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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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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. These 15+ establishments are sure to get your mind percolating.

Cooperative Coffee

Some of the selection at Cooperative Coffee.

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Local roasters

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

Dynamite Roasting also makes a mean iced coffee.

Dynamite Roasting Co. | Located just outside of 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.

Pourover lesson with Coffee Curious

A pourover lesson with Coffee Curious Workshops.

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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 highlights micro-roasters, independent cafes, and historic Asheville landmarks.

Gallivant Coffee

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

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Other specialty offerings

For a fully vegan cafe experience, head to Gallivant in Woodfin for oat milk lattes, bagels, and housemade vegan cream cheese.

Want an immaculately crafted pourover? Try Rowan Coffee in downtown Asheville. Just want a regular cup of joe? High Five, Izzy’s, and Summit are all sure bets for a solid, no-nonsense cup of drip.

Bridge & Tunnel Coffee Truck

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

Photo via Bridge & Tunnel Coffee

Track down the Bridge & Tunnel Coffee 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 is our go-to spot for dalgonas and super creative latte flavors (think: toasted marshmallow). Other great places for zany, creative flavored lattes include: Battlecat Coffee Bar, Odd’s Cafe, and Earthling Coffee + Espresso.

Want to explore a ton of Asheville’s greatest cafes in one fell swoop? Take a gander at our official AVLtoday Coffee Crawl, which journeys through nine downtown coffee shops.

Now... what did we miss?

We know, we know — we couldn’t possibly include them all. Did we miss your favorite coffee roaster? Shoot us a note, and we’ll see about adding them to our list.

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