A vegetarian coffee shop on the Walker River reservation seeks to spread health in a food desert

Next Evolution coffee shop, located inside an unassuming brick building on U.S. Route 95 in Schurz welcomes tired desert travelers and the more than 1,000 residents of the reservation, which sits approximately 90 miles east of Reno.

Few other buildings share the stretch of two-lane highway where trailers and other vehicles zoom by. Inside, business owner Andrea Martinez, 33, and her younger sister, Maria, are often behind the counter preparing acai bowls, kombucha or lattes made with grounds from Star Village coffee, a Native American-owned roasting company based in the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony. 

Andrea Martinez said she designed the interior

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