Upstate Coffee Shops Usher in Fall
Where to find the best hot and cold brews — with a shot of history — in South Carolina.
Us coffee diehards still sip our cup of joe in 100-degree temperatures during the summer, but a steaming mug takes on new meaning during the fall. Chilly mornings have us heading out to local coffee shops, lingering over a hazelnut latte and scone and ultimately feeling rejuvenated for the season ahead. These coffee shops are also situated in some pretty interesting places that range from an abandoned textile mill to a historic Masonic temple, tempting you to stay even longer and order another cup.
Located in downtown Spartanburg in a historic Masonic Temple on Main Street, Little River Coffee Bar celebrated its fifth anniversary August 20. Since opening, the shop has offered a diverse menu taken from Little River Roasting Company, including light to medium like Brazil Alta Mogiano and the dark flavors of Tanzanian Peaberry. Their special for August was a toffee frappe, so we can’t wait to find out what they have in store for September. They also carry the muffins, scones, cookies and more made by neighbor Cakehead Bakeshop, while claiming Hub City Book Shop as another neighbor, so there’s no reason to leave the temple. If you’re passing by Spartanburg but not looking to stop, try their drive-thru location at The Coffee Bar East.
Fun fact: The building was constructed in the 1920s and is still used by Spartanburg Lodge No. 70 in the rooms above the coffee shop.
Due South Coffee is located in a old textile mill off West Main Street in Taylors, but don’t let the word “old” fool you. This shop has quite a modern look with a variety of beverages. While Due South’s hot coffee is to die for, their selection of teas offer up a thoughtfully crafted drink. The iced peppermint is refreshing any day of the week. Besides beverages, this coffeehouse sells a wide selection of pastries from Greenville’s Swamp Rabbit Cafe, but keep an eye out for signature drinks like the Oma Goodness, a coffee-infused plum syrup with sparkling mineral water, lemon and a sugar rim. When you’re done, head next door to Savvy Restyle Market, a monthly popup boutique.
Fun fact: Taylors Mill was opened in 1924, and its first owner was Southern Bleachery.
Last but not least is The Village Grind. Positioned in the arts district of Greenville, this coffee shop is offering a great selection of beverages that range from hot coffees to teas and even hot chocolates. Want your coffee iced? “We can do that” the shop’s chalkboard menu reads. If you’d rather go hot, try the hazelnut latte, lavender mocha or a simple Americano and sip among the shop’s vintage decor.
Fun fact: This artsy shop receives their beans from Due South Coffee. It’s a small world after all.
Photo credits, from top: Pouring coffee from Due South Facebook page, Masonic Temple courtesy of Little River, Due South beans from Due South Facebook page and Village Grind menu from Village Grind Facebook page.