Coffee does the body good. It brings you energy in the morning, warms your soul as you share a cup with friends, and helps you relax after a hard day. Local coffee shops bring a passion to teach, welcoming environments, provide a stage for their talented barristas, and bring communities together through a love of coffee. Here are some of our favorite local coffee shops:
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Started by world travelers and United States Air Force pilots, The Flying Joe is focused on teaching all things coffee and bringing the community together. From the espresso expert to the coffee-chain convert, Flying Joe aspires to offer something to please any palate.
The Flying Joe baristas are trained to serve coffee using brew methods that highlight certain flavor, body and texture in any given coffee and are knowledgeable about which brew method will best suit your origin or flavor profile of choice. Relax and enjoy a cup of joe in their space filled with comfortable spots to lounge, read, connect or work. The Flying Joe loves to educate: encouraging questions and hosting informative cuppings and tastings, supports local artists and musicians, and gives back to the community with numerous Non-Profits.
Deemed as a coffee shop in the heart of Toledo, Rustbelt Coffee aspires to inspire creativity through the power of coffee. With the slogan ‘you can do this’, they strive to satisfy all of your taste bud cravings with a variety of delicious brewed coffees and wide selection of teas and cold drinks.
Stop by Black Kite Coffee for tasty, rich coffee and satisfy your hunger with delicious made-from-scratch food. An independent, locally owned coffee house, Black Kite Coffee specializes in delicious coffees, teas, and savory pies. Serving the Old West End and outlying Toledo community since 2012, Black Kite Coffee aspires to “revitalize the neighborhood meeting spot, where friends and neighbors can get together and know they will experience our best, every time.”
Declaring that they’re not just about coffee, they’re about people, SOCIALLY INFUSED PEOPLE, or SIP is located in Cricket West. They have live music events and Sippy Cup Story Time for children. So there’s plenty to keep you (and the kids!) entertained while making new friends and enjoying SIP’s excellent coffee.
Since 1989, Grounds For Thought has offered hand-roasted coffee, delicious homemade pastries, Ruggles ice cream, used books, vinyl records and comics. All Grounds For Thought coffee is hand-roasted in small batches at their downtown roaster. Grounds For Thought is the largest used bookstore between Columbus and Ann Arbor, and has an ever growing selection of used vinyl and comic books.
Flatlands Coffee was created by a coffee-obsessed husband and an interior designer wife, Ben and Cassy Vollmar. After years of planning and help from a Kickstarter campaign, Flatlands Coffee was formed in BG. Together their single goal was to create the best coffee company they’ve ever seen. Flatlands uses the multi-roaster approach and tastes several coffees each week from countless roasters. Beyond the coffee, Flatlands Coffee focuses on the people. The baristas are trained to provide you with the best experience and help you find your most enjoyable coffee.
An eclectic cafe settled in the main streets of downtown Sylvania, Chandler Cafe sits in the historic Chandler building. This locally owned cafe cherishes the history and character of the building and welcomes people in with their wide varieties of beverages and delicious food. Stop by for a comfortable place to work, have a business meeting or meet up with family and friends and enjoy one of their delicious, rich cups of coffee. Their drive-thru makes it even easier to get one of their cups of coffee and gourmet sandwiches.
Providing the “ultimate taste experience,” Agua Dulce serves home baked goodies, tea and coffee from around the world. Located in Monroe’s quaint downtown, the atmosphere and decor of this coffee shop will make you nostalgic for a bygone era. Come on in to relax or catch up with some friends, you are sure to enjoy a cup of coffee from the experts at Agua Dulce Cafe.
Founders Dee and Mark Ellsworth, established DaCapo Coffee to combine the things that they love most: community, art, music, cakes, pastries and exceptional coffee. DaCapo Coffee takes special pride in the way they source their coffee. Every bean is fairly traded and selected for its flavor, roasted in small batches to perfection by a trusted local roaster and brewed fresh.
In addition to the delectable coffee selection, DaCapo offers scratch-baked scones, muffins, and cakes. DaCapo has other drink options such as, bubble teas and a wide selection of fruit teas, bursting bubbles and milk teas with boba. “A coffee shop is only as strong as the community that supports it. DaCapo Coffee is proud to call Temperance home.”
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