Location: Harrisburg, PA (downtown location)
Rating: 6+ [see key]
The great state of Pennsylvania is a complex state. Home to major cities, beautiful countryside and quaint towns, I find new surprises every time I traverse it. One city often overlooked is the state capital. Dubbed head of PA in 1812, Harrisburg is not only a city rich in history but full of gems not always as lauded as their Philly and Pittsburgh peers. One such diamond worthy of a little attention is a coffee operation known as Little Amps Coffee Roasters.
With two locations only a dozen blocks apart, I decided to hit their downtown location one gorgeous Friday afternoon while passing through. Sitting about a discus throw from the Capitol's dome, the shop has a gorgeous vista from its storefront. Inside, the place is laid out gorgeously, with a nice open feel, plenty of tables and nice mix of old and new.
As for their coffee, the barista guided me to their LA3WAY for an espresso and a cup of a Rwandan via drip. The espresso, pulled short/medium with brown crema, rolled out chocolate, lemon, milk, raspberry, pepper, tomato and a touch of basil; a balanced spro with a little spiciness. The cup of Rwanda imparted nougat, cilantro, blackberry, pound cake, cream and a touch of tomato salsa, proving to be a bright, toothsome coffee with a lot of character.
When it came time for my departure, I found myself wishing I lived a little closer. It's rare to find such dapper digs complimented by delicious coffee. If you happen to be visiting Harrisburg, either on business, politics or leisure, make sure to hit Little Amps for a little slice of caffeinated heaven.
These wonderful folks made this visit possible in part. Make sure to check them out!