With a passion for what they do and the amazing support of the community, Calypsos Coffee & Creamery on E. Lakeside Ave. in downtown Coeur d’Alene has been a favorite spot of both locals and tourists for nearly a decade. In addition to their incredible breakfasts and locally made pastries, which are served all day long, Calypsos offers freshly made soups, salad and sandwiches. And if you are looking for one of the best cups of coffee around, Calypsos has it.
“We are currently the only coffee shop in the Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls and Hayden Lake area that roasts our own coffee in-house,” said Todd Jenicek, who along with his wife Maria-Cristina, owns Calypsos. “This allows us to control our product. We currently roast beans from 10 different countries, and we offer several single origin and coffee blends for retail purchase. We also can roast specifically for your business or event and private label.”
Todd shares that their most popular drink is the Kickin Mexi; a mocha made with Mexican-spiced chocolate and a dash of pepper heat. He goes on to say that Calypsos does not roast their coffee for as long as others typically do. “The end result is a smooth product with a little more caffeine,” said Todd.
Their signature espresso blend is made up of coffee from four different countries, and they rotate different countries and blends that they serve as their daily drip. “That’s so people can find out what might make their taste buds dance,” said Todd.
For anyone who has never been to Calypsos, you will be pleasantly surprised at not only the food and drink, but the atmosphere as well. Relaxed and casual, the décor is unique and inviting.
“The walls, furniture, curtained sections, artwork and music is meant to keep your eyes and ears excited,” said Todd of the homey décor that is part of Calypsos’ appeal. It invites people in to come and relax and stay for a while. A family friendly place, people often say that they feel like they are relaxing in a big living room. And with an on-site meeting room and catering available, it is the perfect place to host meetings or events.
Part of Calypsos’ charm is their desire to give back to the community. They are eager to support local artists and nonprofits and do their best to help promote these people and organizations, even displaying some local artists’ creations for sale. And many nonprofits have hosted fundraisers at Calypsos. “We feel that is one of the best ways we can give back to the community,” said Todd, emphasizing the size of their space, and the fact they have a stage and a sound system.
Calypsos first opened in November of 2007 and was first owned by one of Todd’s high school friends and her husband. Todd and Maria-Cristina then purchased it in February of 2010. Together with their three kids, who are all now grown, they worked together to make it what it is today.
But Calypsos is much more than coffee and food, they have entertainment as well. On Monday evenings one can enjoy an open mic night, and there are several times throughout the year when various musicians perform.
This fall, Calypsos will celebrate nine years in business, something Todd and Maria-Cristina credit to their incredible staff and patrons. “We just want our customers to know how much we really appreciate them. They have so many choices, and we are enthused that they continue to choose us!” said Todd.
Calypsos Coffee & Creamery
116 E. Lakeside Ave.
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814