Klekolo Coffee

Yes, those are ice cubes made out of coffee. It is real sunny out. Sun plus hot coffee can be pleasurable, but sun plus iced coffee is ecstacy. Sun plus iced coffee plus coffee ice cubes is pure awesome. To Find: Walk down Court st. almost to Main and just after the pink tower of doom you will find a set of patio furniture outside a coffeeshop that has been in continuous operation for the past 16 years. In stark contrast to Javapalooza (which I’m told was started by a cadre of ex-Starbucks managers, and certainly looks and feels the part), Klekolo’s makes a point of treating everyone (yes, that includes homeless people and “townies”) with a degree of irreverent courtesy. They try their damnedest to source the best beans from 3-5 different roasters. In terms of straight-up brewed coffee, they offer a rotating coffee-of-the-day, a decaffinated coffee, a flavored coffee and a robusta-blended 2x the caffeine blend, but they have an ample drip-bar from which they will brew any of their coffees to order. Almost everything is fair-trade and organic. EVERYTHING tastes better than Pi, plus, you get to interact (if you so choose) with people who live in Middletown. Please go there. It is incredibly hard to remain in business as a small, conscious cafe in this economic climate, and if something this awesome and unique goes under, we (&middletown) lose something awesome and irrecoverable. I almost NEVER see another wesling there. this should change.

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16 thoughts on “Klekolo Coffee

  1. bob bingo

    not only the best coffee in middletown, but i bet its the best coffee in a 30 mile radius. their coffee is out of control delicious and -most importantly- CHEAP. also, you will be fucked up off that caffeine for way longer and in a much more pleasurable way than the “coffee” that you get at pi.

    go here, it’s one of middletown’s biggest gems

  2. bob bingo

    not only the best coffee in middletown, but i bet its the best coffee in a 30 mile radius. their coffee is out of control delicious and -most importantly- CHEAP. also, you will be fucked up off that caffeine for way longer and in a much more pleasurable way than the “coffee” that you get at pi.

    go here, it’s one of middletown’s biggest gems

  3. coffee liker

    regardless of ambiance or whatever, klekolo’s coffee is sooooo much better than javapalooza’s. stronger and always good. obviously better than campus “coffee”

  4. coffee liker

    regardless of ambiance or whatever, klekolo’s coffee is sooooo much better than javapalooza’s. stronger and always good. obviously better than campus “coffee”

  5. Rachel

    Agreed. Klekolo is far and away the best coffee shop in Middletown. Delicious coffee, tea, and pastries. Great staff. Great attitude. Also you can often find someone who will play a game of chess with you.

    One thing to note: the music is usually a little loud and grungy, so it’s not somewhere you want to take a first date (if you’re looking to talk intimately and get to know each other) or your grandmother.

    But go there! I love them! Thank you Braille so much for this link!

  6. Rachel

    Agreed. Klekolo is far and away the best coffee shop in Middletown. Delicious coffee, tea, and pastries. Great staff. Great attitude. Also you can often find someone who will play a game of chess with you.

    One thing to note: the music is usually a little loud and grungy, so it’s not somewhere you want to take a first date (if you’re looking to talk intimately and get to know each other) or your grandmother.

    But go there! I love them! Thank you Braille so much for this link!

  7. anonymous

    word up braille! i don’t know if it’s extreme laziness or a general skittishness around mtown’s juggalo population, but wesleyan students need to start ambling down kleklo way now that the bite of a connecticut winter is no longer a (still pretty lame) excuse. as a coffee snob and dependent, their brews are amazing and nothing can kick-start your day like a cup of their rubsto “pony blend,” which happens to make the so-called fogbuster offered at pi taste like a mildly strong cup of black tea. say what you will, but i am of the mind that we as a campus are odiously fulfilling our own most negative stereotype: despite our ostensible love of farmer’s markets and all that is locally-sourced and/or fair trade and/or organic bla bla bla, we blindly line up to drink the foul brews at the institutional coffee trough whose “fair trade” status is belied by embarassingly condescending pictures of brown people smiling (yes, your unreflective consumerism IS helping “those people!” keep it up you radical activist, you!) when RIGHT DOWN THE FUCKING STREET there is a locally owned-and-operated small business sourcing mostly fair trade coffees from small-scale roasters and providing one of the last semi-public spaces in middletown for free socializing without being expected to buy more than a cup of joe. oh, also THE COFFEE IS FUCKING AWESOME. it will be a truly pathetic statement about us as a student body if we let this place go down the tubes, especially if the reason is that we’d rather use points to pay for shit coffee procured by a corporate contractor than walk a quarter mile, scrape together two or three bucks, and drink rich, handcrafted coffee that turns the human brain into a powerful locomotive fueled by magic. for real. drink the pony. it does that.

  8. anonymous

    word up braille! i don’t know if it’s extreme laziness or a general skittishness around mtown’s juggalo population, but wesleyan students need to start ambling down kleklo way now that the bite of a connecticut winter is no longer a (still pretty lame) excuse. as a coffee snob and dependent, their brews are amazing and nothing can kick-start your day like a cup of their rubsto “pony blend,” which happens to make the so-called fogbuster offered at pi taste like a mildly strong cup of black tea. say what you will, but i am of the mind that we as a campus are odiously fulfilling our own most negative stereotype: despite our ostensible love of farmer’s markets and all that is locally-sourced and/or fair trade and/or organic bla bla bla, we blindly line up to drink the foul brews at the institutional coffee trough whose “fair trade” status is belied by embarassingly condescending pictures of brown people smiling (yes, your unreflective consumerism IS helping “those people!” keep it up you radical activist, you!) when RIGHT DOWN THE FUCKING STREET there is a locally owned-and-operated small business sourcing mostly fair trade coffees from small-scale roasters and providing one of the last semi-public spaces in middletown for free socializing without being expected to buy more than a cup of joe. oh, also THE COFFEE IS FUCKING AWESOME. it will be a truly pathetic statement about us as a student body if we let this place go down the tubes, especially if the reason is that we’d rather use points to pay for shit coffee procured by a corporate contractor than walk a quarter mile, scrape together two or three bucks, and drink rich, handcrafted coffee that turns the human brain into a powerful locomotive fueled by magic. for real. drink the pony. it does that.

  9. '99 Alum

    Klekolo has the best espresso in the area and, as opposed to Starbucks, Dunkin’ and everywhere else, the barristas will pour your shot how you ask it.

    The crew there is good and don’t put up with morons. Yvette works S,M,W,Th,F and will hook you up some terrific holistic and herbal suggestions from her side business. Rick works Saturday mornings and will happily pressure you into getting involved at WESU.

  10. '99 Alum

    Klekolo has the best espresso in the area and, as opposed to Starbucks, Dunkin’ and everywhere else, the barristas will pour your shot how you ask it.

    The crew there is good and don’t put up with morons. Yvette works S,M,W,Th,F and will hook you up some terrific holistic and herbal suggestions from her side business. Rick works Saturday mornings and will happily pressure you into getting involved at WESU.

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