A coffee shop experience is about more than just a cup of coffee. This past week, some friends and I decided to take time out from our regular schedules and meet at The Hub in Danville. The Hub is Danville’s first coffee house and has been a place for people from all walks of life to come and enjoy time together. I was excited to have some time with friends, but had no idea what I would order. Ordering a drink at a coffee shop can be a daunting experience unless you speak the language.
Coffee Shop Experience at The Hub
I enjoy drinking a cup of coffee in the morning but rarely visit a specialty coffee shop. When we got to The Hub, the owner, Lori McCreary, took some time out of her morning schedule to give us tips for what kind of hot drink would be best for each of us. I learned one very important lesson. The barista at the coffee shop is your best resource if you are unsure of what to order. I also learned that you don’t have to know everything about coffee when you order. Most people find a drink they like and then stick with that. I now have a favorite at The Hub – the Hazelnut Fancy.
If you have allergies or specific dietary needs, mention those when you order. The Hub offers a variety of options for their customers. Whether you are looking for soy milk or watching your calories, there are ways to enjoy a hot drink without affecting your diet.
There’s just something about spending time in a coffee shop like The Hub. You find that time stands still while you talk to friends, enjoy a hot coffee, eat a fresh snack or just catch up on email.
There are several things that make The Hub a unique coffee shop experience.
- They serve 100% organic, fair-trade, organic coffees and espressos.
- The Hub roasts their own coffee and strives to use locally sourced ingredients from local farmers like Heartsease Farm.
- If you have a special request, they welcome your input. They have chefs working on new blends and recipes that will feature items for special dietary needs as well.
- The Hub is not just for coffee. They also offer a wide variety of teas, coffees, espresso drinks, and an extensive food menu including muffins, bagels, scones, sandwiches, wraps, quiche, salads, soups, cookies, cakes, and pies. They are working to stretch into new areas with sides like cous cous and homemade hummus.
- Food and drinks (including coffee urns) are also available to-go and for catered events.
- There is free wi-fi access for their customers.
There are many people in Danville, Kentucky who regularly visit and enjoy The Hub. But there is another whole group of Moms who have just sent their last baby to Kindergarten and are ready to step back out into the world. A morning visit to a specialty coffee shop is a great way to celebrate a new chapter in life. You can meet some friends like I did and just enjoy some adult conversation.
How much does it cost?
One common concern for people when visiting a new restaurant or cafe is the price. For the specialty drinks like the lattes or cappuccinos you will pay $3.00-$4.00 on average. Sandwiches, wraps, or breakfast items range from $3.00-$7.50. Prices vary according to what you order.
There is definitely a unique language when you enter the world of coffee, lattes, and cappuccinos. But the best way to get comfortable in new environments is to just go out and experiment with the different drinks. I know that taking time out to go enjoy some time with friends at a coffee house is something I will do again regularly.
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What is your favorite coffee shop drink? Got a favorite? Maybe you know something I need to know before I order my next latte or cappucino! I’d love to hear!
This post was published in the print edition of the Advocate Messenger Sunday Edition 8/18/13.