The coffee culture in Asheville is definitely brewing and growing. Craft coffee is a lot like craft beer, it is made and handled with care. There are some spots that specialize on the light side with coffee, cookies, and pastries. Then there are restaurants and grocery stores in the community which feature local, organic coffee and beans. We started with 24, dropped a couple, then added more as you can see. We kept the title at 24 to remind us of the original post.
A lot happens around a cup of coffee. Think about it for a minute. People meet people, relationships are built, business is made, people are hired, fired, promoted, proposed to, broken up with, divorced, hear bad news,.. or told some of the greatest news they ever heard in their life! As you pass by the many tables, you will see folks reading, talking, working, laughing, and… sometimes even crying. Life happens in a coffee shop. Some are enjoying their time alone, and some are not. Others are holding hands happily in love, while others are trying to make love work again. So many lives and stories; and all over a simple cup of coffee.
I’m not going to lie, the vanilla latte shown in this photo was the worst I’ve ever had here. I didn’t realize it until halfway through my meeting, and then remembered that the lady had warned me… something wasn’t working right, either her or the machine, I was too “plugged in” to hear exactly. Either way, her hospitality made up for it, and I was too busy to order another. They would have quickly replaced it had I asked. And this place is like great all of the time, whether it is the food, drinks or baked goods; so one “bad latte” isn’t going to ruin my day.
But coffee initiates community, and business; and many times it then fades into the background. Coffee is a neutralizer that leads to bigger and better things in so many lives every single day. Where would we be without coffee? Not far.
Asheville Coffee Shops
In the Asheville area and looking for some great places to have a cup of coffee? We are going to list a few below, but if we forgot anyone, or if you have a recommendation; please comment and share it with us. If we get a minute, we may even add them to the list and link to their website too. We purposely left a couple out because they have coffee, but they just don’t have that coffee shop feel. This blog post has received over 10,000 views already, with many more to come! So if you have any specific comments you want to make below, please do, as we will be sending this post out periodically in the next few days, weeks, and even months; so your comments do matter to us and our readers.
- Karen Donatelli
- Double D’s Coffee (The Double Decker Bus)
- The Coffee Pedlar (Must try)
- Green Sage
- Old Europe
- World Coffee
- Hi Five
- Battery Park Book Exchange
- Malaprop’s Bookstore & Cafe
- Vortex Doughnuts
- Sovereign Remedies
- Tod’s Tasties (Montford, 1 minute from downtown)
- Hi Five (Broadway, 1 minute from downtown)
- Greenlife (Merrimon, 1 minute from downtown)
- Beehive Coffee Bar (Hidden Gem)
- Green Sage
- Mosaic Cafe
- Medea’s Espresso & Juice Bar
- Also See Biltmore Village (Short South Asheville) Below
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