Coffee Crawl invites York County caffeine enthusiasts to savor the tastes of local brews

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch
Barista Evelyn Price, right, serves Stephen Willson, of York City, his Americano and Monkey See, Monkey Do smoothie to-go at Molly's Courtyard Cafe in York City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Coffee enthusiasts in York County will have an entire month of caffeine-themed celebrations to look forward to.

The inaugural Coffee Crawl hosted by Downtown Inc will feature five local coffee shops in York City throughout March with special drink offerings.

“The important thing right now is to bring awareness to restaurants and small businesses, especially during COVID," said Hannah Beard, a spokesperson for Downtown Inc. "We just wanted to do something that would bring awareness to these shops but also have people participating safely."

During the month, patrons can visit any of the five participating shops for a beverage: I-ron-ic at 256 W. Philadelphia St.; Molly’s Courtyard Café at 46 W. Philadelphia St.; Prince Street Café at 2 W. Market St.; The Green Bean Roasting Co. at 100 S. Beaver St. and Take Five Expresso Bar at 34 W. Philadelphia St.

Beard said Downtown Inc encourages everyone to post photos of their drinks on social media using the hashtag "#CoffeeCrawlYork."

Several coffee shops will be creating special drink orders to celebrate the month, including Green Bean Roasting Co. , which will be selling Girl Scout cookie-themed drinks.

Updates to drink specials will be posted to Downtown Inc's website

“Everyone can participate, whether they are comfortable drinking indoors or wanting to do delivery or take out," Beard said. 

While this is the first annual Coffee Crawl, Beard said Downtown Inc has hosted similar events in previous years such as the “Sweetest Pint Tour," a one-day beer crawl event pairing local beers with restaurant tastings.

Mikayla Lake, 5, right, insists that her father John Lake, tries her hot cocoa while sipping in the courtyard at Molly's Courtyard Cafe in York City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Beard said a month to celebrate local flavors instead of a single day will help promote social distancing and limit crowds gathering.

“We thought to take it on and just make it a way for the public to participate without any constraints of a structured event," Beard said.

Robert Thomas, the manager of Molly's Courtyard Café, said he is grateful for the event to provide his business the opportunity to reach both new and old customers.

“Just with everything that's been happening, if anyone will show up that will be great," Thomas said. “We didn’t stay closed for too long, but we needed something like this to get people into the normal routine of coming down to the city.”

With many local restaurants remaining closed due to the pandemic, Thomas said there's been less foot traffic in York City.

A prepared latte at Molly's Courtyard Cafe in York City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Dawn J. Sagert photo

While no official plans for a special drink have been announced yet, Thomas said Molly's Courtyard Café will likely offer a unique latte flavor for the Coffee Crawl.

“Being as tiny as York is, the local support in this time of need is amazing," Thomas said.

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.