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.
Longevity Drive-Thru whips up healthy alternatives to fast food with low-calorie wraps and more than 20 types of antioxidant-rich fresh-fruit smoothies. Their icy concoctions range from simple favorites such as the strawberry-banana smoothie blended with non-fat yogurt to more elaborate creations, including the Breakfast Buzz, which mixes espresso, oatmeal, peanut butter, and banana with whey protein and sugar-free chocolate syrup. The veggie wrap bursts with spinach, tomatoes, and onions in balsamic vinaigrette dressing, and the mediterranean tuna wrap brings together albacore tuna with organic field greens, cucumber, tomatoes, and balsamic dressing.
At each of its international locations, Fresh Healthy Café delivers—as its name implies—a fresh and healthy alternative to fast food. More than a dozen creations take form as wraps, panini, or salads, such as the Mediterranean packed with roasted chicken, olives, and feta cheese, or the Mexican Fiesta teeming with black beans, spicy mayo, and corn salsa. At the juice bar, a friendly staffer fills biodegradable cups with fresh-squeezed juices or blends whole fruit and non-fat yogurt into hearty smoothies. Beyond lunch, Fresh Healthy Café caters to the morning crowd with oatmeal bowls and parfaits layered with fruit and yogurt. They also do their part for the community by sponsoring school programs and picking up the gold coins that reckless people litter.
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.
Named Akron’s Best Coffee Shop by CityVoters, Nervous Dog percolates palates with locally roasted beans, soothing smells, and a small menu irrigated with pastries and tasty sandwiches (sandwiches coming soon—will be available at Stow location only). To prepare for a busy workday filled with consolidating files with a flaming broadsword, grab a small coffee ($1.75), or opt for a more complex tongue massaging with a small latte ($2.95), cappuccino ($2.95), or mocha ($3.55). The various tasty pastries are baked daily, ensuring they’re fresher than a cryogenically frozen bouquet of daisies ($2.35 each, on average). Customers on the run and method actors doing research for a Boo Radley portrayal can stock up on invigorating coffee with a one-pound bag of beans ($12.85).
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.