De Nova Coffee Cafe serves up a menu full of fresh café fare and eyelid-expanding beverages from both its relaxed café and drive-thru window. Specialty sandwiches such as the sourdough-hugged horsey beef ($6.95) or the turkey pesto ($6.95) are served with chips and a pickle spear, the only valuable weapon for fighting against condiment rebellions, and the cranberry-walnut salad ($6.75) feeds famished vegetable stalkers. Breakfast plates report to demanding tongues with a cargo of potatoes and toast and the choice of two eggs ($5.50) or two eggs and two slices of bacon ($7). Signature drinks include hot, iced, or blended versions of mochas ($3–$4), lattes ($2.75–$3.75), and cappuccinos ($2.50—$3.50), as well as hot ($1.25–$1.75) and iced or blended ($1.50–$2) coffee.
For more than 10 years, the mother-daughter owners of Rosie's Mountain Coffee House have filled their rustic cottage café with sweetly scented clouds billowing from freshly baked scones, pastries, and gourmet sandwiches. Bakers eschew imported Scottish haggis in favor of local ingredients, mingling Oregon natural fruits and nuts with the real buttermilk base of their signature scones. As diners gather around tabletops flanked by local artwork and vintage décor, they're free to sip organic, fair-trade teas or coffees or silence mumbling stomachs with lightweight soup and half-sandwich lunches.
Mike Mungra and Mike Warren started Froyo Nation with the goal of elevating the quality of frozen yogurt available in the Salem area. To that end, they curate fresh, locally made Oregon yogurt and fruit to create fresh, frozen desserts. As enticing aromas fill the air from coexisting business Daynight Donuts’ freshly baked treats, self-serve machines churn out eight flavors of creamy, nutritious frozen yogurt. Staff members watch over a toppings bar brimming with more than 70 toppings, including granola, candies, and strawberries, that help conceal frozen yogurt peaks from the pokes of inquisitive spoons.
Channeling the aura of a lively Las Vegas scene, a red carpet guides guests from Twinsies Coffee and Cupcakes’ door straight to the display of artfully frosted cupcakes, made from scratch each morning in a rotating selection of 12 flavors. Bakers bob along to the upbeat hum of ‘80s music and the bubbling of a new 8-foot-long fish tank as they craft jumbo-sized cupcakes, which enchant taste buds with flavors such as Nutella chocolate, PB&J, and lemon. Alongside simple cake-batter cupcakes, filled confections conceal creamy centers and trick cupcakes conceal mini whoopee cushions. The café keeps energy high with a full espresso bar, which brews up infusions crafted from locally roasted beans to promote the local economy.
IKE Box inhabits the ground floor of a 120-year-old downtown building whose spacious ballroom now serves as the main seating area of the café. Baristas serve Sisters Coffee Company coffee and espresso alongside locally produced pastries, fresh hummus, and organic cookies. For added color, an onsite art gallery swaps in fresh works from community artists each month. IKE Box also has multiple large spaces for meetings and other get-togethers.
Committed to helping not just coffee drinkers and artists but the community as well, IKE Box is run by Isaac’s Room, a nonprofit youth organization that seeks to provide valuable life skills and training to divested youth.
When the nonprofit Culture Shock Community project kept struggling to find suitable spaces to host their free events, they decided to create their own. At Clockworks Cafe & Cultural Center, baristas decants cups of Stumptown Coffee, Smith Tea, and housemade teas seven days a week. Meanwhile, their culinary team crafts sandwiches, salads, and seasonal soups alongside handmade baked goods from Marsee Bakery. An exposed-brick interior and two feature walls exhibiting artwork infuse the space with a gallery-like ambiance. Along with drinks and treats, the café entices guests with events every month such as live music, open mics, a belly-dance showcase, and craft nights, where visitors can use coffee and beads to make a wet hot bead. Clockworks' uses all its proceeds to fund Culture Shock Community Projects such as the Live Interactive Performance Series of Salem.