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“Some of the best Americano I have ever had (outside of my local shop, of course!)”
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Eysals Coffee Roaster
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Reviewed 25 September 2016

I had the honor of locating this quaint and comfortable little java joint while attending the Illinois Association of Traffic Accident Investigators conference. Spotted it just down from the Super 8, and just along my way to the Embassy Suites. A coffee oriented friend of mine in these parts (sub-Packer Country, south of the boarder!) highly recommended this place as having "The Best Americano In East Peoria." So how could I not try it out?

Very easy in and out to this small local with ample parking for more than just a few cars. The humble appearance of the outside is quickly contrasted by the very warm and charming interior. Tables, couches, and separated room areas all lend to just about anyone's taste in a stay-here coffee atmosphere.

On the first day, I was actually running late so I only had a chance to grab and run. The staff was exceptionally friendly and professional. Very efficient - they know their stuff at the coffee mill. I had their (now confirmed!) famous americana and a banana nut muffin to go for breakfast. The Americano was exceptional. Liked it by far better than the prior day's Starbucks at the Embassy (which was no slouch in itself). The short trip to "work" only allowed me to scarf down about half of my muffin. It was moist with great flavor. I am used to large chunk nuts, but they chose a finer grind for their topping, which was unique and delicious. Now, this is not usually how I rate food.......BUT.......at lunch I returned to the car to charge my phone, and decided to grab another quick bit of what I now expected to be a "for biological purpose only" item. It still was moist and tasted great. In fact, a the end of the day there was still some left. Now dried out mostly, but wow - still great flavor!

Day two allowed me a bit more time to chat with the locals, which I later found included Fred the owner. Excellent conversationalist and a man who knows he coffee! I forget what he had suggested and mixed for me, but it was a "true Lat" maybe? A strong and small, mostly espresso drink that really jump kicked my taste buds, and my morning!

They also have their own selection of unique popcorn flavors on hand. I brought home 4 flavors and was a hero upon my return. Great tastes you usually don't see with popcorn!

I truly hope I find another reason to frequent the Peoria area in the future, if for no other reason than to be able to stop by and enjoy more fully the food, drink, atmosphere, and Fred's company! Hey Fred, hows about franchising out up north - maybe next to the Packer Stadium?! :)

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Thank ynotbloom
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Reviewed 25 May 2016

Best coffee anywhere in the Peoria area - worth the drive if you don't live near East Peoria The owner is extremely helpful in choosing just the right coffee for your tastebuds if you are not familiar with all of the various coffees he has to offer. They also have fantastic smoothies! All of the employees are cheerful and helpful and the atmosphere is relaxed and encourages patrons to relax and hang out awhile. The popcorn is also made fresh in store and is Fabulous!! Whether you're a serious coffee drinker or just enjoy blended coffee beverages or smoothies, give Eysals a serious try - you may find yourself coming back on a regular basis!

Thank Kateb5917
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Reviewed 24 March 2016

This is a nice shop. The owner Fred can make you anything on the menu or off. I love that I can go in and say, "Do you have something chocolatey with a kick?" and I get something I never tried but tastes great. They have a variety of favored popcorn for snacks or it makes a great gift.

Thank TammyFinchWebTech
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Reviewed 20 October 2015

One of a few coffee places in East Peoria. Place politicians frequent, especially in the morning. Have never tried the popcorn, but coffees and breakfast snacks are OK.

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Thank Alias1Illinois
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Reviewed 15 April 2015

I went in because I was nearby and decided to finally take the plunge to try a coffee. I've always been a staunch "coffee hater." The owner was very kind, asked my many questions and served me a Hot Cap (I'm fairly certain this is what it was called) with an extra shot of milk, topped with dark chocolate. It was very good. I even let my 8 year old have a sip as an extra special treat and he liked it too. Some may say this isn't coffee, but to a non-coffee drinker, it was a good first experience. I appreciated the owner taking the time to work with me and ask all sorts of questions. The only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 was the price. At nearly $5 for the cup, I thought it was really pricey. But, that may be something I'm just not used to for this type of thing.

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Thank Jennifer W
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