Devon holding his bag of coffee!
Devon along with some of my other friends have been telling me about Rising Star for months, raving over its coffee roasting and pour-over style.
Although I don't care too much about the taste of coffee or how it is prepared, the premise of the shop drew my attention. However, on Saturday I found much more than just a cool building reuse.
Location: Rising Star is located within the Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland, but it's tucked away from the loud, local-brew enthusiasts on Lorain Avenue and West 25th Street.
Rising Star had very friendly baristas!
Rising Star thankfully is contributing to preserving some history in the neighborhood. It shares space with three other businesses in the two-story brick structure. And it draws plenty of commuters to the area, myself and Devon included.
Food and Beverage: Rising Star has been the third location I've visited that focuses on pour-over coffee. And of all the shops that specializes in it, Rising Star does best in presentation!
Look. At. That. Groundbreaking presentation! Sad that it's
wasted on a venue with limited seating.
There's not much of a food selection aside from cupcakes and donuts at Rising Star. Devon bought cascara tea and a cupcake for $5 plus change plus change and I bought Nicaraguan pour over coffee and a chocolate doughnut for $6 and change.
Rising Star also has another big surprise. As everyone in the world should know by now, Stevia is the preferred sweetener I use to dilute my coffee. Not many shops I know provide it, and often I coffee shops embracing the all-natural sugar in the raw. That includes Rising. however while browsing through Rising Star's collection of sweeteners, I found packets called "Stevia in the raw." First time I've seen something like that, and unlike sugar in the raw, the Stevia alternative doesn't settle at the bottom of the cup. I think this might have topped my all time favorite sweetener.
Quite remarkable wall design. Love the high ceilings and
Luckily for Devon and I, a pair of people were just leaving as we ordered. We were able to enjoy Rising Star's "industrial interior," as Devon puts it. Nothing at Rising Star is tucked behind a dry wall or curtains. All of its equipment, including its roaster, is visible in the small room with wood-panel floors, wooden window frames and colorful lamps.
A very industrial coffee roaster can be seen in the back.
Again, if you have suggestions of a coffee shop for a future entry, send it to me via firstname.lastname@example.org on Twitter at @SimonSaysNH.