Krissy’s Coffee Shop Review

Walking into Monk’s, the words grunge and low-key come to mind. When you enter you have two options either to enter the coffee counter/ bar or to go set your stuff down on the types of comfy chairs in the other part of the shop. I recommend sitting at the bar if you’re just there to hang out with someone and grab some coffee, but if you’re there to study I recommend sitting at one of the tables in the back of the shop. The dim lighting sets it up for a nice, relaxing place to do homework or to just chill with friends. Don’t forget to check out the artwork done by local artists, you’ll find the pieces hanging around all over the shop. Also, make sure to, as weird as it sounds, go to the bathroom, they have a chalkboard wall in the bathroom where you can leave your mark with a variety of chalk colors. It’s a lot of fun, take my word for it!

After briefly talking with one of the owners, Kasey,, I was able to truly get a sense of what Monk’s was about. He told me that all their coffee is fair trade, and when I asked why did they choose fair trade products he told me that he enjoys drinking things are organic and fair trade. He and his wife, Trish, own the place, and said that when customers come in he said that they “hopefully were able to relax and have a good time”. When I asked him what the idea behind Monk’s was, he summed it all up by saying that Monk’s was a place where you could get a “cup of tea with a shot of whiskey it” and it was a place for everyone to go, whether you want a drink from the bar or are DD’ing for friends and want a cup of coffee. Monk’s has a wide range of selections of coffee drinks, and offer multiple shots of espresso if you need a quick pick-me-up. If you’ve lived in Dubuque for any amount of time at all, you need to go to Monk’s at least once, it’s essentially a Dubuque landmark.

NOTE: if you are younger than 21, Monk’s does not allow minors in the shop after 9 o’clock because that’s when it turns into a full bar, so just be aware. Happy coffee-consuming!

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