The result is in. In case you didn't know, National Grind was voted the “Best Cup of Coffee” in Ellwood City, according to the Ellwood City Ledger Best of the Best Reader’s Choice Awards. As if that honor was not enough the upstart brew house also took home gold in the “Best New Business for 2013” category.
Of course, the awards were not the most notable addition to the operation this year as the owners welcomed Bob, also known as Baby Grind, to the family. Indeed, it’s been a busy year in the world of coffee.
Simply walking through the door of Ellwood City’s favorite coffee house is enough to wake up the sense of smell in every fan of the hot drink. The open atmosphere and comfortable chairs provide the perfect spot for warming up or cooling down.
The vintage decorations and classic coffee themed props make a visit to the store something like a brief walk back in time. I feel like the atmosphere in the location is akin to something out of a major city, and not a small town like Ellwood City.
A good cup of coffee is not the only thing on the menu at National Grind. In addition to a number of pastries and sweet delights from a local bakery, the shop offers up espresso, cappuccino, and a number of other interesting concoctions. While a hot cup of coffee is in the wheelhouse of just about every Ellwood City resident, the iced beverages are also quickly becoming fan favorites.
I spoke with Bob, owner of the Best Cup of Coffee in town, and he was very appreciative of the awards and praise bestowed on his upstart coffee shop. At the same time he was determined to keep small businesses in the minds of consumers. This is clearly a guy with his thumb on the pulse of the town. With the uncompromising quality put into every beverage produced at the store, it’s not hard to imagine him being successful in that pursuit.
With free Wi-Fi and a number of seasonal specialty beverages, the business is ready to satisfy the needs of anyone that walks in the doors looking get some work done, relax, or hang out with some friends.
National Grind is open for business 7:30am to 5pm Monday through Friday and 8am to 4pm on Saturday. The shop is easily located at 400 Lawrence Avenue convenient to the new Ellwood City Library.