Back in Pittsburgh enjoying Big Dog Coffee in the South Side!

Big Dog Coffee

I frequently visit this coffee shop when I have things on my to-do list and I want a peaceful yet diverse environment to get my productivity swinging. Last time I visited this shop, I was writing my MBA application essays and boy did I accomplish a great deal of writing. This time I visited Big Dog to get my ideas flowing on what to cook tonight for a full Vegan dinner and dessert combo. I ended up deciding on butternut squash cashew cream enchiladas and a French silk pie. I will post the results of my Vegan yummy creations (I hope!) on this blog tomorrow - be on the look out!

Address 2717 Sarah St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Established 2008

Date of Trial April 2, 2019

Purchased Regular Cappuccino

Bold aroma hinted immediately upon the lifting of the yellow cup

The Ratings

Overall - A

Items below are rated on a scale from 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest)

  • Presentation - 5 (lovin’ the yellow)

  • Boldness - 4

  • Sweetness - 1

  • Price - $3.45

There is a slight bitter taste muted by the fluffy texture

Three Fun Facts

  1. Big Dog Coffee is run by a Bulgarian violinist and his bassoonist wife, Nikolay and Cortney Ivanovin, located within an impeccably restored, 120-year-old former bakery.

  2. Big Dog's Coffee comes via Intelligentsia, a Chicago outfit that offers "direct trade" coffee - or coffee purchased direct from native farmers at prices above "fair trade" value.

  3. All variety of baked goods from muffins, breads, and scones, to cakes, cookies, and cupcakes are baked and delivered daily by the Vanilla Pastry Studio in East Liberty.


Nancy “Brew” Geronian