The Grace Coffee Experience 10/21/21 By Jackson Lawrence
It was a cold, dark morning when I first stepped into the Grace Coffee shop located directly across from the high school. Good reviews were fluttering in from peers, many of whom didn’t have the slightest idea what real coffee tastes like. I entered the coffee shop with a blank slate on my mind. I would not be persuaded by my unconscious mind and imitate my peers' thoughts and opinions. I was going to provide this school with the most thought-provoking and brutally honest review that anyone has ever concocted. My goal will not be fulfilled until your dancing eyes intake every word in this article, every thought on this screen, and analyze it to the best of your abilities, as I did at Grace Coffee shop. Immediately I was struck by the modern decor and vintage and hip furniture. I ordered off of a cute blackboard menu but at that point, what coffee shop didn’t have a similar menu? I completed my order and sat down on a cushy jade couch and took a sip of my iced coffee. I began to have a Pixar Ratatouille-esque flashback to my younger days when I would sit on my crappy couch and sip on some choccy milk. Although, this time I was sitting on a much more lavish piece of furniture and sipping from a coffee cup that was 95% ice. I looked around to find a sea of blondes surfing the internet on their computers with the occasional men in suits conducting a business meeting. Not a soul was savoring their coffee. I had once again walked into a dreary coffee shop with a lack of appreciation for the fine arts of coffee brewing. As soon as I received my food, I bolted out the door to finish my review somewhere else. I strolled into my Cats Eye office casually late as Grace Coffee took their sweet time to make my food. I opened the box of my to-go order to unveil my everything croissant sandwich with adorable hash brown bites. My impatient mannerism took a turn to appreciate the effort put into the craftsmanship of this delectable meal. A couple of bites into my delicious and oozy sandwich solidified my willingness to return to Grace Coffee as their actual coffee was nothing to write home about. And to just add a cherry on top, the simple and intuitive hash brown bites were filled with cheesy goodness. While I could get better coffee from the Kwik Trip down the street for a third of the price, the food that they provided was sensational and just enough to warrant a second visit… or so I thought. Just after the first draft of this article was finished, a fellow news source broke a story relating to Grace Coffee and their multiple health code violations. The rapidly expanding coffee shop has been exposed to its contaminated sugar, fly-covered pastries, and improperly stored raw meat “Madison.com”. Grace Coffee shops were found to be the proud locations of the two most health code violations. It’s entirely possible that the joyous flavor that I experienced while eating their sandwich was a family of flies. It’s only a matter of time now before I fall over dead. Let this article be a warning for those who intend to experience Grace Coffee.