Great coffee can be surprisingly hard to come by. Harder still is a coffee shop worth sitting in. Fortunately, your cup will runneth over in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.
Our eight favorite coffee shops are quite distinct from one another in both tastes and atmosphere. These aren’t stuffy, simple perk corner shops.
Take a little sip at each coffee shop and sit for a bit. You’ll find relaxation (and/or productivity) is just a drop away.
1. CUPS Coffee & Tea | Roanoke
Locally roasted Red Rooster Coffee is on drip at CUPS, a chill locale in Grandin Village. The coffee art is on fleek (if that’s still a cool term to use), and you’re going to drool over the homemade baked goods. CUPS is open for all three meals, so come for your morning coffee, midday iced coffee, and an evening tea.
2. The Daily Grind Cafe & Coffee | Rocky Mount
When you’re looking for breakfast or lunch with a top-notch caffeinated beverage in Rocky Mount, The Daily Grind’s got you. Daily chalkboard specials include soups, salads, sandwiches, sweets, and drink specials. Sit inside, outside, standard table, pub table, or bench … there’s not a bad seat in or out of the house.
3. Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Co. | Daleville
Rwandan, Haitian, and Thai coffee beans are the base of an excellent cup of coffee at Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Co. Why? The founder saw a way to help impoverished countries: pay the farmers a fair wage and get some of the world’s best coffee beans. It’s a win-win, really. Your thirst for coffee fuels families in need. Enjoy your beverage and your fresh knowledge of the “why” from your mountain-view seat or by the fire pit. “Drink Coffee. Do Good.”
4. Little Green Hive | Roanoke
“Fair trade” and “organic” are buzzwords we’re used to, but Little Green Hive walks the talk. The owners seek out “Third Wave Coffee,” that is, coffee that is single-origin and direct, fair trade. You won’t find coffee blends or subpar coffee of any kind at Little Green Hive. Check out the organic coffee bar to try something new.
Locally roasted brew is the name of the game at Mill Mountain, and people love those brews so much, there are five locations in Virginia’s Blue Ridge and one in downtown Richmond, Virginia. If you have a hankering for a fall flavor, ask for the Headless Horseman. It’s a pumpkin and hazelnut espresso cooler that will ignite your afternoon.
6. Sweet Donkey Coffee House | Roanoke
Carefully brewed coffee is not new. However, coffee brewed with the purpose of bringing out the original flavors of the bean rather than the roast is akin to wine making, and is something to take note of. Enjoy a cup of Sweet Donkey coffee on the porch, on the patio, or by the fireplace, depending on the weather and temperature.
7. The Whole Bean Coffeehouse | Rocky Mount
Spend a relaxing part of your Blue Ridge Day in Franklin County at The Whole Bean Coffeehouse in Rocky Mount. Drinks are made with locally-sourced ingredients like coffee and espresso from Red Rooster Coffee in Floyd and Homestead Creamery milk and half-and-half. Feeling hungry, too? Nibble on assorted baked goods or try a fresh-made paninis.
8. Altus Chocolate | Roanoke
It isn't technically a coffee house, but you'll still love the vibe and flavors at this local spot! As the name implies, it’s all about chocolate at Altus Chocolate, and their Chocolate Lounge is the swankiest place in Virginia’s Blue Ridge to hang out and sip a coffee or espresso. While you’re there, learn a thing or two about the single origin bean-to-bar chocolate crafted at Altus. We promise you’ll want a taste before you leave.
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If you’re anything like us, you love snapping and sharing your favorite new finds. We think these coffee shops are worth just that. If you check them out and agree, be sure to tag #BlueRidgeDay to show off your view as well as what’s in the cup.