Green House Coffee Bar
Downtown Springfield has a new coffee bar, and it comes with a few unique twists. They call out that they are: a coffee and affogato bar. Remember how I talked about my love for affogato a few newsletters ago? Well, these guys are taking the classic Italian dessert and making it even more delectable. A classic affogato is just vanilla gelato and a shot of espresso, and that’s already a delicious combination. But here’s where these guys get playful: At Green House, you choose your ice cream flavor out of three to four rotating options; choose your pour of espresso, matcha or mocha; add a crunchy topping like cocoa nibs, toasted coconut or candied walnuts; and finally pick a sauce like chocolate, caramel, berries or marshmallow. The owner, Caleb Alwardt, explained to me how this is an inclusive, open-minded space for all to feel comfortable and safe, especially anyone from the LGBTQ+ community. He wanted a welcoming and beautiful space that made people happy and relaxed.