Distinctly Downtown: Damascus Road Coffee

Damascus Road Coffee
106 S. Main St.
Hours: Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.


For three years, Rob and Deb Stertz have served fresh roasted coffee, food and friendly service to Downtown Akron. Damascus Road Coffee provides a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere that many corporate employees enjoy during their breaks. All coffee is custom roasted, using only the finest quality coffee beans in their roasting process. Accessed both from the Arcade Level and Mill Street in the FirstMerit Tower in

Stop in for a variety of hot and cold drinks or a roasted coffee drink of your choice, and pair it with a sandwich or soup. All of the Damascus sandwiches are hearty and made to order to suit your favorite flavors. Try a Turkey Pastrami or an Angus Roast Beef with your choice of cheese, bread and condiments.  Damascus offers daily fresh baked cookies and brownies, as well as fruit cups of assorted fresh produce.  Specialty drinks include hot chocolate, chai tea latte, steamers and mocha. With over 10 a la carte flavors, Damascus provides plenty of variety to choose from.

Don’t be discouraged if you see a line already formed as you walk in, it’s just other regulars, ready to pick up their favorite items.  A woman who works in the Cascade building said that she is a frequent customer and always gets the egg salad. “It’s always fresh,” she explained. “It’s the best egg salad I’ve had other than my own!” An employee from FirstMerit declared that the cinnamon muffins were his favorite item, and said, “Damascus Road Coffee is always a friendly atmosphere.”

Damascus Road Coffee by the pound and tea by the stash is now available for purchase. Enjoy a premium tea like Fusion Green and White Tea or English Breakfast Black Tea at home. Coffees by the pound include the Ethiopian, bold in intensity with a sweet aftertaste, Organic Colombian, a smooth coffee with creamy chocolate tones, Breakfast Blend, a mild coffee with blends of chocolate and mild citrus, and many others!

Owners Rob and Deb intentionally pursue friendly relationships with their customers and know the majority of them by name. From noticing a new outfit, to asking how a project is coming along, the customers have an established relationship and seem happy to be there and catch up. A FirstMerit employee remarked that he comes in for “A dark roast coffee and good conversation.”

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