But First...Coffee! Top Coffee Spots in Great Rivers & Routes

Good morning! Oh what’s that you say?

You need your caffeine kick? Well the Great Rivers and Routes region has some of the best places for your morning coffee ritual.

When picking a favorite coffee spot we tend to think about three main things: flavor choices, price, and atmosphere. There are many places to go but to alleviate some worry the Great Rivers and Routes Tourism Bureau wants to gives you five spots that will have you coming back for more every day.

What's you flavor? Cold brew? Hot brew? Latte or espresso? Pair your coffee with made-from-scratch pastries, toasts and more.

5. Goshen Coffee Cafe IN EDWARDSVILLE, IL.

Goshen Coffee -- home to some of the best locally roasted coffee beans in southwest Illinois -- now has its own coffee shop, The Goshen Coffee Cafe. Head to this cozy, open cafe and enjoy fresh coffee paired with house made pastries, toasts, salads and more. The perfect spot to do a little work and sip a little coffee!

Have a cup of coffee in a historic U.S. Post Office at the Post Commons in Alton, IL

4. POST COMMONS IN ALTON, IL

What a great use of space this coffee spot is. You may not be able to tell in the name, but this coffee shop actually used to be a United Post office. This conversion has helped the community come together and restore a great building with delicious coffee. Post Commons receives its coffee from Birmingham, AL. which creates a very authentic coffee flavor. One special thing they do there is handmake their syrups; like caramel, mocha, white mocha, and vanilla. They also offer food and tea for a great price once again. This space has some very nicely restored pieces that add a lot of character, that blended with the classic feel of a coffee shop this creates a perfect venue for an afternoon lunch or a wedding.

Check out Verona Coffee Co. in Uptown Collinsville, IL

3. VERONA COFFEE CO. IN COLLINSVILLE, IL.

Verona Coffee Co. is exactly the place to go if you want a huge cinnamon roll beside a signature drink like the Capulet which has espresso, steamed milk with shortbread, vanilla, and caramel sauce. This spot takes on a British feel as it has china teapots and checkered floors that hold in some great nostalgia. The pricing is a bit higher than the others as a large can cost $5.50 and depending on the add in’s you choose, it could cost $7 or more. This spot is right down the road from Willoughby Farm which would be a perfect second stop to help make your day much more enjoyable with coffee in your hand.

Pair a cup of Sacred Grounds coffee with its menu of quiche pancakes, pies and more -- all from locally grown produce.

2. SACRED GROUNDS CAFE IN EDWARDSVILLE, IL.

Right in the middle of downtown Edwardsville sits this little coffee shop that offers large varieties of flavor for anyone’s taste. One unique thing they do is bring in locally grown food to make quiche, pancakes, pies and much more. Their cold brew is to die for, it can make any regular coffee drinker go off the walls with how much caffeine it holds. Their prices are higher but for good reason as their product is higher quality. This space would be a perfect spot to get serenaded by an acoustic guitar on a Thursday afternoon after walking down the main road enjoying the many shops Edwardsville has to offer. It may be small but it definitely is mighty in flavor!

Sit back and relax at Germania Brew Haus -- home to craft coffee and craft beer!

1. GERMANIA BREW HAUS IN ALTON, IL

This coffee spot checks all the boxes when it comes to picking the best place to sit back, relax, and take a warm sip of coffee. Germania is constantly updating their menu with new flavors and toppings that make their coffee stand above all others in the area. Their most popular drink is the GBH which includes white chocolate, swirls of caramel, steamed milk and espresso. Not only do they have craft coffee, they also have craft beer. The atmosphere is unbeatable, sit back in a nice plush couch and hang with friends, knock out some homework while relaxed music plays upstairs, or reserve a room and hold a meeting there. This coffee stop will make you want to come back for more especially since you get points for every coffee you buy. The price isn’t high by any means but it isn’t low as they pick the best ingredients possible to make great tasting flavors. And it holds some pretty cool German themes that are enjoyable when kaffee trinken (drinking coffee)!

So now you know some new spots to try next time you want to make a coffee stop. You also know what to expect when walking in each of these places, now here comes the hard part…where do you do go first? Enjoy!

About the Author

Cailyn Tegel

Cailyn Tegel is a senior at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She joined the Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau as its Summer 2020 Intern. She is an avid traveler and plans to pursue a career in travel or public relations upon graduation. She is planning a trip to Greece in the Spring of 2021 and has plans to visit all 50 states in the U.S. in the next few years!