The Short Course
Noise Level: Average
Got Milk? Yes
Kids Menu: No (but definitely
Food Allergy Concerns: Ask the barista for assistance.
Feeding small humans is tricky. And lunch, in particular, can be kind of a pain. The coffee buzz is wearing off and it’s not necessarily worth the hassle and effort of breakfast or dinner. Plus, it can be so monotonous. Regardless, I was super excited about reviewing We Serve. Coffee because it meant freedom from yet another round of PB&Js or leftovers.
Located in downtown Findlay, We Serve. Coffee has been a popular spot for several years, and it caught my attention early on with its unusual punctuation. After all, what the heck is that period doing in the middle of its name?! The answer delighted me. We Serve. Coffee donates 100% of its profits to local and global charities—so that period accents the fact that this is a place that serves more than just coffee, tea and yummy food. It truly serves the community is every way. So how does that actually pan out?
With its downtown location, We Serve. Coffee has to deliver more than just a philanthropic business plan in order to survive. And it does. Stepping into the building, you’re instantly surrounded by a laidback, warm and welcoming atmosphere. Local art lines the walls (showcasing and supporting local artists is yet another way it serves our community) along with all sorts of fun and funky items for sale including totes, tea, artwork and gifts. For seating, there are a few comfy chairs in little groupings plus several high top and regular tables. And everything is so clean!
Making ordering easy
Perhaps the only drawback to the interior is that it’s a little small. So rather than dragging three young children in (and potentially right back out), we opted for takeout. I pulled up their menu online (weservecoffee.org), phoned in my order and about 30 minutes later my husband picked everything up. Easy peasy! (And even easier: they deliver!)
Actually, it wasn’t quite that easy because they offer an amazing breakfast and lunch menu that includes everything from omelets to paninis, oatmeal to soup, pastries to wraps – not to mention an assortment of coffee, tea, hot chocolate and smoothies. Soups vary each day. And good news for those small people with smaller appetites: many items are available in half-order sizes!
Trying a little bit of everything
We opted for a wide sampling that included paninis, wraps, a salad, soup, a muffin and a smoothie. We dug into the hot food first starting with the Cali panini. With turkey, avocado, chipotle mayo and jalapeno, this panini offered a touch of creaminess followed by a touch of heat. My husband and I really liked it although the kids couldn’t quite handle the spiciness and instead preferred the Luau panini which included ham and a pineapple spread plus apples and cheese. Joey, our 7-year-old, described this panini as “sweetish and kind of salty” which is a popular combo in our house. Both paninis featured a lovely texture combination with gooey cheese and crispy ridges on the bread.
As we passed around the paninis, we also sampled the chicken and veggie soup. With hunks of chicken and fresh veggies, this soup had a delicious, light flavor that definitely relied on its ingredients rather than an abundance of salt. Our 8-year-old, Leland, remarked that the soup tasted homemade and declared it his favorite! Both wraps (the Chicken Caesar and the Turkey, Bacon and Avocado) combined fresh ingredients into a tasty wrap. For both the paninis and especially the wraps, I definitely recommend a full order for a normal adult appetite. And for the wraps, the smaller size didn’t seem to leave enough room for fillings.
The Tomato Mozzarella salad was another item that would be best in full size—but that’s just because it was soooooo good. The presentation was stunning—crisp white discs of mozzarella layered with bright roma tomatoes surrounded by pesto and drizzled with balsamic vinegar. Joey loved the mozzarella with a bit of the balsamic vinegar glaze. It’s like summer on a fork.
Enjoying treats with the meal
All through the meal, we sampled the green smoothie which had a fresh, healthy flavor making it a perfect breakfast or post-workout snack. And like all of We Serve. Coffee’s other menu items, the smoothies include fresh, high quality ingredients rather than relying on sugary or synthetic powders.
After filling up on lunch, we split a lemon crumb muffin and a cinnamon roll. The muffin offered a light zing of lemon flavor softened by the sweet crumb topping. It would be the perfect companion to a mug of black tea. The cinnamon roll had tons of ooey-gooey frosting that balanced perfectly a light cream cheese flavor with sugary sweetness. (Next time I won’t share and I’ll definitely have my coffee ready!)
And that touches upon my one failure: we forgot to try the coffee. We are big time coffee lovers, but on this hot summer day as I ordered our lunch, I forgot to also order coffee. We Serve. Coffee offers several options including hand pours to French Press, cold brew, espresso drinks and drip coffee.
I suppose our delicious lunch serves as a good reminder that I need to go back again soon. With its fun and friendly atmosphere, fresh ingredients, attention to quality and the added bonus of helping the community, We Serve. Coffee is the ideal place for… well, just about everything!
114 E. Sandusky St., Findlay
567-525-4680 | “We Serve. Coffee” on Facebook
Open: Monday 6:30am-9:00pm,
Tuesday-Friday 6:30am– 3:00pm,