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Air Play Espresso & Bakery

115 E 3rd St, Sterling, IL 61081-3610
+1 815-585-4327
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  • Excellent87%
  • Very good10%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“scones” (8 reviews)
“coffee shop” (5 reviews)
“great coffee” (2 reviews)
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115 E 3rd St, Sterling, IL 61081-3610
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: Air Play Espresso & Bakery
1. Great Coffee
"Consistently great brew. The bakery items are fantastic also"
Deana S
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2. Coffee with a co-worker
"Met for coffee after work with a co-worker. Nice place"
gregn847
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3. Nice place for a morning break
"The owner and his staff are friendly"
Jim D
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1 - 10 of 28 reviews

Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

Amazing! I'm quite picky about my chi latte's, and I was not disappointed...they are fabulous here! I could easily have more then one every day of the week!!

Thank Deborah P
Tim M, Owner at Air Play Espresso & Bakery, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2018

Deborah, Thank you so much for the nice review and your comments on the Chi-latte. You're certainly welcome to have one a week, or 2, or 3, or 4... Let us know if we ever fail to make you happier.

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Reviewed 3 October 2017

Met for coffee after work with a co-worker. Nice place with great service. They have a wide variety of drinks and food items on the menu. A very nice place to meet.

Thank gregn847
Tim M, Owner at Air Play Espresso & Bakery, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2018

Thank you so much for your review and kind words. Hope to see you again and often.

Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

Stopped with some colleagues at this coffee shop in Sterling. Coffee is good and staff are very polite. Only issue if it is busy the service is quite slow. On one visit only one girl working and this was during the key morning period. Overall...More

Thank sf999
Tim M, Owner at Air Play Espresso & Bakery, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2018

Thank you so much for your review and kind words. Hope to see you again and often.

Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Consistently great brew. The bakery items are fantastic also. Don't forget to use a punch card. The 11 th coffee is free😁

Thank Deana S
Tim M, Owner at Air Play Espresso & Bakery, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2018

Thank you so much for your review and kind words. Hope to see you again and often.

Reviewed 17 September 2017

I have been going to Airplay since they opened. Great coffee drinks , amazing friendly servers. Mouth watering scones. new varieties tried... quaint setting in down town Sterling. A great place to meet friends on mornings or after work ..A must see

Thank cindysW5008BU
Tim M, Owner at Air Play Espresso & Bakery, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2018

Thank you so much for your review and kind words. Hope to see you again and often.

Reviewed 4 August 2017

Friendly atmosphere, attentive people, great choices of disc golf combined with coffee and treats inhouse location. Very good coffee and pastries.

Thank mexico1965
Tim M, Owner at Air Play Espresso & Bakery, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2018

Thank you so much for your review and kind words. Hope to see you again and often.

Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

Love the caramel thumbprints and the caramel macchiato (both hot and cold are amazing). Great atmosphere, friendly staff. Would highly recommend!!!!

Thank jbferris2012
Tim M, Owner at Air Play Espresso & Bakery, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2017

Thank you your kind review. We hope you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed 3 November 2016

Although I do not drink coffee or expresso, I usually visit Air Play two or three times a week for some freshly baked items. Whether it is cookies or scones or some other items, they are always freshly baked and different each day. Two of...More

Thank Jim D
NewtonJames, Owner at Air Play Espresso & Bakery, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2016

Thank you for being a steady customer. All businesses rely on their customers, but even more so for small business. Your being with us, whether you're a coffee drinker or not, means so much. You are welcome to cozy up for music, internet if just...More

Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

I just moved back into the area after 14 years and spent most of the last few weeks scoping out eateries and other local businesses that I could see my self spending time and money in. As a young adult, I was more than happy...More

Thank emmalie007
NewtonJames, Owner at Air Play Espresso & Bakery, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2016

Thank you so much for the kind review. We love coffee, too! Air Play has many more coffee-related products to add to our current menu. Keep your eyes and nose on alert. We will keep trying to provide you with great coffees and a rewarding...More

Reviewed 13 September 2016

Cute and very quaint atmosphere. Great coffee's and tea's plus more! The staff that works there are friendly and aim to please. They also sell unusual kites and frisbies etc.a must see!

Thank Marypat72
NewtonJames, Owner at Air Play Espresso & Bakery, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2016

Thank you so much for the nice comments. Of course, we think we're better than that other coffee place, but clearly we are biased. Glad you enjoy your visits with us.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$ 4 - US$ 10
Cuisine
Meals
Drinks, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Seating, Accepts American Express, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 115 E 3rd St, Sterling, IL 61081-3610 (Formerly Air Play Sports & Espresso)
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Sterling
  • Phone Number: +1 815-585-4327
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Description
2017 - Voted the most favorite place for coffee past 3 three years running in the entire Sauk Valley. We are an independent eclectic, little coffee house and bakery, family owned and operated since 2010. We use high quality beans, roasted weekly, and serve espresso-based beverages, fruit smoothies, frappes, loose-leaf teas, and more. Our micro-bakery provides scones, muffins, cookies and other delights, all baked FROM SCRATCH. There is seating for 30. Come in and relax, meet friends or log on with our free WiFi. You won't be disappointed.
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