One of my greatest joys is discovering new, quaint coffee shops to stop, breathe and take in the joys of life.

I once chatted with an old couple, at my "home coffee shop" in Kenosha, Wi, who was on a coffee shop journey. They are retired and live in the Milwaukee area but travel near and far to discover new coffee shops. I immediately fell in love. While on their travels they always take pictures of their new discoveries and write a few lines about it... what they ordered, the atmosphere, etc. The lovely couple has inspired this page. Here you will find pictures and a few simple words about the coffee shops I've discovered along the way.
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Agia Sophia
Colorado Springs, CO 

A sunny Colorado afternoon called us to this quaint coffee shop in downtown Colorado Springs.

Highlights: coffee shop downstairs... book store upstairs, old wood furniture, multiple small rooms with large chairs, round picnic table outside fit for the intern fam

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Red Buffalo Coffee & Tea
Silverthorne, CO

When a little getaway from the valley is needed, Red Buffalo is the place to go. This little coffee shop is almost directly across from Target (you know I love that), yet still has an amazing view outside the window.

Highlights: secret getaway, a picturesque view, very friendly employees that serve with big hearts, unique drinks 
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Mountain Grind Coffee & Bistro
Winter Park, CO

Mountain Grind was the first coffee shop I visited in Colorado! Woot! Jordan, Mary and I spent a few hours enjoying the warm Colorado sun and reading. I am certain I will become a regular all too quickly here.

Highlights: coffee in the mountains, homemade gelato, free wi-fi (hard to come by in these parts), around the corner from the local ice skating rink, a piano for the musically gifted

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Green Bay, WI
I've had the privilege to meet a few friends at Kavara. It is an industrial, high energy coffee shop in downtown Green Bay with the best chocolate chip cookies.

Highlights: tons of natural light, one of the best farmer's markets happens right outside their doors every Wednesday, bottom-less iced coffee (dangerous!)

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Shay Station 
Cadillac, MI

Shay Station has a clever train theme, with large wooden tables and chairs. This was my go-to getaway when I was an intern at Timber Wolf Lake, and it served me very well.

Highlights: vanilla shake with shots of espresso, delightful lattes, live music on Friday night

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Common Grounds
Kenosha, WI 

 Common Grounds was my home coffee shop while in college. It is located in downtown Kenosha with a breath-taking view of Lake Michigan. My favorite times at Common Grounds were spent with my Bible and journal on Friday mornings, a small group of friends to play a game or two on a Saturday afternoon, and more frequently, to knock out the extensive homework to-do list.

Highlights: no two tables or chairs are alike, Blueberry Cinnamon coffee, old wooden floors, Lake Michigan view

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Caleo Coffee House
Kenosha, WI 
Sadly Caleo's didn't open until the last few months of my time in Kenosha, so it has seen far less of me than Common Grounds. 

Highlights: reclaimed furniture made from old barn wood, fireplace, meeting place of retired Kenosha men looking for some town gossip

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Jilly Beans Coffee House
Hillsdale, MI

I spent a month in Hillsdale, MI while working at a Young Life rental property. It was a very small town but had a one-of-a-kind coffee shop, complete with a 'secret garden'. 

Highlights: Jilly (a sweetheart who also supports the ministry of Young Life), homemade scones, being in the secret garden truly felt like a vacation 

1 comment:

  1. You should add the one near fall conference. That was fun one :) - amy