Cafe: Fahrenheit Coffee
Address: 120 Lombard St.
Store Hours: Mon-Fri 7 AM - 6 PM, Sat 9 AM - 5 PM, Sun 9 AM - 3 PM
Study Appropriate?: No
Stamp Cards?: Yes, but a prepaid card
Drinks - Soy/Almond/Lactose-Free Options?: Yes to all
- Vanilla syrup available, 50 cents extra
- Packaged coffee beans from Te Aro Coffee Roasters are sold, 1/2 lb for $10
Food - Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten-Free Options?: Only vegetarian
- $7 paninis
- Vegetarian option for paninis
- Baked goods available but nothing vegan or gluten-free
- Muffin batters from Circles and Squares
- Croissants from La Bamboche
Iced Tea, $2.55
Drink of Choice: Cortado, $3.00
Fahrenheit Coffee is the one cafe I have frequent to the most thus far. This was my fourth visit, which is considered a lot because I am always at a different cafe each time. Sameer, the owner, loves his 90s-00s pop music. So you will definitely hear songs from N'Sync to Backstreet Boys to Justin Timberlake while enjoying a cup of coffee if you do happen to stay for awhile. Fahrenheit Coffee is not meant to be a cafe where you plan to sit down and do your work for hours due to its small space. It's a grab-and-go cafe that you would stop before work, during break or after work to get a snack and/or coffee.
I wanted to try something new so I asked Sameer to give me a drink of his choice on the menu. I was given a cortado, which was made from Kenyan coffee beans, and I was guided through drinking it. The drink is extremely strong during the initial sip. But eventually becomes sweeter after with the milk once you get adjusted to the taste. However, it wasn't to my taste and Sameer had the barista, Benedictus, to make a complimentary cup of latte for my friend and I. Both of our lattes were adorned with latte art, a bear for me and a butterfly for my friend! You should have seen me squealing when the lattes were placed in front of us. The prettier the latte art, the happier I get.
For the coffee, roasted coffee beans from Te Aro are used. The beans are tweaked specifically for Fahrenheit Coffee and can be bought in 1/2 pound package for $10 in-store. All the drinks are made with high grade coffee beans to ensure for the quality. Muffins and croissants are brought in batters or half baked each morning to make sure that everything is baked fresh for the day. Paninis are made in batches every morning to sell. They usually run out by 2 PM each day. So if you want a panini, better get them early because they don't make them on the order. And for those who are used to stamp cards, you could buy a prepaid card for a set number of drinks ($31.50 for 9 lattes, $27 for 9 cappuccinos, and $18 for 9 americanos).
If you would like a chill cafe to hang out with a friend or a place to grab-and-go, Fahrenheit Coffee is definitely the place. It has amazing service and you can't help but become friends with the owner and baristas the moment you step in! I highly recommend.