we spent our thanksgiving this year in springfield, missouri, where my sister- and brother-in-law (and best niece ever) live. in our past stays in springfield, we haven’t done much exploring around town, but we’d read about a couple of great coffee spots in town and figured we’d check them out during this visit. first up is the hub coffee & bicycles, which as you might guess, is half coffee shop, half bike shop. we have a similar spot in omaha – omaha bicycle co. – that we love, so we figured the hub would be worth a visit.
i took a look at their coffee menu before our trip and was really excited to see that they make cortados. a cortado is espresso and milk, usually with a 1:1 – 1:2 ratio – somewhere between a macchiato and a cappuccino. i haven’t seen these on too many menus, and have read that they’re gaining popularity in certain coffee scenes but have never tried one myself. at a shop like this, i’d usually order a cappuccino, but since this was a rare find, we went with the cortados.
our cortados came served in coupe glasses, which was unique in and of itself. the drinks were unsurprisingly very delicious. i forgot to ask what espresso they were using that day, but their website says they use intelligentsia, madcap, handsome, and populace, all very reputable roasters, and i think it’s cool that they carry several. we didn’t try their brewed coffee during this visit, but they did have some manual brew methods on their menu that i’m sure would be wonderful choices.
i just love the idea of coffee shops that are coffee shops plus something else, so we really enjoyed our visit here. i don’t know much about bikes, but our brief wander through the bike part of the shop led me to believe that they do everything from bike repairs to sales of both bikes and accessories, and appeared to carry some neat brands. the whole shop is super bright and airy, with plenty of space and seating for staying awhile. if you live in springfield or happen to find yourself there sometime and are in need of some good coffee, i would definitely recommend the hub!
the hub coffee & bicycles
811 north boonville | springfield, mo 65802
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