Speeder & Earl's -- Essex Junction, Vermont
Speeder & Earl's is kind of an institution in Burlington and environs, but with the over-saturation of coffee shops in the area what possessed S&E to open their Essex Junction shop? I've been in their three or four times and the place is D-E-A-D, dead. Six shots of espresso couldn't wake this place up -- which is a shame because the coffee is good, heck it's great! You'll pay about $1.75 for a medium and in the neighborhood of $2.50 for a large. All the usual "caffeine" suspects are present and accounted for as well as some sweets, brownies, coconut concoctions, and cookies, big cookies the size of pie plates. Again, I can't argue with the fare you could do a lot worse for coffee, a lot. I guess I just don't understand how a business can support a space (square foot-wise) and (social-wise) that would be a good place to cool off after a big score.