There wasn’t a quality independent coffeehouse on Lake Ave. Kaffeine attempts to fill that void. They serve Equal Exchange fair trade coffee. It’s a nice looking spot but a bit lacking in personality.
- Food: 3/5 – Not many pastries available – bagels, croissants, muffins. For the bagels they only have butter or cream cheese. They also have pre-made sandwiches (which I think they heat up in the Panini press) and salads. The chocolate croissant I had was OK – I asked for it to be heated and it was just soft without many layers.
- Coffee: 4/5 – Drinks are cheaper than average. The latte didn’t have foam art or richness/creaminess, but it was fairly strong. They also have smoothies (not made to order). The person making the latte could use more training.
- Wi-fi: 5/5 – Password required, unlimited, fast
- Ambiance: 4/5 – Very nice, modern with lots of hanging ceiling lights, polished metal chair and stools, light wood, new furniture
- Noise: 4/5 – The music isn’t too loud, you do hear traffic driving down on Lake. The music is old…it could scare some people away.
- Plugs: 2/5 – Three of them in one corner – so not many people will be able to access them
- Parking: 1/5 – Not too easy, expect 2 hour free street parking at best, metered parking on Lake, validated parking at the Shops on Lake St.
- Comfort: 3/5 – Small tables, long counter with stools, one long communal table, light metal chairs aren’t padded
- Bathroom: 0/5 – Didn’t see any unless it’s outside
- Art: 4/5 – Nothing but nice looking place
Tips: Coffee and tea accessories are for sale. Outdoor seating available.
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