Besides making a fine macchiato, Vero Coffee is a friendly neighborhood espresso house with great outdoor seating and an eclectic mix of tables and chairs throughout the converted Victorian era house. Sunny, the owner, was looking for a large table to place at the end of the main room, and she liked the idea of somehow working a concrete panel into the table to function as a trivet.
There is a distinctive "V" in the Vero logo, and we decided on a white "V" set in a rich red-brown concrete rectangle. I first poured the "V" in a simple plywood form covered with packing tape and used a mixture of quartzite pea gravel, dolomite sand, and white cement plus a little color; but even the tiny amount of yellow added to the mix yielded a too off-white color. The second pour omitted the color; and combination of the white cement with the white-opaque sand and gravel yielded a warm white "V" that contrast nicely when set against the surrounding red-brown. The base of the table was a simple farmhouse table design made using reclaimed old-growth Douglas Fir lumber from Bring Recycling and was painted to match the background color of the logo. For the top, I found some two-inch thick chinquapin from Curly Burly in Cottage Grove that was almost entirely knot free (surprising, for chinquapin).Stop by 205 East 14th Avenue and check out the table with your favorite caffeinated beverage!