Drive up to Chateau Espresso any time during operating hours and you’ll get a cup of great, shade-grown coffee, not a peep show, according to new owner Patience Botzet.
“I had no idea that the baristas here used to wear lingerie until a customer said she was glad to see I had my clothes on,” Botzet said. “The former owner never said a word when we were buying the business.”
That owner, Jovanna Edge , but customers complained that the women wore skimpy lingerie. The business did not last long in Woodinville.
“You will not see that here now,” Botzet promised. “My teenage daughter works her, it will be G rated only. One of my early morning customers is a 13-year-old girl who buys hot chocolate on her way to school, we will always be family friendly.”
Botzet lives in Granite Falls, her mother, co-owner Delores Albrecht, lives in Marysville. This is the first business the two have operated a business together. “I think it will all work out, by trade, my mom is an account and I’ve been a supervisor for customer service,” Botzet said.
The women chose to open a business in Woodinville because of the community has “a sense of togetherness,” Botzet said. She also liked that the stand is located near the sports fields and the wineries. “I’m a mom of two, so being in a nice shopping center that has a family atmosphere was important to me.”
Boztet said it is a dream of hers to open a coffee stand, so when it came time to choose a coffee, it had to be great tasting and she wanted it to be socially conscious. She picked Camano Island Coffee Roasters, a Washington coffee company, that offers organic, fair-trade, shade-grown coffee. “We buy a bag of coffee from the company, they donate a dollar to help families in third world countries to help them support their families and to not be in poverty, so why not help people while we are buying coffee?”
Chateau Espresso also uses recyclable containers, organic milk and has some natural syrups. The coffe stand is in the Apple Farm Village at 14575 148th Ave NE and is open Monday through Friday 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can read its Facebook page here.