It’s called Raphsodic Cooperative Company, and, yes, that first word is meant to be the adjective form of rhapsody. At least that’s what it says on the shop’s Web site. But it seems the folks involved in this venture have their hearts in the right place, even if the h isn’t.
RCC occupies a small storefront just north of Colonial Drive. The interior looks like an old-timey general store. Indeed, there is general merchandise, such as jewelry and artwork, the products of local artisans who have asked to sell their wares there. That’s the cooperative part.
But the foodies will want to know about the bakery. The display case is filled with an array of cupcakes, cookies and brownies, and the young folks tending the counter are eager to offer samples. All of the baked goods are vegan, which means no animal products are used. So eggs, butter and milk, common to many sweets and pastry recipes, are absent. There are some textural and taste differences, but to people who seek vegan products these are bound to be tasty indeed. (I sampled a chocolate chip cookie that was every bit as good as a conventional one, although a brownie that I bit into had a rather granular texture.)
Besides the baked goods, Raphsodic sells tea and coffee, both certified fair trade. And if you don’t know what that means, stop in and ask someone. They’ll be more than happy to tell you about it.
In a description on the Web site about how the cooperative views things, owner Katherine Mosher wrote: “With a firm belief in “green advocacy” Raphsodic is committed to life (of all things), liberty (of all things), and the pursuit of sweet… delicious… tasty… happiness, as long as it’s sustainable, recyclable, healthy, no animals were harmed, no one tripped and fell, and most of all everyone agreed to disagree.”
I like that.
Raphsodic Cooperative Company is at 710 N. Mills Ave., Orlando. The shop is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The phone number is 407-704-8615. Click here for the Raphsodic Cooperative Company Web site.