SIG­NA­TURE PERKS

Coffee houses are spring­ing up across the city, of­fer­ing caf­feine junkies a jolt of premium fla­vor and top-shelf tech­nique.

Where Charlotte - - WHERE NOW | CHARLOTTE -

Not Just Coffee

The res­i­dent repos­i­tory for NC-based Counter Culture Coffee beans has two Up­town cafes and one in South End. At 7th Street Pub­lic Mar­ket, grab a seat at the bar and en­joy some pretty swell latte art. SIG PERK: Latte (fla­vors range caramel to vanilla bean sugar) WHERE: 224 E. 7th St.

Un­der­cur­rent Coffee

Head to Plaza Mid­wood for this late spring en­tree into Char­lotte’s bean scene. Be­hind the se­cre­tive and al­legedly whim­si­cal menu is sea­soned barista Diana Mnat­sakanyan. SIG PERK: TBD WHERE: 2012 Com­mon­wealth Ave.

Coco & The Di­rec­tor

Hip fac­tor earns this place a spot in the con­scious­ness of Char­lotte’s in-the-know crowd. En­joy live mu­sic while you sip your cold­brew from sta­dium seat­ing. SIG PERK: Sin­gle-ori­gin pour-over WHERE: 100 W. Trade St., 704.353.6003

Water­bean

Sa­vor your way through a hand-brewed coffee tast­ing flight at Water­bean’s new Up­town spot, or try a cuppa French press, AeroPress, Che­mex pour-over or av­er­age drip-style. SIG PERK: Cold-brew iced coffee WHERE: 616 N. Tryon St., 704.681.7777

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