Looking for a one-of- a-kind coffee house in the Huntsville area? Of course, the Tennessee Valley has the typical coffee franchises found in most mid-sized towns…Which is a good thing. I mean, I enjoy theirs as much as the next guy. But I’m talking about those unique little hole-in- the-wall places that only the locals know about. So, just for you guys, I hit what I call the Huntsville Coffee Trail today!
I was surprised by how many of those local coffee shops are available to us. But my biggest surprise was the diverse vibes I got from visiting each one. It’s like a totally different coffee culture within a fifteen-mile radius. In one afternoon, I visited and sampled the best our town had to offer.
Chris and his wife Katie opened Grounded Coffee in Madison just a few years back and have chosen roasters who operate on the highest integrity: Populace Coffee in Bay City, Michigan and Steadfast Coffee in Nashville.
Grounded Coffee is filled with plenty of natural light and plenty of seating—the perfect venue for gaming, classes, Bible study, and anything else you can think of. In a hurry? Grounded Coffee has a convenient drive-through window.
My first sample of their coffee was a straight espresso. I’d never had espresso before, so I got quite the jolt when I downed a shot. Next, they offered me a frothy latte with an adorable little cream flower in the center designed by one of the baristas. (Thank you, Ben!)
For more information, visit https://grounded.coffee/.
No time to hang out and chillax? Southbrew Coffee has the brew for you!
Youthful and energetic Amy Powell took over ownership of Southbrew last spring.
“We do things a little differently here,” says Amy. By that, she means that they are always experimenting with new coffee flavors. One of their most popular flavors is Butter Beer. (Which contains absolutely no alcohol for those who aren’t into Harry Potter and are muggles, like me!)
Choose from around 30 different flavors to give life to your latte (or whatever you’re having.) Southbrew roasts their beans in-house and partners with Hamley Bake Shoppe out of Meridianville for their pastries.
Amy says, “We focus on relationships with our customers and being genuinely connected to our community.”
For more information, visit www.southbrew.com.
Angel's Island Coffee
According to their baristas, the idea of Angel’s Island Coffee came about when 16-year- old Angel was living in Fiji with her parents. Her dad struck a deal with the owner for Angel to work there. She worked there without pay (other than an allowance that her dad paid her) and loved the idea of starting her own shop.
Her dream came true in 2007 when she opened Angel’s Island Coffee, named after the beautiful Fiji Islands. Since then they’ve won several local awards, and it’s easy to see why…Their Sunkist is to die for! Made of chocolate, espresso, and ice cream, the Sunkist is chocolate bliss! Not only do they serve coffee, tea, and smoothies, they also have salads, sandwiches, and a kid’s menu.
Look for their bright orange and aqua building on South Parkway, and don’t miss their fun events such as music on Friday and Saturday night.
For more information on their menu and community events, visit www.angelsislandcoffee.net
Old Towne Coffee Shoppe
“Hippies use side door…No exceptions!” reads a sign near the door of Olde Towne Coffee Shoppe. People, this shop is like no other. This shop was established in 1997.
When Robby and Tina bought the business much later, one of the baristas told Robby, “You may be buying the coffee shop, but it’s their living room.” The barista was talking about the shop’s loyal patrons.
Indeed, Olde Town is a uniquely laid-back and interesting second home to the regulars who love to sit outside, play chess, or just chew the fat.
Oh, no worries…the colorful cast of characters welcome newcomers like myself with no hesitation! Odie is a regular who lives in a refurbished yellow school bus and hikes the Appalachian Trail at least once a year. Robby says he doesn’t know Odie’s real name. That’s okay. Cause it’s all good.
For more information on Olde Towne Coffee Shoppe and its many community events, visit www.oldetownecoffee.net.
I know, I know—Alchemy Lounge sounds like a place where you must be 21 or older to get in, right? Not so fast, my friend.
Located on the 2nd floor in Lowe Mill, Alchemy Lounge is very family friendly. They market to fine coffee and quality tea aficionados.
Since their opening on October 1, 2016, they have already seen a few marriage proposals in their establishment. It’s no wonder. With Beethoven playing softly over the speakers and the gentle glow of subtle lighting, it’s just the place to go for that special after-movie latte.
“Alchemy implies science,” says one of their baristas. She adds that the atmosphere, high quality products, and community connections are what set Alchemy Lounge apart. And their coffee cake ain’t that bad, either!
For more information, visit www.alchemyhsv.com.
Okay, so how about you? Which one of these local coffee shops are you going to try first?
by: Stephanie L. Robertson