Blossoms Cafe, Mansfield, OhioCOFFEE, STAFF, USA MAINLAND — By Milli Thornton on July 20, 2011 at 01:37
Story by Milli Thornton. Photos Copyright © Milli Thornton.
MY FIRST MISSION when planning a day trip to Mansfield, Ohio was to find an interesting place to meet my brother for coffee. Good coffee and atmosphere were the big priorities. With my brother being a retired employee of a coffee company, I knew he would agree (at least about the coffee).
Ed was in West Ohio visiting cousins. I live in East Ohio so we needed a half-way place to meet. Voila Mansfield. It was Sunday (which, in small-town Ohio, can mean closed and deserted) and it looked like we’d have to meet at Panera Bread. But why settle for a chain restaurant if there’s something unique you can try instead?
I Googled my dilemma and found Blossoms Cafe in The Blueberry Patch. As the name suggests, Blossoms Cafe is part of a larger business. I wrote a separate story about The Blueberry Patch, which we toured after first satisfying our appetites in the cafe.
Hubby Brian ordered his old faithful, an Americano (espresso diluted with hot water). Ed thought that sounded good so he ordered one too. I ordered my ultimate coffee drink, a breve. (If you’ve never tried one, see Espresso: The Art of the Perfect Breve. But, be warned. They’re addictive!) The breve is espresso with steamed half-and-half so I didn’t need to add cream, but I enjoyed the cow-shaped milk jug that came with the Americanos.
The coffee was good and we enjoyed that while we thought about what to have for lunch. Ed and I decided we’d like some pie after lunch, so we shared a grilled turkey sandwich with red pepper & ground beef soup. Yum! Everything was good.
When it came time to order pie, we were informed that because of a busy week of catering weddings and other events, Blossoms was completely bereft of blueberry pie. No vanilla ice cream left either! Being a doting and generous brother, Ed let me choose so I went for red raspberry pie paired with butter pecan ice cream. This strange-sounding combo actually worked and we didn’t leave a crumb.
It sure felt like Sunday and we were the only cafe patrons, so there wasn’t any “atmosphere” per se. But the interesting surroundings made up for it. Gifts from the gift store and garden goodies from the nursery spill over into the cafe, so Blossoms is an explosion of color and tempting things to buy. It’s also next to The Blueberry Patch Beanery, which wasn’t in operation that day but still fun to check out.
The beans offered by The Beanery come in from all over the world, including Jamaica, Costa Rica and Kona. There are 42 featured flavors, and the flavorings are from Bell Labs in Chicago. Among the most popular flavors are butterscotch cream and blueberry danish.
I used to believe the smell of coffee beans roasting would be delicious . . . but it’s nothing like the smell of coffee brewing. Driving down a certain back street in Taos, New Mexico, the putrid smell of roasting beans could be detected coming from the roastery for The Bean, a traditional coffee hang-out in Taos. Not sure what it would be like to have a roastery right there where you’re eating, but it must work because this place is clearly popular. I’d certainly be willing to try my luck with the aromas to buy a bag of freshly-roasted coffee from The Blueberry Patch Beanery.
Blossoms serves a large variety of hot and cold drinks including teas, coffee, lattes, cappuccino, espresso, hot chocolate, ice teas, soda, smoothies, milkshakes, chai, frappuccino, and more. The selection of loose leaf and bagged teas is extensive.
The menu includes daily features such as Thin Sliced Honey Ham on Buttery Croissant with Provolone and Blue Blazes “Jam with a Kick,” Cherried Chicken Salad with Toasted Almonds, and Quiche of the Day.
Here’s how to find Blossoms Cafe in The Blueberry Patch:
Just 2.2 Miles off I-71 at Exit 169
1285 W. Hanley Rd
Mansfield, OH 44904
Hours of Operation for the Blueberry Patch:
Mon-Sat 10-6, Sun 11-5
(May 1st – Sept 1st)
Mon-Sat 9-7, Sun 11-5
Milli Thornton (aka Milliver) is the author of Fear of Writing: for writers & closet writers. She is owner of the Fear of Writing Online Course, where her mission is to put the fun back into writing. Milli blogs at the Fear of Writing Blog and coaches writers individually at Writer’s Muse Coaching Service.