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Daily Planet on Hertel reboots with new menu, furthers sustainable approach

Hertel Avenue coffee shop and live music hub Daily Planet Coffee will unveil major changes when it reopens to the public Aug. 24.

Owner Mike Caputi explained the business' new approach in a press release, highlighting a new food menu, an international source for coffee, additional sustainable practices and an event partnership.

These changes go into effect beginning at 7 a.m. Aug. 24 at 1862 Hertel Ave. Daily Planet closed temporarily, starting Aug. 20. Free coffee will be offered Friday and Saturday, with samples of the new food items available, too.

The Food

Under chef David Chriswell, Daily Planet will expand its existing food menu, offering filled tortillas – in folded ("Gringa") and rolled ("Rolo") varieties – as well as healthy bowls and a few pastries. Many of the new dishes are either vegan, gluten-free or both.

Previously, the cafe focused primarily on wraps, soups and its prepared-foods case.

Here's the new menu, below.

The new food menu at Daily Planet Coffee. (via Daily Planet)

The new menu fits snugly into the superhero theme at the Daily Planet, the name of the fictional newspaper that staffed Clark Kent and Lois Lane in DC Comics. The cafe's WiFi password begins with "kryptonite," to boot, and General Zod, the namesake of a quinoa bowl, happens to live on the planet Krypton.

The ginger carrot gazpacho from the Daily Planet is served in a bowl made from palm leaves. (via Daily Planet)

The Coffee

In addition to its local sourcing, Daily Planet will now buy from Cafe Justo, a grower-owned coffee cooperative from Salvador Urbina in Chiapas, Mexico.

The organic coffee is grown on the side of a volcano – which is pretty cool in itself – but also helps the Mexican coffee farmers earn a livable wage. This Los Angeles Times' 2011 piece explains Cafe Justo's mission.

Environmental Focus

From its founding in 2014, Daily Planet's mission included "do something nice for the planet, daily." The business used recycled and recyclable paper products from the start, but this phase of the reboot will add bowls made from palm leaves, as well as compostable straws and cup lids.

For its compost, Daily Planet works with Farmer Pirates, a group of urban farmers that operates a composting facility and compost pickup service.

Event Partnership

Daily Planet will host Daily Chatter, a biweekly event and speaker series dedicated to promoting local businesses that serve the community. Hope Rises, Rock Autism, Ride for Roswell and WNY Heroes are examples of organizations spotlighted in the past.

The live music will continue, too, with the schedule posted here.

INFO: Daily Planet Coffee, 1862 Hertel Ave. 551-0661. Hours, which change seasonally, can be found here.

*Read more: Daily Planet serves music appreciation with coffee | Daily Planet is super addition to North Buffalo.

Daily Planet Coffee is at 1862 Hertel Ave. in North Buffalo. (Valerie Sauers/Special to The News)

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