By far the best coffee and chai in Dubuque; this small family owned coffee house has a warm local atmosphere and quailty service. Plus, their exclusive use of illy coffee will make you feel that you've had a big-city experience but with the friendliness that comes in a small town.
One Mean Bean is the place to be in Dubuque! The drinks are always perfect (Hazelnut Beanuccino, Hot Cocoa, & Apple Cider, especially!)... the men and women that work there are amazing... it's nice that they are open later than most other coffeehouses in the area... WI-FI available for those who want to work or surf the internet... conveniently located... the atmosphere is great for reading a book by yourself or enjoying the company of your family and friends! You won't be disappointed... but you will be counting the days until your next drink!
I disagree with the review below concerning the espresso. By far, One Mean Bean has the BEST espresso in the city--and I've tried them all. Spot on about the atmosphere. The customer service is amazing. It always irks me when someone complains about the flavor in the drink or the temperature, if it is too hot, let them know or too much flavor let them know. Keep it up ONE MEAN BEAN! You're the best! You should go National! The Beanucinno is the best darn drink I've ever had!
One Mean Bean has a great atomosphere besides that they could use more seating. But... the espresso is horrible. 1. The espresso was ground to much that it makes it bitter and sour 2. Lattes are to be hot but not hot that it burns your tongue! 3. Way to much chocolate in my mocha. Like I said the place is warm and cozy but I don't see me going back unless I am not even in the mood for espresso.
I am not sure of the exact name on the menu since I visited once with a friend an I am not a Dubuque resident. It is a cold espresso drink like a frappaccino and they added caramel to mine and it was amazing! I have had cold coffee drinks like this from starbucks, panera bread, caribou coffee and others and by far this drink rocked my world! Yummy! The atomsphere is fantastic with a fireplace, couches and relaxing environment to talk or work.
One Mean Bean was the first coffee shop I went to in Dubuque and its still my favorite.
The prices seem equal to others in the area while the selection and flavor is better. The couple who owns it seem to know a lot about their product and the process. The interior, inside a mansion, is cozy, warm, and welcoming. They serve great spiced chai and all of their milk drinks are available with the Silk brand soy milk. While they could do well to be open past 10 pm some nights, it has always been a good experience.
Wireless internet, newspapers on hand, news channels streaming, and a little cafe music finish off the warm and fuzzy feelings. The arched and crown-molded ceiling give the small place character. In warmer weather we like to take our coffee outside to the euro seating.
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