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Air Play Sports & Espresso

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115 E 3rd St, Sterling, IL 61081-3610
+1 815-585-4327
07:00 - 18:00
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Love the caramel thumbprints and the caramel macchiato (both hot and cold are amazing). Great atmosphere, friendly staff. Would highly recommend!!!!

Thank jbferris2012
Sterling, IL
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30 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016

Although I do not drink coffee or expresso, I usually visit Air Play two or three times a week for some freshly baked items. Whether it is cookies or scones or some other items, they are always freshly baked and different each day. Two of my favorites are the chocolate chip and cranberry orange scones. Sometimes I take the food... More 

Thank Jim D
NewtonJames, Owner at Air Play Sports & Espresso, responded to this review

Thank you for being a steady customer. All businesses rely on their customers, but even more so for small business. Your being with us, whether you're a coffee drinker or not, means so much. You are welcome to cozy up for music, internet if just quietly reading a book. More 

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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

I just moved back into the area after 14 years and spent most of the last few weeks scoping out eateries and other local businesses that I could see my self spending time and money in. As a young adult, I was more than happy to find such a welcoming and inviting atmosphere that shared my love for coffee, local... More 

Thank emmalie007
NewtonJames, Owner at Air Play Sports & Espresso, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the kind review. We love coffee, too! Air Play has many more coffee-related products to add to our current menu. Keep your eyes and nose on alert. We will keep trying to provide you with great coffees and a rewarding experience. More 

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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Cute and very quaint atmosphere. Great coffee's and tea's plus more! The staff that works there are friendly and aim to please. They also sell unusual kites and frisbies etc.a must see!

Thank Marypat72
NewtonJames, Owner at Air Play Sports & Espresso, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the nice comments. Of course, we think we're better than that other coffee place, but clearly we are biased. Glad you enjoy your visits with us. More 

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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2016

When I can't make it to Edwards Apple Orchard, then the next best thing is the Apple donuts that are sometimes on hand at Airplay. The quiet atmosphere makes it ideal to have a cup of their coffee with a friend or associate without yelling.

Thank Jonathan M
NewtonJames, Owner at Air Play Sports & Espresso, responded to this review

Thank you, Jonathan. Our pleasure to be here for you. More 

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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016

I only stop in for coffee. It is the best coffee in town. I understand that there food is also good.

Thank Warren H
NewtonJames, Owner at Air Play Sports & Espresso, responded to this review

Thank you for the nice review. We will be bringing more coffee options for you before year's end. Glad you enjoy your visits. More 

Sterling, Illinois
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 February 2016

This is what small businesses all should be; a family operation offering high quality at reasonable prices. Coffee is featured, but good selection of other drinks, and great baked goods.

Thank John_M703
NewtonJames, Owner at Air Play Sports & Espresso, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We're glad that you stopped in and enjoy your visits. We will be bringing additional coffee options for all of our customers before the end of the year. Thank you so much for your past business and your future visits. More 

United States
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2016

Good coffee and selection of snacks. May want to bring headphones though, not sure I'm feeling Kiss and other hair bands, let alone at 9am. The girls usually have a better choices during the week.

Thank KJ-Excursion
NewtonJames, Owner at Air Play Sports & Espresso, responded to this review

Lol! We play really odd or old stuff on the weekends. But you called it right. Classical, 50s, 60s, 70s, etc...blues, whatever pops inour mind. Variety is the spice of life. Glad you came. More 

Sterling, Illinois
1 review
Reviewed 6 January 2016

The entire experience at AirPlay is fantastic. From the relaxed music and greeting when one enters to the wonderful food and drink served, the positive energy flows freely.

Thank ajoy5
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39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2015

Air Play is owned by an innovative family who is very good at thinking "outside the box". They are constantly experimenting with new items for the menu. Air Play is known for its outstanding coffee and scones. I am the only person in Sterling who doesn't like scones so I will take other's word for it. However everything else is... More 

Thank Mayorman2011
NewtonJames, Owner at Air Play Sports & Espresso, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review. Starbucks? Well, we do enjoy that comparison, but as you see, we try to soften the commercial aspect of coffee chains. I love coffee and I am glad you do as well. Again, Thank you from my heart. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
USD 4 - USD 10
Drinks, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Seating, Accepts American Express
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Open Hours
08:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 115 E 3rd St, Sterling, IL 61081-3610
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Sterling
  • Phone Number: +1 815-585-4327
Voted the most favorite place for coffee three years running in the Sauk Valley. An independent eclectic, little coffee shop and bakery, family owned and operated. We use high quality beans, roasted weekly, and serve espresso-based beverages, fruit smoothies, frappes, loose-leaf teas, and more. Our micro-bakery is located on site and has daily specials including scones, muffins, cookies and other delights. Everything is baked FROM SCRATCH from the best ingredients. Come in and relax, meet friends or work with our free WiFi. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?