During my time in Charleston, I have become quite the connoisseur/ coffee-tramp... I never have settled on a favorite store. I was a barista for three years during college and directly afterwards, and after a while, you begin to realize that the quality of coffee is super important! I have four favorite brands-- Intelligenstia, Counter Culture, Stumptown, and Blue Bottle. When I first moved here, almost no coffeeshops carried my favorites. Now, as we're preparing to move away from Charleston, there are two excellent representations of these brands! Fully stocked with the North Carolina-based brand Counter Culture, Black Tap Coffee is a fantastic example of a light, airy shop with quality coffee and friendly owners.
Black Tap Coffee just opened within the last couple of months. The shop is situated in the heart of downtown Charleston, just a short walk from one of my favorite running spots, Colonial Lake. The concept is simple. A burlap bag is printed with the menu and hung on the wall. All the prices include tax, and round up to a quarter-- as a barista, not having to fuss with pennies and nickels is a nice touch. Simple and clutter-free is the name of the game at Black Tap.
Last Tuesday afternoon, my friend Helen and I spent a few hours together, drinking coffee and collecting sea glass from a hidden little beach in downtown Charleston. I selected an iced coffee, and added just a touch of simple syrup, no cream. It didn't need any cream; the coffee was so flavorful and fresh with no bitterness in sight! Helen is expecting her first baby, so in order to cut down on the caffeine, she ordered an iced green tea-- it was equally refreshing and slightly sweetened with local honey.
Overall, Black Tap is a welcome addition to the Charleston coffee scene! We'll be back, for sure.