I never quite understood the appeal of coffee shops until I started going to them. The thing is, I don’t drink coffee. I have zero interest in comparing the pros and cons of beans sourced from Costa Rica vs. Colombia. I know there are plenty of pros and cons, but my brain is already nearing its storage capacity.
BUT (yes, there’s a but) I’ve learned in recent years that coffee shops aren’t necessarily about the java. Sure, that's often why someone goes to a coffee shop. It’s more than that, though. Coffee shops bring about a sense of community. They are often the tentpole of a neighborhood. Plus, they’re a great place to get some work done. The coffee shop was the first co-working space before “co-working spaces” became a thing.
And in a lot of cases, coffee shops offer more than just coffee. Take The Coffee Exchange in Pleasant Ridge, for example. Sarah Peters (and her husband) opened the establishment in 2013. Beyond coffee, this quaint little shop offers tea, snacks (e.g. muffins, brownies, small sandwiches, etc.), and booze. Yay for the adult bevies! So while I might not be sold on the cortado, you can definitely sign me up the Best Old Fashioned.
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The Coffee Exchange is located at 6105 Montgomery Road (45123).