Do you roast your coffee beans in house?
At this time, we outsource our roasting to some of the masters in the business -- Magnum Roasting Company. We work and communicate very closely with them to ensure that we get exactly the beans we want and roasted to high standards that our customers have come to expect from us.
Stay tuned, though! We are always planning for the next phase of our growth and roasting locally is a high priority for our future.
What's the difference between light and dark roast coffee?
It's basically just a matter of how long the beans are roasted. When you're sitting around a campfire, you'll notice that some people like their marshmallows "white n' warm," others like them burned to a crisp. Likewise, different folks like different characteristics in a cup of coffee. The results of the roasting, and the time, temperature, and eventual "color" bring out different personalities in the beans. Light roasts tend to be a bit more mellow and well-balanced, while dark roasts have a bolder flavor.
Creation -- a breakfast blend, well-balanced, light, mellow, and a toasted nut aroma.
Summit -- a Sumatra blend, dark in color, complex, slightly acidic, and quite bold
* only available as espresso in our shops. Can be purchased in 12oz. bags for home preparation.
Community -- Jet black, glossy beans. Rich, powerful, complex flavors. Earthy notes with a delightful hint of bitterness.
What's the difference between coffee and espresso?
All espresso is coffee, but not all coffee is espresso. The difference lies primarily in the grinding and preparation method and secondarily in the roasting of the beans.
Espresso: The beans are ground very finely (to increase the surface area of each granule and, therefore the strength of the brew), then packed tightly into a disk. Steam is then forced through the tightly-packed grounds. The result is a strong, low-volume brew with complex flavors that pair nicely with steamed milk (a latte or cappuccino) or straight up with a little sugar (a cubano). Americanos are espresso that is diluted with hot water. Espresso is generally roasted much darker to accentuate the strong coffee flavor and balance the creaminess of the dairy.
Coffee: The beans are ground more coarsely then put loosely into a filter. Hot water is then poured slowly through the grounds which remain in the filter as the coffee passes through.. This is the traditional "drip brewing" method of coffee that many home-brewers are familiar with. We offer different roasts and blends of beans that give our coffee the unique and complex flavors for which we are known. We think our coffee pairs perfectly with a splash of half & half.
By the way, it's "ESS-presso," not "EX-presso" :-)
What coffee and espresso drinks do you serve?
All our tasty drinks can be found on the Menu Page. We sure hope you'll come by and try some!
How do I make coffee when I'm out hiking?
Luckily, both our shops offer retail bags of coffee so you can make coffee at home or out on your next adventure. We love the JetBoil French Press - there's nothing like fresh brewed coffee in the woods!
Are you hiring?
We employ a small but mighty staff between our two locations, but we always welcome a resume and cover letter from a prospective candidate. We hire people who genuinely care about coffee and the people they serve it to. Our baristas are friendly, engaged, hard-working, reliable, and willing to get up early for a day of good, honest, hard work spent in service to our community. Cynics and snobs need not apply. To submit an application, please fill out the form and follow the directions on this Application Page, and we'll get back to you quick as a fiddle.
How does the Thru-Punch Card work?
It's our way of showing our appreciation to the good folks who come by time and time again and allow us to keep this little business up and running. It is truly our honor when we have the opportunity to give you one for free. It shows us that you are part of the family and that means the world to us. A free cup every here and there is the least we can do to say thanks.
The program is really quite simple, every time you buy a punch-eligible drink from either of our shops, you are entitled to a "punch" in our "Thru-Punch Card." After you have acquired 10 punches, your eleventh drink is on the house -- any style, any size!
- Any coffee or espresso drink
- Hot Chocolate
- Lemonade/Iced Tea
- Hot Tea
- Bottled Drinks
- Food Items
- Kids milks and steamers
What are your HOURS and where are you LOCATED?
Are you open on holidays?
We are open every day of the year except for Easter Sunday, Christmas Day, and Thanksgiving Day. Occasionally we close for maintenance. Follow our Facebook and Instagram accounts to stay up to date on the latest news.
Do you offer catering?
We don't have a formal catering operation at this time, but it is a huge goal of ours for the coming year. We sell 96 fl.oz. "coffee boxes" to go with cups, lids, and all the accoutrements to go with. We're happy to serve a box to a walk-in customer, but we really appreciate a heads up the day or an hour before you want to pick it up, so we can be efficient and ready for your pick up.
That all being said, if you want coffee for an event, wedding, meeting, or any other function, let's talk. We've come in early and brewed gallons of coffee for many local events in the past and we'll do it again. If we can make it happen while still serving the highest quality coffee, we'd love to work with you! Just get in touch via our Contact Page, and we'll start the dialogue.
How do you pronounce Appalachian?
Down in the south, we say App-uh-latch-ian. And if you say App-al-ay-shan, we're gonna have to throw an Apple-at-'cha!
Where are some good hikes around here?
We are partial to the Appalachian Trail, the 2185-mile trail that runs from Georgia to Maine. The AT runs through Hot Springs, NC, which is about 90 minutes from both of our locations - great hiking near there! Otherwise, we love hiking in Pisgah National Forest. Some of our favorite hikes around here include:
- Sam Knob
- Black Balsam Knob
- Pink Beds
- John Rock
- Skinny Dip Falls
- Looking Glass Rock
If you find a great hike, come by the shop and tell us all about it!