The Red Raven: If I Ever Were a Hipster
Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013 03:10
There are few places that make me feel more hipster than The Red Raven…or less-hipster…or make me feel like I should strive to be more hipster? Anyway you look at it, I am a mechanical engineering student and we are not known for our “hipsterness”…if you want nerdiness on the other hand…
The point is, whoever you are, whatever your major is, and even if you would rather die than try on a pair of skinny jeans, The Red Raven espresso parlor has an atmosphere that will make you feel like a straight-up hipster.
The first thing I noticed upon arriving at The Red Raven was the location. Although it may be across the street from the evil known as McDonalds, this coffee shop is located in the old Fargo fire station close to downtown. This brick building adds a lot of history and atmosphere to the shop in a way that many businesses lack as you get farther away from the Broadway section of town. The fire hall quality also leaves the coffee shop feeling slightly dark yet very open.
To add to this historical appeal, The Red Raven is decked with art from local artists that is changed monthly, which really brings the hometown Fargo pride into the mix. To set the hipster bar even higher, local music is also featured in the coffee shop as well as the periodic poetry and comedy nights.
Being that The Red Raven is an “espresso parlor,” (which I think is only a fancy phrase to make something sound more hipster) the item to order there is of course coffee. While they do have bagels, sandwiches and organic cookies, the main product that the shop specializes in is of the espresso based type.
Being that I am a girl, I ordered what I consider to be the stereotypical white girl drink, the white mocha (not to be confused with the fall white girl drink, the pumpkin spice latte).
I hope that didn’t offend anyone… but I must say that not only did I order this beverage from a very hipster looking man with a moustache, adorned in a vest in and red skinny jeans, I received my beverage in a very hipster seeming coffee mug.
The Red Raven appears to have just acquired a random array of coffee mugs over the years and uses them as their in-store coffee ware. If you get your drink to go though, you will receive it in the less hipster-like white paper cup.
Not to drown out the quality of goods with the aesthetics of the store, but I am still unsure if the mocha was really good or if I just thought it was really good due to the overstimulation of what was going on around me. In my opinion, it was quality white mocha, and the chai latte my friend purchased seemed superb as well.
If you are looking for a unique, local Fargo experience and love coffee and art, I would definitely recommend The Red Raven. Even if you don’t like any of those things, you should still go to The Red Raven. Seriously, go to The Red Raven. Every hipster is doing it….