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Your guide to Asheville’s coffee scene

From roasters and tastings to where to find nitro cold brew.


Rowan Coffee’s “Winter Solstice” latte.

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For richer or pour over, Asheville’s coffee shops are what keep us going in the morning. Asheville may be known as Beer City, but we’ve also got an impressive coffee scene brewing.

Take inspiration from our guide, which features local roasters, tours, and other specialty coffee experiences. If you’re having trouble deciding on a spot, these 25+ establishments are sure to get your mind percolating.

Gallivant Coffee

Gallivant Coffee is a warm, cozy spot for coffee and other vegan goodies.

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Specialty drinks

Gallivant, 126 Elkwood Ave., #102, Woodfin | Stop by this plant-based cafe for oat milk lattes, bagels, and housemade vegan cream cheese.

Bridge & Tunnel Coffee, various locations | Track down the truck for unbelievable nitro cold brews that come in seasonal flavors like blueberry basil and stout truffle, with the option of having your drink served over flaked ice or with whipped cream and a cookie.

Grind AVL, 346 Depot St. | This is a go-to spot for dalgonas and super creative latte flavors (think: toasted marshmallow).

Summit Coffee Co., various locations | Choose from a variety of creative cups on its rotating seasonal menu — although you can never go wrong with a no-nonsense cup of drip.

The Times Bar & Coffee Shop, 56 Patton Ave. | Indulge in a variety of seasonal picks or opt for a boozy coffee, like the Kindred Spirits, with pumpkin, rosemary, brown sugar, baking spices, espresso, milk, and rum.

Trade and Lore, 37 Wall St. | Flavor your espresso-based drink of choice with a uniquely flavored house-made syrup like pistachio and rosewater or butterbeer.

Bridge & Tunnel Coffee Truck

The Bridge & Tunnel Coffee truck is a nitro cold brew machine.

Photo via Bridge & Tunnel Coffee

Espresso yourself

Odd’s Cafe, 800 Haywood Rd., Ste. A-110 | Grab a seat, and let the extensive menu of coffee, tea, and seasonal options fuel your workday.

Pollen Coffee + Flower Shop, 45 S. French Broad Ave., Ste. 150 | Brighten your day with a colorful bouquet and an espresso tonic at this aesthetically pleasing cafe.

Retro Coffee, 2619 Sweeten Creek Rd. | Hit up this community coffee shop for delicious pastries, good vibes, and a rotating seasonal menu.

Rowan Coffee, 66 Broadway St. | From expertly crafted pourovers to espresso-based mocktails, there’s something for every palate.

The Daily Grind, 100 District Dr., Unit 216 | This new addition to Biltmore Village is owned by Asheville natives, serving up coffee classics and specialty drinks using Dynamite Roasting Co. beans.

hand holding an iced coffee outside the front of The Daily Grind

The Da Vinci is a perfect pistachio-flavored cold brew.

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Best bites

Battlecat Coffee Bar, 373 Haywood Rd. | Get your caffeine fix, then head to the back of the shop to order a breakfast bagel or panini from Tiger Bay Cafe.

Bebettes: A New Orleans Coffeehouse, 1 Page Ave., #111 | The only thing sweeter than a latte is a latte paired with pillowy, made-to-order beignets — or better yet, a sandwich with beignet buns.

Double D’s Coffee & Desserts, 41 Biltmore Ave. | Satisfy your sweet tooth with an affogato or opt for a classic brewed coffee to go alongside one of its decadent treats.

Home Ground Coffee Bar & Deli, 219 Amboy Rd. | Step up to the counter to order a bowl, sandwich, or breakfast burrito before taking a seat in the casual dining area or at an outdoor table.

Liberty House Coffee and Café, 221 S. Liberty St. | This 1920s cottage-turned-cafe is a neighborhood favorite for simple + delicious breakfast and lunch fare.

Ultra Coffeebar, 242 Clingman Ave. | Bagels, sandwiches, and wraps are on the menu, with plenty of options for plant-based folks — the Joey is City Editor Grace’s favorite.

Vortex Doughnuts, 32 Banks Ave., Ste. 106 | A latte or cold brew is a perfect pairing with one of the shop’s creative doughnut flavors.

On-the-go joe

Bad Manners Coffee | Stay up to date on social media to get your caffeine fix at pop-ups and events before the brick-and-mortar location opens at 697 Haywood Rd., Ste. G — you can also catch them at Provisions Mercantile - West Asheville.

Chaunie’s Coffee, 22 Stoner Rd. | Pay the coffee truck a visit for a classic cold brew or seasonal bev — you can also book them to roll up to your next private event.

Dripolator, various locations | Swing through the drive-thru at the Candler location or pop by the new South Asheville cafe for a cup of java with freshly roasted beans.

Earthling Coffee + Espresso, various locations | Stop by the food court at the Asheville Mall for an out-of-this-world coffee to fuel your shopping trip.

Hi-Five Coffee, various locations | Stop by one of three locations for a brew made with Counter Culture Coffee — or ask for the barista’s choice if you’re feeling spontaneous.

Sage and Spice Market, 1056 Patton Ave. | Grab a hot or iced espresso-based beverage while browsing the market’s offerings of cheeses, olives, candles, and other locally made goods.

Cooperative Coffee

Some of the selection at Cooperative Coffee.

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Roasts to boast

Cooperative Coffee | This West Asheville roaster sources green coffee beans that finish with a sweet, bright, and clean flavor profile. Sample a cup for yourself at Odd’s, Haywood Common, or Liberty House Cafe.

Penny Cup Coffee Co. | This small-batch roaster and coffee shop has four local cafes and also sells its beans wholesale. It offers single-origin roasts, as well as custom blends + espresso beans.

High Noon Coffee Roasters | Find this women-owned business off Charlotte Street in North Asheville. It places special importance on ethically sourced beans, such as the Sumatra Ketiara batch from a women-run cooperative in Indonesia.

Mountain City Coffee Roasters | This roastery shares a space with High Noon in North Asheville and prides itself on offering affordable, single-origin coffees from Colombia, Ethiopia, Sumatra, and Honduras.

Dynamite Roasting Co. | Located just outside Asheville in Black Mountain, this organic fair-trade coffee shop + roaster is a local favorite. It sells beans by the bag and also offers wholesale.

Asheville Coffee Roasters | Many locals swear by this Woodfin roaster, which has offered fresh beans for 15+ years. Its signature product is a French roast named the “Pitbull on Crack.”

Round Earth Roasters | Find beans from Brazil, Colombia, Panama, Peru, and six other countries at this quaint spot near Biltmore Village. We’ve also heard great things about the Colombia Decaf blend.

Dynamite Roasting

Dynamite Roasting also makes a mean iced coffee.

Tours and tastings

Coffee Curious Workshops | Learn more about the wide world of tasting notes, roasters, and how to make the perfect pourover at this educational workshop with Toni Oreck.

Asheville Coffee Tours | Join barista Jarika Johnson on a walking tour featuring six local coffee shops that highlight micro-roasters, independent cafes, and historic Asheville landmarks.

Be the barista

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