For so many of us, the day doesn’t get started until we’ve had our morning cup of joe. But coffee has become more than just a jump-start in the a.m., it’s a comfort. One of our favorite ways to take a break in the afternoon or to wind down after a long day.
When most of us think about coffee, Starbucks comes to mind. Let’s be real, there is one almost literally around every corner. But Richmond has a lot more to offer than just venti, non-fat, pumpkin spice lattes. As often as possible, we need to show our local Richmond roasters some love, especially because they offer specialty brews that are so spectacular and anything but ordinary.
Here are just a few of Richmond residents’ favorite locally based coffee brewers.
Black Hand Coffee Co.- Their patrons have spilled the beans about these beans! Owned and operated in Richmond, Virginia, Black Hand is located on Patterson Ave. in the Museum District. This local favorite roasts their own coffee beans daily. People seem to flock to Black Hand not only for a cup of freshly brewed java, but also to buy their whole beans in bulk. (They even sell them online) The atmosphere is said to be very “Richmond”, eclectic and cozy, but the smell of their freshly roasted coffee beans really sets the tone. They’re not all about the coffee though. They also support our community by partnering with local non-profits like I AM RVA, and a few more. Visit their website at http://www.blackhandcoffeeco.com to learn more.
Lamplighter Roasting Co.- Lamplighter has three locations in the Richmond area; Summit Ave., Addison St., and Morris St. They are unlike a lot of the other coffeehouses in the area, making roasting, brewing and other coffee related classes available to the public. Their Summit Ave. location has a coffee bar serving espresso and showcasing some other cool techniques. If you’re after something different, this is a unique coffee experience. And just like wineries offer wine tastings, Lamplighter offers coffee tastings on the first Sunday of each month! Go to their website to see which location suits you, or try all 3.
Roastology– This local spot is located off of Midlothian Turnpike. They are a small batch roaster that prides themselves on supporting organic, bird-friendly, direct-trade, and fair-trade beans as often as they can. What makes this place stand out (other than the delicious coffee) is their play area for the kiddos. What better way for parents to relax and have a great cup of coffee or tea, than to be able to enjoy it alone while their kids are having a great time too?! Not only do they offer coffee and play time for your babes, their menu boasts breakfast and lunch sandwiches, wraps, crepes and much more! They’re currently roasting their AH-MAZING Fall Equinox blend, so get it to try it before it’s all gone!
Rostov’s Coffee & Tea– Rostov’s Coffee & Tea was founded by Jay Rostov in 1979 and has been roasting coffee in Richmond, Virginia ever since. In 1999, Jay’s daughter, Tammy took over the store and today, Tammy and her staff continue the tradition of providing coffee and tea both locally and across the country. They roast over 1500 pounds of coffee per week using a very cool, vintage 1930’s roaster. Located on West Main Street downtown this is one of our favorite places to grab a hot cup and relax and then take a bag of beans to go. Their Seville Orange flavored coffee is our absolute favorite!
Other roasters that Richmonders rave about are Ironclad Coffee Roasters, Blanchard’s Coffee Roasting Company, and The Lab by Alchemy Coffee. With so many local options, who needs the chains?