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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Trionfale Espresso Provides Quiet Nook for the DuPont Area
Apr08

Trionfale Espresso Provides Quiet Nook for the DuPont Area

With the number of shopping centers and small local businesses located along DuPont, it is difficult for me to determine where to even start exploring these little nooks, especially with how busy the entire line of shops along the street seem to be. Trionfale Espresso is a little niche off DuPont near I-69, a few shops down from the Trolley Bar and the new Bagger Dave’s. Their menu is not extensive in terms of flavor options and varieties, but what they do, they do well.  They provide the typical brews (espresso, Americano, breves, cappuccino, mocha) from Counter Culture coffee, a North Carolina based company that works with artisan farmers. I got a vanilla cappuccino and it was smooth, delicious and I didn’t have to wait forever to for it to cool to start drinking it. Put simply, I wish that cup was never ending. Trionfale Espresso also has a variety of cakes and cookies that are baked on location.  The flavors vary depending on the day and the season. Since Trionfale Espresso is at the end of the shopping center, it isn’t very big, but there are still tables, comfy chairs, and plenty of space to set up camp to get some work done. There’s free wi-fi and, even though it seemed to be fairly busy when I stopped by, it was still quiet. Every Saturday morning from 10-noon, the café hosts Fort Wayne Cars and Coffee. The event is open for any car, make or model and for anyone who loves cars and coffee. There will be a downtown location opening sometime this year on South Calhoun St. at the former location of Loaf ‘N’...

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