1. Biggby Coffee, Lima
Location: 717 N. Cable Road, Lima; 1519 Harding Highway, Lima; 488 Fortman Drive, St. Marys
Phone: Cable Road: 419-999-9262, Harding Highway: 567-289-9434, St. Marys: 419-778-7604
Hours: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday
Highlights: Whether you’re looking for a hot coffee on your way to work or a cool frozen treat to start the evening, Biggby Coffee offers both coffee-based and non-coffee beverages to suit all customers. Popular drinks also come with quirky names — like the Teddy Bear, White Lightning or Butter Bear — that might sound a little strange (but delicious) to first-timers. Biggby also offers a selection of muffins, bagels, cookies and more to pair with your hot, frozen or iced beverages.
2. The Meeting Place on Market, Lima
Location: 220 W. Market St., Lima
Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday
Highlights: This community-oriented gourmet coffee house and cafe not only serves up a full line of premium coffee and espresso products, it’s also a great place to hang out.The coffee itself, KaffeeScape, is the coffee shop’s own brand of gourmet Arabica blend that’s gathered from premium coffee farms around the world. So grab a cup of joe — and maybe sandwich, bowl of soup, salad or a bakery item, while you’re at it — and meet up with friends to catch up on life.
3. Panera Bread, Lima
Location: 2330 Elida Road, Lima; 1830 Harding Highway, Lima
Phone: Elida Road: 419-222-3700; Harding Highway: 419-229-9797
Hours: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday; 7a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday
Highlights: When you think of Panera Bread, you might instantly envision fresh salads, soups and sandwiches, but don’t underestimate this restaurant’s coffee scene. Panera’s got an impressive selection, including: Iced lattes, iced coffee, iced chai lattes, smoothies, frozen coffee, as well as hot drinks like mochas, lattes, hot chocolate, espresso, cappuccino and more. (Or, keep it classy with a freshly brewed hot coffee.) Grab a friend, a cup and a pastry and settle into a comfy chair to visit, enjoy the wifi and great drink.