Hello Hello Coffee Addicts,
Here’s to the first of many official adventures, today we’re at Quixotic. Similar to the Instagram we’ll have facts straight from the baristas, photos from each spot, and insights from my personal time spent with each spot. this time around we’re not limited by a word count.
Without further a-do, let’s get into it.
What You Should Know:
Today’s review is at Quixotic Coffee. I had the opportunity to speak with Kristen, Tyler, Angela, & Shelly who are all baristas here.
This shop is located in Highland park right off of Cleveland Avenue and directly across from the Highland Movie Theater. It’s a modern midsized shop that has indoor seating & some patio seating in addition depending on the season.
I stopped by on Saturday September 24th at 1:24pm, a cloudy afternoon. Walking in you’ll notice many others are here. It’s a go to spot for a multitude of individuals. They are usually here for one of three main reasons:
1. They’re catching up with each other on a coffee date.
2. They are studying.
3. They are meeting to discuss business.
As you walk into the shop you’ll hear a good mix of upbeat hip hop, light EDM, and laid back indie folk music here. I remember specifically hearing quite a few songs by artists like Louis The Child, Mumford & Sons, & Bon Iver.
For the demographic there are many local college students that come here from St. Thomas (Roll Toms), St. Kate’s, or Macalester. I also see many regulars here. Shelly and Kristen mentioned many of the regulars are locals from around the Highland Park neighborhood.
Quixotic has been around since 2012! They get their coffee beans from Bootstrap Coffee Roasters and they make their own syrups. For food they currently have a decent variety croissants and gluten-free donuts. Before COVID, they had a full kitchen to serve soups, sandwiches, parfaits, and salads!
One thing puts them above a few other shops is they have a running coffee tap as well. They have Jinx tea, a few flavors of kombucha, and their signature nitro cold brew as well!
The main specialties here are the De Niro, White Lightning (my go to), Marko Polo, and Rockless Road. For seasonal drinks right now they’ve got a Caramel Apple Latte and of course the classic Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Well you’ve got your coffee and a pastry, now where to sit?
Quixotic has roughly 52 seats. They’ve got 30 booth spots, 16 hybrid (half booth half chair), and 6 high top counter options. One cool thing about Quixotic is that they have a small little business conference room. Tyler told me you typically have to reserve it for $10 for an hour, but here a secret for ya: The payment is just a bit of insurance to make sure you show up, they pay you back in full!
A Few More Useful Things To Know
-In terms of loudness, noise levels are about a 5/10, there are people talking, but it’s not too overwhelming here.
-There is one single occupancy all gender bathroom in the back.
-Their temporary hours are from 7AM-3:30PM from Monday-Sunday.
-They used to serve wine and beer here, but since covid have stuck with coffee.
-In case you missed it in the photo above, the wifi password is “goodcoffee”.
I’ve enjoyed every single visit here since the beginning. Quixotic has a great interior, the coffee is served quickly, and it is a great spot to get work done.
Overall I’m going to give Quixotic a score of an 8.4/10.
You made it to the end! Next time we’ll be going in depth on our time at Nina’s Coffee!
Hey thank you guys so much for taking the time to read to the end, see you next week!