My wife and I are celebrating our 5th Wedding Anniversary this weekend by going on a coffee adventure! We're starting in Asheville, NC and I'm wanting to find some top-notch places in TN, VA, NC and SC, but I need suggestions. Let me know of places you've been to that will make great stops for us!
Just went on vacation to Charleston SC and went to Lowcountry coffee roasters In Ravenel SC and they were really good.
In charleston most shops use counter culture. if you want something hip, check out black cat downtown, or 'the collective' in mt pleasant. for something a little bit different, try 'metto' in mt pleasant, they use zoka roaster. lowcountry coffee roaster, formerly island roaster is not my favorite.
Waking Life Espresso in Asheville is my favorite, hands down. The Drip is alright, but I feel like the Baristi are friendlier at Waking Life and the atmosphere is very good for me to bring work or a book to.
I lived in Banner Elk for a couple of years. My first barista job was in Linville. Love the mountains.
Cafe Helios in downtown Raleigh, NC, or Open Eye Cafe in Carborro - they are both home to some awesome baristas! Helios uses CCC and Open Eye uses Carborro Coffee, you can't go wrong with either one.