It’s time to go on a java journey throughout Defiance County.
With cold weather moving in, a nice hot cup of coffee can be just the thing. Thankfully, Defiance County has several coffee shops to tend to all those caffeine aficionados out there. Defiance City boasts the wondrous blends offered at both Cabin Fever and Biggby Coffee. In Hicksville, the tantalizing tastes of Amanda Lee Coffee and Common Grounds Coffeehouse invite customers to try a cup or two.
Cabin Fever Coffee offers two locations in Defiance. The downtown location, 312 Clinton St., is owned by Jenni Hoeffel and Jerad Hoeffel. The southside location, 1882 S. Jefferson Ave., is owned by Adam and Alyssa Tracy. The original Cabin Fever opened in 2003 while the southside location opened in 2018.
The coffee shops offer sandwiches, pastries, coffee beans and candy in addition to their drink menu.
“There are things on our menu for nearly everyone,” said Alyssa Tracy, who also acts as the marketing director for Cabin Fever.
Throughout the years, Cabin Fever has offered a wide range of coffees for customers.
“One of the weirdest flavored coffees we’ve ever tried was a bacon-flavored coffee,” Alyssa confided. It wasn’t well received, but others have been. “Our house coffee is a medium to dark roast blended from Central America with pure Arabica beans with a 95-100 rating. Our signature latte is the Caramel Cabin Fever.”
Those wanting to try a cup can head to the downtown location Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. while the southside location is open Monday-Friday from 6 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. ( 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day) and Sunday from 7 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Alyssa said staff work hard to make Cabin Fever a community and customer-oriented business.
“It’s even odd to use the word ‘customer’ as everyone is seen as friends and most are family,” Alyssa said. “We continue to work to build relationships over each cup of coffee. … All are welcome here. We’ve heard there was talk about how you have to be a certain kind of person to come here and that’s simply not true. Everyone is welcome at our table. … We want to be a welcoming space for people to take a breath from this crazy, busy life – to reconnect with someone, to meet a friend, to nurture relationships. There’s much a cup of coffee can accomplish.”
One of the great things coffee can do is help create memories or honor cherished ones.
Biggby Coffee, owned by Sue and Jeff Strausbaugh, opened in 2007. It opened as a memorial to their daughter, Erica, who passed in 2001 from injuries sustained in a traffic accident. Erica had graduated from culinary school shortly before passing.
“We (Erica and I) always talked about opening a coffee shop,” said Sue Strausbaugh. “It took a few years for us to decide to continue that dream.”
Biggby, located at 720 N. Clinton St., attracts a wide range of customers.
“At our store, we attract everybody,” Sue stated. “We go from doctors and lawyers to beauticians to cashiers, to people that mow lawns. We have people who live off the streets that come in and want just a cup of water and to use the restroom. We don’t frown on that. It’s an attraction for all walks of life.”
The shop is open Monday-Friday from 6 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. A line that snakes around the drive-thru is a frequent sight and speaks volumes about the quality of coffee.
“The Caramel Marvel is our signature drink,” Sue confided. “It’s our historical drink. That’s what Beaner’s (Biggby’s original name) started with years ago.”
Biggby also has its own signature syrup and offers a wide range of drinks and assortment of food in addition to coffee.
“We go from cold drinks to apple cider,” Sue explained. “We just really, really have a great assortment of beverages.”
The drinks are served by a dedicated staff that Sue calls “wonderful.”
Biggby Coffee donates and contributes to several community projects as a way to say thank you for supporting the business.