Asheville is nationally known for its local cuisine and craft beers, but it’s also brewing a reputation for funky coffeehouses and great cups from fresh-roasted beans. Area artisan roasters have mastered the art and craft of small-batch coffee roasting. Here’s a round-up of those you need to know:
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.
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.
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.
Mountain Air Roasting ~ This micro-roaster specializes in small-batch, artisanal coffees sourced from East Africa and the Americas. Retail and wholesale (greater than 15 lbs) quantities are available online. Cups are served locally at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe and Waking Life Espresso.
Mountain City Coffee Roasters ~ Mountain City is a micro-roaster of specialty coffee located in West Asheville. Visit their website for convenient online ordering and information, including a fascinating history of coffee and roasting in Asheville.
Notorious Coffee Roasting Co. ~ Look for their roasted beans at the Weaverville Tailgate Market on Wednesdays and the Madison County Farmers & Artisan Market on Saturdays. You can also enjoy the artisan roaster’s coffees at Double D’s (in the red double-decker bus) in Asheville, The Bees’ Knees Baking Company in Mars Hill, and Doughlicious in Marshall.