If you’re looking for a good cup of coffee or a tasty treat try out the longest running coffee shop in downtown Mount Dora; The Village Coffee Pot. Upon entering the building, you’ll be welcomed by the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, a friendly hello from behind the counter, and most likely a gathering of regular customers.
You may meet Carol Mooney, The Village Coffee Pot’s 11 year employee who cheerfully claims to have worked here “forever.” If you’re really lucky you’ll meet Akhtar Hussain, the Village Coffee Pot’s owner, who grins as he says that his philosophy is that “any customer who comes here should leave with a smile on their face.”
Akhtar started The Village Coffee Pot in 1990 just across the street from its current location, where the Thomas Kinkade gallery now resides. Akhtar carefully chose Mount Dora to open a business because of how unique the downtown area was and because it was “a sleepy little town with a tight sense of community.”
Akhtar says that his favorite menu item is, “of course, coffee!” Next he says he’ll have a Nutti Chicken Wrap for lunch, followed by a decadently salty & sweet salted caramel ice cream. Customer favorites include butter pecan ice cream, flavored coffee, teas, and various sweet treats.
Carol & Akhtar both get excited as they explain that the ice cream specials will become seasonally influenced and will include spiced pumpkin & cheesecake ice creams. Dessert-worthy coffee specialties will include pumpkin & spice garnished with Ghirardelli caramel sauce over espresso with steamed milk.
As the cooler weather approaches and our magical Mount Dora seasonal decorations go up, The Village Coffee Pot will be busy creating their famous Jingle Bell Java. Made with peppermint mocha, Ghirardelli dark chocolate, espresso, steamed milk, and whipped cream this creamy concoction will not only fulfill a caffeine craving, but a sweet tooth as well.
The Village Coffee Pot is located at 425 N. Donnelly Street in downtown Mount Dora, and is open daily from 8am to 9 pm. This “sleepy little town” has grown and changed, but one thing has remained constant for 27 years; The Village Coffee Pot is one of the best places to go to meet up with friends for a cup of coffee and a smile.
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