Popular downtown coffee shop does not disappoint
By Nohea’ililani Waiwai’ole, Staff Writer
A Leap of Taste, one of Klamath Falls’s most popular coffee shops, is located downtown on the corner of Main St and N 10 St.
Known for its organic menu items and trendy atmosphere, A Leap of Taste is rarely empty. Some of the best coffee and food in Klamath Falls can be found here. A Leap of Taste is much more than just a coffee shop; it is also a contributor to the well-being of the Klamath Falls community. The only downside is that their prices are on the high end.
A Leap of Taste has vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options on their menu, including espresso, tea, fresh deli salads, gourmet sandwiches, baked goods, gourmet chocolates, and sustainable groceries. My favorite items on the menu are the breakfast biscuit, a unique combination of jelly, egg, and ham, and their variety of quiche.
A Leap of Taste takes pride in having high-quality, European grade, coffee beans. Their drip coffee beans are shipped daily from a distributor in Eugene. Their espresso drinks are made from a dark roast by Goodbean Coffee Company, one of the original coffee roasters in Southern Oregon and voted Oregon’s best coffee twice. Because they are using higher quality coffee beans, A Leap of Tastes’ prices cannot be too low, but they remain reasonable. A 12-ounce cup of drip coffee runs for $1.25, and their mocha for $3.25. Such prices are comparable or even cheaper than Dutch Bros, and they even offer a similar stamp card program.
The food at A Leap of Taste is more expensive. Fresh specialty sandwiches run for around $5 for a half and $8 for a whole. The sandwiches come with a piece of fruit and a small chocolate. Although the sandwiches are good and even offer gluten free bread, the prices are a little high. This is the same for their other food options/items. A slice of quiche, frittata, or breakfast biscuit all go for around $5, too. Their homemade deli salads are high quality, but also around the same prices.
With that being said, A Leap of Taste is one of the few places in Klamath Falls to offer vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and sustainable options for reasonable prices. People who are willing to pay a little more for higher quality food and bulk item groceries will not be disappointed.
According to their website, A Leap of Taste’s mission is to, “…serve delicious, healthy, and affordable alternatives to the standard fare in Klamath Falls.” A Leap of Taste definitely accomplishes this, as they offer a niche alternative to typical Klamath Falls food and dining options.
A Leap of Taste also offers a different atmosphere than most Klamath Falls restaurants or coffee shops. The space is filled with cozy couches and large dining room type tables. The walls are covered with local art for sale, and other random gifts and items from the community. A community board is always filled in the corner with different events or advertisements from locals. A bulletin board map with pins showcases where customers are from – all over the world. They even have a lending library. During weekdays after 2 p.m. there is live music, one of the few places in Klamath Falls to offer such an amenity.
A Leap of Taste offers the community more than just a comfortable place to hang out and a sustainable outlet. The owners, Mona Treadway and Glenn White, are also the founders of a young adult therapeutic program called Dragonfly Transitions. The program provides a support system for young adults struggling in life who need some extra help. A Leap of Taste is used as on the job training for these young adults, who are local or come from all over. Young adults who are part of Dragonfly Transitions and work at A Leap of Taste learn important life skills such as social skills, responsibility, and independence, all in the comfort of an engaging support system.
I love A Leap of Taste and highly recommend it to everyone. I like to go there if I am ever feeling homesick or tired of the same old scenery around town or on campus. Sitting in A Leap of Taste for a few hours during the morning or afternoon makes me feel like I am no longer in the small city of Klamath Falls. The atmosphere is transformative and reminds me of my hometown, Portland. I hope you enjoy A Leap of Taste as much as I do.
A Leap of Taste is open Monday-Friday 7:30 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, and closed on Sundays. They are busiest during lunch time. Visit their website: www.aleapoftaste.com for more information.