The Great Coffee Adventure: Just a wedding photographer + her coffee-enthusiast husband on an adventure through Pennsylvania; discovering, photographing and otherwise enjoying the unique, independently-owned coffeeshops and cafes of our great state. Coffee makes us happy.
Finding Allegheny Creamery & Crepes was unintentional. A fully-delicious-delectable accident that I am very grateful for!
We had the goal of checking out another cafe in the area, but it wasn’t open when we thought it would be… Just imagine us, trudging slowly back to our vehicle, saddened, dejected and desperately in need of the espresso/coffee/sugar-blended beverages that we regularly consume. I got in the car and looked up, “Oh! Crepes! I love crepes!” And then I said, “Brandon, maybe they would know of another coffee shop?”
So in we went.
Brandon said, ”Hey, do you guys know of any local coffee shops?”
Employees, “We have coffee.”
Brandon: “What about espresso?”
Employees, “We have espresso.”
And that settled it. We were staying! We found a sunny spot in the window at this adorable table…
The daily specials look fascinating, but it was early in the morning. Breakfast is on our minds!
This is where I became absolutely ecstatic. Do you see this menu?! A NUTELLA CREPE! With Strawberries and Bananas! Nutella is a personal favorite in the Schwartz house. We cannot keep a jar in the kitchen or really, anywhere… Chocolate & hazelnut is a dangerous combination of delicious temptation. Add strawberries & bananas and my-personal-weakness: fresh whipped cream… this is potentially one of the best ideas ever.
It looks so beautiful.
Midway through… Yes, this Nutella crepe is every-bit-as-good-as-I-hoped. Be still, my beating heart.
Let’s hear from Brandon about the coffee, since that’s the real reason we’re here.
Espresso. C&C self described their espresso as an Italian roast–I agreed to a point, but pointed out that there was definitely a French flare to it. Italian espressos are very dark, very caramel-ly, and very smooth. French roasts have more floral overtones, which was captured in the undertones of C&C’s espresso. Perhaps best described as a very European espresso. Balanced, smooth, with subtle undertones of flowers and a body of cocoa and caramel. Very good with lots of sugar, too.
House Coffee. Columbian. 100%. The staff confirmed for me that we were served 100% Columbian, organic and fair trade. Columbian is known for its nuttiness. Again, I felt like there were floral undertones, which to me means a more continental-Europe type of roast.
Mocha. Very, very fresh ingredients. C&C sources local whenever they can, and it shows in their fare. It’s like the difference between buying a gallon of milk at Walmart or going to a dairy farm and putting your mouth under the holding tank’s spout–it’s often the same milk, but the fresher is always the better. The only question mark I had while drinking the mocha was, “Where is the espresso?” I had to be that customer and bring my drink up to the counter and ask for more espresso. The barista explained to me that they use less espresso than most simply because they found that their clientele prefer it that way–a very understandable reason. He was quick to pull me another shot, and I was quick to insist that they charge me for it. A smile, a shake of the head this way and that, and a “don’t worry about it, we gotchya covered” and I was on my way, super impressed with the stellar customer service.
Naomi here again…
Aren’t these mugs just delightful? A little-bit Old World, European charm. And that phrase would describe this little cafe perfectly.
There were French touches wherever we looked, reminding us who we can thank for that wonderful invention of sweet and savoury crepes (I might have peeked over at another customer’s egg-filled crepe, which was mouth-wateringly from my perch a few tables away).
Walls filled with stunning, vibrant art. Including work by Michael Allison.
So very different. Loved this hidden-away painting of Paris at dusk. I loved it for fitting the French theme of this cafe so well. And because the light is pretty.
Celebrating their varieties of great syrups!
The pineapple upside-down cake that I wished to have eaten.
Have I convinced you yet? This charming little creperie/cafe is worth the drive. From wherever home is for you!
Allegheny Creamery & Crepes
505 Allegheny Street
Find them on facebook.
If the European charm doesn’t win you over, the Nutella crepe certainly will!