About the time the Third Wave Coffee movement was percolating, Asheville was a sleepy mountain town with very few options for a cool coffee scene. Malaprop’s Bookstore had a quaint little downstairs café that served fresh-brewed coffee and teas. Three decades later, some of us still have fond memories of Asheville’s first independent coffee house. Fortunately, the region is developing its own local java movement including artisan roasters, neighborhood coffee & tea houses, and even a regional coffee training and development center!
I once overheard a barista in Italy claim, “Every coffee has a customer and every customer has a coffee.” Check out some of these independent coffee & teahouses and experience the region’s café culture.
Asheville Coffee Roasters ~ Get roasted at one of the oldest small-batch roasters in WNC—they’re hand-roasting some of the best varietals from around the world. Order up a delicious cup at their coffeehouse or take home a pound of their fresh-roasted beans. Also check out Greg and Andi’s Espresso Meat Rub and other coffee-inspired products they produce.
BattleCat Coffee Bar ~ Stop by the popular West Asheville coffeehouse to enjoy fresh coffee, cold beers, amazing food and local art.
Bean Werks Coffee & Tea ~ Experience one of Bean Werks’ premium single varietals or signature blends. The West Asheville neighborhood roaster serves fresh, small-batch coffee; chai; whole-leaf and iced tea; smoothies and more.
Biltmore Coffee Traders ~ This convenient South Asheville favorite features fresh, hand-roasted coffee and organic teas. Check out their coffee ice cubes and local, organic pastries. They offer coffee by the cup or beans by the pound.
Dobrà Tea ~ The comfortable, good-vibe teahouse offers a taste of world tea culture, small bites and local sweet treats.
Dripolator Coffeehouse ~ Black Mountain’s popular coffee bar features fine coffees and teas in a comfortable living room space that feels like home. It’s well worth the 20-minute drive from Asheville, and is a great place to hang after a hike up Grey Beard.
Dynamite Roasting Co. ~ The Black Mountain coffee bar and roasting company serves fresh, artisan-roasted, 100% organic coffee including a variety of Fair Trade Certified™ products.
Edna’s of Asheville ~ The community coffeehouse and café roasts their own Rainforest Alliance Certified™ beans under their brand name Bad Puppy Roasting. Their front patio is the perfect place to sip on a delicious beverage with your dog pals. Check out their second location, Edna’s at the River in West Asheville across from Carrier Park!
The Green Sage Café ~ The café now has three locations: downtown, West Asheville, and South Asheville. In 2014, they were ranked as one of the top 20 greenest restaurants in America. They serve up fair trade, organic coffee; fresh-pressed juices; craft beers; smoothies and teas.
High Five Coffee ~ Located on the northern edge of downtown, the coffee bar serves hand-crafted coffee, espresso, craft beers and baked goods.
Izzy’s Coffee Den ~ This hip, cozy coffee den on Lexington Avenue serves Counter Culture coffee, espresso and local treats. They also provide a show space for local artists, and offer evening music. Look for their drive-up coffee truck; it’s often parked in front of Luella’s BBQ on Merrimon Avenue Monday through Friday mornings.
Malaprop’s Bookstore & Café ~ Asheville’s favorite independent bookstore and original coffeehouse serves up a literary menu, with treats from local bakeries and organic, fair trade, shade-grown coffee roasted locally. In their own words, they’re “a place where good reads, good company, good music and the best coffee complete the picture.”
Moments Coffee Bar & Catering ~ Nestled in the Swannanoa Valley along Highway 70, this warm and inviting coffeehouse serves a full selection of coffees and French press teas. Try their delicious quiches and paninis.
Mosaic Café ~ A neighborhood café in Biltmore Park Town Square, Mosaic serves fair trade and local coffee and teas. Their menu features breakfast, housemade pastries, sandwiches, paninis, soups and salads.
Old Europe ~ The quaint downtown bakery has been serving traditional European pastries and locally roasted coffee for two decades. Don’t miss their desserts!
PennyCup Coffee Co. ~ RAD’s Small Batch Roaster serves single origin roasts, custom blends, espresso and specialty coffees. Hours Monday-Friday 8 a.m. till 1 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. till 3 p.m.
Rejavanation Cafe ~ The friendly staff at the neighborhood café serve up handcrafted espresso drinks, fresh-roasted coffee, local craft beer, wine, smoothies and fresh-baked muffins and pastries.
Ultra Coffeebar ~The specialty coffee shop and café located in the heart of the River Arts District and features a full hot and cold espresso bar serving Counter Culture Coffee. The café also serves tea and hot chocolate. Delicious breakfast and lunch wraps, Panini sandwiches and fresh salads. Open for breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday 7AM-5PM; Saturday-Sunday 8AM-5PM.
Well-Bred Bakery & Café ~ Visit their Weaverville or Biltmore Village locations for gourmet pastries, artisan breads, fine foods and luscious coffees.
World Coffee Café ~ This coffee bar is located on the first floor of the historic Flat Iron Building in downtown, and is popular among locals and visitors. Friendly baristas serve delicious coffee, lattes, mochas and more. Enjoy people-watching on their sidewalk patio along Battery Park and Wall Street.