{August 23, 2011}   A Coffee-Addict’s Guide to Downtown Greenville

Ahhhh Coffee…Steamy Nectar of the Gods! Bless the person who first thought of grinding up a bunch of roasted coffee beans and pouring some hot water over them. To a “Java Junkie” like me (who can’t even imagine starting the day without this caffeine-infused miracle) Downtown Greenville offers a wealth of independent coffee houses that are only too happy to help you feed your habit!

Our little coffee tour starts on the appropriately named Coffee Street and Coffee Underground, a locally-owned and operated coffee Mecca to artists, musicians, students from the Governor’s School and all sorts of creative types. CU (as it’s called by regulars) is not only the perfect place to meet friends, or find a quiet nook in which to study, but offers an array of artistic amusements ranging from their Gallery of local art, performances by area songwriters, poetry slams, cinema screenings and even stand-up comedy, all in a warm and cozy atmosphere.

Head south on Main Street and turn right onto Washington to discover Luna Rosa. This little Downtown gem offers true Italian style espresso (with extra shots if you’re feeling brave) as well as americano and machiatto. Add a scoop of their delicious gelato to make your coffee experience truly unique.

Back on Main Street, head toward the Westin Poinsett Hotel and Joel’s Java. A favorite with guests of the historic hotel, Joel’s serves the ever-popular Seattle’s Best coffee along with Lattes, cappuccinos, frappes, flavored shots and hot & iced tea. It’s a great place for visitors and locals alike to kickstart their day before heading out to explore our beautiful Downtown.

Take a detour onto Broad Street to find the next stop on our coffee tour, Brew & Ewe. This family-owned and operated coffee shop and boutique is a horse (or ewe) of a different color. On one side, you’ll find their coffee house which offers an array of coffee, espresso, breve, café au lait and more. On the other side is the boutique featuring woolen goods and locally handcrafted items. Coffee AND shopping? What could be better!

For something a little different, take the stairs down to RiverPlace and explore the caffeine possibilities at O-CHA Tea Bar. Yes, they serve delicious lattes and cappuccinos (iced and hot), but it’s the incredible assortment of teas, brewed in creative ways, that will make your taste buds giggle. Grab a bubble tea to cleanse your coffee palate, and take a moment to enjoy all the amazing local art that Art Crossing has to offer.

Well, you should be good and caffeinated by now, so continue south on Main, then cross the street to get to the West End Market and Coffee to a Tea.  This charming coffee house and bakery offers personally selected coffee, espresso and tea and a delightful menu prepared with all natural ingredients. But it’s the artisan breads and cakes almost too pretty to eat (almost) that give Coffee to a Tea its truly distinctive edge. You may want to set your diet aside when you visit!

Now strolling North on Main Street, we pass the stunning Falls Park and land at Spill The Beans. This innovative coffee house and creamery, located in a former textile mill, is also a favorite with students from The Governor’s School. Offering a variety of signature coffees, customers are also encouraged to sample their decadent ice creams and yogurts for a distinctive taste experience.  

Further North on Main Street, we end out tour at Liquid Highway, the coffee house with heart. Serving hand-crafted micro-roasted coffees, a generous portion of their proceeds benefits their Touch the Ground Foundation, a non-profit that aids medical clinics, orphanages, schools and families in need around the world lead healthier and fulfilling lives. (And the coffee’s good too…)

So, now you have an idea of how Downtown stays so vibrant and energetic…it’s the coffee! But if you’re not feeling adventurous enough to sample the wares of our independent coffee community, there’s always Starbucks…located at Michelin on Main. But don’t let anyone know I told you that…


Dan says:

Very interesting blog, glad I found it. Thanks for sharing these places. You forgot Palmetto Bean Company in the main library at Heritage Green and West End Coffee Company next to the ballpark. Is Latin Express Café still open on East Broad Street? They had good coffee there as well last time I visited. Other options downtown are Reiner’s, Grille 33, Blueberry Frog, Fix and Atlanta Bread.

Thanks for the feedback Dan! This is a brand new blog & I’m thrilled you found it so quickly…please spread the word! And don’t worry, there will be a Part II to this article. There are so many great coffee houses Downtown that I couldn’t list them all (I was afraid if I included too many, this would become a “Floating” Coffee Tour instead of a Walking one.) 😉

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