Raise your hand if you love coffee! We do things a little different around here, in case you hadn’t noticed, so let’s take a tour of where to get good coffee West Virginia style here in the Eastern Panhandle. From the usual suspects (Hi Starbucks!) to the hard working locals serving you your morning joe, coffee is king around these parts. Let’s introduce you to some of our favorites.
The Unusual Suspect: The Daily Grind. Conveniently located next to Prime Location’s office on Foxcroft, The Daily Grind offers specialty coffee drinks, teas, and even serves craft beers and regional wines for your after work enjoyment. Get your breakfast or lunch here, reserve their 12-person conference room, enjoy free wifi, and come back for game night. They even have made-to-order handmade donuts. Not your typical coffee joint!
The Usual Suspect: Starbucks – Located inside the Martinsburg Target, grab a cup of your favorite and shop. If you pay with your Target Red Card, enjoy an extra 5% off. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wandered the aisles with my ‘bux in hand, buying all the stuff I don’t really need. But we all know: it’s Target and Starbucks in one place. How could you not?
Happy Creek Coffee – Ever heard of nitro cold brew coffee on draft? Now you have. It’s *really, really good.* What makes this shop stand out is it’s 100% Gluten-free model. Happy Creek also primarily serves pour-over coffee – meaning each individual cup is ground fresh and brewed immediately, allowing the biggest, freshest flavor possible. They also offer sipping chocolates, fresh-squeezed juices, whole-fruit smoothies and homemade syrups. Yum.
Organic, fair-trade and an impossibly cool backstory more your style? Mad Monks has you covered. Located downtown, stop in for delicious fresh-brewed coffee, baked goods and monastic breads made on-site, and a happy, hometown, neighborly feel. What makes Mad Monks totally unique is the fact that it is actually owned, managed and run by monks. From their website: “The “Mad Monks” are really “Canons” (and not the kind that go boom!), of the Canons Regular Of The New Jerusalem. These Canons are Catholic priests who live and pray in community, and are located right here in Charles Town.” Cool, huh?
The Hideaway Cafe has such a great vibe – three local women, Christy Berghoff, Victoria Kidd, and Jess Clawson joined together to create this one-of-a-kind space in Old Town Winchester. It’s bigger than you first think. One amazing thing I love is their commitment to community with their C4C, Caffeine for a Cause, program. Each month they spend an entire day sharing profits with a charitable partner working for the betterment of the local community. The Hideaway Cafe also features local artists works on their walls for sale. A true community partner, delicious food, and really good coffee. A winning combo.
Under new ownership since 2014, The Country Cafe is a wonderful place to stop for a cup of Black Dog Coffee (local coffee roasters/heroes), relax with some local friends and catch up on your hometown news. Serving breakfast and lunch, they pride themselves on their friendly atmosphere and delicious food. Personally, I think this shop is a lovely reminder of how small town living can be such a wonderful experience. Don’t miss this one if you haven’t been here yet!
Good Coffee West Virginia Style
Personally, I think we’re upping our game around here. I haven’t had a bad cup yet at any of these places. We love local businesses and supporting our neighbors. Why wouldn’t you come live here?