There is nothing like a hot cup of coffee to get your day started, especially when it is cold and dreary out. These days there are many options beyond your home-brewed variety, so here are our top picks for a wintertime coffee break:
Church Street Coffee and Books
Church Street Coffee and Books makes the list because they offer great customer service and baked goods made in-house that are to die for on top of the great coffee drinks they serve. The coffee at Church Street is locally sourced from Homewood’s Octane. Church Street Coffee is right in my neighborhood so I visit regularly for a skinny latte and a breakfast bite or a breakup cookie. They also have great books and the staff is always ready with a recommendation. Book orders can even be sent in via text and will be ready for pickup or free delivery to the Mountain Brook community within 2 days.
O’Henry’s Coffees buys and roasts their own beans at their sister company, O’Henry’s Coffee Roasting Company, making for a superior quality cup of joe. Try the mocha java blend for a full bodied, rich tasting treat! With the first location opening in downtown Homewood in 1993, O’Henry’s has grown to include locations at Brookwood Mall, the Regions/Harbert Tower and newly opened Highland Park.
With hand-brewed coffees, artisan espresso drinks and craft cocktails, Octane raises the coffee bar. They offer housemade pastries, breakfast, and desserts. Bean roasting takes place on site in Homewood and you can even watch the process through the huge glass window. This Atlanta-based company has received numerous shout outs in magazines such as Travel & Leisure, Liquid Culture and Bon Appetit, so stop by and see what all the buzz is about!
The Red Cat Coffee House
The Red Cat Coffee House owners Kirk Summers and Erin Isbell began by roasting small batch coffees using a home roaster and selling them at the Pepper Place Saturday Market. When demand continued to grow, the pair decided to open their own shop. All about sustainable coffee, the folks at The Red Cat focus on the quality of the coffee and the fair treatment of the laborers who actually cultivate and harvest it. To achieve that end, and to create a perfect cup of coffee for their customers, they make yearly treks to the coffee farms themselves, visiting farms in locales such as the volcanic slopes of Boquete, Panama, the high mountains around Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic, or estates in Costa Rica and El Salvador. So you can rest assured your cup of joe has been thoroughly vetted! And if coffee is not your cup of tea, The Red Cat also provides live entertainment on weekends featuring indie, folk and acoustic artists. They also serve beer!
We hope we have inspired you to take a coffee break!