Our Story

Bossa Nova is a family-owned business. When deciding to open a business, we wanted to make something we love for the people we care about.

Our family has over 30 years combined in serving coffee and sandwiches to communities in both coasts and the Midwest. We realize that coffee is the thing we love to make.

When we moved from San Francisco to the Champaign-Urbana area three years ago, we found a welcoming and inspiring community filled with genuine people and we realized that these are the people we would love to serve.

We chose our name to signify the uniqueness of our products and the atmosphere we would like to create in the café. Bossa Nova translates to new wave or new trend in Portuguese. We hope to bring a new trend in coffee to downtown Champaign. We take pride in making every cup of coffee to order using a unique hybrid pour-over/drip method using freshly ground quality beans. Bossa also translates to kiss in Arabic. We wish to create a warm and joyful atmosphere to everyone who walks through our doors. As if we greet them with a Bossa!

The Bossa Nova Promise to Our Customers is:


  • Quality: We promise to only use quality ingredients for all our beverages and foods. Our

beans are locally roasted and consciously sourced from small farms all over the world.
Our meats, bread, and cheeses are freshly sliced every day.


  • Community: We believe that it takes a village to open a successful business within a

community. We heavily rely on local providers to bring our drinks and foods to you.
Everything from our coffee beans to our sandwich meats, breads, pastries, and produce
are locally sourced and prepared. We have intentionally created space in our café to host
and support local artists because we strongly believe that art is at the heart of every


  • Passion: We promise to remain passionate about everything we do, every day we do it!

Every generation in our family, from the youngest to oldest, has experience with and a
love towards coffee-making. That’s why when we discovered a new way of making
coffee that wasn’t available in Champaign-Urbana, we decided that we had to share
something that we are so passionate about with the community that we love!

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1 E. Main Street Ste 108

Champaign, IL 61820



Monday-Friday: 7AM-7PM

Saturday: 8AM-7PM

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