Lookout Joe

22 Apr

Despite compelling assurances to the contrary, Ohio has some wonderful coffee roasters. Case in point, Lookout Joe in Cincinnati, OH. A quaint coffee shop and coffee roaster in one.  I stopped here early one morning with some old college friends during my midwestern vacation earlier this Spring. I couldn’t imagine a better way to end such an incredible time in Ohio — with a mocha!  AND check out this new coffee quiz:



Taste: 3

Lookout Joe did not get this one right. This tasted like hot chocolate, which is fine if you ordered one, but I ordered a mocha (to go, no whip). It was not even hot! For shame, Lookout… Perhaps I should have ordered one of their regular drip coffees (I recommend you do the same).

Appearance: 1

This looks like hot chocolate, no? Oy. Lookout Joe didn’t even try with the latte art, and they were not even busy! No excuses.



Ambiance: 4

Despite their sub-par mocha lattes, this is a place I could stay in for a while. Lots of comfy seating options, including outdoor seating in warmer months. We arrived here at about 8:00 am on a Saturday morning and there was a constant steady flow of folks. Lots of food and drink choices with reasonable prices all around. I particularly enjoyed the 8 flavors of drip coffee; not because I actually drink flavored coffee, but because this brought me back to the first time I ever tried coffee. It was my first year of college and I was about to take my first final exam – statistics. I was so nervous. While my mother encouraged me to have a drink to relax before my exam, I opted for a cup of coffee instead (thanks, mom). I went down to the nearby dining hall, and made a to go cup filled halfway with flavored coffee and halfway with milk. This was delicious! I immediately felt like a grown up, like a real college student. I marched off to my final with a bit more confidence that day. I haven’t turned back since — from coffee drinking, that is. I left the statistics far behind. While my coffee preferences have evolved, I will always remember my roots. O – H…





Posted by on April 22, 2013 in Ohio


2 responses to “Lookout Joe

  1. Stuuuuuuuuuart

    April 23, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Looks like a very pretty spot, maybe it just wasn’t the best drink they make.

    I also am apparently a savage when it comes to coffee history.

  2. Janet

    May 2, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Dear Del Mocha Vista,
    Sitting in comfy chairs with comfy friends reminiscing about last exams and first sips (of coffee) makes Lookout Joe a winning place. That trumps the taste. It’s nice when you say “…I will always remember my roots. O – H.”
    ps How did you do on your statistics final?
    Thanks ~


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