Stopped by the new Sabaidee Coffee House this morning for the first time and enjoyed a great Blood Orange hot tea (she also tells me her blood orange lemonade is also very popular.) Got to meet Delana Ball, the owner, and thought it would be great to share some information on this new gem in Tiffin.
It’s been open almost two months. At the end of August, the Seneca Regional Chamber cut the ribbon to mark the start of Tiffin’s newest retail venture. Housed in the old Java House across from Tiffin Univeristy, Sabaidee Coffee House is located at 45 South Sandusky Street, providing coffee, chai, tea and other iced and warm beverages to the city of Tiffin. According to Delana, Sabaidee comes from the Laos language, translating to “Hello. How are you?” in English. Ball spent the last seven years in Laos, a country settled next to Thailand and Vietnam, teaching English as a second language and helping the individuals of the nation.
Delana Ball’s decision to open a coffee house was a time in progress. Having lived internationally for the past several years, Ball returned to the United States feeling changed. She learned a lot while in Laos and knew the transition back was going to interesting. She took some time to think about her newest dream and passion, and it turned out that it was opening a coffee house next to a university. While she initially considered Bowling Green, she ultimately decided on Tiffin. After talking with the previous owners of Java House, her decision was made and the ownership transitioned to Ball. Ball added her own personal touches to the coffee shop. Sabaidee Coffee House offers a variety of coffee beverages and other beverages, including tea and soft drinks, along with offering bagels, muffins, and hummus.
Most of her coffee and tea come from Staufs Coffee Roasters in Columbus, a micro-roaster who sources premium Arabica beans from more than 20 countries worldwide. The coffee house can be enjoyed between 7:00 am – 7:00 pm Monday through Friday, and on Saturday between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm. Parking is available in front on Sandusky, behind McCartan’s Grocery or next to Rosie’s Soup & Such on Clay St.