Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Caffeinating Lafayette

            We love our coffee in South Louisiana, whether it’s straight black, with cream and sugar or full of those fancy new flavors. Because of our Creole and Cajun heritage, our coffee packs a punch — just like our flavorful cuisine!
            Like most cities, Lafayette has its share of Starbucks, plus Community Coffee restaurants, a Louisiana coffee producer with headquarters in Baton Rouge. But there are several locally owned coffee shops throughout Acadiana, plus Reve coffee roasters servicing the greater Acadiana area.
            Here are a few Lafayette coffee shops:
            America’s Coffee House downtown offers changing art exhibits, art events and comfy couches, plus free Wifi.
            Carpe Diem Gelato-Espresso Bar is another downtown spot where diners can purchase espressos, cappuccinos, lattes and café Americana, in addition to delectable gelato.
            Johnston Street Java offers coffee and locally produced baked goods, plus space for company, conversation and companionship in front of The Grand movie theater. Free Wi-Fi is available here and the restaurant includes a drive-through.
            In River Ranch, The Lab Handcrafted Coffees & Comforts provides coffees and teas but also cold sweet creams (a hybrid of ice cream and gelatos), artisan chocolate bars and pastries.

            Black Café in downtown Lafayette offers specialty coffees plus breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings. Their specialty are the Scottish Eggs, hard-boiled eggs wrapped in delicious items such as potatoes, pork sausage or chicken and fried.  
            Bibi’s Patisserie and Tea House is a dedicated gluten-free, low-glycemic, allergen friendly establishment that also serves up freshly made coffees.
           In neighboring Scott, there’s the Coffee Depot (be sure and sample the beignets) and in nearby Breaux Bridge, there’s Café Joie de Vivre.

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