Translated from Latin, "Sine Cura" means "without a care", which is likely to be true of anyone enjoying a snack or a sip in this sun-dappled downtown Eugene café. Baristas brewing spice-enhanced, signature coffee drinks from organic beans roasted locally by Cafeto Coffee Company’s caffeine-breathing dragons. Made-from-scratch pastries rise each morning in Sine Cura's ovens, and the eatery's kitchen lovingly prepares a changing menu of savory breakfast wraps, gourmet lunch wraps, homemade soups, and salads drizzled with house-made dressings. Wide windows, warm wood floors, and artistically embellished walls make Sine Cura a perfect spot to sip chai with a friend or catch up on reading a sibling's diary.
Even though Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory has locations throughout the world, it still maintains the small-town candy-store feel envisioned by its creator and CEO, Frank Crail. Crail founded the original location in his adopted hometown of Durango, Colorado, filling the sweet-smelling space with homey accents, such as candy-making demonstrations and games of Pin the Tail on the Chocolatier. Behind the counter, staffers roll fresh granny smith apples in dense caramel and mold lumps of rich fudge on old-style marble slabs. Other fresh confections include mint bark, chocolate-dipped pretzels, and boxed chocolates.
Baristas brew up coffee, espresso, tea, and blended drinks at Global Delights, a quaint, locally owned coffee company that infuses its drinks with worldly flavors. The shop recently began roasting its own, certified organic coffee, adding to a menu that already includes Noisette Pastries as well as gluten-free and vegan options. More than just an energy boost for its customers, Global Delights also demonstrates a passion for improving the community, both by supporting other local businesses and working with Eugene charities.
Juicy Berry's bounty of frozen-yogurt flavors changes frequently, tempting taste buds with yogurts that include vegan, organic, and nondairy options. At any given time, the selection may include flavors such as signature Asian tart, cake batter, pomegranate raspberry, and caramel, customizable with candy toppings and fresh fruit.
The tea aficionados at J-Tea personally visit small farms in Taiwan and China, sampling a wide variety of seasonal oolong teas for stocking their cozy shop. The exact menu of specialty oolong, herbal, and green teas varies according to the season and the crop, including the chocolaty aged wu-yi, which is stored in earthen-clay vessels for 15 years to eliminate exposure to light and tea-crazed howler monkeys ($3/cup, $10/0.94 oz.). Infuse a hovering nose with the nutty aromas of smoke and wood of the charcoal-roasted oolong ($2/cup, $10/1.87 oz.), or savor the fruity latticework of the Emerald City oolong #38 ($3/cup, $8/oz.). Also available is an assortment of brew devices, tea mats, and storage vessels that transform any kitchen into a teahouse and keep the purity of tea from being corrupted by the rebellious teenage coffee beans in the next cabinet.
Perugino replicates the leisurely elegance of a European coffee house with warm brews and handmade pastries. Perugino's experienced baristas pour tall glasses of 11 imported and domestic wines, including Wachenheim Pfalz chardonnay ($7.75/glass) and Ca' del Sarto barbera d'Alba ($5.75/glass), along with 18 teas, including Indian vanilla, jasmine blossom, and imperial orange spice—a blend of black teas with orange peel, cinnamon, and clove. Contrasting the teas' fruity flavors, each mug of house-brewed cappuccino rests under a blanket of swirling foam. Theater-goers and afternoon shoppers can sit under the multicolored tapestries dotting the café's brick walls, munching on an Il Marche panini with prosciutto, provolone, black pepper, and spinach ($7.50) while surfing the free wireless Internet and building pastry castles.