Karen Hoffman welcomes patrons to the Copper Cup Coffee Company
in Westlake. (West Life photos by Larry Bennet)
structure houses the Copper Cup
By Cynthia Schuster-Eakin
Published Jan. 30, 2008
bricks and boards could talk, the walls at the Copper Cup Coffee
Company would have a lot to say about the history of Westlake and
The landmark building at 680 Dover Center Road has
housed several businesses, including Dover Hardware, frequented
by many area residents over the years. Most recently, the structure
was used by Rae Ann nursing homes as a storage facility for office
files. The owners of the adjacent Ironwood Café decided to buy the
building, refurbish it and open it as a coffee shop where community
members could gather.
“We have found a lot of pictures of the building back
when it was Dover Hardware,” Joe Dubbs, manager of the Copper Cup
and the Ironwood Café said. “We are in the process of having them
enlarged and framed and eventually plan to hang them in the coffee
shop.” A Lyman boat transom is mounted on one of the walls. “The
original building owner loved Lyman boats, which we discovered in
the pictures. We thought we could use the boat as a sort of signature
for the coffee shop,” Dubbs explained.
The interior of the building has been beautifully
restored. They even managed to salvage the original hardwood floors.
A cozy fireplace surrounded by comfortable furnishings make The
Copper Cup a welcome place to relax and enjoy a meal on a cold winter
“Our aim is to keep everything fresh and good,” Dubbs
said. “Everything is made in-house, whenever possible. The muffins
and cookies are baked at the Ironwood.” The Ironwood chefs also
prepare the soups. Two soups are offered daily. The signature house
soup is tomato basil. Dubbs said they contract with a pastry chef
for the high-end cheesecakes and individual gourmet desserts.
and fresh pastries are also available at the Copper Cup Coffee
The centerpiece of the shop is the full service espresso
bar, where patrons can order espresso, cappuccino, lattes, frappes
and freshly brewed coffee and tea. Fruit smoothies are made to order
with fresh fruit and yogurt. You can also add a vitamin nutrient
Salads include the Copper, a house garden salad with
feta cheese and balsamic vinaigrette ($5.95), and Asian chicken
salad, with grilled chicken, Mandarin oranges, almonds and sesame
Baguette sandwiches are prepared with your choice
of turkey, ham, Italian deli meats or roasted vegetables ($5.50).
Add a side of fresh fruit, ciabatta roll, yogurt or kettle chips
for an additional dollar. Brown bag lunches ($8) include a combination
of sandwich, soup and side.
Dubbs said the most popular item on the Copper Cup
menu, since its opening on Jan 10, has been the smoked turkey panini
sandwich, topped with roasted red peppers, provolone cheese, spinach
and pesto sauce on a pretzel roll ($6.25). Other paninis are the
Hawaiian pineapple chicken with zesty mustard ($6.75) and peppered
beef with roasted tomatoes, red onions and cheddar cheese on rosemary
sourdough ($6.95). The Cuban panini is made with pulled pork and
smoked ham, topped with sliced pickles, Swiss cheese and yellow
The homemade tuna salad nicoise sandwich is also a
top seller, according to Dubbs. Grilled Ahi tuna, red onion, scallions
and olives are laced with lemon caper mayonnaise and served on whole-wheat
bagel bread ($6.25). There is also chicken salad combined with tarragon,
bell peppers and spicy mayonnaise ($6.50). The Caprese sandwich
is fresh mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, mixed greens and basil balsamic
dressing on herb focaccia bread ($6.50). The California wrap combines
smoked turkey with tomato, alfalfa sprouts, fat-free chipotle cream
cheese and avocado cream in a whole wheat tortilla wrap ($6.25).
The Copper Cup Coffee Company is open for breakfast,
lunch and dinner, from 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday through Wednesday,
and from 5:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Thursday through Saturday. There
is a spacious conference room for meetings and private events. Full
catering is available. Phone (440) 835-8255 or visit www.coppercupcoffee.com.
Major credit cards are accepted.