The Sparrows Coffee, Tea, and Newsstand, located at 1035 Wealthy St SE, is an English professor’s dream come true. Wide wooden floor boards creak gently as you browse the indie magazines (Think Ms. and Lucky Peach as well as tried and true lit mags like Paris Review, Glimmer Train, and The Normal School. I know). The atmosphere has a quiet buzz; maybe it’s the caffeine, or maybe it’s the locals’ intellectual conversations. The coffee menu is spare, but it still features treats such as The Papa Toe (an almond coconut mocha) and The Behemoth (sweetened condensed milk poured over a shot of espresso).
At 9am on August 20th, these bloggers met to plot out our next year of reading and writing. We went for simple endless cups of the medium roast and cafe au laits (this blogger’s fave). The coffee was absolutely delicious, and the company was divine (as always). Lisa P. tried a scone. We think it’s from Wealthy St. Bakery–always a win.
I would always pick The Sparrows over Biggby or Starbucks, but I would even choose it over Kava House. It just has a nicer vibe. So next time you’re down Wealthy St, and you need a hit of coffee before attacking your pile of grading, try The Sparrows. You won’t be sorry. Unless it’s closed.