Today’s Sprudge Maps Spotlight takes us to the beautiful city of Pittsburgh, home to Constellation Coffee since 2013. Today this fine cafe serves coffees roasted by Vignette, Mother Tongue, Little Waves, Brandywine, and Maquina Coffee, with a menu that “remains on the classics—well-brewed coffee, balanced espresso, and fresh, locally made snacks.” And what’s better than that?
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As told to Sprudge by Amy Weiland
Introduce yourself to our readers—tell us about your cafe!
Constellation opened in 2013. It was my goal to have a place where the coffee was consistently delicious, customers could enjoy their neighborhood, and employees were respected for their skills and knowledge. About a decade later my focus remains on the classics—well-brewed coffee, balanced espresso, and fresh, locally made snacks. During the pandemic, we added an outdoor seating area just down the street. We’ve planted a pollinator garden with tons of native plant species, and we are fortunate to have the space to compost on site. We are a low-key environment with top-shelf coffee that is honored to serve our community.
What equipment do you use in your shop?
Which roaster or roasters do you serve?
We work with Vignette, Mother Tongue, Little Waves, Brandywine, and Maquina Coffee. We try to keep sustainability in mind and focus mostly on East Coast roasters, with orders from our West Coast pals coming in less frequently. Being a woman-owned business I love supporting women who roast. Also, I love our tea program. It’s not an afterthought! We have great options from Song Tea & Ceramics in San Francisco.
What is the neighborhood like where you’re located? What’s some other cool stuff nearby?
We are located on a main street heading towards downtown, between two residential neighborhoods. Parking can be difficult, and most of our regulars come on foot. Pittsburgh is mountainous, split by a few rivers, and traffic is bad, so people tend to congregate close to home.
My personal favorite spot is an easy walk down the street, the Allegheny Cemetery. It’s huge and serves as a sort of wildlife refuge in the city. If you’re lucky you can even spot some threatened bird species there, like the red-headed woodpecker. If you’re staying in the neighborhood for dinner, I can’t recommend Apteka highly enough. It’s an Eastern European vegetable restaurant and it never disappoints.
What’s something cool or unique about your cafe you want folks to know?
Constellation was named because I believe a cafe can serve as an orientation point—it’s a place to connect with friends, get your schedule sorted for the day, or take a break before you venture back out into the city. The name holds a double meaning though, as I am also a working astrologist. I have trained with Steven Forrest, an evolutionary practitioner based out of California, hold certificates from the London School of Astrology and a diploma from the School of Traditional Astrology. I have a studio in the rear of the cafe available for booking sessions.
Is there a community organization or charity you’d like to shout-out as part of this feature?
One of our favorite animal rescue organizations is run by a neighborhood fellow who feeds stray cats, fosters and does TNR – instagram @guylovescats, with a Venmo link in the profile.
Photos by Constellation Coffee, used with permission