Ahh the multi-roaster, the glut of choice for the finicky coffee drinker. After a dip in popularity, it’s safe to say that the multi-roaster is back and better than ever. And in Sterling, Kansas, Clive’s Staples flies the multi-roaster flag and does it well. Blending nationally-known roasters with local favorites, Clive’s Staples pairs coffee with fresh breads and homemade bagels, and the occasional dumpling or bierock isn’t bad either.

For more, we’re heading to Sterling today to check out Clive’s Staple here on Sprudge Maps Spotlight, our traveling global coffeehouse report supported by La Marzocco and Pacific Barista Series.

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As told to Sprudge by Caleb Tremaine.

Introduce yourself to our readers, tell us about your coffee!

Clive’s Staples is a coffee shop and bakery in the beautiful little town of Sterling, Kansas. Housed in a historic building that was once a pharmacy with a soda fountain, Clive’s now provides our lovely little community with great coffee and delicious food.

Our neat old building had been vacant for a long time before we bought it and we had to do some major renovations before we could open. However, we were able to incorporate many great features from the original pharmacy into our new shop, including the stamped pewter ceiling tiles, the beautiful cast iron columns, and even some of the original display cases and antique mirrors that were behind the old soda. Fountain!

We opened in 2019 and we bake our own sourdough bread, bagels, donuts and all of our other pastries on site. We also offer a sandwich menu for lunch and dinner with sandwiches prepared with our homemade sourdough bread and homemade soups.

What equipment do you use in your store?

The focal point of our cafe bar is a beautiful La Marzocco GB5 dual group espresso machine and we use a La Marzocco Swift for our espresso grinder. We have a FETCO brewer for our drip coffee and we use Fellow and Kalita Waves kettles for our pours.

Which roaster or roasters do you serve?

We use multiple roasters for our coffee program. We are proud to have partnered with Onyx Coffee Lab (Rogers, Arkansas) and Pennant Coffee Roasters (McPherson, Kansas) since our opening and just recently began offering coffee from a brand new roasting company of our own. city, Table Coffee Roasters. We love the roasters we work with and are delighted to be able to offer coffees from a very well known and respected roaster like Onyx as well as coffees from some awesome local roasters like Pennant and Table.

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What is the neighborhood you are in like? Is there any other cool stuff nearby?

We are delighted to be located right in the middle of idyllic downtown Sterling, about half a block from our town’s only stoplight and a few blocks from the very pretty Lake Sterling walking path. Our city is also home to a great little college called Sterling College and college students and staff make up a large portion of our clientele. Just down the road in Hutchinson, KS, there are plenty of cool things to see and do, including the Cosmosphere (a space museum), Strataca (an underground salt museum, 200 meters below earth!) and the Kansas State Fair.

Did you close during a mandatory Coronavirus shutdown, and if so, for how long?

We had to close our indoor seating and only offer delivery for a few months and we had to close for a week in 2020, but we didn’t have a very long closure like so many other stores l ‘did.

What impact has the coronavirus had on the daily work in your café?

Like so many other restaurants and cafes, we had to adjust some practices. We’ve moved our self-serve station behind the bar, required our staff to wear masks, and increased our cleaning protocols. For a while during the shutdowns when our sales slowed down a bit, we pivoted our business model and started focusing on special dinners.

We would advertise a fun special menu item (like Alaskan dumplings, gyros, bierocks, etc.), take orders so we know how much to make, prepare afternoon meals, then prepare meals for dinner. .

We are so lucky to have had the support of our community throughout the pandemic.

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What’s cool or unique about your cafe that you want people to know about?

Our shop is actually inspired by author CS Lewis! Lewis was a prolific British author, best known for writing the Chronicles of Narnia. Our name, “Clive’s Staples”, is actually a pun on its first two names. Lewis’ full name is Clive Staples Lewis. We admired his work and hid lots of subtle references to his books in our shop design.

Is there a community organization or charity that you would like to thank for this feature?

Sure! We are not directly connected with them, but we think Kibo Group International is doing some interesting things. It is a non-profit organization that works to empower communities in Uganda and they operate a cafe in Uganda as well as two cafes here in the United States.

Thank you!

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Photos by Clive’s Staples, used with permission