New to the Lansing coffee scene, Blue Owl Coffee is a local cafe in the up-and-coming REO Town neighborhood of Lansing. Blue Owl isn’t only glued to Reo Town though, they have a traveling Coffee Bike that spends many mornings in downtown East Lansing serving the community from their cart.
Co-owners Nick Berry and Rich Whitman opened Blue Owl out of a passion for fueling the community with great coffee. The coffee shop serves fresh brewed coffee and your classic lattes, but their signature drinks are the nitro cold brew and their unique coffee cocktails. Nitro cold brew is a unique twist on the classic iced coffee; it is processed through a kegerator, adding nitrogen, which makes the coffee have a smooth creaminess flavor rather than the usual tart and bitter coffee taste.
The cafe is warm and open, with a diverse seating selection (very important for those who enjoy spending hours working there), and a colorful, quirky ambiance that’s inviting in itself. The atmosphere feels more cozy than the minimalistic focus of other coffee shops in the area. Not to mention, they’re also open until 10 p.m. on weeknights, allowing ample time to get work done in a convenient location. Blue Owl also serves up a variety of pastries from Sweetie-licious Bakery, another local Lansing business.
Aside from their brilliant coffee and inviting ambiance, their open space allows for a variety of special events like open mic and stand-up comedy nights. Whether you’re looking for a spot to work, meet with friends or enjoy a night out with local talent—make Blue Owl your new go-to.
Their coffee cart, conveniently located in downtown East Lansing in front of the Marriott, is currently closed for the chilly months; but when open, it serves a delicious hot coffee along with their infamous nitro cold brew.
Visit Blue Owl Coffee at their REO Town location: 1149 S Washington Ave, or catch the coffee cart in downtown East Lansing in front of the Marriott most weekday mornings until 1 p.m.
Hannah Bullion is a senior professional writing major with New York City dreams. She is also the Editor In Chief of MSU’s fashion publication, VIM Magazine, and an intern for the College of Arts & Letters. Keep up with her on Instagram (@hannahbullion).