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Community Highlights: Meet Abby McLeay of Zen Coffee Company

Today we’d like to introduce you to Abby McLeay.

Hi Abby, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
It started as a part-time gig through college and grad school that eventually led me to realize my skills in management, passion for leading strong teams, and my love for drinking, learning, and teaching coffee all day.

In 2015, I visited Cannon Beach OR, and fell in love with a beachside shop-Insomnia Coffee Co-that I knew I had to partner with! Lots of conversations happened, many trainings, found a spot, and left the corporate world. Been on the move ever since!

We opened our Farnam location in 2017 and will celebrate 5 years in June. Our West location opened in March of 2021. We’ve taken off with coffee flights, a bakery, and the largest, most unique menu in Omaha! We’re excited to expand again in the coming year!

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
We’ve had bumps along the way… growing pains, a pandemic, but nothing we haven’t been able to maneuver through!

The pandemic was the hardest challenge as we literally had to close down for a period there. Now, the issues lie in distribution and delivery.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
Zen Coffee Company is a coffee shop based around the community. Our goal is to be able to offer something for everybody, with the largest menu of coffee, lattes, teas, and smoothies—plus a small in-house bakery!

We are most known for our Coffee flights and Double cups. The coffee flight serves four 8-ounce drinks, with your choice of hot or iced drink options from any of our menus. The double cup is a two-sided heart-shaped cup that serves two small-sized iced drinks!

We specialize in serving really good coffee very well. We focus on all of the details from your greeting to your latte art, the atmosphere, and everything in between. We stand out from the crowd because of the vibe and our settings. We are most proud of being able to grow organically, expanding our offerings and abilities as we go.

We want everyone to know that all are welcome here. It doesn’t matter what type of drink you like, whether it’s a cortado or fancy-schmancy double whipped and drizzled Belgian Waffle Latte-we’ve got something here for you!

Let’s talk about our city – what do you love? What do you not love?
I love Omaha and I love everything that Omaha has to offer. I am a mom so having a top-rated city to raise a family, amazing food and coffee scene, all the hot spots-Omaha zoo, Valas, Lauritzen Gardens, plus both Joselyn and Durham museums. All of the small businesses! This community is amazing!

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Dine Magazine, Faith Dewillo

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