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Troost Coffee & Tea gives Lansing a caffeine boost

Troost Coffee & Tea opened just off Ridge Road in downtown Lansing.

A new cafe is caffeinating Lansing.

Troost Coffee & Tea at 18155 Roy St., off Ridge Road, has brought a jolt of energy to the village's downtown with its cold-brew coffee, bespoke espresso drinks and Dutch street waffles in an environment with a modern, hip, comfortable feel.

The word troost, which rhymes with roast not roost, means comfort or consolation in Dutch, said owner Renae Kooy. 

"In the Netherlands, at a coffee shop, you order bakkie troost, which is literally translated to 'a little cup of comfort,'" Kooy said.  

Troost serves coffee roasted by Metropolis in Chicago, the same roastery preferred by Grindhouse Cafe in Griffith and other Region coffee shops, and offers a range of loose leaf teas and espresso drinks like lattes, mochas, cappuccinos and Americanos. 

Troost also sells "candy coffees," which is how Kooy's grandfather described sugary coffees like those at gas station vending machines. Some of its most popular drinks include the lavender and vanilla "LLattes" and the Iced N' Troosty, espresso sweetened with Ceylon cinnamon, caramel, vanilla and whipped cream.

"When we were starting things up, the barista was trying every kind of drink," she said. "We wanted something to fit the name of the place. It has a comforting smell and taste, and nothing goes better in coffee than caramel. After we put it together, we decided this is definitely our drink." 

Troost has options for those who don't like coffee, including a steamed milk and whipped cream Steamer and the Israel import Limonana, which is lemonade blended with spearmint.

There's also a selection of baked goods including cake pops, lemon bars, blueberry muffins, turtle brownies and Stroopwafel, or Dutch street waffles that are pressed with caramel or honey right in front of customers.

"We press it out in front so it has that street feel," she said. "It smells wonderful."

Kooy is a Munster native who was always drawn to neighboring Lansing, working at a church there and even going to prom at Thornton Fractional South High School. 

"I wanted to do something that gave back to the community," she said. "There wasn't a place for people to gather if they weren't interested in going to one of the bars. There's a serious lack of coffee in this area. There's been amazing feedback."

Troost started small, but Kooy hopes to expand the menu, including by adding breakfast sandwiches and pour-over coffee that takes longer to prepare.

The 1,800-square-foot cafe currently employs about half a dozen workers. It seats up to 26 customers, and has a kids room with a chalkboard and comfy chairs, and a quiet room for meetings.  

The cafe has hosted bands and art nights, and stays open late during community events like car cruises and late-night bike rides.

"Our main goal is to make people feel important, to greet them when they come in and ask how we can be helpful," she said. "We want to be a positive place in the village. We support the community."

Troost is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.