More than Just Coffee

Author Brandi Bengtson enjoying a Caramel Macchiato

Coffee is a wonderful pick-me-up at any time of the day. Whether you need to wake up for a meeting, focus in class, stay up to study, get ready for that 11am kick-off, or even just enjoy a hot cup of coffee to greet the morning, it’s important to know your coffee is in good hands. Located in Downtown Lincoln, The Coffee House is the place to get just what you’re looking for.

By buying a cup of coffee from The Coffee House, you’re not only enabling yourself to greet the day, you’re also helping the community. The Coffee House gets their beans from Coffee Bean International, a program designed to help charities. Coffee Bean International invests in Mercy Corps-Nicaragua Café Aldea coffee that gives back for every bag or pound purchased. It is a global network of professionals dedicated to building grass – root programs with their focus being on alleviating poverty, oppression, and suffering by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. Also a proud supporter of Coffee Kids, several of their coffees support the organization that’s dedicated to helping coffee-farming families to improve their quality of life.

Lithuanian Napolean Torte, a Coffee House specialty. Photo courtesy of facebook.com/TheCoffeeHouseLincoln

If you’re not a coffee lover, don’t worry. Coffee isn’t the only thing sold there. They have a variety of soda, hot and chilled teas, and seasonal ciders to choose from. If you need a bite to eat while you’re on your way to the game or your meeting, the Coffee House has you covered. Delicious scones, tantalizing cakes, tasty sandwiches, salads and other wonderful foods can be seen approaching the counter where you order and purchase your items. The list doesn’t stop there. They have a selection of coffee grinders, mugs, tea makers, and coffee makers. You can find them on the shelves you lean against while waiting for your order to be filled. Bulks of tea and coffee can be purchased as well either in the store or online to have the coffee house in your own home every day.

My friend April Taylor is a senior Film Studies major at UNL who kindly introduced me to The Coffee House in October 2010, my sophomore year of college. A beautiful day, one where it was cool enough that you could enjoy a nice hot cup of brew and yet warm enough that the coffee you bought wasn’t the only source of heat you had trying to get back home. She had told me of the store many times before. She said “I go there a few days a week. I get coffee almost every day.” April says she loves to go there to “write papers and draw….the people there are great to talk to about books and movies.” The employees are fun to talk to and they remember your coffee preference if you visit enough. I was curious as to what I might find, so I gladly joined her when she invited me. She offered to buy my first cup, a ploy she had used when introducing her friends to the place. She bought her favorite Caramel Macchiato for her and an Irish mocha for me.

Caramel Cinnamon Rolls at The Coffee House. Photo courtesy of facebook.com/TheCoffeeHouseLincoln

Like the rest, I became hooked on the place. I’d tasted Irish mocha’s before, but never like this. The drink was perfection. The Irish cream in the drink didn’t over power the mocha while the mocha gave the coffee a chocolaty aftertaste that left me smiling. They topped it with whipped cream that added that right amount of sweet. I’ve been going back ever since – taking other friends to experience the joy who in turn introduce other friends of theirs to the store.

The store is full of workspace and internet connection (the ever-changing password comes printed on your receipt and is typically an amusing one), and is surrounded by art covered walls, including collages of customer portraits, and paintings for sale. As for working or chatting, you can stay as long as you want, as long as you’ve purchased something, lounging in the couches or tucked at a table.

Next time you’re visiting Lincoln and need a pick-me-up, or maybe even just have a craving for a Caramel Macchiato, stop by The Coffee House. It will welcome you with open doors.

The Coffee House
1324 P Street, Lincoln, NE
Mon-Thurs, 5:30am-11pm; Fri, 5:30pm-10pm; Sat, 6pm-10pm; Sun, 8am-11pm
(402) 477-6611

About: Brandi Bengtson

I am a senior at UNL with a major in English and a minor in Communication Studies. Writing is my passion and I have novels that are works in progress that I will one day publish. Outside of writing, I love finding new places to shop, eat, or study. I love UNL and the friends I’ve made.