Subject: Lemonjello's Coffee
Location: Holland, MI
Rating: 5+ [see key]
Often when visiting Chicago, I would look across Lake Michigan and wonder about what existed on the other shore. Not a frequent Michigan-goer, I finally got my chance to see the eastern shore and see what the area had to offer. Fortunately, I quickly stumbled into the gorgeous town of Holland. Settled by Dutch settlers and modeled after their native Netherlands, the town holds tons of charm and plenty of things to do (including the beach in nice weather). Naturally, my soul longed for good coffee and found it at a shop called Lemonjello's.
Outfitted in gorgeous corner cafe complete with a patio for toastier afternoons, Lemonjello's is definitely a local gathering spot. Inside and out, the place was bustling with local patrons, many either reading or working on laptops. Fortunately, the seating abounded and there were plenty of places to park.
Getting in line for coffee, I settled ahead of time on Mad Cap's 3rd Coast for my espresso and a pourover of Halfwit Coffee's Sigri Estate from Papua New Guinea. The espresso, pulled short/medium with brown crema, smacked of dark chocolate, lemon, basil, corn chip and kale, proving to be a full and balanced; an overall decent pull. The pourover purveyed a sweet, deep brew of molasses, asian pear, wheat toast, chocolate chip cookie and cream in medium/heavy body.
After finishing my coffee, I finished up my visit to Holland with a pleasant afternoon at Windmill Island and a fantastic dinner at New Holland Brewing. Thus, if you're fortunate enough to visit this Michigan gem, make a definite stop at Lemonjello's Coffee.