Coffee Expressions offers cozy coffeehouse experience in Springfield OH

Click on the picture to see all of the photos from my visit

Click on the picture to see all of the photos from my visit

My first venture to Coffee Expressions
Well I’ll say this for blogging…the desire to write has led to the desire to experience all the great things this community has to offer. I had passed by Coffee Expressions, a small coffeehouse just west of the Wittenberg University campus many times, but had never stopped in. Springfield has many places to get your java groove on, including local shops such as El Mundo and Dream Cup as well as such traditional chains as Panera Bread and Tim Horton’s. This was the first time I had tried this little escape from the hustle and bustle of the work week.

Don’t be fooled by the bland exterior
It’s easy to miss Coffee Expressions if you’re not looking for it, as it occupies a small space at the little 3,000 square foot neighborhood shopping center at 1111 N. Plum St. The center was built in 1977 and doesn’t even have a sign identifying the name of the strip center, like larger ones and more recently built ones do. Burger King is next door and a medical lab (LabCorp) and Nationwide insurance is in the same center. Mallia, the upscale salon is across the street to the north. Once you enter, though, the environment successfully accomplishes its goal of putting you in the “coffeehouse mood,” that blissful state of hanging out, thinking, reading, talking, and generally enjoying being alive.

Unique coffehouse/country house blend
The shop has a unique character. It’s kind of a cross between your campus coffeehouse (real chairs with cushions inviting you to stay for a while and indy/alternative music playing in the background) and a country house (dried flowers on each table, well-done green textured walls and coffee decor). Signs saying “Coffee for Independent Thinkers” adorn the outside and inside walls boost your ego, while over 60 Dolce and DaVinci flavors (ranging from sugar-free banana to the more traditional hazelnut) beckon to be added to your order. Prices are reasonable, and the place seems to have a lot of regulars going in and out. Many of the customers seem to know each other. In fact, I ran into Amanda Kincaid, the great HR Manager at Benjamin Steel, who was trying a new coffee drink the owner recommended. There isn’t any regularly scheduled entertainment.

Crimson Cup coffee, local baked goods, + WiFi
Columbus, OH brewer Crimson Cup is the coffee supplier, and their CC Roast Master (what I had today) is a great basic coffee (hadn’t had it before). Nutty Irishman was the special of the day, and owner Ken Steele has free wireless internet available (an absolute requirement). Interestingly, Ken has been working on a blog and specials online at Merchants Circle. Right now there’s a 15% off special for Frozen Hot Chocolate, and all you need to do to get it is say “Make me cool.” The last blog entry thanked the customers. Seems kind of like a coffee version of the Cheers neighborhood bar. Homey and hip, all at the same time. Also, don’t forget the homemade scones, muffins and brownies, some made a block away. Yum.

>> Photos from my visit – http://bit.ly/ArvJr

>> Coffee Expressions homepage – www.coffeeexpressions.net
>> Merchant’s Circle discount/ad – http://bit.ly/pD5e1
>> Reviews – http://bit.ly/4EGkFt
>> Chowhound compliment – http://bit.ly/cfRHk

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