In the late 1930s, Giuseppe “Nino” Rolla’s sons watched as crackling flames browned delicate coffee beans in their father’s small Venetian café. In the mid-1990s, Giuseppe’s grandson Nicolo brought his family’s brewing heritage with him when he moved to the States, establishing Enne Caffe—named for the “N” in Nino—with his wife Samantha. Inside the café, a 7-foot-tall computerized roaster imported from Turkey prepares single-origin beans from Venezuela, Colombia, and other countries, and Nicolo, a bean-spotting virtuoso, uses finely tuned senses of sight and smell to monitor each small batch. Drawing on family lore, Nicolo re-creates Nino’s blends with a historian’s accuracy and fixes up modern english-toffee-flavored coffees whenever Dickensian orphans request them. Enne Caffe also stocks teas flavored with japanese sencha and tropical fruits, Monin flavored syrups, and smoothie bases that transform into frothy, spicy chai or white chocolate when mingled with ice in a blender. Enne Caffe fills cups in more than 80 businesses, such as restaurants and cafés, and delivers parcels directly to customers’ homes, where vacuum-sealed bags bearing the roasters’ red-and-white logo stand out against decorous porches or the dark mouths of inhabited caves.
Painted berry pink, tangerine orange, and mint green, even the walls at Sweet Tart Frozen Yogurt look good enough to eat. Along a glass-tiled wall, customers pull levers to fill their cups with their choice of sweet or tart yogurt flavors, inspired by fresh fruits or popular desserts. Next, they move to the gleaming-white toppings bar, where silver basins overflow with fruits, candies, and nuts waiting to be sprinkled atop peaks of yogurt so they can slide down them on tiny little skis. There are no rules here, so patrons can come up with their own combinations, whether they top cake-batter yogurt with peanut-butter cups and chocolate sauce or blueberry-açaí-banana yogurt with brownie bites and butterscotch.
If its bright-orange accent wall and abundant sunlight don't adequately awaken visitors, Berrybean Café's staff will—the knowledgeable baristas and cooks take pride in their ability to recommend the espresso drink, fresh salad, or made-to-order panini a guest is unwittingly craving. Baristas concoct a full menu of iced, blended, and hot beverages with Lavazza coffee, as well as create new caffeine cocktails on the fly for adventurous customers. To put coffee vigor to good use, the shop also invites guests to mouth-trumpet Sousa tunes on open-mic nights.
The fruit maestros at Juice It Up! concoct a colorful menu of nutritious, blended-to-order smoothies, fresh-squeezed juices, and more. Slow-motion mornings can get a kick-start with one of 18 original smoothies, such as the lava flow, a fusion of exotic juices, nonfat yogurt, banana, strawberries, pineapple, and coconut ($3.75 for 16-oz., $4.25 for 24-oz., $5.25 for 32-oz.). Protect innards against aging with the antioxidant-rich fists of an ultimate açaí berry bowl, or Eschew saccharine sustenance with something from the Delightful Blends list, featuring sips made with no-sugar-added yogurt and naturally carb-free delight. Mopey mouths perk up with a swig of applemint juice or shot of wheatgrass.
Locally situated and independently owned, Sips Coffee clears bleary eyes with an assortment of caffeinated concoctions and savory pastries. Shake off nightmares of coffee bean uprisings with a tea latte, which melds milk and sugar with a selection of aromatic teas that include passion fruit, earl grey, jasmine, and more ($3.35–$3.95). Try dousing steamy maws with an iced coffee ($2.35–$2.70) or creamy blended smoothie ($3.90–$4.35) before indulging in flaky pastries ($1.95–$2.15), fruit cups ($4.75), and sandwiches ($5.55). Sips Coffee's amicable gang of bean barons also trade their blends in bulk, which can double as paperweights when penning a voluminous coming-of-age tome about a free-spirited West Coast coffee bean ($5.75–$12). Sips Coffee hosts live, local music on weekends, and spirited patrons can utilize free WiFi to stream live videos of their own interpretive dances during each song.
Cobblestone Bakery & Deli serves up delicious pies and pastries to local lovers of baked goods and sweets. Their ovens churn out fresh trays of cinnamon rolls ($2), sheets of croissants ($1.50–$2.50), and pans of pies ($9.99–$14.99) daily. Pick from a variety of fruit-filled dough-disks, including traditional favorites such as apple, blueberry, pumpkin, and cherry, as well as key lime, lemon meringue, and anti-matter cream. Cobblestone Bakery & Deli's expert culinary craftsmen also make a selection of cakes, including cheesecake, lemon cake, and custom creations (call ahead for cake and pie orders) ($12.99+).