Reader Peter let me know that Caffe Luxxe and Merci To Go will be sharing the space at 1028 Coast Village Road in Montecito, the former home of Xanadu French Bakery and next to Vons. Caffe Luxxe was established to bring a unique luxury to coffee and a culinary experience, championing a move towards hand crafted artisanal espresso and brewed coffee. “Our commitment to serving great coffee begins thousands of miles away at the farms where the beans are grown, where we strive for full transparency of sustainable practices,” says co-owner Mark Wain. ‘Our philosophy on roasting guides our hands, as we roast coffee to focus on the classic characteristic flavors unique to each country to bring out the depth and complexity they have to offer.”
Merci To Go is a boutique artisanal cafe created by pastry chef Elizabeth Colling. She has partnered with chef Joe Hafner to cultivate the expansion of Merci To Go. Colling earned her degree at the Ritz Escoffier in Paris before working at Spago Beverly Hills and becoming the pastry chef at Bastide. Colling was also a Food Editor of Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings magazines, where she developed and styled desserts for both publications. Hafner is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University and a private chef. He also cooked extensively in kitchens across France and California. Merci To Go is primarily an organic homemade food shop in Montecito with lunch, dinner and desserts that are easy to take on the go.