Food reigns supreme at Warsaw's Three Crowns Coffee

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By: Tom Westerhof

Tom Westerhof/Bites and Bitters

When entering the front doors of Three Crowns Coffee in downtown Warsaw, first and foremost on your mind should be ordering some of its delicious coffee. After all, it is a coffee shop, so the expectation that you would find some great coffee there would be normal.

If you have the time and your stomach is telling you it requires more than liquids to satiate it, take a moment to peruse the food offerings, as well. Three Crowns Coffee has a small but varied food menu that might be just what you need to quiet those hunger pangs.

The first things you will notice as you walk into Three Crowns are two big leather couches in the middle of the dining area. Accented by end tables and more soft seating in the form of leather chairs, Three Crowns instantly gives you a feeling of walking into your own living room.

The perimeter is occupied by wooden stools and tables which, combined with the leather furniture and natural light spilling in through the windows, gives the place a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Obvious pride is taken in every cup of coffee prepared and it is reflected in the presentation and taste. While the employees take the same great care with every cup of coffee they create, it does not slow down the process.

Three Crowns Coffee
114 S. Buffalo St., Warsaw
574-387-6114

Hours: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

On a recent visit, our drink orders were delivered to us with a smile and a “thank you” before I could even get nestled into my spot on one of the big, comfy couches.

The food portion of our order was no different. Within 15 minutes of handing over our cash, our piping hot order was delivered and we were quickly on our way to gobbling down everything laid out in front of us.

My preferred drink at Three Crowns is the Cold Brew Old Fashioned. It’s not your typical coffee drink (it’s served cold in a cocktail glass with an ice cube and orange slice) but Three Crowns doesn’t specialize in typical and this drink is simply delightful. The zest from the orange slice combined with the coolness of the iced-down coffee make it a perfect warm weather pick-me-up.

The Bacon Goat Cheese Biscuit will probably be the first, last and only sandwich I order from Three Crowns. Served on a warmed biscuit, it consists of a layer of fried eggs topped with a slice of bacon and finished off with a generous helping of slightly melted goat cheese and sprinkles of spring onion.

The goat cheese takes this sandwich to another level and you’ll find yourself thinking, “This is the best $6 I’ll spend all week.”

Next up were the scones and, while most variations have a crunchier texture to them, these were as soft and enjoyable as the leather couches we were seated on. With just enough oven-fresh crispness to hold everything together, the savory, buttery tenderness overwhelmed the palate and the scones soon disappeared as easily as the coffee that washed it down.

Three Crowns Coffee is as plugged in as can be. There are electrical outlets everywhere, including underneath the wooden tables, offering convenient access to charge your mobile devices. Free wifi is also available — just ask for the password.

If you visit during the week, inquire about the workshop item. The staff at Three Crowns is always experimenting with new dishes and the workshop item is their latest endeavor. It’s not on the menu, but you can normally find out whether they’re offering one, and what it is, on the Three Crowns Facebook page.

If you’re in downtown Warsaw and you’re looking for a bite to eat and a caffeine pick-me-up, head over to Three Crowns Coffee. You’ll find great coffee and espresso selections, delicious and unique small plate offerings, and a cozy, comfy atmosphere that will leave you reinvigorated and refreshed.

It’s a favorite of mine on Saturday mornings and sure to occupy a spot on your weekend itinerary, too, after your first visit.

Tom Westerhof is a new addition to the Flavor 574 blogger community. He’ll be writing about food, drink and good times in Kosciusko County. Sound like fun? Subscribe to the Bites and Bitters email newsletter to be notified of new posts.
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