Life is an extreme sport. If you can find a place where you feel welcomed, comfortable, and can enjoy a nice cup of coffee, consider yourself fortunate.
Copper Star Coffee is not in my neck of the woods, but I’ve never minded making the trek out there to meet up with friends or just to bring my work down there so I can appreciate a change of scenery. Nestled among the vintage stores along 7th Ave in the Woodlea Historic District, Copper Star is a cozy coffee shop, which offers tea, lunch items, baked goods, and of course, coffee. Since being introduced to the coffee house by a friend of mine back in 2013, I’ve had the opportunity to try many of their specialties. I especially like to get their iced tea during the summer months, but I’m also a big fan of their coffee. Their latte is my personal favorite. There is no waving the bean (a phrase I’m apt to use when the coffee tastes weak) at this joint. Their pastries are also delicious, and recently I’ve noticed they’ve even included some gluten free selections.
While Copper Star is small, there are plenty of comfortable places to sit. I don’t feel crowded when I bring my laptop to do work. The ambiance to me feels like a combination of urban and chill. It’s nice that they play music, but that the music isn’t so loud that it’s distracting. And not to ruin anyone’s appetite, but the bathrooms are remarkably clean. The parking lot is small, and when I say small I mean 2 spots, so street parking is the norm here. However, I’ve never had any issues parking along the streets. Just be sure not to park too close to the stop signs.
One thing that I really want to note here is the customer service. Every time I’ve gone to this shop the baristas have been warm and friendly. Good customer service should be the norm, but unfortunately it is not, and this is one of the reasons why Copper Star is one of my “go to” for coffee houses.
Since this blog is about reviewing the coffee shop experience as well as the coffee, I want to insert a thought about the community aspect of Copper Star. In addition to exhibiting art from local artists, they also have live music. I’m a musician and a photographer and one of the issues that many of my artist friends talk about is the lack of community in the arts. There are a ton of talented artists, but there is very little support out there. I realize a coffee shop isn’t set up a for a full rock band, but I like that Copper Star offers a space for musicians to showcase their music. I’ve always viewed coffee shops as a place to exchange ideas, meet new people, network, or to just feel connected to the community.
Being a caffeine addict, it’s safe to say that I’ve been to a lot of coffee shops, and I already know how this place compares to most. I give this place 5/5 beans because their menu and customer service are equally strong. It’s definitely worth the jaunt. And, if you don’t feel like hanging out, they offer drive through services. You won’t be disappointed, and, when you’re down there, try checking out the vintage and antique stores.