Whisk Review: Top Heavy Coffee
205 East Main St.
Niles, MI 49120
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Monday to Thursday: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The newly-opened Top Heavy Coffee café is settled on the gradual incline of one of Niles’ shop fronts. Upon returning to Andrews University this semester, I heard rumours of a lovely little spot that had opened up only 20 minutes from campus, and decided that it was about time I checked it out. Since my first visit, I have returned a few times.
Open for around a month now, the shop owners, Wendy and Eric Halder, were kind enough to chat with me about their business. They explained that they had been looking for a coffee shop to enjoy together, and when they were unable to find a local place, they decided to open up their own. While we were looking around the coffee shop, they pointed out details like the recycled church pew seating from Benton Harbor, a refurbished local barn beam which was now a counter, and the array of donated comic books that could be accessed from two inviting lounge chairs. The Halders expressed how important they felt it was to keep things they brought into the shop as local as possible, extending from their furnishings to their overall product usage. The coffee itself comes from the popular Mad Cap in Grand Rapids, and they get the honey from a local distributer in Eau Claire, Mich.
On this recent visit, the weather decided to give a sudden spike in heat and it was a spicy 80 degrees. Thinking my cozy autumn coffee dreams were thwarted, I was then offered the option of having my drink poured over ice, and my first world problems melted away.
I asked the Halders about some of the decaf and tea options. They directed me to a tempting selection of herbal teas, which has one of the loveliest presentations, making even a coffeeless experience enjoyable.
If you have not yet checked out Top Heavy Coffee, I highly recommend spending some time studying or socializing there. The weekly hours make it ideal for helping along a challenging paper or lingering assignment, and with the relaxed atmosphere and quality beverages to try (and a few tasty treats such as tea cookies), you can definitely lose track of time.