Daylight Espresso Cafe

The Daylight Espresso Cafe located in the Downtown Galleria is a true small town treasure, offering home-made donuts, old-school classics such as biscuits and gravy, and every caffeinated beverage under the sun.

Daylight Espresso Cafe provides Caffeinated Coziness with a Twist.

 

Eighth Street is the home to many Baldwin City essentials. The weathered and worn cobblestone roads lead to many prominent restaurants, where a Baker student is bound to be spotted in each location. Whether one is craving a classic Chinese buffet, warm chips and queso, or a fresh cinnamon roll from a newly opened bakery, there seems to be a treat for every craving. However, one hidden gem stands unique among the rest. The Daylight Espresso Cafe located in the Downtown Galleria is a true small town treasure, offering home-made donuts, old-school classics such as biscuits and gravy, and every caffeinated beverage under the sun.

The Daylight Espresso Cafe was established in 2008 and has been serving the Baldwin City community ever since. The cafe is owned and run by the Langhers, a local family whom feel that coffee is much more than just a beverage. Katie Langher, daughter of cafe owner, said that coffee has been a foundation for her family.

“I have seen my grandma drink coffee ever since I can remember. She has always had a black cup of coffee in her hand whether it be 3 in the morning or 3 in the afternoon! It was just something we all grew up around, and even began to like at a young age,” Langher said. “We were all able to enjoy it together as something simple to do and it was a great conversation starter. We were raised on the value that as long as you have a cup of coffee in your hand, the topics are endless.”

 Values can truly be felt within the walls of the cafe. The importance of family and ‘passion for people’ overwhelm customers, creating their second home. As well, the crisp and comforting atmosphere is decorated with wooden furnishings and greenery that further the cheerful atmosphere. Baker University senior Miranda Lindmark believes that the overall environment is what makes the coffee shop so unique and special. “When you walk in, there are coffee mugs hanging from the ceiling that belong to regular customers from town, who can come in and grab their own mug for their cup of coffee each day. If you walk towards the back of the building, there are small tables and booths set up by local businesses that sell anything from jewelry to custom signs. It adds something different and I love that it supports local small businesses,” Lindmark said.

However these aren’t the only aspects that create lifetime customers. The moments shared and memories made are truly what make the cafe a safe haven for many members within the community. As well, the family atmosphere continues to be built and felt through a passionate family. “We love serving coffee to the community,” Cafe owner Micheal Langher said. “It really is a family affair. My whole family contributes to the coffee shop. They shearly do it out of enjoyment, which is quite special. My mother and daughters have a huge part in the cafe structure and environment.”

Community members aren’t the only public that may find great joy within the cozy brick walls.

“I think many Baker students benefit from the coffee shop because first of all, their coffee is great and reasonably priced,” Lindmark said. “Additionally, I feel as if many students fail to realize that they serve food. Their biscuits and gravy, donuts, and pulled pork sandwiches are delicious.”

Customers simply mean the world to the cafe owners. However in traditional coffee shop fashion, the spelling and pronunciation of customer’s names may not always come as simple.

“I remember last year, my sister called out a customer’s name in hopes to give him his coffee. She totally butchered the pronunciation of his name, we felt so bad afterwards,” Langher said. “To this day we still bring up that story, but continue to feel awful for pronouncing it so terrible.”

If one remains stumped on what to order from the extensive and always growing menu, suggestions can be found from many returning customers.“ I like how they change things up and give options of different flavors throughout the year. My favorite drinks include anything seasonal,” Lindmark said.

However, each person has the opportunity to find their own signature flavor, be it through taste or a particular heartwarming memory. “The donuts of course are quite popular and the mochas are always a favorite,” Langher said. “As well, my grandma and I used to always save the jelly filled donuts for ourselves. If there were any left by the afternoon time, we would eat the donuts and paint together. I looked forward to that tradition everyday when I got home from school.”

Whether it be the comfortable atmosphere, inspiring values, memories beckoning to be created, or home-made beverages and food, the Daylight Espresso Cafe is certain to have something special for everyone. Additionally, the Building is home to the Town Galleria of which houses antiques, crafts, jewellery, personalized signs, and much more. Take a stroll through the cobblestoned road to the Daylight Espresso Cafe and Town Galleria, you’ll be glad you did.

 

Interview:

Micheal Langher & Katie Langher (Town Galleria and Daylight Espresso Cafe Owner and Daughter/Cafe Worker)

What is your favorite aspect about owning a successful small town coffee shop?

“We just love serving coffee to the community. Also, it really is a family affair. My whole family contributes to the coffee shop. They sheerly do it out of enjoyment, which is quite special. My mother and daughters have a huge part in the cafe structure and environment. A few of my daughters live out of town now. Even if their schedules are busy, I can always count on them to help out during the holidays or Maple Leaf. They have become just as passionate about the business as me and that is truly remarkable to see.”

What has been one of your favorite memories made while owning or working at the cafe and galleria?

“I remember a few years ago, my sister called out a customer’s name in hopes to give him his coffee. This was during Maple Leaf, so totally keep in mind that it was a stressful time. Anyway, she totally butchered the pronunciation of his name, we felt so bad afterwards. But, he was so great about it and that’s what I just love about our customers. Everyone is so great and has their own unique story to share. Also, to this day we still bring up that story, but continue to feel awful for pronouncing it so terrible.”

Katie, what’s your first memory involving coffee

“I have seen my grandma drink coffee ever since I can remember. She has always had a black cup of coffee in her hand whether it be 3 in the morning or 3 in the afternoon! It was just something we all grew up around, and even began to like at a young age. We were all able to enjoy it together as something simple to do and it was a great conversation starter. We were raised on the value that as long as you have a cup of coffee in your hand, the topics are endless.”

What is your favorite item that’s served and why?

“The donuts of course are quite popular and the mochas are always a favorite. As well, my grandma and I used to always save the jelly filled donuts for ourselves. If there were any left by the afternoon time, we would eat them together. I looked forward to that tradition everyday when I got home from school.”

 

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