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Jun 23, 2009 11:06 AM

Where Buy Whole Bean Coffee In Charlotte?

Well, the South board seems to have the Triangle covered, but there's nothing about Charlotte.
I need to buy some coffee, and I'd prefer to not get it at a grocery store. Is there a decent coffee shop that sells a variety of beans?

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  1. Have you tried Dilworth Coffee House? Web site list different locations.

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    1. re: Hapy

      I've been to the Dilworth Coffeehouse in Matthews. To be honest, if they're all like that, I'd rather hold out for something with a little more pizzazz.

    2. I'm interested in learning this too. Dilworth is the only place I have found that is reasonable fresh, but I am not totally impressed with their coffee either.

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        1. When it comes to coffee I don't play. Morning caffeine delivery is serious business. The finest cup of coffee is available at a hidden gem of a place called Cluck N Cup. The address is 2135 Southend Drive, at corner of Southend Drive and Magnolia Ave, less than a block off South Blvd. They get their beans from an exceptional roaster; I believe only two establishments in Charlotte use this roaster. It is just the best cup of coffee available period. They are serving some nice breakfast and lunch items that are just a bit different from the rest of the pack. Oh and yes you can get some beans whole or ground.

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          1. re: GodfatherofLunch

            Well, in trying to help, and being open about what I do, and how much I get excited to see people excited about coffee, my previous post was deleted. I head up training and knowledge for Dilworth Coffee, and was just trying to be a good community player. I wasn't trying to use chowhound for "spin control" or customer service. I just saw the previous posts as requiring an explanation, and inviting understanding, as well as a coffee event we do for the general public each month, many culinary fans.

            So, hopefully this doesn't get deleted. Each Dilworth Coffee is independently owned by people in those communities, and will be different, unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your experience.) They are not a franchises. The coffee is all roasted here in the SouthEnd of Charlotte daily, and is only fresh.

            (Hope that explains without violating any guidelines, and yes, I did look them over before posting this to see what I did to have my last post deleted. If I have goofed on another guideline, please do me the honor of at least letting me know why the post is being deleted, so I know for next time. I want to be respectful of the coolness and objectivity that the site is.)

            1. re: beanryboy

              Really now, do you want pizzazz or good whole bean coffee. You best choices are Dilworth Coffee, Caribou, or Starbucks. Dilworth coffee is the best non-national-chain option around.

            2. re: GodfatherofLunch

              I will try to this out if I'm ever down that way. Am up here in Concord, unfortunately.

              1. re: mrwaterslide

                If you're in Concord, wouldn't Summit Coffee in Davidson be a reasonably close trip for you?

                1. re: kathleen purvis

                  I will try that. Thank you. Still going to have to check out the Counter Culture cupping.

            3. You also can get excellent whole beans through Counter Culture Coffee at Earth Fare. And if you're interested, you should go to one of the Friday morning coffee cuppings at the Counter Culture office in Charlotte. Not only is it enlightening, but you often meet people from the local green coffee bean club, a group that bands together to buy green beans in quantity.

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              1. re: kathleen purvis

                Where is the Counter Culture office in Charlotte? It sounds kind of fun to go to the cupping, rank amateur that I am. I ended up getting some good answers, and more flak than I had anticipated, but I like flak, so what the heh.
                Thanks everyone.

                1. re: mrwaterslide

                  Here's what we ran about it last year. Schedules get erratic in summer, so call to make sure they're doing it:

                  Friday mornings at Counter Culture's regional sales center. Every Friday at 10 a.m., all employees of Durham-based Counter Culture stop what they're doing and taste coffees. And any coffee fan is welcome to join them. Lessons are free, discussion is free-wheeling. Stop by some Friday and try it.

                  1435 W. Morehead St. (Grinnell Water Works building), 704-299-2574

                    1. re: mrwaterslide

                      Hey...just throwing in more info here. I'm the rep for CCC in the area. We are still holding cupping every Friday starting at 10 AM sharp. It can be a bit tricky to are the directions

                      If there is time, we also do some tasting of espresso after the cupping, and do some espresso free play. We also have a blog from the parent website now as well. http://charlotte.counterculturecoffee... check the event calendar for more info.