I have a confession to make. This post should have been made several years ago, because that’s when I discovered this particular Linglestown cafe. It was even before they put in the roundabout to confuse the crap out of all the drivers from out of town. You locals know what I mean.
Anyhow, I wanted to do this entry today since it’s Father’s Day and this is the main coffeehouse that I frequent with my dad before we head up to Second Mountain on one of our hikes. It’s an amazing place. I should try harder to be objective for the purposes of this review, but I can’t. This has been my favorite coffee spot for years now, before I even started frequenting the other places in this area. Let’s add up the contributing factors.
First, the coffee is ground on the spot in their giant bean grinder…which is, incidentally, not off limits to the view of the public (just don’t play in it!). You can tell they don’t skimp on the quality by the fact that their main “stable” of coffees (Colombian, Guatemala; 20 blends in all) have a rich, creamy taste to them that hasn’t been watered down to conserve cash, or due to poor storage of the beans. Second, they have a good amount of customization options for their coffees and teas, which includes non-dairy creamer for the lactose intolerant or vegans. Not all coffeehouses have this, and it shows a great amount of empathy for their patrons when they do. Third, the ambiance is the kind of soft, homey sort that can only come from a place that has been there for years and has seen a constant stream of people passing through and hanging out.
Incidentally, they do have music nights here on weekends. Bet you never knew about it. That’s because they’re not super-focused on advertising their artistic events as part of the greater Harrisburg art movement (such as it is). I find this refreshing. Not that there’s anything wrong with being really engaged; it’s just that it’s cool to find a place that is unattached from the ups and downs of the city, and not part of the Midtown scene. It’s quiet, unpretentious, and attracts people from all walks of life. If you go to Linglestown, go here. Until next time, folks!