strawberries round off the most popular item sold during the Valentine’s Day season.
Joe and Laurie Reiser are the owners of Winans Chocolates + Coffees. Winans has always been known for their amazing chocolates. I can remember (way back when again) going to their original location and picking out chocolates. Such good memories! Eventually, Joe brought his love of coffee to Winans. We are so glad you did Joe! He has traveled all over the world to educate himself on the coffee industry. All of his education and passion has truly paid off! Winans has some of the most amazing coffee you will ever taste!
Winans roasts 2,000 to 2,500 pounds of coffee beans per day. Using this enormous roaster below, they can roast 70 pounds at a time. It takes between 13 to 20 minutes to roast 70 pounds of coffee beans. I wish I could begin to describe to you the amazing smell in here! Oh my goodness it is so good!
When you watch the slide show at the beginning of the tour you get a tiny glimpse of what goes into making the perfect cup of coffee. There is so much to understand about the coffee bean. Where they are grown, the region and altitude they are grown at. Then there is so much to know about the actual roasting process also. It made your head spin to try and take in all this information. Much easier to just come to Winans Chocolates + Coffees and purchase coffee beans from them to use at home. Or whenever you are out and about you can always stop in for a fresh brewed cup…even easier! 🙂
Their most popular unflavored coffee is the Winans Blend. The most popular flavored coffee is Highlander Grogg (butterscotch and caramel with a hint of scotch, flavoring not alcohol!).
This is such a neat place to visit and hangout. Come with friends and get coffee drinks. They have plenty of seating, so sit down and stay for awhile. Or if you are gift giving, they have some amazing gifts for that special person! So much to choose from!
They even have something special for your furry best friend. Don’t forget to take a special treat home to him or her. They will love you for it!
In the future, they are looking to expand their offerings to workshops, classes and tasting tours. Sounds like so much fun!
If you are ever in the Ohio area, put Winans Chocolates + Coffees into your GPS and make sure to come and enjoy some heavenly goodness! If you are able to make it to their main location in Piqua, sign up for a tour. We promise that you won’t regret it!
Joe and Laurie, please keep up the amazing work you are doing! It is so appreciated! Also, if you ever need a Winans Brand Ambassador…Small Town Living USA is here at your service! No one can possibly love chocolate and coffee more! 🙂
Have a great day everyone!