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Where Central Students Get Their Coffee

Featured: Where Central Students Get Their Coffee

October 21, 2019

By Christa Miller ’20

Choosing a college is about more than the campus itself. For many students, location holds power, and with Pella being No. 3 in America’s 50 best cities to live you can rest easy in that choice. Only a few blocks down Broadway Street is a town square housing three distinctive coffee shops many Central students love.

Smokey Row

Smokey Row


Smokey Row is by far the most vibrant of Pella’s coffee shops. With its worn brick walls, red booths, upper-deck seating and shiny ceiling tiles, this coffee shop is a hot spot for Pella. Many Central students work here; even more come to study and enjoy a coffee or a warm lemon poppy seed muffin.


The BrewThe Brew

The Brew is a great study spot. Quiet and relaxing, it offers a more peaceful atmosphere than Smokey Row. There are many coffee options, including a House Drip Coffee roasted in-house. They also offer specialty drinks such as protein shakes; their lunch menu offers wraps, paninis, salads and croissants. Balcony seating, complete with a fireplace and comfy couches, is a great place to study.


The SanctuaryThe Sanctuary

At The Sanctuary, tea is a popular item, along with coffee, chocolate, frappes, smoothies and croissants. It also has a Christian bookstore with friendly workers who invest in their customers. There is no better place to have a latte and get some work done.


The Global Café

The Global Café at Geisler, on Central’s campus in Geisler Library, is a popular spot with students getting an early morning cup of brew before class. Offering sandwiches, muffins, scones and bagels, the Global Café is a popular spot to eat for students on the go. You can always find me there on Wednesdays for a lunch of grilled cheese and tomato soup.

The Global Café at Geisler


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About the Author

Christa Miller ’20Hello! I’m Christa Miller ’20, an English and anthropology double major and student writer for Central. I love horses and can be found riding every opportunity. Outside of classes, I enjoy studying at The Sanctuary on the square and relaxing with some video game walkthroughs. I also enjoy spending time in conversation with friends and writing poetry or short stories. I would love to hear from you with any comments, concerns or questions! You can reach me at millerc2@central.edu. Have an amazing day!