originally posted on Uncommon Brew 1.0 on September 23, 2009
I figured that I better write this review soon before I get way too bias. It will probably sound like I am bias already, but I’m really not attached yet. Since the closing Bear Naked Beanery I’ve been coming to The Phoenix in Benton Harbor. I’m not aware of a website of their own yet.
Overall: Nice location, great food, great cofee, great people.
Coffee: First of all they use Intellagensia beans. Straight away, they have a leg up. I have not had a bad cup of coffee there. I’ve had esspresso, capacinos, brewed, but different people and they’ve all been spot on!
Vibe: Hip location. They’re located in the Arts district of Benton Habor. Life is slowly being breathed back to downtown. I would consider the genre reclaimed urban if a label would help some of you. The seating is good, inside and outside. I wouldn’t have chosen the tables and chairs they have, but they took over after the original manegment and changed the name. [Not really sure the story, see I’m not attached yet.] I wouldn’t go and buy new stuff either if I rebooted a shop. They have great art hanging on the walls, plus some sculpture. They also have a brick wall showing, well done! They usually play good music too. Although sometimes its way too loud to talk or think. I’d still give Vibe 4 Beans.
Hospitality: The staff there is great! Freindly and welcoming. If you’re eating there they’ll bring you your beverage and food. Sometimes it takes a while to get your food, but thats the ball game when everything is made in house and fresh. ‘Nough said.
note: there were no coffee beans hurt in the production of this blog.