By Erin Posjena |Staff writer|
The aroma of fresh brewed coffee, the gentle murmur of coffee goers amplified by the faint music behind them and the indistinct hum and churn of the coffee machines fill the space that is Lift Coffee Roasters.
Students and coffee enthusiasts alike should take some time to visit this new vintage coffee shop that prides itself on the individualization of every cup.
Lift is located just off the 91 freeway in Riverside.
The coffee shop has a variety of pastries, coffee and tea choices, which makes it a place that all people can enjoy regardless of their drink preference.
Lift’s pricing tends to run on the higher end of the coffee spectrum compared to most individually owned shops; however the money is well spent considering the high quality of their brewing process and their approach to drink development.
I went on a recent trip to the shop and it cost me $7.15 for a cappuccino and a jalapeño cheddar scone. My friend, who accompanied me, ordered an iced Americano and a marble brownie, which cost a total of $6.67.
Lift sets themselves apart from their competitors by how they individualize each cup of coffee, grind their own coffee beans, specialize their brewing process and maintain their belief in producing nothing in bulk.
They opened their doors in the Summer 2013 and the owners chose to go with a vintage industrial feel for the décor.
The shop is filled with barn wood tabletops, brick and steel accents throughout, which signals to the central theme, aviation (the espresso bar is actually a refurbished airplane wing!). The ambiance makes Lift a one-of-a-kind experience.
I recently went to Lift and was surprised by everything the shop had to offer. It is a place that exudes uniqueness within its walls.
I didn’t feel like I was in a typical coffee joint, but rather in a place that prides itself on the quality and customization of coffee while providing the customer with a backdrop of floor to ceiling vintage wood and brick, a large metal chandelier, packaged merchandise, an industrial ceiling reminiscent of an airplane hangar and the vintage airplane propeller that is mounted on the wall to tie the theme together.
Lift aims to be a place that is suited for the every need of their customers.
The comfy leather couches and the spacious booths, which are equipped with electrical outlets (for laptops and phones) proves that Lift is the perfect place for catching up with old friends or for the needs of students who are fixing for countless hours of studying.
The shop is open Monday through Sunday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Lift is a great place to study, to hang out with friends or to come alone and curl up on the couches with a good book and a cup of coffee.
Whatever the case maybe, I recommend Lift Coffee Roasters for anybody looking for a nice and relaxing time in a place that is truly one of a kind.