Spotlight: Klekolo World Coffee

It doesn’t matter how you pronounce it, Klekolo makes a good cup of coffee. With a large menu (including all espesso drinks, chai, teas, “Smooshies,” and soy substitutes), reasonable prices, and a close walk to campus, it is a great, do-good independent coffeehouse worth your support.

Klekolo opened its doors in 1994 committed to providing organic, fair-trade coffee. It is woman-owned and makes a point of supporting local artists. It offers free wi-fi, games, and good company. Though it doesn’t have a kitchen, it has delicious baked goods instead. Bring your laptop, bring a friend, and settle down at one of their no-nonsense small tables to get to work! (Or sneak a cup of coffee into Russell Library, just up the street).

Their mission statement alone makes me want to change the world and sip on a cup o’ coffee:

“To serve the best possible product (even when it means multiple vendors and more work). To serve said product consistently prepared with care and a conscious attitude. To make people feel as if the mere action of them entering Klekolo makes them very cool. The customer is not always right but they are right on. To always be aware that everyone is worthwhile as a human. To never forget the planet. To be creative and provide friendly service while being ourselves. To have fun, and to change the world.”

With long hours and located just down the hill at 181 Court Street, it is worth stopping by. Grab a coupon from their ads in the Argus.

3 comments for “Spotlight: Klekolo World Coffee

  1. James Hartzell
    April 9, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Klekolo’s doesn’t just make a good cup of coffee, they make a “GREAT” cup of coffee and anything else that you might like off their menu. Warm weather coming and they make their iced coffee using coffee ice cubes. How is that for clever thinking? Hollie and company make everyone feel like family in the store and out. Come read your paper, book, whatever. Sit in the armchairs while sipping your fav brew. Check out the cartoons drawn everyday by Dr. Fred. Challenge Dr. Fred to a chess game. Bring your own game or group. You may find a cafe’ as good as this, but you won’t, won’t find one that is better.

  2. fordfellows
    April 11, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    true! I appreciate the tidbit about the coffee ice cubes… I always feared it was watering the brew down, but now I know better. Thanks!

  3. Issac Maez
    July 7, 2011 at 12:30 am

    Chicago is the largest metropolis in the U.S. state of Illinois. The metropolis retains its status as a most important spot for industry. With many tourist things to do is it a must- visit for holidays with wife. All people know this. Emily especially is a great Chicagoan.

    The writing scene is likewise awesome!

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