One of the only things I'm willing to splurge on regularly is a good cup of coffee. I used to laugh at folks who attributed good coffee with a good atmosphere and a good barista, but after a year of college and multiple late night study (and slacking) sessions at The Abbey (Marion, IN) and The Bridge (Upland, IN), I'm a believer.
I've compiled a list of my top drinks at my top six places. As I primarily drink black coffee, no frills, I apologize to you equally caffeine-crazed latter lovers, I've included a select few for you too.
- The Thirsty Scholar (Indianapolis, IN)
- Cold Brew - Strong, smooth and served in a tall glass. I'm a big fan of the white marble tables and Ivy League-esque decor. Fairly certain I've seen the table lamps in Taylor's library.
- Cafe Patachou (Indianapolis, IN)
- Simon Blend - Power blend from a power name. This dark roast has a subtle, refined depth that'll keep you going through those early morning meetings. Patachou is an overall great place. All of the coffee's are worth the taste and the food? Enough bacon and eggs to make Ron Swanson proud.
- Quills (Indianapolis, IN)
- The Alchemist - Did Harry Potter drink lattes? I'm sure he'd have drank this one, it's a morning magic potion. I've never heard spicy and coffee in the same sentence, but my barista at Quills surprised me with this stellar sweet, spicy, smooth and subtle latte. "This is the drink that causes return visits," he said. He was right.
- Bee Coffee Roasters (Indianapolis, IN)
- Ethiopia - Voted the best coffee in the city, I have no complaints about Bee. Coffee brewing takes an art form that is well worth the wait. I've not tried the syrups, but most are made in-house. The Ethiopia has a pure, layered flavor, paying a sincere tribute to the home of coffee.
- Tangerine Ginger Tea - I don't like fruit tea and I love this tea. It tastes like a freshly squeezed tangerine and in the hot, Hoosier humidity? This is a great go-to.
- The Abbey (Marion, IN)
- Cortado - Served in a glorified shot glass, the Cortado resembles a mini latte. This power drink got me through a semester of international relations and media ethics. Small, but mighty, this is my favorite espresso drink.
- Ethiopia Yirgacheffe - Ethically-sourced and locally roasted, the Yirgacheffe has a fresh, stout flavor.
- The Cup (Muncie, IN)
- Cafe Miel - Don't let the grunge decor fool you, the Cafe Miel is sweet as (you guessed it) honey. The last sip is the best sip, pure goodness.
Other notable coffeehouses: The Bridge (Upland, IN), Porter Books and Bread (Indianapolis, IN), Sure Shot (Fishers, IN), Noble Coffee and Tea (Noblesville, IN), Falls Perk (Pendleton, IN), MUGS (Anderson, IN), The Foundry (Indianapolis, IN), Hubbard and Cravens (Indianapolis, IN), Mama Bears (Indianapolis, IN) and St. Yared's (Indianapolis, IN).