Battle Bean opens at McChord Field April 2

By Melissa Renahan on April 1, 2014

Wake up, McChord Field! There's a new coffee shop opening on base this week.

Wednesday, April 2, the former Café Lancelatte, located inside of Bldg. 100 on McChord Field, will re-open as the newest Battle Bean location.

"Café Lancelatte had used the Battle Bean coffee anyway, but we wanted to rebrand it, enhance the menu and really improve the customer experience," said Roger Disbrow, chief of Business Operations for Joint Base Lewis-McChord MWR.

The manager of the Habanero Mexican Grill on Whispering Firs Golf Course will oversee this latest JBLM MWR operation.

In the morning, patrons can indulge in make-your-own waffles, freshly baked bagels, muffins and a variety of pastries, including the customer-favorite scones, created by the pastry chef at the American Lake Conference Center, will be available throughout the day.

A wider assortment of sandwiches, from paninis to croissants to wraps, will be available and the popular burritos featured at the Habanero Mexican Grill will also be brought in. The revised menu will include salad options, like Greek and Caesar, for anyone wanting to grab a healthy option for lunch.

"Everything will be fresh and made onsite," he explained. "We offer quality at a reasonable price."

Best of all, the locally roasted Battle Bean coffee will continue to be sold and an array of coffee drinks will be made-to-order by baristas. According to MWR, every batch of Battle Bean coffee is handcrafted on Lewis North under the watchful eye of their Roast Master General, Sgt. First Class (Ret.) C. Black resulting in an even roast and a smooth taste. Battle Bean merchandise and bagged coffee will be sold in the McChord Field location.

The new Battle Bean at McChord Field will also include the unveiling of a fresh logo that features a C-17 and a sunrise, as opposed to the standard coffee bean soldier.

"I want to make sure that the airmen and the civilians working on the McChord Field side of base get as good a quality product as anywhere else on JBLM," said Disbrow.

Disbrow stated that an official grand opening would be planned and announced later in April.

The Battle Bean at McChord Field will be open 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday and is in the Customer Service Mall on the first floor of Bldg. 100.