Biz Buzz: Twisted Bean Coffee Cafe, Fresh Connection


Twisted Bean Coffee Bar

Coffee drinkers have a new destination on Estero Blvd on Fort Myers Beach. Owners Steve and Valorie Steinbeck have opened Twisted Bean Coffee Bar in Sea Grape Plaza behind Wells Fargo Bank. The Steinbeck’s come to town with corporate and entrepreneurial backgrounds. Valorie has visited Fort Myers Beach for years, and when the couple landed in SWFL, they began searching for just the right location for their shop. While the hours and menu are being tweaked to best fit the local market at press time, you’ll find the lights on and door open at 7am daily, except Sunday when they open at noon. Whatever time guests arrive at the newly remodeled shop, they can expect a warm welcome and unique quality products to enjoy.

Steve and Valorie envisioned a demand for coffee brewed fresh on premise along with unique pastries, snacks and smoothies. Their Arabica beans are specific single country sourced and not blends of different beans from different locations. This provides unique and distinctive flavors for devoted coffee drinkers. Steve claims their coffee is “rich without being bitter,” and he even enjoys their Espresso without milk or sugar. The menu, which Valorie describes as “snack & go,” emphasis is a mix of healthy indulgences using organic, fresh ingredients from primarily local vendors. Catering, carryout and events on premise are welcome.

Twisted Beach Coffee Bar, Sea Grape Plaza, 2801 Estero Blvd., FMB. Hours 7am-7pm Monday-Friday; 7am-5pm Saturday; 12-5pm Sunday. Phone: 239-233-8635.



 Do you prefer farm fresh produce? Then you must check out Fresh Connection Two! Owners Kyle Strickland and Connor Dempsey are continuing their passion for fresh produce from their store in Milford, Delaware to their new Florida store located on San Carlo Blvd. They travel around the state hand-picking produce to insure superior quality because that’s what they believe the community deserves. Kyle said, “Don’t roll the dice when it comes to good produce!” In fact, during my visit he was carefully going through the blueberries making sure only the best were on the counter.

Fresh Connection Two offers local Florida produce, local honey, Pennsylvania Dutch products, Grandma’s Jam House jellies and jam’s, Garlic Expressions classic vinaigrette salad dressings and Amish-made noodles. They also offer a selection of inexpensive wines and offer “Sample Saturdays.”

Fresh Connection Two is located at 16641 San Carlo Blvd, Fort Myers. Hours 7am-7pm November-May.