Sip & Study: The Ragamuffin Bakery & Coffee

South Bend has quickly become a hotspot for coffee shops within the last couple of years. Recently, many new coffee shops have been brought to the area, creating many wonderful options. Sharing my love for coffee is my passion as a local barista in the South Bend community, and I am so excited to be able to share my adventures in new cafes.

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By: Ash Hochstettler

Staff-Writer

South Bend has quickly become a hotspot for coffee shops within the last couple of years. Recently, many new coffee shops have been brought to the area, creating many wonderful options. Sharing my love for coffee is my passion as a local barista in the South Bend community, and I am so excited to be able to share my adventures in new cafes.

The Ragamuffin Bakery & Coffee is a cute little bakery right in the heart of downtown South Bend. It is on 321 S Main Street in suite 105A.

The bakery has a warm, cozy atmosphere that feels homey. The staff does their absolute best to make visitors feel welcomed, loved and cared about right from the get-go by always greeting you with a friendly smile.

Ragamuffin has pastries that are baked fresh every day as well as seasonal and daily baker’s-choice pastries. I struggled to pick my favorite pastries here, because everything I’ve had at Ragamuffin has been so wonderful. I do love the cookies and the cinnamon roll out of the regular pastries. I think my favorite seasonal pastry that I’ve had was either the carrot cake or strawberry cake.

The space inside of the bakery is rather small with limited seating, but because most people pick up pastries, there’s usually seating and outlets. During the warm seasons, they have a few tables outside. Ragamuffin also has free, reliable WiFi.

The owner and baker, Abby Gillian Emmons, suggested the cold brew as her favorite drink. Ragamuffin has its own beans specially roasted by Red Arrow Roasters for the bakery. My personal favorite is Golden Milk, which is essentially a turmeric latte with a few other spices.

Abby said that the pastries she’s most proud of are the cinnamon rolls, brown butter pistachio cookies, mixed berry crumble bars, and the gluten free chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. She described her bakery’s pastries as “like what your grandmother would make with an elevated twist.”

While the slightly limited space may not make for the best place for a serious study session, Ragamuffin’s quaint atmosphere makes it a great place to bring a book or your laptop to unwind and hang out.

When asked her goal in opening the shop a couple of years ago Abby explained “Our goal was to create a little community.” I believe the staff at Ragamuffin has accomplished this, and I find it to be the most welcoming little shop in the community.

Rating: 5/5 coffee cups

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