Welcome home! We are thrilled that you’ve sought to learn more about Nervous Dog Coffee Bar; our products, our people.

Ok; 'thrilled'... perhaps a wee hyperbolic?  Guess that better describes how I'd feel if my 4 supermodel jazz singing Nobel Peace Laureate tropical-island-mates won the SuperLotto with me.

So- how about 'generally enthusiastic'. Yeah, that. Read on, it gets worse...

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logo-for-web1Nervous Dog Coffee Bar & Roaster opened its doors in September of 2006. Since our inception, Nervous Dog was different. Not just the same old chain in a different package, but truly set apart from the others. More than just an atmosphere to work, unwind or check out music and live events. More than the wide array of drinks hand-crafted by any of our expert baristas, using the finest coffees from local roasters and small, organic growers, or the best locally baked and deli items.

Yes, it's much more than that. So much that you voted us Best in Akron every year since we were just a pup. It's truly a place where you can: Come, Sit, Stay.

We do not aspire to compete with the corporate giants - we are quite content to let them duke it out with the other high margin, fast food chains. We regard other independent shops as colleagues, not competitors - we all celebrate involvement in local schools, charities, businesses - our town, our community, our priority.

We custom roast our beans at least twice per week... these have not aged while shipping from the West Coast. Come into our shop and drink a cup of coffee that was roasted on site, or take home a pound of beans still hot off the roaster if you time it well. We use the highest quality ingredients - Ghirardelli chocolate, Torani syrups, and organically grown and processed beans from the highest quality small plantations all over the world. We buy our baked goods from local, family-owned bakeries. And we're environmentally conscious, supporting Lights Out Akron, Sierra Club, Humane Society, local schools, charities, and other independently-owned businesses - we live here, too.


In the Ethiopian highlands, where the legend of Kaldi, the goatherd, originated, coffee trees grow today as they have for centuries. Though we will never know with certainty, there probably is some truth to the Kaldi legend.

It is said that he discovered coffee after noticing that his goats, upon eating berries from a certain tree, became so spirited that they did not want to sleep at night.

Kaldi dutifully reported his findings to the abbot of the local monastery who made a drink with the berries and discovered that it kept him alert for the long hours of evening prayer.  Soon the abbot had shared his discovery with the other monks at the monastery, and ever so slowly knowledge of the energizing effects of the berries began to spread.  As word moved east and coffee reached the Arabian peninsula, it began a journey which would spread its reputation across the globe.

Today coffee is grown in a multitude of countries around the world. Whether it is Asia or Africa, Central or South America, the islands of the Caribbean or Pacific, all can trace their heritage to the trees in the ancient coffee forests on the Ethiopian plateau.

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