I go to Gov Cup whenever I am in Salem. The barista's are super friendly, but not fake. The regulars are missed by the baristas if they miss a day.(How Friendly is That?) The customers range from street people to college students, business people and the old people who do their crosswords together...oh, and joggers - lots of joggers. I sometimes got a coffee-contact-high just walking in the door when they would roast their coffee in the shop. Their espresso roast 'Attitude Adjustment" is my favorite roast ANYWHERE! (And I live in Seattle) They were also the first coffee house that I ever went to that charged for Americano's by the amount of shots and not by the cup size. The decor is kind of 'your parent's basement' strewn with caffine related paraphernalia and the sofas were a little thrashed, but that added to the charm.
This place is great, my husband loves taking in his laptop and grabbing some joe, and i can take the kids in for a juicebox and sandwich while i enjoy some tea and "me time" on the couch. The place is always really clean and the staff are friendly. I also went in for the inaugural oscar party, it was *awesome*.
This is no longer Carol's Espresso..... it is now Cuppers Coffee Company. We are open longer hours and always someone here! Never close early and stay open as late as need be while there is the traffic!