Way to go Hermann! Espresso Laine

Way to go Hermann! Espresso Laine

This is the third in a series highlighting the Hermann area's winners in various categories of the 2020 Discover The Best of Missouri Life Awards.

Espresso Laine is the Local Coffee Shop winner in the second annual Best of Missouri Life Awards.

"Serving house-roasted beans brewed into coffee, espresso and specialty drinks, it's no wonder its (web) site deems it a place 'where the locals hang out,' " the magazine stated.

Owner Lainee Landolt said this is the first time the shop has been involved in the voting. Landolt told the Advertiser-Courier she was "very surprised" at news of winning the category and the nomination itself, especially since Espresso Laine has just a small service area in the community.

But Landolt said the honor most likely stems from notice beyond Hermann itself of the shop's efforts, and that such a thought is both humbling and exciting. She and staff have come to realize the shop is now regarded as a destination point, with customers arriving from such areas as Holt's Summit as proof.

"We have so much to offer," said Landolt of the business, with a home-like setting and comfortable atmosphere as advantages. Having a wide selection of flavored coffee beans and the toys also helps draw in the fans, she added.

Word of mouth, social media, and special events have all played their roles in making Espresso Laine a success. Motorcyclists are also calling it a favorite stop on their tours around Hermann.

"My staff is incredible," Landolt said of still another factor that has delivered a winning hand for the business.

The public's response has been a blessing, she continued, and there's been a favorable reception to the outdoor seating. A recent open house attracted a crowd.

"That's more about the community," she said, noting that such opportunities typically bring out a good response.

Espresso Laine plans to open a roastery in back of the business sometime during the early spring of 2021, with rehabilitation for the project currently under way.

"We're already roasting them," said Landolt of the beans.