Review: Pettibone Coffee

Flyer News writer visited Pettibone Coffee in Riverside, photo courtesy of Ren Sikes. 

Ren Sikes
Contributing Writer

I found myself tucked in a cozy corner of the local coffee shop dubbed Pettibone Coffee. Upon entering the cafe, I was greeted by the bright walls and welcoming atmosphere.

I am somewhat of a connoisseur of coffee shops and regularly visit those in my area. As a former Texas resident, it has been my personal mission to discover the local coffee culture of Dayton. Thus, I was bound to come across this little treasure. 

As a college student, I basically live off of coffee and Wi-Fi; a place that offers good coffee and free Wi-Fi is a must. Not only did Pettibone Coffee provide that, but the bright walls and high ceilings offered a good amount of natural light and helped open up the space. 

I arrived around 4 p.m. on a Thursday, and the cafe was decently crowded. In the time that I was there, many people left and others filled their places. It seems relatively popular, and it is likely crowded on most days. I imagine that the later it is, the more busy it gets. 

That being said, I did not feel cramped in the semi crowded coffee shop when I entered. There were many options for seating and I was able to find a secluded spot that allowed me to stay distant and comfortable. The employees were welcoming and efficient, and despite the crowded space, they were able to get my order out in only a few minutes.

I ordered the cold brew with cream and sugar. I was given a small number plate and then I was sent on my way. Within a few minutes I was greeted to a simple glass cup with the Pettibone logo full of iced coffee. 

The reusable glass was a nice change from the plastic cups I get at other places. I wish I could tell you what type of roast the coffee was or how dark it was. Unfortunately I cannot, and so I will just leave you with the fact that it was very good instead. 

I also ordered a simple chocolate chip cookie, which was soft and delectable. As a novice baker, the cookie’s texture and flavor was phenomenal.

Pettibone also offers plenty of other options, such as muffins and chocolate. They even have lunch options – I hear the avocado toast is good!

I am aware that one thing that weighs heavy on all of our minds, and that is the price. Can I afford this? My answer to that is – it depends. My total was around $7 including tips.

However, they do offer multiple different options that range in price. My recommendation is to study the menu and determine what aligns with your budget and your taste buds. 

I would definitely recommend Pettibone Coffee if you have reliable transportation, as it is quite a ways away from campus. I took a Lyft and spent about $12.99 both ways. 

If you have transportation, or do not mind spending the money on a Lyft, I can not recommend this place enough. Whether or not I return is simply up to my transportation status, but if I could fly or teleport I would most definitely go back. 

I sincerely hope this review helped and that it has inspired you to get out and explore the local businesses around the Dayton area, or at the very least, inspires you to get some coffee. 

Pettibone Coffee is located in Riverside, almost 15 minutes away from campus. They are open Monday-Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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