UPDATE: Espresso 134 is now closed.
It was a good thing for me that Brighton got out of school at 11:30. After a quick lunch at home, we headed to the City Park in Lisbon. A small historic community of around 2500 people, Lisbon has a gem sitting right on Main Street. It’s called Espresso 134.
The renovated 1881 building is more than gorgeous inside. It’s modern and cozy and … well gorgeous! Clad with granite countertops, bar, tables, and ledges, comfy leather chairs downstairs, and cozy chairs upstairs, the whole place just reeks of class. Two chillers under the bar hold local wines and beer. An odd twist to a traditional coffee shop, but with the idea of wine tastings, beer pairings, art shows, euchre tournaments, and live music, it somehow works. Beautifully. I just can’t say how impressed I was with the look of this place. Each coffee shop I frequent has it’s own unique style, and Espresso 134 is no exception.
Now, from what I understand, this establishment is in the middle of a management change. The previous owner, Eric Krob, is going to be taking ownership once again since the current owner, Jill Schaefer, is choosing to spend more time with her 4 boys. A reasonable option since running this kind of business takes a LOT of time. So at this time, Just Jill’s Espresso 134 offers up breakfast, lunch and limited dinner offerings, as well as carry out prepared meals. However, I am not sure how long that will last. So if this is what you’re interested in, I suggest calling ahead.
DRINKS n STUFF
So how is the coffee? Pretty good. Coffee roasts from PT’s Roasting Company out of Topeka, KS (Direct Trade) supplies Espresso 134 with it’s premium roast. I had a simple (boring) decaf, skim latte. I say boring because I’m nursing a 2 month old who doesn’t care for caffeine or milk proteins. So I didn’t get a good representation of what their coffee is REALLY like. Brighton and I did, however, each have a Raspberry Italian Creme Soda, which was excellent.
We also each had some goodies. Brighton had two (yes TWO) cake bites. One chocolate and one lemon. Which he says were “Good!” complete with a deep dimple smile (which is a positive review equal to 9 stars). I had a chocolate truffle, which was pretty good too. The chocolates were made by a local Cedar Rapidian business called Sweetopia Handmade Chocolates.
Also offered are local wines and happy hour specials. Wine selections include Cedar Ridge wines, wines for fundraising (UNITE for livestrong, MOVE for National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and INSPIRE for Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation) where actual $$ goes to the foundations for the sale of each of these wines. Pretty cool eh?
Also available is catering for office parties/business meetings etc. just call a day ahead. You can also rent the building for your meetings (and make a fantastic impression!) WiFi is available, ask for a password. Or if you need to use a computer, one is available for you on the second floor. Which, by the way, also has a huge flat screen television, comfy chairs and a beautiful leather couch. I’m just sayin’.
So where can I find this place?
134 Main Street, Lisbon Iowa
Facebook: just jills espresso 134
All in all I really liked this place. Good coffee, great service, out of this world atmosphere. So if you’re ever in the area, or in Iowa at all, stop by and say hello. Tell them I sent you!