Tennessee has a way of recognizing the blistering cold and offering options to warm up. If you're one second away from freezing your phalanges off, here are some establishments in the state that will welcome you with a warm cup of coffee and even warmer atmosphere.
Sit next to the windows at Bluff City Coffee in Memphis to see trolleys and horse-drawn carriages rolling by as you sip an Americano or one of the many flavored, hot beverages available. Every coffee is espresso-based while other options include a variety of teas and smoothies. Curb your cravings with a pastry, donut or other sweet along with lunch and dinner choices.
Spend a while lounging in the overstuffed chairs and let your kids explore the indoor Jordan's Play Park at Sweet Jordan's in downtown Paris, Tennessee. Caramel and vanilla lattes, Americano, drop coffee and cappuccinos will give you a decent caffeine boost. They also offer hot chocolate, smoothies and blended espresso beverages. Indulge in a treat-yourself moment with one of the to-die-for pastries.
Spend time at Martin's, enjoying the cozy atmosphere while sipping on one of the many flavored lattes, a double caramel macchiato, cold brew, chai latte or London Fog tea. Pair your cup with an orange blossom muffin, croissant or apple cinnamon scone. They also offer oven toasted sandwiches like the Franklin - smoked turkey, onion, tomato, lettuce and melted pepper jack.
Sourcing their coffee from one of Nashville's premier roasters, Bongo Roasting Co., The 1822 Coffee Co. in downtown Huntingdon serves drip coffees, cold brew, matcha lattes and more. Their espresso lattes come in a variety of unique flavors like coconut cream pie, s'mores, Almond Joy and maple. Make time for breakfast with the bacon, egg and cheese croissant or avocado toast and then go back for the local favorite Courthouse Club sandwich in the afternoon.
UrbanHouse - The Venue is part cozy coffeehouse and part intimate venue that's ideal for weddings, meetings and more. The outdoor space features twinkle lights, firepits and plenty of space to social distance while enjoying a cup of coffee or tea. The Espresso Bar celebrates locals of all kinds - from the local musicians who perform each month to local art on the walls and even goat yoga in their studio next door. Stay awhile and order a honeysuckle latte made with local honey and hand shaken, cortado, affogato or cappuccino. Breakfast tacos, egg souffles, avocado toast, and grilled Italian sandwiches like the Little Jojo - roast beef, provolone and caramelized onions topped with horseradish aioli between Italian herbed bread slices - are sure to make you return for more.
Experience one of three locations of Barista Parlor in Nashville, celebrating local talent, farms, bakeries and businesses. Started in 2011, roasting coffee is serious business for Barista Parlor. Sit back and enjoy the simplistic decor of the shop as daylight floods in, making it the perfect stop to wake up on a Monday (or any day of the week) morning.
Large pastries and gourmet coffee at Country Porch in Monterey, about an hour and 45 minutes east of Nashville, give you enough fuel for all the outdoor adventures you can do in Tennessee's Upper Cumberland region. Order a freshly glazed donut, lemon poppyseed bread, apple turnovers and more. Come back for lunch as they serve up soups and sandwiches.
A local coffee hangout in Columbia that serves locally-produced coffee, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Buckhead Coffeehouse also features local musicians, showing that music runs deep in Tennessee. Try the Hawaiian Hazelnut brew or the Yirgacheffe, coming all the way from Ethiopia. Slurp fiesta chicken soup or the veggie bisque and you'll be so warm, you'll forget it's winter. Buckhead Coffeehouse is open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays; and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.
You'll get more than a cup of caffeine at The Coffeehouse at Second and Bridge in Franklin. Not only do they have delicious brewed coffee, The Coffeehouse specializes in delicious food and even has an art gallery. Get the moccachino and add a shot of caramel (your welcome) or sip tea from the variety of flavors they offer. If you don't want anything caffeinated, there's hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and iced coffees, teas, and chai lattes. The Coffeehouse is open daily 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Fans of the hit show "Friends" will want to stop in Springfield, Tennessee for a visit and cup of Joe from Historic Perk Coffee Shop. Inspired by the show, this coffee house welcomes visitors like old friends, serving espresso, pour over, drip coffee, iced coffee and tea and lattes. Pick up breakfast with options like avocado toast, bacon or turkey sausage, egg and cheese on a breakfast bagel or croissant, or go big with The Canadian specialty - turkey sausage, egg, white cheddar cheese and a drizzle of maple syrup on a croissant or bagel.
Lemon meringue Tea, Bonfire Chai with toasted marshmallows and Italian sodas are just some of the items you can find on CJ's Coffee Barn's menu. The coffee shop in downtown Winchester serves coffee and a few sweet treats like cinnamon rolls, Belgian waffles and whoopie pies.
Koffee Beanz is a beloved local coffee shop in Shelbyville that offers patio seating and a drive thru. They serve breakfast, daily lunch specials, coffee, lattes, cappuccinos and teas. The specialty lattes are a hit like the Butter Beer latte with toffee nut, cinnamon dulce and caramel or the White Chocolate Tiramisu latte featuring white chocolate, toffee, Irish cream and a dash of cinnamon. Pancakes, French toast, flatbread pizzas, salads and burgers are also local favorites.
The Celtic Cup Coffee House serves specialty coffees, teas and cuisine in an old world atmosphere. Order an espresso, breve, cappuccino or specialty latte like the Bonfire Mocha - spicy chocolate latte topped with whipped cream and dusted with cayenne pepper. Hearty soups, sandwiches like the European grilled cheese on European white bread, gyro, turkey and Havarti panini, salads and breakfast items like bagels, traditional English muffins and breakfast casserole stuffed with bacon, eggs, four cheeses and sausage are available when you're hungry.
Feel like you're in France without leaving Tennessee as you step inside Rembrandt’s Coffee House, a European-style cafe filled with fresh coffees, breads, chocolates and pastries. Sip espresso straight up or have a little fun with the flavors the house offers like lavender, mint, coconut, Irish cream, vanilla and more.
Twenty minutes south of Johnson City is Steel Rails Coffee House in Erwin, serving up gourmet lattes, locally-roasted coffee and cozy atmosphere with plenty of seating and even outdoor fire pits. They serve breakfast, lunch and a variety of pastries, perfect to visit before exploring the rest of Erwin and the surrounding cities in Northeast Tennessee.
Coffee & Chocolate in Knoxville serves up exactly what their name says: coffee from local roasters and locally-made chocolate (along with a variety of other mouth-watering pastries). Local artwork adorns the walls, making this coffee hang out a true celebration of Knoxville and the creators who call it home. Whole-bean coffee is available for sale. They're steps away from Market Square, making your morning coffee run convenient and quick.
At The Artistic Bean in Townsend, coffee is an artform. Organic, fair trade beans are roasted in small batches so the highest quality of taste comes through. Roasting tests have been conducted multiple times to ensure the coffee you get is truly the best you've ever tasted. Settle in on the oversized couch or at a bistro table and take a moment to enjoy every sip.
Americano, espresso, cold brew, coffee soda, caramel macchiato - whatever brew you do, you can sip knowing that all coffee and espresso at Urban Brews & Creamery in Kingsport are 100% organic and the beans are single-origin, fair trade. Pair your coffee or tea with made-from-scratch pastries like cinnamon rolls, cookies and more. Urban Brews also serves paninis, salads, hummus and locally made ice cream.
Tennessee makes it easy to warm up before or after a day of exploring. Check out these coffee shops and more on your next visit to the state.