Sippet a quick stop for coffee, bagels

NEW ULM –New Ulmites seeking their morning jolt of caffeine and a good, chewy New York-style bagel have been lining up for the past year at Sippet Coffee and Bagels, New Ulm’s only drive-through coffee shop.

The small building on Seventh North and German Streets is busy most mornings with a steady line of cars in the driveway circling the building. Fresh-brewed coffee, lattes, smoothies, tea, chai tea, hot chocolate is served up, along with fresh, warm bagels. Bagel sandwiches are also available, and with made-from-scratch soups.

The owner and manager of Sippet Coffee and Bagels is Aron Bode. He and his brother, Eric Bode, were in Chicago a few years ago and saw a similar drive-through bakery and coffee shop called Bibble & Sip.

“We thought, this is really cool. We should have something like this in New Ulm.

“When we got back, Eric said, ‘You should do a drive-through. Here’s a nice piece of land.”

Eric, owner of BoCo Real Estate, has a talent for making ideas a reality. He and Aron are partners in another venture, The Retz 227, a speakeasy bar in the back of the Retzlaff & Son’s building on Center Street.

The building was built and the shop opened for business in March 2019. It was busy right away, and has stayed so.

The quality of the products keeps the customers coming back. The coffee is always fresh brewed, and is supplied by Colectivo Coffee, a specialty coffee company in Milwaukee.

The bagels are trucked in from Long Island, where they have been prepared up through the boiling stage, ready to go into the ovens for baking.

“It’s the boil that gives them their special scrunchy exterior,” said Aron. “That’s the secret of a good New York bagel, whether its the water, or whatever they put in the water.”

The shop serves three types of bagels every day, French toast, blueberry and cinnamon raisin. It will add two other varieties daily from its list of available kinds — plain, cheddar, asiago, marble rye, jalapeño cheddar and others. The daily selections are available on the Sippet website (sippetcoffee.com).

Cream cheese is also available in plain, strawberry, blueberry, cheddar chive, and maple flavors.

The soups are made from scratch every day from the list of recipes Bode has collected over his years working in kitchens. He said the soups use local ingredients as much as possible, and are made fresh every day.

With room for the kitchen and not much else inside, Aron said he’ll have to keep saying no to those who’d like to have some indoor seating for their coffee and bagel.