|“||If this account can be called a mystery, then Black Cat Coffee is a mystery inside a mystery.||”|
|“||It's one of the only businesses left in Stain'd-by-the-Sea, and one of the only reasons I venture into town at all.||”|
Inside the shop, there is a long, narrow room with an enormous counter in the center, behind which is shiny machinery that can make bread or coffee upon command. A player piano plays lonely tunes- the same tune that Ellington plays for Lemony Snicket- in the corner. Behind the counter are several stacked cups and saucers on shelves, and a metal trash can.
At the counter are three brass buttons, labelled A, B and C. C prompts the machinery to make coffee, B prompts it to make bread, and A opens up a stairwell that leads to the attic. There is also a second button that opens and closes the stairwell inside the attic; however, it is difficult to find.
The attic is a large room, holding a few cupboards (some large enough to hide in), several shelves with bags of coffee on them, and a long table on which mail is placed. The cupboards in the attic are later used by Lemony Snicket, Pip Bellerophon and Squeak Bellerophon to hide some of Ellington's items, as well as library books. It is implied that the coffee shop may have been used by the Inhumane Society to pick up packages, as packages addressed to Dr. Flammarion and Armstrong Feint are found there.
The café is frequented by Ellington Feint, due to her love of coffee, and Lemony Snicket, while he is trying to find Ellington Feint. Cleo Knight visited at least once, though she attempted and failed to have the machine make her tea instead of coffee.
- Pip Bellerophon
- Squeak Bellerophon
- Ellington Feint
- Cleo Knight
- Dashiell Qwerty
- Lemony Snicket