Local mom and pop java shops provide choice beverage options for students.
Published: Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 16:09
Omaha offers a wide variety of “mom and pop” coffee shops. Unlike well-known coffee chains, such as Starbucks, these “mom and pop” java houses are usually locally owned and offer unique menus and décor.
Today, coffee shops are more than just a place to stop and grab a cup of Joe – these caffeinated destinations have become local hangouts and a great place for college students to study and socialize.
Today, coffee's growing popularity makes it the beverage of choice for many college students, regardless the time of day. Busy from morning ‘til night, coffee houses offer a variety of caffeinated beverage choices for early risers and late-night cram sessions.
As fall classes begin, small groups of collaborating students will become a common sight at local shops and can often be spotted in these relaxed, cozy coffee houses with a laptop and beverage in hand. These java stops offer students a quiet, casual environment, often with an eclectic makeup of retro furniture and comfortable chairs.
Caffeine Dreams, located at 4524 Farnam St., is among those “go-to” coffee destinations and has remained popular among college students since its establishment in 2000.
Popular drinks include The Muse and The Pipe drink, and the menu also offers tea, smoothies and a variety of sandwiches and pastries. Caffeine Dream's prices are reasonable for the average college student, with no beverage price soaring over $5.
Caffeine Dreams is vibrant with bright purple walls and original, Old Chicago Brick walls. Local artisans display drawings and paintings, along with handcrafted jewelry and magnets.
The shop offers various levels of seating with couches lit by tableside lamps giving it a warm and inviting ambiance. In the back of the establishment is a garden patio where guests can find a shade-covered bistro table to enjoy their beverage.
Another popular java shop local college students enjoy is Blue Line Coffee, located on 4924 Underwood Ave., in the heart of Omaha’s historic Dundee.
Open since 2003, this popular java joint takes pride in brewing fair trade coffee beans and offers a variety of coffee drinks, as well as an assortment of pastries. Menu prices are relatively inexpensive with most items under $5.
The large front windows at Blue Line Coffee provides an open atmosphere with small tables and chairs, great for an intimate conversation or a cup of coffee with a friend. On a nice day, visitors can also enjoy the outside patio seating Blue Line Coffee has to offer.
If the Old Market area is a more convenient location for one’s caffeine needs, than 13th Street Coffee and Tea is another great option. The sidewalk café mixes well with the shops and boutiques of downtown Omaha.
This long-standing coffee hub is located at 519 S. 13th St. and has been at the same location for more than 25 years. Customers can choose from many reasonably priced coffee and tea drinks, as well as bagels. There is also an upstairs balcony with couches, tables and outlets, convenient for charging electronics.