Pitch the boring, run-of-the-mill Folgers and wake up with a lil’ Toledo in your cup. Coffee is more than just an everyday routine; it can be that jolt that turns a challenging day into a successful, productive one. Whether you are looking for that essential “morning fix” or an afternoon pick-me-up , these local coffee shops have it all. From fair trade and locally roasted beans, to a full menu to satiate your hunger pangs, this coffee roundup includes the best of the best for a local cup-o’-Joe.
612 Adams St., 419-740-1125
6:30am-4pm Monday-Friday, 9am-2pm Saturday, closed Sunday.
Making a name for itself in downtown Toledo, Bleak House serves locally roasted Maddie & Bella Coffee (out of Perrysburg) and Chicago’s famed Intelligentsia brand. Known for their pour-overs, Bleak House baristas demonstrate the finesse and artistry that it takes to make a perfectly brewed cup of coffee.
3664 Rugby Dr., 419-385-2121
6:30am-7pm Monday-Friday, 7:30am-3pm Saturday
Plate 21 has a great selection of fair trade organic coffee and teas, along with many other food and drink options. With fruit smoothies and frappes to a full menu of healthy food options including sandwiches, soups and salads (the kale salad is our favorite!), Plate 21 is the south-end spot to get your fix.
2499 Collingwood Blvd., 419-720-5820
7am-7pm Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday
Black Kite raises the bar when it comes to coffee and comfort food. Happily nestled in the Old West End, all of Black Kite’s food is made in-house, including their savory breakfast balls, bagel bombs and scones. Their weekend Badger Brunch is one of the best made-to-order brunches around, and kids will work up an appetite during their weekly story time if you come in early on Saturdays. Now in its third year, Black Kite fulfills the needs of both foodies and avid coffee fanatics alike.
436 13th St., 419-244-6100
7am-2pm Monday-Friday, closed Saturday & Sunday
Whatever your taste, Flying Rhino Coffee is located just around the corner from the TCP office (we sometimes stare at it longingly from our balcony). Selecting a variety of high quality coffees from around the world (some of which are organic), Flying Rhino hand roasts them to perfection. They also make and sell creamy artisan chocolates and pastries.
2130 Preston Pkwy., Perrysburg, 419-931-0273
6am-7pm Monday-Thursday, 9am-8pm Friday-Saturday, 9am-5pm Sunday
Flying Joe serves a handful of coffee from companies like Intelligentsia, Populace, Actual and Deeper Roots, in traditional forms like espresso and cappuccino to the perfected drip coffee. If you head in for your morning cup, pick up one of their breakfast sandwiches or assorted snacks.
120 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg, 419-872-9400
7am-2pm Monday, Tuesday & Thursday, 7am-5pm Wednesday & Saturday, closed Sundays
No need to take a vacation—just stop by My Daily Grind. With its unique surfing theme, you can not only enjoy a caffeine kick, but you can also hang-ten with an Italian soda. For those gaming enthusiasts, on the second Saturday of the month you will receive half off your second drink if you tote along a board game or two.
311 Conant St., Maumee, 419-891-8888
6:30am-3pm Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm Saturday
Not only does Georgette’s serve fair trade grounds, but it is also owned and operated by Sunshine, a non-profit organization that takes pride in offering services and educational/artistic programs to people with developmental disabilities as well as their loved ones. If you head toward the back of the coffee shop, you will enter Ten Thousand Villages, a novelty gift store that sells handmade artisan gifts, some of which are made by Sunshine.
5648 Main St., Sylvania, 419-517-5088
7am-5pm Monday-Saturday, 9am-3pm Sunday
Located inside the renovated downtown Sylvania Chandler building, Chandler Café is the perfect go-to lunch location. Serving the popular Seattle’s Best Coffee brand, the café also has a full menu with sandwiches (like the Wildwood wrap), salads and pastries to pair with their coffee.
174 S. Main St., Bowling Green, 419-354-3266
If you have been looking for that perfect coffee-shop ambience, look no further. Grounds for Thought has an aromatic roastery, a wide selection of flavored coffees and creative coffee drinks, and a bookstore filled with used vinyl and comics. It’s a great spot for avid readers and music lovers.
Anticipated to open in April
138 N. Main St. in Bowling Green
Consisting of a husband-wife duo, Flatlands will brew the most perfect cup of coffee with their state-of-the-art equipment, like an espresso machine that allows manual pressure and temperature profiles and specialty drink flavors that compliment the coffee’s original taste. Flatlands Coffee intends to give Bowling Green a curated and rotating list of specialty coffee, in small-batch, single-cup format. The best part is that the beans are not only from regional roasters, but they come from all over the country, and change seasonally. Another plus: their location is historic; the building is 200 years old, and recently renovated.