Coffee fanatic drinks in city Allyson Bonhaus

Welcome back to the school year and welcome back to not enough sleep. Whether a habitual coffee drinker or someone who needs some extra energy before facing the AP classrooms, this review will help those in need of some coffee stops around Cincinnati.

I have included some of my favorite coffee stops as I am a habitual coffee drinker. You may even recognize me as the one always carrying a coffee to-go mug in SHS halls. The places that follow are simply coffee shops I have visited and enjoyed.

Fair warning: I make my bitter coffee at home with a coffee pot so the drinks I review will tend towards the sweet side.

Hopefully these recommendations will help you stay awake as you continue your high school career.

Morning Star Coffee Creations

If you are cutting it close to class, options include Morning Star Coffee Creations and, of course, Starbucks. Morning Star is only drive through and therefore the perfect place to pick up some morning pep.

Morning Star has all the traditionals- Cappuccino, Cafe Mochas, etc. If you need a slight sweetness to your coffee I would recommend the Caramel Macchiato or classic Vanilla Latte. They were sweet but it did not feel as if I was drinking sugar.

Location: 11911 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45249

Coffee Please

The main reason I adore Coffee Please is for its ambiance, the artwork, local flyers, bakery, and roaster.

If you are experimental with your flavorings this is the place for you, as they are full of new inventions on what to put in your latte. They come in many flavors which sumptuous names such as “Divinity” (and it really is divine). There are also sugar free options that give a slight flavoring to the latte without making it bitter/too sugary.

If you are in the mood to take home some coffee beans you cannot go wrong with Snickerdoodle, which powered me through sophomore year. There is a whole wall of different flavored coffee beans waiting to be scooped up.

Location: 6930 Miami Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45243

Kidd Coffee & Wine Bar

Though in dreaded Mason territory, this place is the perfect place for me to study. At times the place can get noisy, so their back room is better suited to studying during those periods.

Kidd Coffee offers environmentally friendly mugs for those who are staying to drink their cup. Though I have not tried it, a Leaf alumni enjoyed their bubble tea. They host many of the candybar flavorings for your lattes if you are need a strong sweetness to your coffee. Again, I have not tried it, but this is the place for you if you are feeling adventurous as they have a peanut butter and honey latte.

Location: 653 Reading Rd, Mason, OH 45040

Sleepy Bee

If you like a meal with your coffee, Sleepy Bee is the place. It is a fabulous breakfast/brunch place with an assortment of teas and coffee. Their teas come in a small French press which tickled my taste for aesthetic though I am not crazy about tea.

I suggest brewed coffee for those not crazy about flavorings, which I found to be much sweeter than what I prefer. Their coffee is bottomless, so as long as you sit there they will fill you up.

Location: 9514 Kenwood Rd, Blue Ash, OH 45242

Cocoon Coffee

I branched out for this article and tried a new place based off that was closest to me at the time. Let me tell you, I was completely shocked that a place like this existed. I can only describe Cocoon Coffee as cozy industrial.

There are no tables or chairs in the traditional sense, there are mini desks with wheeled comfortable desk chairs. I tried a Lavender Vanilla Latte despite my better judgement and was not rewarded for it (very sweet and what I expect a flower to taste like). Yet, I am not ready to write off Cocoon Coffee.

The atmosphere is certainly one for the books, there are impressive desks for one person as well as small metal tables for talking, as well as one large table in the back. Cocoon Coffee is ready to accommodate for group project meetings or long study afternoons.

Location: 6209 Snider Rd, Mason, OH 45040


Photos courtesy of Allyson Bonhaus

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