When I'm craving a coffee, no matter where I am, I can usually find a Starbucks, a Dunkin Donuts or a Panera Bread without much searching that will make me a specially prepared cup of Joe. ☕️(Decaf soy latte is my beverage of choice - just in case anyone wants to bring my a cup of coffee sometime.😂) But there's just something about going to a local, independently owned coffee shop that is just so special and I make an extra effort to seek these out before I resort to getting coffee from a big chain coffee shop. I do feel like I get better coffee at the smaller shops but I also feel like they have so much more to offer than just coffee.
My little town is fortunate enough to have not one but TWO of the cutest, little coffee shops that you'll ever see. It's no surprise that they're my favorite hang out spots in town. It's not uncommon to find me at one of these shops, sipping on a coffee and typing away on my computer when I can't seem to stay focused enough to get my computer work done at home. #lessdistractions Even though I'm drinking decaf, I feel like I'm much more productive when I work at a coffee shop. (Is there such a thing as airborne caffeine?)
One of these little coffee shops shares its space with a little local market. Local artists, builders and all around crafty people, sell their wares in this shared space. It's a great spot to pick up birthday gifts or unique handmade items. Who knew there were so many talented people in my little town?
The second little coffee shop is decorated in very unique and original heirlooms. My town is known for it's many, MANY antique shops and stepping into this coffee shop really gives you the vibe of my little relic filled town. Yes, they serve great coffee abut they also reflect a the essence of the community.
The other thing that both of these coffee shops have to offer is great snacks. There's just something about a giant, freshly baked blueberry muffin or a sugary shortbread cookie that I can't resist. It wouldn't be right to sip on a perfectly prepared cup of coffee without having something to nibble on. 🍪 I pretty sure that ordering a snack along with a coffee is proper coffee shop etiquette after all. 🤷🏻♀️
My coffee accompaniment is usually some type of chocolate or cinnamon scone. I love a crumbly, buttery scone and I've resisted making them at home because, quite honestly, I was afraid that I'd eat too many of them. 😂 After all, they are amazing. I finally gave in and made a batch at home and I have to say that they were fabulous. You haven't lived until you've had a warm scone, straight from the oven. #lifechanging And just in case you were worried about my self control, (as you should be) I packed up all but one of these to deliver to some well deserved friends recently. Now all they have to do is to make a fresh cup of coffee to go with them.
Chocolate Chip Scones
2 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 Tablespoons cold butter
1 cup + 2 Tablespoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips
raw sugar for sprinkling
I love to visit coffee shops when I travel too. Send me the names of the local coffee shops in your town. I would love to stop by and see them sometime. I don't know when I'll be in your town, but I keep a running list of restaurants and coffee shops that I want to visit on my phone. That way, when I do travel and I find myself either hungry or thirsty, (pretty much all the time) I've got a list of places that I can visit.
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