Since its founding by real live rocket scientist Gary "Kim" Jenkins, Rising Star Roasters has gone from garage hobby to local coffee powerhouse. Their coffeehouses, particularly the Little Italy and Hingetown locations, are handsome, dark-wood shops. In summer, the Hingetown shop's casual patio is the place to be in the morning. The shops feature stripped-down menus that eschew flavored syrups to highlight the bold, clean flavors of the beans and roasts. Interesting tidbit: Rising Star coffee is featured in, at last count, three local porters and stouts. There's a new location in Lakewood and as of March, Rising Star's roasts are certified kosher. It's a great time to be caffeinated in Cleveland!
Multiple locations, risingstarcoffee.com.