Coffee is a hot topic in Grant County. With three local colleges generating caffeine seeking students, coffee shops and coffee houses are plentiful. Each has its own specialty and cool vibe. Along with a flavor-packed place to grab-and-go, these brew-tiful hang outs are ideal places to meet friends and study.
Here’s a list of Coffee Hot Spots, each offering their own unique perks.
The Abbey Coffee Co., Marion
Striving for excellence and sacredness, the on-site roastmaster roasts coffee in small batches to ensure consistent and robust flavor. Their coffee is shipped all over the country, but you get to experience each cup as it is freshly roasted, brewed and served just the way you like it! Here, the vibe is industrial chic with comfy seating and easy outdoor access through a glassed garage door. Check out their event schedule which includes live music, trivia and other caffeine enhanced happenings.
The Bridge Cafe, Upland
Close to Taylor University in Upland, this café offers quick counter service and a cozy and trendy place to meet friends and linger. Featuring locally roasted coffee from The Abbey Coffee Co., you can pair your favorite cup of joe with delicious homemade baked goods including gluten-free and vegan yummies.
Cool Beans Coffee Shop & Ice Cream, Fairmount
Satisfy whatever you are craving at Cool Beans. From a regular ole cup of coffee to something decadent and delicious, you’ll get the caffeine fix that suits you best. Cap it off with something cool and creamy at the ice cream counter. Wow, it’s the best of both worlds all under one roof!
The Jumping Bean, Taylor University, Upland
Located at the entrances of the LaRita Coren Campus Center, The Jumping Bean proudly serves Taylor University students and faculty. Most of the beverages are made with Julian Coffee Roasters Coffee and Espresso, based in Zionsville, Indiana. Check out their specialty drinks named after prized campus traditions and well-known faculty.
McConn Coffee Co., Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion
In 1995, IWU’s School of Business introduced the idea of creating a student-run coffee shop. The vision was to establish “First a place of love, second a place of coffee.” The shop is named after the longest-serving IWU president, William McConn, and is located in the Noggle Christian Ministries building It remains student operated, serving all types of caffeinated hot and cold beverages.
Midwest Coffee Roasting Company, Marion
This roasterie serves steaming coffee on the spot, or you can take a bag of freshly roasted beans with you. Earth-friendly, they specialize in 100% chemical free coffees. Come hungry. We recommend pairing your aromatic brew with the locally famous hashbrown casserole.
Milk and Honey Coffee Co., Converse
Come for a freshly brewed cup of coffee, and you’ll want to stay for the bright, charming and friendly ambience. Freshly made treats will pair perfectly with your lovingly prepared cup of coffee. Bring a book or a friend.
Sender Café, Marion
This innovative vegan café is an artsy and fun destination. Their schedule of musicians and speakers along with art displays provide a classic coffee house vibe. This hang-out combines treat and retreat in the coolest of ways.
Grant County offers an interesting and delicious array of coffee hot spots. Experience them all and find your favorite!
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