Last week, we reported that Great Harvest Bread Co. was pursuing a Maplewood location, a move that was up for discussion on the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission’s Mon., Oct. 1, meeting agenda.

As reported after the meeting by the Maplewood-Brentwood Patch, the owners of the Olivette location of Great Harvest at 9449 Olive Blvd. will relocate to 7415 Manchester early next year, pending a finalized lease.

The new digs will feature not only the classic oven-fresh breads and sweets customers love, but a coffee roasting facility run by La Cosecha Coffee, whose coffees are currently featured at the Olivette location.

At the new location, set to open early next year, the two entities will be staffed by each company’s own employees. Jamie Jeschke, co-founder of La Cosecha, says, “We believe we will be the only place in St Louis that will offer fresh-baked goods and fresh roasted coffee in one location.”

The continuing partnership is born of a desire to bring customers freshly harvested products that’s common to both companies.

“We want to create an experience where we can connect the consumer with the farmer and allow them to enjoy these quality products,” Jeschke says. La Cosecha sources coffees with an emphasis on both fair trade and high quality. Beans are roasted to order and each bag is dated, and sealed with a one-way degassing valve to ensure maximum freshness.

La Cosecha, founded in 2006 by Jeschke and business partner Gio Sparks, imports coffees from all over the world. Their process includes a quality control step they call “green bean validation” – manually picking through the raw product to winnow out inferior specimens and any debris.

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