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Food & Coffee in Harmony

For the next stop of my cafe adventure, I checked out a popular cafe a friend recommended after I asked her for the name of a good place to get soup in Appleton.

She recommended Harmony Cafe on College Avenue. Since I am in Appleton two times a week for my internship with FOX CITIES Magazine, I was planning on checking out some of the local cafes anyway. This was the perfect opportunity for me to try one.

It makes a good first impression. The building is historic and has a lot of artistic character. It reminded me of a place you could find in downtown New York. I could tell it was a popular place for Lawrence University students to go for a cup of coffee or a bite to eat.

One of the remarkable things about Harmony Cafe is it is a non-profit coffeehouse. All of the profits go to Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin, an organization that helps fund community-based programs. It offers free Wifi and computer use to all of it’s customers. It is also a green coffeehouse. They use recyclable coffee cups, compost their coffee ground and filters, and most of their food waste.

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The menu is diverse. It has vegetarian and vegan options for anyone who doesn’t eat meat.

Instead of soup, I tried the Cheesy Artichoke Chicken on Ciabatta. It was filled with gooey melting cheese, tender chunks of chicken and artichokes between a fresh ciabatta roll. One bite into this sandwich, and I was already planning my next visit.

Before I left, I had to try something from their coffee menu. They have so many coffee drinks to choose from, but after much thought and disregard to the idea of high calories, I ordered their Ice Cream Mocha. I waited for the drink for a while because of how busy they were, but it was worth it once I took a sip. This drink was so much better than any of the frappuccinos I’ve had elsewhere.

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I would say my visit was definitely a successful one, as I will be returning to Harmony Cafe in the near future. Maybe for lunch with some friends next time.

The only letdown was that I got a parking ticket because my meter expired, but trust me, it was so worth it!

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