A head-to-head comparison of two popular Charlotte coffee shops

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The essentials for pour over coffee

I’ve been getting more and more interested in coffee lately – something that started a few months ago when I purchased the equipment for brewing coffee using the “pour over” technique (see the picture on the right). Throughout the process of refining my skills with this brew method, I’ve been trying to learn more about the history of coffee, the varieties of coffee, the coffee business, and obviously the local coffee scene here in Charlotte.

We’re fortunate that Charlotte boasts a number of very good locally owned coffee shops, some of which even roast their own beans. A few of the most notable coffee shops in the area include: Dilworth Coffee in Dilworth (though there are a few other locations now as well), Smelly Cat Coffee in NoDa, Central Coffee Co. in Plaza Midwood, and Not Just Coffee in the 7th Street Public Market in First Ward (now with a second location at Atherton Mills Market). (more…)