Get Your Fix
Local Coffee Shops Provide Plenty of Bang For Your Bean Buck
Photographer / Angela Cornell
Social drinking, despite its common connotation, isn’t limited to alcohol and bars. As any hipster will tell you, it also refers to tea and coffee. There’s a wide variety to choose from in this area, too.
Adventurous drinkers are constantly on the lookout for unique flavors and different ways to brew them. The crowning glory of coffee and tea culture is in coffee shops. Each one has its own personality. Although there are many in the area that are definitely worth a visit (there are far too many great options to list here), here are six to check out the next time you crave a hot cup.
1. Culver Coffee Company
If you’ve ever wanted to sip a coffee while enjoying lakeside breezes, this is the coffee shop for you. Located directly across from Union Township Park, this shop is easy to find and offers a beautiful view. Plus, it has been open for 17 years, which is extremely long-lived for a cafe. Currently, there is no indoor seating available due to the coronavirus pandemic. They are open daily from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit them at 634 East Lake Shore Drive in Culver, and at culvercoffeecompany.net. Call 574-842-6326 for more info.
2. Main Street Roasters
This shop has a comfortable and timeless feel, reflecting Nappanee’s Amish roots. The main floor has a children’s play area (not currently available due to the coronavirus) where your little ones can pretend to be baristas in a miniature coffee shop, as well as a gift shop area. Upstairs in the loft, there is a reading nook that is perfect for studying or working. Visit them Mon. through Fri. 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., at 105 North Main Street in Nappanee. For additional details, call 574-773-5333 and go to mainstreetroasters.com.
3. The River Coffeehouse
As you drive down Main Street in North Webster, you can’t miss this castle-like building. The cafe has an open concept, making it easy to see the sunken seating area near large picture windows. There is also a seating area outside for those who prefer basking in the sunshine. They are located at 127 North Main Street in North Webster. Hours of operation are Mon. through Fri. 7 a.m to 6 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 574-834-1488 and visit therivercoffeehousenw.com for more information.
4. Coffee Lodge and Bakery
This coffeehouse combines a laid-back country feel with simple elegance. Along with indoor seating, there’s a balcony with a view of Plymouth’s Founders Park. Not only do they offer several menu options, but part of their decor provides an explanation on various styles of coffee (anyone else care to explain the differences between a café au lait, a flat white and a cappuccino?). The menu expounds on the various drink selections, so coffee newbies don’t have to ask what goes into the drink that catches their eye. The Lodge is located at 225 East Jefferson Street in Plymouth. Hours of operation are Mon. through Fri. 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat. 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. View their full menu online at coffeelodgebakery.com., and call 574-936-2102 for more info.
5. Mug Shots Coffee House and Eatery
This farmhouse-style establishment is located just south of Syracuse. Also located in the building is the Man Cave Brewing Company. In too much of a hurry to stop in? No problem – they have a drive-up service for your convenience. Visit them at 10203 IN-13 in Syracuse. Hours of operation are Mon. through Fri. 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat. 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Sun. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. To learn more, visit facebook.com/MugShotscoffeehouseandeatery or call 574-337-1307.
6. Three Crowns Coffee
This cafe could win an award for uniqueness. Located near Center Lake in Warsaw, it’s located in a remodeled service garage, which gives it a certain indie-modern ambiance. The drinks offered are just as unique as the interior. In addition to typical lattes, single-source house coffees and teas, there are also special drinks on the menu, like a honey pepper latte and an iced espresso lemonade. It’s located at 941 North Detroit Street in Warsaw, and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For additional details, visit facebook.com/3crownscoffee or call 574-216-1655.