Introducing: The Vibe Check Vagabonds. In a new series on the Hawk Herald, Anna Rapaport, Isabel Gil, Katie Stotts, and Tara Kloostra will be visiting different, unknown, and small businesses around Grand Rapids and Ada to check their vibes. Our first stop was a coffee shop off the Beltline called Deja Brew Coffee Bar.
As an avid coffee drinker, the name Deja Brew piqued my interest. I’m usually not a huge fan of puns, but this one made me laugh. We walked in and were immediately greeted by a friendly employee. The menu had a vast variety of different teas and coffees from uncommon coffee roasters – macchiatos, chai, miel, and much more.
After we finished ordering, we sat in a cozy booth by a window. The natural light was calming. On each table there was a decoration and plant, making the place feel homey. Although the scenery was lovely, Katie was not a fan of the aroma. She further explained, “It smelled so bad, like chemicals. It gave me a headache. I wish it smelled more like coffee.”
Tara ordered a matcha latte. Her first thought was that it was quite large. “The first sip was enticing. I expected it to be a lot sweeter but I still really enjoyed it.” Next, Isabel’s drink came. She ordered a cappuccino, “It was not very sweet but I think that’s my fault because I didn’t get it flavored. I don’t think I’m a cappuccino person.” Then mine came. I sat in anticipation of my warm caramel latte. The foam art on each latte was aesthetically pleasing… but, as I drank my coffee, it seemed to be overly foamy. Although the foam was a bit much, the coffee itself was delightful. Lastly, Katie’s came, she ordered a vanilla latte, “It tasted nice but it was just too heavy.”
Whether you want a nice place to relax and enjoy some coffee or a place to get some work done, this is it. Overall, we enjoyed our visit to the Deja Brew Coffee Bar. We also adored that all of their to-go cups are compostable. The fact that they are environmentally friendly makes the vibes even better.