Coffee With Cookies: A Review Of Ghostlight Coffee

Monica Rook
Contributing Writer

At times, it can seem like life is fueled by coffee, especially when you’re a college student. A hot cup warms your hands on a chilly morning as you rush to your 8 a.m. class. A cappuccino scares away the mid-afternoon slump when you have two papers to write. An iced latte rewards you at the end of the spring semester.

With coffee punctuating all these important daily moments, a good, reliable coffee place is essential. To me, the best cup of coffee in Dayton can be found at Ghostlight on Wayne Avenue.

Ghostlight has been a favorite of mine for years. It provides the perfect backdrop for studying, reading or catching up with friends. Recently renovated, Ghostlight offers tables that allow people-watching and a view of the espresso machine as well as quieter tables for focused work. I personally enjoy watching the baristas skillfully prepare the drinks; it can be a welcomed study break.
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While the ambiance is a big plus, it really comes down to the coffee, doesn’t it? Ghostlight doesn’t disappoint. Out of all the coffee shops I have been to, Ghostlight remains the best. They have perfected the staples and deliver delicious lattes, café au laits and cappuccinos time after time.

They also include exciting alternatives for those who don’t care for coffee. Their matcha lattes are creamy and sweet and don’t have the dreaded lawn-clipping aftertaste. I enjoy their London Fog which is Earl Grey tea with foamy milk and a dash of vanilla; it is perfect on a drizzly, dreary day and tastes just like a good British cuppa should.

My all-time favorite drink at Ghostlight is a new addition to the menu and is just in time for the warmer weather. This chilled latte called an Agitato is shaken until frothy. It tastes cool, sweet and foamy and is a great refresher on a hot summer day. Without all the sugar and whipped cream of a frappuccino, an Agitato feels like a sophisticated and grown-up option. For a little extra “oomph,” you can add a shot of flavor; vanilla is my favorite.
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Besides their coffee, Ghostlight offers a unique selection of baked goodies. Many are vegan-friendly and gluten-free, so don’t worry about dietary restrictions getting in the way.

Recently, Ghostlight has started offering bagels and cookies. Their bagels, which can be paired with cream cheese or hummus, go well with a cup of tea for a light lunch. My personal favorite is their Spicy Everything bagel which is totally worth the risk of getting poppy seeds stuck in your teeth.

Their cookies are not to be missed either. These cookies are larger than life and are always warm and gooey in the middle. The butter and strawberry jam cookie tastes like summertime and happiness. The cookies make for a truly decadent snack and serve as a motivating reward after hours of studying.

If your trip to Ghostlight inspires you to try your own hand at coffee drinks, they can help you out. Not only do they carry plenty of coffee beans and brewing devices, such as Chemexes and French presses, they also sell the same flavor syrups they use to make the drinks. These can raise your at-home coffee game to the next level, and they make great snow cone syrups too.

So, next time you’re looking for a good cup of coffee, or a really good cookie, give Ghostlight a try.

Photos Courtesy of Monica Rook/Contributing Writer