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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 27, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Sunday, November 27, 2005 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 7 A WHATS AHEADBUSINESSRichners bring their style of java, tea to The Szing By Leigh Jones Staff Writer When Dan and Anita Wehner ordered their first cup of coffee in America after arriving from Switzeriand, they wondered if the waiter had brought them water by accident. Subsequent cups at different restaurants made them realize most Americans just did not drink their brew as strong as Europeans. The Richners eventually retreated into their own kitchen to experience java the way they used to drink it and ponder a way to share their love of gourmet coffee with their new neighbors. “We just wanted to educate people about good coffee and tea,” Dan said. “There are so many misconceptions out there. Its just hard to find really good coffee here.” It took the couple 2-1 /2 years to formulate their plan to open an Internet coffee house. They spent most of the time working on their own house blends and making contacts with overseas companies that could import high quality products. The Szing opened its doors a month ago, giving New Braunfelsers a new way to exjx‘-rience their caffeine intake. “Everything we sell is special,” Anita said. "We use all-natural ingredients and roast our coffee every night fresh for the next day.” AT A GLANCE ■ What: The Szing ■ When: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday ■ Where: 1528 E. Common St., suite 12 ■ Web: Buying coffee at 'The Szing is a unique experience. The beans, for one thing, are green. Green? “We roast it for you,” Dan explained. “You buy the bag, we give you a complimentary drink while you wait for us to roast it to your liking.” Although most customers have no idea how they want their coffee roasted, the Richners hope people will begin to be adventurous. “We want to encourage people to play around and figure out what they like,” Dan said. “Create your own special roast.” The eight coffee beans offered at I he Szing are imported from eight different countries, giving the store a truly international feel. For customers who want less caffeine or a different taste sensation itll together, the store also offers 32 varieties of loose tea, including caffeinated and herbal varieties, Native American blends and the popular Indian Chai. Because customers cannot live on coffee and tea alone, the shop also sells pastries and sandwiches, served on crusty European bread with fresh sauces and imported meats. While the Richners almost are fanatical about their coffee and tea, they are just as excited about the technical side of their business. Two sides of the shop are lined with banks of computers, both PCs and Macs, connected to the Internet. Anita loves to have people ask how much they would have to pay to use the computers. “It s free,” she said with a big grin. “We even have wireless access, so you can bring your own laptop if you like.” Dan, who worked in the computer industry for 15 years, just sh(X)k his head at tile thought of all the places people had to pay to use the Internet. “The Internet today is such a commodity,” he said. “Theres no reason to charge for it.” As their business grows, the couple plans to expand their product offerings to include more coffee bean variety, select alcoholic beverages and different ethnic coffee preparations — I iirkish, Vietnamese, Cuban and Serbian. They also plan to expand their store hours further into the evening and begin a delivery service within city limits. DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung The Szing employee Jessica Reininger prepares a fresh cup of cappuccino. J Start I J Your \ J Holidays I f at the I BRAUNTEX Performing Arts Theatre arf r- ■ v,    tm f'din « WA Dec. 2 7:30 PM Direct from Branson! Red, Hot... & Blue! will perform holiday hits from the Swing Era amid a 195Q’s Christmas party onstage. Hill Country Brass Dec. 3 - 7:30 PM Dec. A . 3 pm 5 outstanding brass musicians playing crisp cool Christmas classics with dazzling clarity and brilliant style. From “What Child is This” to “Here Comes Santa Claus” ...a magical sleigh ride is in store for young and old alike! FOR TICKETS OR INFORMATION 6170S08 Dimension VITAS EARNED ITS REPUTATION AS AMERICA'S HOSPICE LEADER AS MUCH FOR THE QUALITY AND COMPASSION OF THE CARE WE PROVIDE, AS FOR THE SIZE AND SCOPE OF OUR REACH INTO THE COMMUNITIES WE SERVE: VITAS VITAS provided more than 3,181,000 days of care in 2004... including $7.5 million in charity care to nearly 1,200 hospice patients nationwide. That is over I percent of our revenues—a ratio that few, if any, hospice providers can match. VITAS currently fields 227 patient care teams across the country, which include 1,873 home health aides, 2,865 registered nurses and licensed practical nurses/licensed vocational nurses, 243 social workers, 192 chaplains and 189 physicians. In a typical week, VITAS team members attend more than 525 deaths—proof of our commitment that no one will die alone. VITAS currently has contractual agreements with 770 skilled nursing facilities throughout the nation. VITAS was ~ and is- the first hospice accredited nationally to provide Clinical Pastoral Education training. VITAS' local program has dedicated teams of hospice professionals to serve residents of long term care facilities, assisted living communities and Spanish-speaking patients and their families...emphasizing one of our VITAS Values: Patients and families come first. No matter how you measure the quality of end-of-life care, VITAS stands out among hospice providers. Wouldn’t you choose America's hospice leader? REFERRALS, PLEASE CALL 1-800-93-VITAS WWW.VITAS.COM Take an Active Role in a CORD Research lf you suffer from Chronic obstructive Pulmonary Disease, you may qualify to participate in a research study of an investigational medication. qualified, you will receive at no cost: study-related medical exams and lab tests • study medication Lai ira is nearing a lime turtleneck and black jacket aith multi-colored dots by Bellepoint and black knit gaucho pants by Cynthia Max. The onyx pendant earrings are by Bejewel. Ladies Apparel and Accessories 396 N. Seguin    625-6826 New Braunfels    Downtown A continuing series featuring women of Comal County who make a significant contribution to our community _55RC11M salutes Laura Linhart-Kistner Development Officer for the College of Fine Arts and Communications at Texas State University Owner of Events, Etc Professional fund raising and event coordination Comal ISD Board of Trustees Treasurer Comal Public School Foundation City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Comal County Emergency Children’s Shelter Chair of Bandstand Restoration Committee UT at Austin Ex-Students Association Former Main Street Director, New Braunfels Married to Kirk, mother of Kelsey and Kyle ;