Cafe Kopi has been a staple of Downtown Champaign since 1993. The quaint little coffee shop on Walnut Street is decked out with mismatched tables and chairs, lush houseplants, and local art. It’s an ideal location to camp out if the four walls of your home office have become too stifling or if you’re looking for a quiet place to study.
Kopi has a user-friendly online ordering platform through Square with the option for curbside pick up, local delivery, or contactless pick up in the cafe. I placed an order on a Sunday afternoon and decided to give Cafe Kopi’s breakfast a try.
I ordered a couple breakfast sandwiches paired with some of their famous lattes for pick up. I took them home and started sampling everything.
First up, I tried the awakening breakfast sandwich ($5.95). A classic bagel and egg sandwich, it also had a smattering of goat cheese, spinach, tomato, and onion. It’s always a gamble ordering any kind of egg for takeout, but I was pleasantly surprised that the egg patty wasn’t rubbery even after re-heating. The onion gave the sandwich a bite, the spinach some freshness, and any bit with the goat cheese was a delight.
If sweet dishes are more your thing, I recommend my second sandwich: the Bluesy French toast panini ($5.95). This little beauty has banana slices, blueberries, and walnut honey cream cheese stuffed between two pieces of grilled french toast. As if that doesn’t sound delicious enough, it’s served with a side of maple syrup for dipping or drizzling. The panini was a mouthful of ooey goodness, the perfect choice for anyone with a sweet tooth.
Moving to the lattes, I tried the fireside tea latte ($4.25). Made with smoked tea, honey, vanilla, and your choice of milk, the latte had a strong smoke smell but a dominant sweet taste. It was tasty and interesting to be sure and would be a good match for any lovers of smoky porter beers.
Finally, I tried the horchata cold pressed latte ($4.65), the definite star of this experience. This delightful oat milk iced latte gives you a jolt of espresso with the warming spice of cinnamon. Even when it’s still chilly outside, a cold pressed latte is the way to go. Kopi also offers pumpkin spice and vegan “egg nog” flavors. A true treat for any season, I think.
I’m convinced that there is no wrong choice at Cafe Kopi. Whether you stop by for breakfast, lunch, or an afternoon pick-me-up, Kopi is waiting with exactly what you need. After this recent visit, I was reminded that you just can’t go wrong with anything on the Kopi menu.
Read our interview with Cafe Kopi’s general manager here.
109 N Walnut
7 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily