By Madison Pontz
FLL went on a hunt for the best coffee around town and we’ve compiled more of our favorites in Part 2 of our Coffee Lover’s Guide to Lancaster. So, get ready. Set. Caffeinate.
If you’re looking for a caffeine-fix while at The Lancaster Central Market, you can also stop by Lancaster County Coffee Roasters. Truly an institution in the Lancaster coffee scene, this Ross Street roastery has been around for almost 15 years. They pride themselves on their focus on coffee — don’t expect to order a sandwich or pick up a croissant at this stand, just a delicious drink. From their bottled classic cold brew to one of their rotating specials (um… peanut butter and hazelnut mocha, anyone?) you won’t be left wanting for anything caffeinated after visiting the Lancaster County Coffee Roaster’s stand. Even better? Though they take their coffee very seriously, they’ll never talk down to you on the topic, which is great, because who hasn’t felt a little judged by too cool baristas while ordering a Pumpkin Spice Latte that one time at a café in DC? No? just me? Well then.
Around the corner on W. Orange Street, a sign hangs above the register at Cafe One Eight that says, “A good day starts with coffee.” Obviously, I agree. Cafe One Eight is the perfect spot when you want a meal to go along with your coffee (they brew Square One’s roast). With its bright and airy rustic vibes, long wooden benches and high tables, this place is perfect to sit and enjoy a latte (complete with lovely latte art) or a fruit and yogurt parfait (the standard recipe uses blueberries and strawberries, but they also offer seasonal varieties [the summer peach is always a fan favorite]). In my experience, every person I’ve ever met who either works at or frequents Cafe One Eight is so friendly and happy to be there. Good vibes (and coffee) abound.
A long-time Lancaster favorite (they opened their N. Duke Street location’s doors nearly 18 years ago!) Square One is both a cafe and a micro-roaster based in our city, with cafe/retail locations here and in Philadelphia. Square One has won many accolades for their brew, including being a Good Food Awards Winner in 2014, 2015, and 2016. During the warmer months, their Lancaster location offers a lovely, spacious courtyard, perfect to enjoy a jubilant latte with friends or sip a quiet coffee on your own.
One relatively new addition to the Lancaster City coffee scene is Copper Cup Coffee, located on Columbia Avenue. However, the shop is not new to Lancaster County at large, as the original location in Lititz has been open and pleasing caffeine-seekers since spring 2016. What’s really special about this cafe — beyond the lovely, bright aesthetic of the shop, featuring small succulents, marble walls, and (of course!) copper accents — are the delicious lattes, available both hot and iced. Year round, my choice is an iced Copper latte, espresso and (your choice of whole, skim, almond, or coconut) milk with notes of honey and cinnamon. But, there’s really no wrong choice when you order something off of their specialty or seasonal menus.
So, there you have it: Lancaster truly is a special place, and that includes our abundant, unique, and ever-popular coffee scene. Go forth and caffeinate!