LFW’s Top Picks for Best Coffee Shops
Jan04

LFW’s Top Picks for Best Coffee Shops

It’s a Monday morning and you woke up late for work. As you’re scrambling to get your stuff prepared for the day ahead, you realize your hot water isn’t working. You do as much as you can to your hair and decide that today is a “Messy Bun Day”. You look at the clock and see that if you leave now, you’ll have just enough time to grab that quick cup of coffee on your way to work. Living Fort Wayne knows Mondays well. More importantly, we know where to get the best coffee in town to kickstart your week. So for your convenience, here’s our list of Best Coffee Shops.   Jade Kelsey picks… The Friendly Fox (photo by Nicholas Weaver) This cozy neighborhood joint feels like stepping into a friend’s house, so it’s no surprise that they are family owned and operated. The Friendly Fox serves Utopian Coffee, which pairs perfectly with their Saturday morning special, Malted Milk Waffles. Hungry yet? The Fox also offers a full menu of lunch and dinner specials, including a flatbread for every taste, Korean BBQ, wraps, paninis, salad, and more. If you’re in the mood for some dessert, the Fox also has homemade cheesecake, handmade milkshakes, floats, and sundaes for your relentless sweet tooth. Perhaps just a few macaroons while you sip a cuppa joe.   Becca Bell picks… Old Crown Coffee Roasters It was the first (and only) coffee roaster in Fort Wayne for many years. For more than 15 years, Old Crown has taken the “purist” approach to everything—coffee is roasted in-house, chocolate and caramel sauces are 100% from scratch, veggies and herbs are grown in their backyard, and iced drinks use slow-processed, cold extracted espresso. Not to mention that they have craft cocktails made with fresh juice and house-made syrups and infusions. Since moving into their new location in November of 2009, owners Mike and Jennifer have added a seasonally-inspired dinner menu. For both regular customers and longtime employees, like me, the OC is much more than a coffee shop. It is a FAMILY.   Leslie Snare picks… Dash-In For a mid-day coffee run (and we all need those sometimes, right?) will always be the Dash-In. They feature Old Crown coffee and sometimes you just need a solid cup of joe to make it through the workday. The Dash-In also has some amazing lunch specials! I would recommend their famous tomato bisque along with a strong cup of coffee to warm up during your lunch hour.   Travis Bartlett picks… Mocha Lounge When I lived out in Southwest Fort Wayne, this was my go-to spot for coffee. Super friendly...

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Barr Street Market Vendor Series: Fort Roasting
Aug21

Barr Street Market Vendor Series: Fort Roasting

Before you decide to keep reading, let’s get a few things straight. Coffee is delicious. Coffee is a liquefied miracle. Coffee is the nectar of life itself. The only thing better than coffee is cold-brewed coffee. And the only thing better than cold-brewed coffee is Fort Roasting’s extra-filtered, nitrogenated, cold-brewed coffee. Fort Roasting* (soon to become Conjure Coffee) is a Barr Street Market operation powered by Corey Waldron. To make his signature chilled brew, Corey uses a unique process to cold brew, refrigerate and filter the brew. Then the coffee is put into nitro kegs (the same kind used for Guinness beer). Just as it does when you order a pint of stout, a pull on the tap pumps the coffee full of teeny, tiny nitrogen bubbles. Those little bubbles give the cold brew an extra smooth, chocolaty, creamy flavor that goes down easy – no cream or sugar required. Even better, the cold-brewing process leaves the coffee with virtually zero acidity or bitterness. But the unique cold-brewing process isn’t the only thing Fort Roasting does well. The artisanal coffee roasting operation also sells a changing rotation of small-batch roasted coffees from around the world. Corey and his wife Darcy launched Fort Roasting in February 2015. But as a longtime “coffee snob” (the best kind) and local entrepreneur, Corey had toyed with the idea of starting a microroasting coffee operation for quite awhile. Corey spent the past eight years building a coffee-powered livelihood as a founding partner of ModBar, a manufacturing company that installs its customized, under-the-counter brewing systems in high-end coffee shops worldwide. But as he stepped away from ModBar’s day-to-day operations, he realized he missed playing with coffee. All those years thinking about brewing meant he didn’t get to create roasts and experiment with beans. With the launch of Fort Roasting, Corey has re-ignited his passion for hands-on, small-scale coffee making. The Fort Roasting lineup includes two coffee blends, XS and Abyss, as well as six single-origin varieties. Corey plans to continue to offer more varietals from all the dominant coffee-growing regions worldwide. He uses only premium beans (ratings in the 80-90+ range), with a focus on sustainability, Fair Trade certification, and traceability to the farm. Small-batch roasting limits his roasts to 6 lbs. or less, but it also helps him keep a close eye on quality and sustainability. “The small batch philosophy means more time spent sourcing rare and interesting coffees, cupping them for quality, and roasting them to fully accentuate the notes and flavor profiles those beans have to offer,” says Corey. “By roasting small batch our growth is limited and forced to be sustainable...

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Old Crown Coffee Roasters – A Unique Fort Wayne Locale
Mar25

Old Crown Coffee Roasters – A Unique Fort Wayne Locale

A place of rest, relaxation and to just slow down, Old Crown serves up coffee, craft beer and a wide range of food.  Old Crown is a hard place to find as there is no large sign for them but is located on Anthony Blvd next to Jamison Meats. Throughout the week, you can enjoy a bar type atmosphere and on Friday nights, you’ll receive service at your table.  You can choose to sit at the bar, regular tables or a larger back room for larger parties.  As it gets warmer outside, seating outside is also available.  Old Crown is for all ages; you will see small children all the way up to seniors enjoying Old Crown! They serve up iced coffees, hot coffee, smoothies, beer and food.  I enjoyed a Mad Anthony craft beer while the others I was with enjoyed iced coffee and a smoothie.  All was wonderful!  I went on a Friday night so for dinner, I had the mouthwatering, hot Cuban sandwich made on toasted house made bread with sweet hot roasted red potatoes.  The food was excellent!  Also, on the menu, are snacks, salads, and more sandwiches on homemade bread, meals, desserts and sides. During the week, they serve lunches and on the menu are tasty wraps, hot sandwiches, salads and soups. Old Crown also sells merchandise and bulk coffee in the shop.  Coffees that they sell go from Old Crown’s House Blend to Old Crown’s Espresso Blend to Decaf Coffee.   They also sell gift cards that they will top off with additional money depending on how much you purchase! For more information check out their website at www.oldcrown.com, visit their facebook page or call...

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