Story by Lauren Levine, updated by Cassie Townsend
Charlotte-based brands like Pure Intentions Coffee and Hex Coffee will make you ashamed you ever thought about dumping ice cubes into your K-Cup mixture and calling it a day. Their cold brews are perfect for when you need an icy pick-me-up.
Ditch the stale donuts
If you associate coffee shops with a sad pastry case, it’s time to shift your perspective. One bite of a salted caramel brownie from Amelie’s will make you realize just what you’ve been missing.
If nothing but those fried rolls of dough will do, skip the national chains and stop by Duck Donuts, Joe's Doughs or Suarez Bakery for gourmet, artisanal varieties like Maple Bacon, Blueberry Earl Grey and Pumpkin Pie to accompany your cup of Joe.
People watch as you sip
Spots like Not Just Coffee (with locations at 7th Street Public Market and Atherton Mill), Smelly Cat Coffeehouse and Coco and the Director provide a great backdrop as you enjoy your brew. Pretty lights. Exposed brick. Free Wifi. You’ll feel inspired. Now about that screenplay you’ve been meaning to write…
Three to see:
This article ran in the September 2015 issue of Charlotte Happenings.
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