So, it’s not a big secret that I’m sweet on coffee shops. My day doesn’t start without a cup of joe (flavored please, room for cream and sugar). I am lucky enough to live within walking distance to 2 coffee shops in my neighborhood.
Although I appreciate a Starbucks latte as much as the next girl or guy, there’s something I love about independent coffee shops (just like indie bookstores)! For me, it’s the smell of fresh coffee roasting before I hit the front door, the creak of wooden floors under my feet, the banter of regular customers, and the hiss of the espresso machine. I love sitting outside on a front porch, watching the world go by, catching up with girlfriends, or reading a novel.
It was practically a requirement to have a coffee shop in my new novel, Center of Gravity–a central, comforting, homey place for the characters to meet and connect. I created Miss Beulah’s shop, scented with cinnamon rolls and fresh scones, and fashioned it after Carpe Diem in Mobile, Ala., a place where everyone knows your name, your favorite drink, and what time you’re most likely to rush in for a caffeine boost! In Center, Miss Beulah’s is a gathering place for business people, lawyers, judges, Bible study groups, stay-at-home moms, writing groups, and book clubs. I hope you’ll enjoy reading about it in the novel.
Until then, here’s a run-down of my favorite Alabama coffee shops…
Carpe Diem Coffee & Tea Co., Mobile, Ala.
Grab your favorite beverage and a treat, and relax in the historic, Victorian coffee house. Read a book, surf the web (Free Wi-Fi), or enjoy the company of friends in a quiet corner or in one of the covered, outdoor seating areas.
Latte Da, Fairhope, Ala.
Our coffee shop serves not only coffee (from a regular old cup of Joe to a double-shot-extra foam-skim-latte with a touch of cinnamon) but also tea, ice rages, Blue Bell ice cream, and sinful pastries.
O’Henry’s, Downtown Homewood, Ala.
Coffee and community since 1993. O’Henry’s Coffees is Birmingham’s first true coffeehouse. The natural brick, tin ceiling and warm colors make for a place where people love to gather.
The Overall Company, Opelika, Ala.
The Overall Company’s mission is to inspire and lift the spirit of every individual that comes in contact with The Overall Company through meaningful and intuitive hospitality and intentional experiences that enliven the senses.
Edelweiss, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Since they opened their doors in 2007, Edelweiss has enjoyed serving the area with authentic German bread, pretzels, rolls, pastries, cakes and other European specialties — an authentic German taste without leaving town!
Blue Moon Coffee Shop, Eufaula, Ala.
Find this little shop on 347 South Eufaula Avenue. Friends are made, families connect. Great ideas are had. The Blue Moon defines community.
Wake Up Coffee Company, Auburn, Ala.
Just as the coffee and tea program strives to connect customers with farmers in developing nations, Wake Up’s fair trade artisan goods connect customers to amazing artisans who make beautiful pieces with incredible stories behind them.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Cafe Louisa in Montgomery, Serda’s Coffee Company in Mobile, and Satori Coffee, also in Mobile, Ala.
How about your favorite coffee houses (anywhere)? Please share!