What’s brewing?: Local coffee shops serve up fall favorites

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As temperatures cool and leaves begin to fall, there’s nothing better than cupping your hands around a mug of warm coffee on a chilly morning, or at midday for a pick-me-up. Hamilton County brews up plenty of options, new and old, for those who love coffee.

ROSE & LOIS, soon at 7249 E. 146th St., Suite 110, Carmel

You can order coffee to-go, but have you ever heard of a coffee truck permanently on the go? Rose & Lois is a new business with plans to open its first brick-and-mortar shop by 2020. Owner Rachel Priddy didn’t want to wait around until the shop was ready, so she and her family converted a trailer into a mobile coffee shop. Priddy posts up at the parking lot on 146th Street and Community Drive, where her new store will be built. Priddy sets up shop from 7 a.m. to noon on weekdays, selling lattes, nitro cold brew and hot coffee to folks on their way to work in what is called the “coffee desert” of Hamilton County by coffee drinkers. I ordered the pistachio latte and sampled the Costa Rican drip coffee, both of which warmed me right up on an autumn morning.

NOBLE COFFEE AND TEA, 933 Logan St., Noblesville

My favorite place to settle in to and knock out my to-do list is always Noble Coffee and Tea. The shop is big and offers spacious seating with soft wood tones, the ultimate cozy atmosphere. You can sit by the window and watch people in downtown Noblesville hustle about, or cozy up in the corner to read a good book. I suggest an iced Americano or the Highlander Grogg blend, which has butterscotch, rum and caramel undertones.

The Black Hat at The Well Coffeehouse in Fishers is a smooth blend of cinnamon, cayenne and charcoal mocha. (Photo by Anna Skinner)

THE WELL COFFEEHOUSE, 8890 E. 116th St. Suite 120, Fishers

This is another of my favorite places to work from. The Well recently expanded its menu and now offers lots of light, healthy options, which also happen to be delicious (curry chicken salad bowl, turkey pesto sandwich, etc.). The Well just rolled out its seasonal menu, with offerings like Somethin’ Pumpkin’ (pumpkin, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, ginger latte), Secret Garden (juniper, bergamot, lavender cold brew) and Black Cat (cinnamon, cayenne, charcoal mocha). If you want a taste of something you’ve never tried before, sample the Black Cat. It’s smooth, creamy with spicy undertones.

OUTSIDE OF HAMILTON COUNTY:

For those who want to try the best coffee in the Indianapolis area, visit:

  • Quills Coffee, 335 W. 9th St., Indianapolis
  • Bee Coffee Roasters, 201 S. Capitol Ave. Suite 110, Indianapolis
  • Porter Books and Bread, 5719 Lawton Loop E. Dr., Lawrence
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