As a law student in Northeast Ohio, coffee shops have become my second home. There is nothing quite like the aroma of fresh-brewed espresso to rev up my motivation to study, and the right atmosphere can make even the most boring paper a little more fun to write. Luckily, Northeast Ohio is home to a number of fantastic coffee shops, and I’ve highlighted just a few of my favorites here.
Gypsy Beans & Baking Co.:
Gypsy Beans & Baking Co. in the Gordon Square neighborhood in Cleveland is home to my favorite lattes in the entire region. For your first trip, you must try the Syracuse. Made with homemade chocolate-peanut butter sauce, the Syracuse is like a desert in a cup, but with an espresso kick. The Antarctic latte is my go-to beverage—warm or iced, it is a delightful blend of espresso, mint and vanilla, especially with the local almond milk Gypsy Beans offers for its drinks. Gypsy Beans also cooks up some amazing food—the chickpea salad makes for fantastic study fuel, and the pastry case is full of perfectly baked muffins, pastries and pizzas.
Tree City Coffee & Pastry:
Tree City Coffee & Pastry in Kent is truly a student’s dream coffee shop. Before building, Tree City’s owners conducted research with nearby Kent State University students to determine exactly what they were looking for in a coffee shop—from the atmosphere, to the drinks, to the outlets for their laptops. The shop features a huge garage-door-style window that opens in the spring and summer months for a fresh breeze just in time for finals. The maple latte is my go-to drink, and it’s hard to get out of Tree City without sampling something from the pastry case. All the treats are made in-house, and they almost always have amazing vegan and gluten-free options on hand.
While these shops are a few of my favorites, there is no shortage of great spots to grab a cup of coffee or some beans to brew at home in our region: Rising Star Coffee Roasters in Ohio City is brewing up perfect cups, and Pour Cleveland; Cleveland’s first international multi-roaster coffee bar, is located in Downtown with a shop near the 5th Street Arcades. Red Cedar Coffee in Berea roasts some of my favorite beans in the region—the banana nut coffee smells and tastes just like someone dropped a slice of banana bread in the coffeemaker, and the rich, spicy pirate’s brew makes for a perfect wintertime cup of coffee.
I can’t wait for you all to try out these places I recommended as I am always searching for more unique coffee shops to get my jolt in Northeast Ohio!