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Erin Wilburn of Erin’s Food Files
The baristas work in an open center environment, so you can really see all the attention & care they put into your beverage. Don’t worry, this isn’t a place that looks better than it tastes. Their coffee is top notch.
And the food? Well, it’s worth writing home about. There are baked goods such as tarts, cookies and macarons, as well as great made to order options including a fluffy buttermilk biscuit with local sausage. In fact, most of the ingredients are locally sourced and seasonal.
I’m partial to The Cuban, which is an espresso with sweetened condensed milk. In the past, during the fall months they’ve offered a Bourbon Barrel Sorghum Latte, and it’s amazing. Most recently I tried the Coffee Soda, and was blown away at how refreshing it was. My husband often requests we go to Crema because he’s obsessed with the quiche they serve. The quiche, along with their “Crema-ritos” and baked goods come from local bakery Sweet 16th. The staff at Crema are helpful and informative without leaving you feeling like you asked a stupid question. They also offer a “Slow Bar” which is a tasting event with pairings and explanations of brew methods.
The great thing about Dose is, they are as equally committed to their tea offerings as well. Personally, I’m not a tea person, but I’ve always been impressed and intrigued by their selection. They serve baked goods, as well as made-to-order options. I’m particularly fond of their Rosemary Biscuit with egg, ham and spicy remoulade, and my husband loves the Spicy Egg on a whole wheat bagel. Unfortunately, they’re currently closed for a remodel, but I can’t wait to check out their new space soon!
8th and Roast
I’ve had the chance to speak with the owners/roasters and they are amazingly knowledgeable and committed to bringing you amazing coffee. They got their start roasting and began selling their beans around town before opening the shop. While there, you can learn more about a pour over method, or enjoy one of their crafted drinks. Might I suggest the Nutella Latte?
For even more great coffee shop options, stay tuned for Part 2!
Erin is a full-time food lover, part-time food blogger. Her days are spent as a television video editor; while her mornings and evenings are spent chasing a toddler. When she finds the time, she enjoys cooking with local, seasonal produce, or baking treats to share. Married to a craft beer nerd, she enjoys seeking out unique eats and great drinks with her husband. She can’t live without good coffee.