on Thursday, January 19, 2017
Sidecar Coffee opened its second Waterloo location earlier this month, when it moved into the historic Wonder Bread building downtown. Not only did Sidecar open a coffee shop, the Sidecar Coffee Roasters operation also moved there too. As demand has grown over the past five years, from Jed’s basement to downtown Waterloo, the opportunity to supply more coffee to fans and friends worldwide has also grown significantly.
While you can grab freshly roasted beans to take home and enjoy, or to send to friends around the world, there’s nothing better than having a fresh cup of coffee brewed with extremely fresh beans. Sidecar’s newest location offers just that opportunity. Not only do you get to drink a great cup of coffee, you can see where your coffee comes from, all the way from green coffee beans to your cup.
Hearing about the roasting process is fascinating, and we’d encourage you to go in and watch as beans are roasted. Even more interesting is seeing the green coffee beans in gigantic bags that have made their way to Waterloo from around the world. Coffee comes from all areas of the world, along the Equator. The beans are organic and the way Sidecar sources and purchases coffee, the farmers are paid more and better than they often are with “fair trade” coffees.
What to drink, you ask? Honestly, you can’t go wrong with brewed coffee. You’re going to get fresh and local coffee and it tastes fantastic. If you want to try something else, Andy highly recommended the cappuccino. Sidecar steams the milk a little differently than other coffee shops, making for a really awesome flavor and texture. Sidecar has perfected some “experimental” flavors, too. The Van Fleet (named after local businessman and friend Andy Van Fleet) is an orange infused latte. They offer a lavender mocha that is truly spectacular as well. And the seasonal drinks are all absolutely outstanding. The cool thing about Sidecar is that they’ve taken great care to use natural and local ingredients, like milk from Hansen's Dairy in nearby Hudson. They make their own vanilla syrup, for instance, and the vanilla latte is the best you’ll ever have.
Whether you’re on your way to the office, need to schedule a meeting, or swing in for a Saturday morning treat, Sidecar is a great coffee shop in a really unique atmosphere that you absolutely must try.
Sidecar Coffee | Waterloo - Wonder Bread325 Commercial St (entrance on W 3rd St)Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30am-5:30pm; Sat 8am-3pm
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- Aaron Buzza, Waterloo Convention & Visitors Bureau