Alpina Cafe Circa 2012


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Alpina Coffee Cafe gets new owner
Jack Barnwell 

November 9, 2015
Change is afoot in South Lake Tahoe's business community, including new ownerships, continued development and policy changes:


Missy Hullander is settling into her role as the new owner of Alpina Coffee Cafe on Emerald Bay Road.
A career pastry chef and former Sacramento resident, Hullander said she "wanted a place with character, not just something in a strip mall."
Hullander bought Alpina Coffee in September from father/son team Ed and Kevin Krumnei.
She initially planned to stay in Sacramento, but a trip to South Lake Tahoe sold her on the location.
"I love everything about the building and its atmosphere," Hullander said. "The history is kind of cool because of the ghost that haunts the place."
Since purchasing the cafe, Hullander began placing her pastries on the menu, including croissant bread puddings.
"It's just getting to know what the customers like," Hullander said. "I'm used to doing all these fancy desserts, but people here seem to like something that is just simple and good."
Eventually everything on the menu will become homemade, from panini sandwiches to soups and chili in the winter. Some breakfast menu items, made by Cakes by the Lake, may still be available.
Hullander said she will continue using coffee from Minden-based Alpen Sierra Coffee Company.
"I'm not going to change what people have come to know," Hullander said. "They have been coming here for years and know exactly what drink they want."


YELP REVIEWS from 2012 - 2014


*** ZJ-161718 / New York City, New York
Reviewed September 1, 2014 via mobile
Lovely cafe to read, leverage WiFi, read early am newspaper but
Don't expect the cappuccino and quality of coffee to be anywhere close to Driftwood cafe. I Loved the location both indoor and outdoor. Loved to catch up on my readings in a peaceful and serene outdoor benches. Choice and selection of breakfast and lunch needs an upgrade to match the loveliness of its location.
The servers were polite and sweet. Choice of bagel didn't include any healthy item, i.e. multi grain or whole wheat....
Definitely worth visiting between the hours of 6am - 3 pm


**** Claudio M
Aix-en-Provence, France
Reviewed August 9, 2014
out of time
The café alpina is always the same, with good wifi, good coffee and pastries, friendly waitress. It's very comfortable to find the same atmosphere after all these years.


***** InterMMiami  /  Pembroke Pines, Florida
Reviewed June 30, 2014
Good, throughout the years
First time I was in Alpina some six years ago, this coffee shop hasn't lost it's charm. I used to know some people working there but now they are all new, however, the good old feeling is still there, coffee is as great as ever....More


***** LauraJ48 / Oak Park, California
Reviewed May 22, 2014
Warm and welcoming
We come here a lot when spending the summer close by. The free Wi-Fi sure is nice to go along with a delicious sandwich or salad and cup of wonderful tea!


***** kmclifford
Reviewed October 1, 2013
Slow service, excellent coffee
If you are in a hurry this is not the place for you to grab your latte. They are a little slow as it is just a small shop. However, they do have an honor box that allows you to pay cash for the brew...More



* John S Quincy, Illinois
Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile
No value or service
I stopped here for 2 lattes. In a hurry. When drinks delivered they were almost 1/2 foam. I didn't have time to wait for all other customers so I left the drinks. I called later to tell why I left the drinks on counter, hoping for a refund. I was asked if I still wanted the drinks & I told them not half foam. The staff reply. "OK"
A coffee shop is supposed to know & serve the various types of coffee drinks. This shop doesn't & also has no sense of service.



***  adamg25 / Launceston, Australia
Reviewed July 9, 2013
mmm.. ok coffee, nice tranquil setting though.
Hard to find decent coffee in Tahoe so this was recommended. Average at best but considering what's available maybe your only option. On the plus side, its great to sit outside, peaceful and tranquil and made us go back twice.



**** jw6969 / Virginia Water, United Kingdom
Reviewed April 5, 2013
Superb coffee
Tiny little place just heading out of South Tahoe on the left. My Mrs thought the coffee was "unbelievably good". Quick service, parking.


**** Notpassive / california
Reviewed September 26, 2012
True coffee shop feel, relaxed, good coffee
This hidden gem is a quiet getaway from the south Tahoe madness. Just north of the Y, small, nice place to tuck away and read or get some work done. Skip the sandwich croissants but the other pastries are fine. Sit outside in good weather.