Best Coffee Shop: Tree City Coffee & Pastry


Barista Astrid Klingenberg prepares a drink Monday morning on April 6, 2015, at Tree City Coffee and Pastry in Kent, Ohio. Tree City has a wide variety of baked goods and beverages for customers to choose from.


Tree City Coffee & Pastry

Founded in 2011, Tree City Coffee & Pastry is a privately owned coffee shop located in Downtown Kent.

With features like a fireplace and comfy couch, the shop offers a comfortable and relaxed environment for customers to sit down and enjoy their favorite Tree City Caramel Macchiato or Maple Latte.

However, what makes the local coffee shop unique are their “Classic Peanut Butter Sandwiches.” Customers say they particularly love the peanut butter and nutella combinations.

“Our baked goods are all homemade,” said Kailey Bricker a barista and sophomore nursing major. “We strive to have local, organic ingredients, and we grind our own peanuts.”

Next time you’re looking to get off of campus and enjoy a nice cup of coffee, head downtown to Tree City Coffee and Pastry.

“We get to know customers who come in regularly,” Bricker said. “We know their orders. Our customers aren’t strangers to us.”



Although those who frequent the chain are often jokingly labeled “basic,” no one can deny that Starbucks has some of the best and well-priced coffee around.

They also offer tea, breakfast sandwiches and pastries. Whether you order a Pumpkin Spice Latte during the fall season, or a refreshing tea for spring, Starbucks is a go-to coffee shop.



Scribbles Coffee Co. has been a part of the Kent community for the past eight years.

Located on North Water Street, the shop offers a variety of coffee and tea options for its customers. However, what sets Scribbles apart from other coffee shops in the area is its dedication to the arts.

“We embrace local art,” employee Emma Shepard said. “Every month, we have new local artists hang their work on the walls.”

Scribbles isn’t only limited to the visual arts — the shop also features local musicians and holds poetry readings.

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