The scent of freshly ground coffee coaxes customers through the wooden doors of Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, whose painted ivory and red trim evokes of the aesthetic of an old Victorian. Since Cathy and Patrick Wyatt opened the shop in 2003, baristas have been pulling shots of espresso to concoct lattes and cappuccinos and pairing them with pastries, sandwiches, and salads crafted from local ingredients. Customers can lounge in padded wrought-iron chairs and overstuffed couches as they jump onto the free wireless Internet, or direct eyes to a pair of televisions regularly airing the news or the Chipmunks’ remake of Dead Poets Society. Coffee-related and handcrafted items—such as cards, candles, and mugs—line wooden shelves and make especially sweet gifts when packaged with chocolate-covered beans.
The bakers at Parker's Place can whip up elaborately designed cakes and more than 20 different flavors of cheesecake. But you don't have to order ahead via shout to sample their sweet wares. The eatery keeps a collection of cookies, cupcakes, and other baked goods in stock and on display. You can pair sweets with coffee, breakfast dishes such as pancakes and omelets, or lunch plates like BLTs or salads.
A nonprofit, java-centric venture, Urbean Café brews and serves steaming cups of locally roasted coffee in order to support Urban Connection, a community-outreach program designed to provide employment training to disadvantaged members of the community. The café menu stars fresh, Akron-roasted beans in a stimulating selection of coffee concoctions ($1–$4), alongside a tasty supporting ensemble of seasonal sandwiches ($3.50), soups ($2), muffins ($1), and more. The eco-friendly café building boasts solar-power panels, geothermal heating and cooling, and a noticeable absence of stove-burning stoves. The mobile Urbun Cart makes it easier than ever to guzzle a tummy-warming drink while enjoying the all-over warmth that comes with helping others.
Baked in the Village’s chefs and bakers work daily to prepare a slate of breakfast and lunch items and fresh baked goods. Their menu includes a variety of sandwiches that boast innards such as chicken salad, roast beef, and ham and cheese on breads such as croissants, pretzel rolls, and cracked wheat. Breakfast plates pair eggs, pancakes, and bacon with hot chocolate, cappuccinos, and cake breads such as lemon poppy and banana nut.
Coffee-shop owner, barista, and coffee consultant Tony DiCorpo and his fellow bean specialists brew tantalizing coffee at Troubadour Coffee Roasters using fresh coffee beans imported directly from farms and cooperatives. They roast the beans on-site and make each mocha, espresso, and cappuccino to order. The team also acquaints curious coffee sippers with the art of crafting brews during hands-on tastings in the coffee roastery's full espresso bar. Geared toward everyone from home enthusiasts to professional baristas and coffee-shop owners, participants taste gourmet coffee samples as hosts explain their characteristics, such as their origin and flavor.
Espresso Pit Stop Girls' baristas brew a menu of hot and iced beverages using South American coffee beans and Italian espresso inside a colorful, 1950s-themed café and drive-thru. Caffeinate with 10 12-ounce or 16-ounce hot Checkered Flag coffees (up to an $18.50 value), iced javas (up to a $24 value), or, like blocks of ice wrapped in blankets, a combination of hot and cold. Infuse percolated sippables with a shot of vanilla or peppermint flavor ($0.50 extra) to make them match the vibrancy emanating from the store’s bright-pink walls, checkered tile floor, and shiny metallic counter. In addition to brewed thirst quenchers, Espresso Pit Stop Girls blends espresso-based drinks, such as lattes and mochas, and crafts fresh, homemade pastries and sandwiches.