Love coffee? Enjoy visiting new shops, tasting great drinks, and learning more about the people and techniques that go into the craft? The CLT Coffee Crawl takes place February 28 and March 1 and is the coolest coffee event ever to pull consumers and professionals together in a celebration of the local Charlotte beverage culture. It will be your mission to try all the spots on the CLT Coffee Crawl at your own pace with self-guided visits to the CLT Coffee Crawl spots over a 2 day period.
The CLT Coffee Crawl is hosted by Good Eats and Meets, Charlotte’s largest dining social club, and will give all attendees an opportunity to share and experience what the passionate baristas, specialty coffee shops and roasters in Charlotte are doing and to learn more about the quality, technique and process of each stop on the crawl. Each stop on the CLT Coffee Crawl will be offering samples, demonstrations and tours throughout the day. Unlike a typical bar crawl, all participants won’t have to drink consecutive cups of coffee in one sitting; instead crawlers will have 2 days to try all the unique coffee experiences being offered on the crawl. All spots are located within a 10-mile radius of each other and each participating spot features something unique for all to enjoy. Tickets sell for $10 per individual or $18 per couple and may be purchased at http://www.cltcoffeecrawl.eventbrite.com. Your ticket will act as a punch card for access to each participating location. Make sure you are dressed weather-appropriately since you’ll be going in and out of shops and vehicles.
The crawl will start at Boquete Mountain Coffee Roasters anytime between 9am-5pm either day. Once you are checked in, you will be given the CLT Coffee Crawl Map with all the locations on the crawl and an OFFICIAL CLT COFFEE CRAWL Java Jacket. That coffee sleeve is the way all the locations will know that you are taking part in the crawl. All you have to do afterwards is go from spot to spot and enjoy. There will be special surprises for crawlers that go to each spot on the crawl and turn their map back in.
The crawl spots include:
Registration/Sign In at Boquete Mountain Coffee Roasters
Located at 2113 N. Davidson Street, Boquete will be offering tastings, tours and demos and participants can taste brewed coffees, espresso drinks, Cascara Seca and Cold brew coffee. They will also be offering a personal tour of their roaster and demonstrate the roasting process. They will also have for sale at a discounted rate their Winter Blend, Kids First Blend and Noda Café Blend. Be on the lookout for their Coffee Truck out front. Boquete Mountain Coffee is a full service specialty coffee roastery that carefully chooses the finest coffees from around the world to serve to their customers.
Not Just Coffee
Not Just Coffee will have two participating locations – 224 East 7th Street (in the 7th St. Public Market) and 200 South Boulevard. Not Just Coffee wants your visit to be an experience, one that you will fondly remember. They carefully select each ingredient, with an emphasis on as many locally sourced as possible. With sauces made in house and each drink made by hand, they want you to enjoy a coffee the way it should be enjoyed: hand crafted and made to order. There will be free 90-minute parking validation and 10% off purchases. Please note they will close at 4pm on Sunday.
Crown Station Coffee House and Pub
1425 Elizabeth Ave. 980-224-8020. Crown Station will be offering coffee cocktail specials at their 1425 Elizabeth Avenue address. On Saturday, the times for the coffee cocktail demo and sampling will be 10AM, 11:30, 1:00, 2:30, 4:00 and 5:00pm. On Sunday, the times will be 12PM, 1:30, 3:00, and 4:30. You must be 21 or older to participate. Crown Station offers organic fair trade coffees & teas as well as the best chai in town. They have a full bar available, with a wide variety of craft beers and premium cocktails. Their cozy comfortable environment and friendly staff hosts live entertainment every night for your enjoyment.
Amelie’s is located at 2424 N. Davidson Street and will be offering a 50% discount on their Cafe Marcotter. It is based on the French word marcotter, meaning “to layer.” It is their signature layered latte. Amelie’s is a shabby chic Parisian inspired, eclectic 24 hour bakery and cafe, in the heart of NoDa. It features classical French pastries, as well as handmade soups, sandwiches and handcrafted drinks. They are known for being open 24/7/365.
Ozpresso will be offering $1 off any espresso based drink (Americano, latte, flat white, latte or Vienna.). Add Nutella, S’mores, Butterfinger or Snickers flavors to any coffee for free. They will also have free Butterfinger brewed coffee samples. Owner Geoff Broomhead, is the 3rd generation of Broomheads to have a hand in the coffee industry and has come all the way from Australia to open Ozpresso at 3123 N. Davidson Street. Specializing in distinctively Australian drinks and food, Geoff hopes that you get a taste of Down Under and share his deep love of good coffee.
Smelly Cat will be offering a free sample of their cold brew coffee on tap, a sample from the kitchen, a taste of their hot brew/pour over, a ground coffee sample and 10% off all purchases at their 513 E. 36th Street location. They will have a demo on Roasting at noon both days. The Smelly Cat, whose tag line is “fueled by coffee, nurtured by community,” is the only CLT coffee shop with its own roaster in house. Their Probat L12 vintage coffee roaster has been amazing both staff and consumers by its unique character development of the coffee depending on its origin or blend. Come watch the roasting, experience the extraction, sip the perfection.
The Daily Press CLT
The Daily Press CLT at 3227 N. Davidson Street will be offering a free deconstructed macchiato and 10% discount on pour overs as well as a hands-on explanation of all the vessels and methods they use to create their coffee creations and their effect on the coffee. Please note they will close at 4pm on Sunday. The Daily Press is the brainchild of Lindsay Pittman and Joe Kuhlmann, with Lindsay leading the way in CLT with the craft coffee culture. The Daily Press uses multiple roasters and multiple methods to create their coffee artistry. They are the only CLT coffee spot to use the Athena lever espresso machine. To The Daily Press, coffee is both a science and an art experiment!
Central Coffee will be offering a free 8 ounce house coffee, choice of light roast, dark roast, or decaf. Located at 719 Louise Avenue, Central Coffee is a 5-year-old family owned shop run by Jimmy Kleto and his wife Louisa that showcases local artists on their walls. They proudly serve and brew Joe Van Gogh, artisan coffee roasters in Hillsborough, NC. They prepare and bake all of their pastries and food in house daily.