If you’re looking for a good coffee shop to shake up your morning routine, quench your caffeine thirst or take an overhead shot of your hand and a latte, we’ve got you covered. We scrolled through our CurEaters’ lists to profile some exceptional coffee and drink experts. With the holiday season upon us, we know how chaotic life can be. That’s why these 5 CurEaters will guide you to caffeine this weekend.
Founder and CEO of Raleigh based cold brew coffee company, SlingShot Coffee, Jenny Bonchak knows a thing or two when it comes to a good coffee shop. Jenny, an award-winning barista, realized the iced coffees that were available at coffee bars were nothing more than subpar, so she did something about it. She started brewing her own coffee from her house and found it to be far superior than anything store bought. Naturally, each one of her CurEat lists highlight her favorite coffee shops. So if you are in NYC, Raleigh, Charleston or Atlanta this weekend, check out Jenny’s lists.
Sean Lilly Wilson is the owner and Chief Executive Optimist at Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, NC. Sean was a James Beard Foundation semi-finalist in both 2012 and 2013 in the category of “Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional”. We think it’s pretty safe to assume Sean knows his drinks, coffee included. Although he’s a beverage expert in North Carolina, his “Coffee Snob” list isn’t limited to just one state.
Contemporary painter from Charleston, Tim Hussey, obviously has an eye when it comes to the “least pretentious restaurants with the best lighting”. If you don’t believe us, check out is CurEat bio. Tim has lived in Paris, New York, LA and Santa Fe, so we trust Tim to help us find the coolest spots that just so happen to have the best coffee. “His Worthy Coffee Shops” list is not only about the coffee, but also about the aesthetic (because we all know they’re equally important).
Spending some time in Asheville, NC this weekend? CurEater and Chef Katie Button, owner of Cúrate Tapas Bar and Nightbell Restaurant, has a “Waking Up in Asheville” list. If we were there, we would stop by High Five Coffee for our first cup of coffee then head over to Vortex Doughnuts for one of their seasonal doughnuts and our second cup of coffee. When in the mountains, you have to visit a good coffee shop, right?
Johnny Belflower opened up Tasty Beverage Company in Raleigh in 2011 and stocked it full with about 1,200 packaged beers from across the country and the world. In addition to the store being stocked with thousands of American craft and Belgian beer, there’s also a small bar in the back. Who doesn’t like to shop for beer while drinking beer? Johnny Belflower is a go-to when it comes to, you guessed it, tasty beverages, so check out his “Raleigh Coffee” list and his “Asheville Coffee” list if you’re looking for something tasty this weekend.