The third Friday of April is Indie Coffee Shop Day. Of course here in the state capitol, it’s Indy Indie Coffee Shop Day. To mark the occasion, I’m offering my list of favorite indie coffee shops. I should mention that I don’t drink coffee, so these places are faves for other reasons.
- Foundry Provisions (Near North) — This Herron Morton neighborhood hangout stands out not only because of it’s bright orange facade, but also for its homemade pimento spread and piping hot panini selection with locally inspired names like the Kurt V (as in Vonnegut) and the Tarkington. If you’re in the mood for breakfast, the Nutella Breakfast Press is a winner.
- Strange Brew (Greenwood) — What a great name, huh?! Plus, the co-owner of this shop is the former “Joan of Dark” from the Naptown Roller Girls. You know she’s got stories to tell.
- Calvin Fletcher’s Coffee Company (Fountain Square) — If buying a pricey latte makes you feel guilty, swing by Calvin Fletcher’s. All the profits from this indie coffee shop are donated to non-profit organizations that serve people. In addition, Calvin Fletcher’s serves fair trade and organic coffee
- BJava- Bee Coffee Roasters (Westside) — This shop is nostalgic for me because the owner, BJ, used to run a little coffee shop in the basement of Eli Lilly’s Corporate headquarters when I worked there (eons ago now). Go on Fridays for homemade cinnamon rolls.
- Tin Comet Coffee (Eastside) — True confession, I haven’t been to Tin Comet yet. However, I put it on my list of favorites because a story in the Indianapolis Star talked about how the owners are committed to the east side and want to build community there. Plus, they have a wall of mugs you can choose from when you walk in. Sounds like home to me.