Healthy Coffee Bus proposed for Metra station

By on August 27, 2010

Vendor would sell coffee with mushroom supplement
by Martha Quetsch
Elburn—Commuters may soon be able to purchase coffee at the Metra station again, but it won’t be an ordinary cup of Joe.

During the Elburn Development Committee on Monday, Fred Scritsmier, an independent distributor for Holistic Java, proposed opening a Healthy Coffee Bus at the train station.

The Elburn Metra station had a coffee vendor for three months starting in May. However, the company did not renew its monthly mobile vendor license with the village in August because the business was not profitable, Village Administrator Erin Willrett said.

Scritsmier, of Elburn, said he believes people will buy his coffee because of its health benefits.

“The reason it is a healthier coffee is because there is an herb that goes along with it,” Scritsmier said.

He referred to a substance made from ganoderma, a mushroom he said can lower cholesterol, reduce dementia, and provide many other health benefits.

“It helps just one thing after another,” Scritsmier said. “It’s not just coffee.”

Scritsmier would park his coffee bus daily at a location in the station lot that the Village Board would determine. The coffee bus would have a small seating area and a coffee bar inside. Customers would have to enter the bus to buy coffee. The bus will sell only the ganoderma coffee.

“All the coffee would have the mushroom in it,” Scritsmier said. “That’s kind of the purpose … the healthy coffee buzz.”

Scritsmier said he would charge from $3 to $5 per cup and hope to sell approximately 100 cups per day.

Development Committee members asked him whether the ganoderma coffee could pose health risks for some people. Scritsmier replied that no one ever has had an issue with the coffee, other than allergies.

That possible side effect concerned committee member Jeff Metcalf.

“We don’t want an unsuspecting person to break out in hives,” Metcalf said.

The Development Committee directed village staff to research the product and its safety before making a recommendation to the Village Board about Scritsmeir’s mobile vendor application.

Committee member Patricia Romke suggested that staff call a pharmacy to find out about the supplement.

“It is a bit unusual,” Romke said.