Brewing the best coffee and providing the warmest customer service in the Southern Tier is our passion and purpose.  Come to Elmira Heights, check out our shop, and learn how we brew the best cup!

Bell's Country Coffee offers a variety of coffee beans, roasts, and blends. We don't carry products with HFCS (high fructose corn syrup). We have partnered with like-minded organizations such as Mast Brothers Chocolate, Brooklyn Brine, Emmy's Organics, Dolce Nonna, Sprague's Maple Farms to bring you only the highest quality food and drink items around. 

Our goal is to give you such great service and coffee that you'll never want to go anywhere else.  Thank you for visiting our page, and we hope to see you in the shop soon.

Why Bell's?

A building from a bygone era. A cute street. Plenty of parking. Why not?

And that's how it started. A listing and a picture of a once lively, now decrepit, brick two-story storefront building at the county tax auction.  So I bid, and bid, and bid....and lost out by $100. Oh well, I thought, it wasn't meant to be. Until I got a letter in the mail saying the original buyer backed out and it was my turn...was I still interested? YES!

The building was purchased in 2011, with no prior interior inspection. How bad could it be?  I have since learned not to ask these things. 

Fast forward six months later, after a new roof and 40-ton haul-out. The upstairs apartment was the first priority. I don't remember too much from those days, except they were very dark and cold (literally and figuratively) and spent in solitude, scraping, sanding, staining, and painting....and having to endure gas station coffee. So, one night, while staining the floors, I had a light bulb moment and thought, why not? The apartment was finally coming together, and the next step was approaching to start on the storefront.  

Work started on the storefront the following month, with completion in August. During that time, I had the chance to meet with the wonderful people of the Elmira Heights Historical Society and learn more about what I was working on. It seems, back in the 1940's through the early 1980's, it was a luncheonette called Bell's Pantry.  It was family owned and operated, and everyone went there for breakfast and lunch.  Alas, Bell's was (re)born.

The name Bell's Country Coffee pays homage to the building and the rural area, and embodies the old days of caring... about your neighbor, your neighborhood, yourself and your family.

Simply, we care, and we hope to share our enthusiasm for good coffee and conversation with you. 

Carrie Zimmerman
Owner/Founder, Bell's Country Coffee