By Shaun G on YELP... Click here to go to YELP
Opening week at the new Biggby! I had been waiting in eager anticipation for this location to open. Being a graduate of Michigan State University I have had occasion, in years long since past, to be a patron of Beaners.
While I am far to cheap to frequent coffee houses, for the atmosphere or bougie coffee drinks, I do have a need for a study spot on weekend evenings. In the past I have been forced to study at bars and even... Starbucks! Hey, its Detroit and I am therefore working with limited options.
Biggby did not disappoint. There is free parking in the back. The shop is bright, spacious, with tables spaced out nicely. The walls actually have electrical outlets! There was a big flat screen television playing Sponge Bob Square Pants with a convenient volume control on the side allowing me to turn off the sound. The wi-fi (aka wireless internet) was free, which is a mixed bag for me as I leave the house for the sole purpose of not wasting all of my time on the internet. The music was a pretty good mix. The staff was young, friendly and as of yet un-scarred by the horrors of the retail coffee trade.
The coffee was all right. They have a few types of coffee available in different blends. Don't ask me what those blends were, as I am a guy who prefers gas station coffee over Starbucks. I picked one of these blends and drank it. The coffee was strong and did not taste like burnt beans. I drank two cups and I don't think I'm going to be able to sleep tonight, unless I quickly get to boozing.
In a shocking contrast to the Starbucks down the street, I was only once, in the four hours I spent here, solicited for a donation to Detroit's underclass! I always prefer a study environment where there aren't drugged out people hanging around trying to strike up a conversation. After a few hours of studying such behavior makes me nervous.
I will definitely be back, whether Biggby likes it or not.
On my second visit, Biggby gradually filled up with groups of very young Wayne State University undergraduate students. These are some of the loudest and most annoying people on the face of the earth. Evidence of my claim can be obtained on any school day with a visit to the WSU library. You may find additional evidence of this claim during a trip to Biggby.
...I rated it cool!