Cute waitresses wearing the customary black t-shirts with the Charlie Bean logo serving coffee & espresso with a smile is something we’re not used to here in urban Mustang, Oklahoma. Until recently, finding a good cup of coffee has been something of a challenge.
Charlie Bean, located at 425 West Highway 152 in Mustang, serves up the best coffee you can get for at least 10 miles. My morning ritual for the last two weeks has been dropping the kids at school and making a B-line to Charlie Beans, where I’m practically on a first name basis with some of their servers. I should own company stock some time soon.
Ten-year Mustang resident Charles Mangus and his wife Linda teamed up with their partners, Greg and Linda Kersh, to open the first coffee house in Mustang on February 13th. Upon entering you are surrounded by the earthy aroma of roasted coffee and jazzy tunes in the background. Charlie Bean sports seating for 65 patrons, an in-house coffee roaster, a forty-inch flat-screen TV hanging above a fireplace surrounded by cozy leather armchairs, and free wireless Internet with purchase.
I asked Charles what made him want to open a coffee house and he replied, “I started roasting my own coffee years ago and just have a love for coffee.”
On any given day there are eight to ten employees working behind the counter serving up various offerings from their one-hundred-item menu including bagels, yogurt, and even soups and salads for lunch. On the shelves are the traditional offerings of grinders, syrups, teas, whole bean and flavored coffees, and even caffeine-laden lip balm.
Though I’m not a coffee connoisseur, I do know when I’m not getting a watered-down variety from the local fast food joint, so don’t expect to get one here. The service is fast and friendly whether going through the drive-through or dining in. First time partakers will enjoy the Charlie Bean card, which gets you a free coffee on the ninth coffee purchase. Charlie bean is not just a coffee shop; it’s an experience.