By Tatiana Ortiz

The aroma of freshly brewed coffee and a hint of baked chocolate muffins flowed within the premises of The Hideout Coffee House in Brandon as individuals entered through the doorway. It offers a wide variety of beverages, food products and more.

Owners Vanesa Gonzalez and Joseph Rincon opened The Coffee House on April 2 of this year. Gonzalez always looked for little coffee shops and ways to support local businesses. Their love and passion for coffee brought The Hideout Coffee House to Brandon. Gonzalez had previous experience working in a coffee shop and Rincon worked in the restaurant business for most of his life. They built the business together.

With the community in mind, “We want people to come here and feel like home,” Gonzalez said.

The Hideout Coffee House uses local Fairtrade Organic Coffee Roaster beans from a place called Black Crow Coffee Roasting in St. Petersburg and occasionally Metropolis Coffee Company located in Chicago, Illinois. Individuals can order an assortment of freshly baked pastries such as chocolate muffins, banana nut muffins and more. For beverages, they offer Espressos, frozen lattes and more.

While people wait for their food or beverage, they can grab a small table inside or outside. Or relax on the black leather sofa inside. This coffee house does provide free Wi-Fi as well. All service men and women, hospital employees and people working inside the plaza receive a 10% discount. The Hideout Coffee House offers a rewards program and people can download the free Perka app to begin receiving points towards their free coffee or muffin. To learn more about it, call 409-3730.

Join The Hideout Coffee House for their Painting with a Drink night on May 26 at 7 p.m. For information, visit Facebook.com/thehideoutcoffeehousebrandon. They do plan on conducting other events every month such as poetry night, music and much more.

Located at 218 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. Open Monday through Sunday 7 a.m.- 6 p.m.