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Zummo’s Café – DiscoverNEPA Coffee Club

Welcome to the DiscoverNEPA Coffee Club, a series for anyone who loves the smell of freshly roasted beans and the warmth of a steaming mug in their hands. We’re visiting NEPA’s local coffee shops and giving you an inside look at all they have to offer, from handcrafted drinks to cool spaces to work and hang out. Join us and discover your new favorite spot for a caffeine fix.

A Coffee Shop With a Local Legacy

For Robin and Jason Berndt, owning a coffee shop started off as one of those wild, wishful discussions of, “If you could do anything, what would it be?”

“I’m a huge foodie, and he has a serious love for coffee,” Robin explained. “His dream would have been, at the time, to buy a coffee shop. And I said, ‘We should just go do that.’”

The dream actually came to life when they purchased Zummo’s Café from Mary Tellie, owner of Electric City Roasting Company. To this day, this longstanding coffeehouse still serves premium ECR coffees on their brew bar. Over the years, they’ve also expanded their bakery and food menu.

From the local roasts to their crazy delicious peanut butter balls, it’s no wonder this café has been a Green Ridge staple for years. Join us for an inside look at all they have to offer.

Note: At this time, Zummo’s Café is open for takeout, curbside pickup and delivery only. Call or check online for updates.

 

Grounded in History

 

 

The café’s story starts with the Zummo brothers, two Italian immigrants who planted their roots in Scranton.

Look closely, and you’ll see chipped letters on the window spelling out “Zummo’s.” The building has carried that name long before the café opened its doors. It was originally divided into two shops run by the Zummo brothers (in fact, the double doors are still intact). On the right, one brother ran a shoe repair shop. On the left, the other brother sold cigarettes and candy. Their history lives on with old photos and relics decorating the walls of the café.

Zummo’s is tucked away in a residential neighborhood, and for many members of the community, it really does feel like home. Alumni from Saint Paul’s—the school across the street— still stop by and reminisce about buying penny candy as kids. Meanwhile, current students run in after the final bell for strawberry banana smoothies. Loyal customers and die-hard coffee lovers visit every day to catch up over a cup of joe, even if that means chatting from their cars during the COVID-19 shutdowns.

The shop has always been a community staple and looks forward to serving Scranton for years to come. Each month, they support a different local charity by collecting donations or hosting community events.

 

Meet Us at the Brew Bar

 

 

Whether you’re a coffee connoisseur or a sweet-toothed latte lover, Zummo’s has you covered.

True to their roots, Zummo’s sources their beans from Electric City Roasting Company. This specialty roaster is not only a local favorite, but also one of the leading boutique coffee roasters in the country. They work directly with farmers and producers around the world and roast their beans at their facility in Throop. The end product: a sustainably sourced, quality cup with a bit of a local twist.

The house coffee is ECR’s signature Blue Moose, a smooth, medium-bodied roast with a hint of cocoa. Zummo’s also has a brew bar with a rotating lineup of ECR’s latest blends. Each cup is made single to serve for a higher end brew. Although the selection changes regularly, you can always find the Zummo’s Blend on hand. This bold, darker roast is only available at the café, but you can always buy a bag if you need a coffee fix at home.

If the fun flavors and fancy lattes are more your style, Zummo’s makes irresistible specialty drinks. The honey lavender lattes and matcha lattes are year-round favorites. During this time of year, they also make hot chocolate in cozy, creative flavors like s’mores, gingerbread and peppermint mocha. Each cup is brimming with whipped cream, marshmallows and toppings.

 

Sweets & Eats

 

 

Zummo’s makes all of their café fare and bakery treats in-house.

The food menu changes every day with new specials on soups, salads, sandwiches and quiches. However, you’ll almost always find fan favorites like the chicken salad pita. Zummo’s adds sweet craisins and crisp celery to put a spin on a classic sandwich.

Each day, the bakers whip up fresh batches of scones, muffins, cupcakes and cookies. The chocolate chip cookies are an all-time favorite— so simple, yet so delicious. The famous peanut butter balls are always popular too. These vegan, gluten-free treats taste like a peanut butter oatmeal cookie, but without the guilt.

Earlier this year, Zummo’s also started offering acai bowls, those dreamy smoothie bowls that you’ve probably seen on Instagram. They feature a mix of berries, coconut milk, Greek yogurt, bananas, acai puree and the toppings of the day.

 

Stay Warm & Toasty

 

 

Beat the winter chill with a trip to Zummo’s.

Zummo’s Café is located at 918 Marion Street in Scranton. Due to statewide COVID restrictions, they’re currently open for takeout, curbside pickup and delivery only. Online ordering is available, or you can call ahead at (570) 344-2715. Follow their Facebook and Instagram pages for the daily specials.

 

Must Try:

Honey Lavender Latte – Sweet honey and delicate floral notes blended with milk and espresso

Zummo’s Blend – A bold brew with a hint of brown sugar

Specialty Hot Chocolate – A cozy winter favorite with holiday flavors and tons of toppings

Chicken Salad Pita – Fresh chicken, sweet craisins and crunchy celery folded into a soft pita

Peanut Butter Balls – Peanut butter, oats and chocolate chips rolled together into a healthy treat

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