Coffee CommuniTea: Calypsos Coffee, Coeur d’Alene, ID

The comfy Calypsos Coffee: site of my book signing in Cd'A, ID. @2011 ANVidean

Today’s Cup o’ Tea
Calypsos Coffee & Creamer

Perks (what I really like!)

  • Owner Maria was very accommodating and helpful for my book/music CD signing
  • Fun, eclectic décor including local artists’ artwork
  • Nooks and crannies with various seating types to accommodate groups and quiet conversations
  • A raised platform for performances
  • Free Wi-Fi

Share a cuppa (the stories)
Local natives the Jenicek family started the business with a desire to involve themselves with the downtown business district, and to work with people who share their love of coffee. I’d say they’ve succeeded!

What’s Brewing (coffee, tea, food)

  • Coffee roasted on site (wholesale and retail)
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and catering
  • Ice cream (Yum!)
  • Baked goods

The Grind (what I would change)
Not a thing. This is a very fun, comfortable hangout.

Percolation Factor (the activity/environment/energy/service)

  • People coming in off Cd’A Lake, the City Beach and downtown shopping for a cool drink and some delicious food.
  • Live music and open mic nights.
  • Behind doors smart room for meeting rental.

The Grounds (location)
Downtown, one block from the Cd’A Resort and the City Beach.
116 E. Lakeside Ave.
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
Email Maria-Cristina or Todd

Tea Times (hours)
M.–Th. 7 a.m.–8:30 p.m.
F. 7 a.m.–9 p.m.
Sa. 8 a.m.–9 p.m.
Su. 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars


I love connecting people and ideas, so I’ve been creating small villages my entire life. Really, what better places can writers and musicians find to create “village” than independent coffee/tea shops? I wrote most of my Rhythms & Muse novel in coffee/tea venues, so it seemed natural to create this blog. Whether you came here to find a new favorite hangout, or suggest a spot not yet not posted, may you find Coffee CommuniTea exactly to your taste!

Dare! Find a small-town main street offering more than Coeur d’Alene’s.

While my family visited Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, we spent quite a it of time in Downtown Coeur d’Alene, the lively little town which sets the scene for more than half of my Rhythms & Muse novel.

In addition to its most beautiful City Beach at the west end of downtown, Cd’A’s seven-block main street, aka Sherman Ave., offers a plethora of great experiences:

  • Hudson’s Hamburgers, with it’s 100-year legacy, is a destination for the most delicious, juicy burgers worldwide!
    (I very much regret I couldn’t find a good way to include Hudson’s iin Rhythms & Muse. Those burgers are one of my favorite reasons for visiting Cd’A. A point of interest: the Hudson family, including current proprietors Steve and Todd, lived next to my family in Fairway Hills the entire time I lived up there.)
  • Calypsos Coffee & Creamery, a great coffee venue right off Sherman on Lakeside Ave., where I held my book signing.
  • A number of charming retail shops, including:

    Looking west down Sherman Ave. from 5th St.(?) ©2011 ANVidean

    • Gallery Northwest, filled with lovely unique artwork crafted by local artists
    • Summers Glass gorgeous dichroic glass jewelry and art, beads, and more
    • Possibilities wine and gift-basket shop
    • Coeur d’Alene Chocolates, a family-owned shop with the most beautifully delicious treats I’ve ever seen.

      The sandy City Beach at the west end of Sherman Ave. offers a pristine view of the towering Coeur d’Alene Resort, and Tubbs Hill. ©2011 ANVidean

  • The Coeur d’Alene Resort, a lovely destination towering over the north end of Lake Cd’A right at the foot of downtown, with a  marina and one of the largest boardwalks in the world. It’s connected via skywalk to an indoor shopping mall featuring mid-to-high-end restaurants and shops.

I’ll be doing future posts to provide additional details on some of these distinctive hot spots, so watch the blog.

Do you have a Cd’A story or photo to share? Comment below, or send your .jpg image to me at and I’ll post it in the future.


Rhythms & Muse novel and music CD: