Interviews, lengthy study sessions, casual dates – the coffee shop is a prime location for any of number of meetings. However, any respectable coffee shop finds its worth not in its seating, but instead, the quality of its beverages. Following suit with the city’s renowned food and beer culture, Asheville coffee shops don’t treat their drinks like an afterthought. Locally roasted beans, patiently prepared pour overs and welcoming atmospheres are just a few of things native to Asheville’s coffee scene. A trip to any of these 8 Asheville coffee shops will cure your chain store, over-roasted coffee addiction.
Asheville Coffee Shops
1. High Five Coffee
With a name as positive as this recent addition to the Asheville coffee scene, it’s only fair to assume that the coffee is good. Short answer: It is. Brewing Counter Culture Coffee (known for their commitment to sustainable farming) on their pour over bar, High Five Coffee’s drinks and inviting feel are hard to beat.
2. Edna’s of Asheville
Edna’s of Asheville isn’t just a great place to enjoy locally roasted coffee, but a solid local dining option as well. Serving breakfast, soups, salads, sandwiches, and more, you might forget that you stopped in for coffee. Don’t let it slip your mind, because their coffee menu alone is worth the trip.
3. Biltmore Coffee Roasters
Committed to local goods and produce, Biltmore Coffee Roasters offers micro roasted coffee and delicious pastries. Owners Laura and Rick Tellford are passionate not only about serving great coffee, but the Asheville food scene, better known as Foodtopia. Stop by and enjoy an espresso drink or a vegan snack!
4. Odd’s Cafe
Odd’s Cafe serves everything from Counter Culture coffee and loose-leaf tea, to bagels and gluten-free goods, and beer. Local musicians perform here, and Asheville artists can display their art on the walls.
5. Double D’s Coffee & Desserts
When it comes to Asheville coffee shops, Double D’s Coffee & Desserts is easily the most unique. Located in a London double-decker bus (yes, a real bus), it’s nearly impossible to miss. Double D’s drinks are made with beans from Asheville’s own Notorious Coffee Roasting Co. Step aboard the bus for a classic two-shot espresso, a Dirty Chai Latte, or an ice cream sundae.
6. World Coffee Cafe
One of the most highly-favored Asheville coffee shops is also located in one the city’s coolest buildings. Head to the Asheville flatiron building, and you’ll find World Coffee Cafe, serving espresso drinks, tea and baked goods on the ground floor. Or, go to the shop’s SkyBar at the top of the building, and enjoy alcoholic beverages with a stunning view of the city.
7. Battlecat Coffee Bar
You won’t find any feline fury at Battlecat Coffee Bar, just a delicious array of hot and cold coffee drinks, and bagels. Be plain and order a cappuccino, or mix things up with a Mexican Mocha or Vietnamese Iced Coffee. Battlecat heads into fights armed with PennyCup Coffee, roasted in Asheville.
8. Old Europe Coffee & Pastries
A tour of Asheville coffee shops wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Old Europe Coffee & Pastries. It’s the oldest coffee shop in the city, and has established itself thanks to great products. Cool off with their cold brewed iced coffee (steeped for 36 hours, yielding a full flavor), or warm up with a macciato or cortado. Leave room for their gluten-free treats and carefully crafted desserts!
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