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