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Escape to a Nest in the Trees At Nido Cafe

By Elisha Neubauer

When Kevin Neel sold his business, a tapas and chocolate restaurant in Florida, he never realized how much he would miss the feel produced by the quaint eatery. After moving to Cumming, Georgia, Neel continued to long for the ambiance, as the town didn't seem to have anything that evoked the same feeling as his previous café.

He wasn't alone in feeling that the neighborhood needed a chic little café where you could meet friends over delicious coffee, food, and unique wines. After realizing he was one of many, Neel banded together with two friends and purchased a small, struggling coffee shop in town.

The shop itself was the perfect location. Nestled in the tree-tops of Vickery Village, it conjured a sense of comfort where friends and family could stop, pause, and savor life.

The group reopened the spot as the Nido Café. The name was derived from the Spanish word nido, meaning nest. As the café appeared to sit in the tree-tops, the group felt the name was fitting.

If the setting wasn't enough to arouse a feeling of calm, comfort, and peacefulness, the interior décor fills the void. Based on the European-chic trend, the building is decorated with white walls, ship lap, ambient lighting, and scored with eclectic lounge music.

"Personal artwork from our friends and family hang in the dining room and add a splash of color to the design," Neel said. "It's all meant to make you feel warm."

The menu is brimming with eclectic recipes and delectable desserts. One of the most popular choices is the strawberry, basil, and brie egg sandwich. The sandwich is crafted from a fried egg, crispy Serrano ham, strawberries, basil, and honey on a fresh croissant.

"It is such a unique combination of so many flavors," Neel said. "Salty ham and a warm egg contrast with the sweet strawberries and honey while the creamy brie cheese balances it all out." He added, "It's a terrific way to start the day."

Of course, it's the sweets which garner the most attention. The chocolate is baked fresh to order, so you have a crisp, vigorous taste that you just can't replicate with a frozen and reheated dessert.

"It may take a few minutes longer than normal but baking each item to order tastes SOOO much better," Neel said.

Food isn't the only thing at the Nido Café eliciting a heavenly response from people's taste buds. The shop offers only the best of the best when it comes to their coffee options. The shop utilizes a LaMarzocca GB5 and a top of the line Mythos grinder. This, when combined with highly trained baristas gives you the perfect recipe money can buy.

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