There’s a brand new coffee shop that opened up a couple weeks ago on Main Street called Buzzed Coffee Bar & Lounge. It’s already gotten some...well...buzz, via an article in the PJ Star written by MBIP pal, Steve Tarter. I thought this would be the perfect place to continue our Coffee Talk tour where I challenge a coffee shop to make a coffee drink that even a non-coffee drinker like myself can enjoy. So let’s go get Buzzed!
Okay, the MBIP Mobile is parked (kind of crooked, so I didn’t take a picture of it. #Amber #Shame), and Buzzed is right up here past the Apollo Theatre on Main Street.
Here we are in front of Buzzed. And check out the unplanned obligatory mirror shot in the door! I love that one! Let’s go in and see what’s buzzing in Buzzed!
It’s really nice in here! I like the wooden floor and the low-lit ambience of the room.
There’s the coffee bar, let’s go up and say hello.
Hello! This is Kylee, who’s the manager of Buzzed. Amber White is the owner, but she wasn’t in this afternoon.
Alaysia is part of the crew that works in here and she and Kylee posed for the MBIP camera while looking very pretty! They told me I could take a look around and when I was ready to give Buzzed the MBIP coffee challenge they’d be ready, willing and able to step up to the plate! So let’s take a look around Buzzed.
I really like these miniature espresso coffee cups. I’d love to shrink myself and live in one, but that’s not going to happen today. Maybe tomorrow, to quote Badfinger.
In addition to coffee and tea, they have fresh pastries which are baked locally at Historic Grounds in Metamora. It brings back memories of my youth, when I was often baked locally.
There’s seating up front where you can watch all the action on Main Street unfold before your very eyeballs.
Here’s more of Keith’s art on the walls of Buzzed.
Keith also painted this Autism Ribbon on the back wall. Buzzed donates a percentage of their profits to the Peoria Autism Society and the ribbon is here to promote Autism awareness.
As you can see, there’s quite a variety of drinks available here. There’s coffee, specialty coffee drinks and tea for adults and hot chocolate, fruit juice and fruit freezy’s for the kids and the inner child inside of your very own being!
There’s a nice lounge area in the back.
They plan on having different events back here after-hours like poetry readings and art classes.
Here’s a shot from the back of Buzzed.
And now...it’s coffee time! Kylee said she was going to make me one of the most popular drinks in here, the Almond Joy Latte.
And here she goes into action. I love watching these coffee drinks being made, I don’t know why. Maybe it’s the same reason that I’d really like to live in a tiny espresso cup...I’m nuts!
Okay, the drink is just about ready to be sampled!
Here’s Kylee behind the counter, ringing me up at the cash register.
In addition to the Almond Joy Latte, I got an apple cinnamon muffin.
The Almond Joy Latte was frothy and very delicious! This is probably my favorite coffee drink of this tour so far. It had a faint coffee taste that was nicely countered with the candy-like sweetness from the Almond Joy type flavorings in the drink. And I think this is the very first time I’ve ever used the word, “frothy” on the blog, so I’m pretty damned proud of this moment in time!
And the muffin was an unexpected treat! Really bakery fresh and tasty!
After I left Buzzed, I had to stop in at The Nut House, the name of this place always draws me in. I really feel at home in here!
I love the smell and old time candy shop feel of this place!
Here’s our friend, Debbie who owns the Nut House! Great to see her again! Debbie told me the place is still for sale and I really hope whoever buys it keeps it as The Nut House. Debbie said that the name of the place is part of the sale. If you’d like to own and keep a chunk of sweet Peoria history alive and well on Main Street, give Debbie a call at 309-673-4622!
I got a bag of malted milk balls. They were delicious! Wonderful to see Debbie at the Nut House and thanks to Kylee and Alaysia for the great coffee and fun chat and hospitality at Buzzed! We’ll see you all tomorrow!
Coffee Talk Rating
Four Linda Richmans—I really liked their coffee and the apple cinnamon muffin was so tasty...I’d say more but I’m getting a little verklempt over here...talk amongst yourselves.
Buzzed Coffee Bar & Lounge
315 Main Street
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