The economy may be circling the drain, but there certainly doesn’t seem to be a shortage of coffee shops in the Roanoke and New River Valleys. Could it be that people need their caffeine even more than ever to get through the day?
Although a couple of coffee joints have closed in the past few months, more than that have opened or plan to open soon. Coffee Time Cafe will open in the old Mojo Cafe on Brambleton Avenue. A shop called Froth will open in the old Mill Mountain Coffee & Tea location at The Forum in Southwest Roanoke County (MM&T is moving to the corner of Ogden and Starkey roads). And RT Smiths, a deli moving in at 10 Campbell Avenue in downtown Roanoke, will have a coffee bar.
People are very particular about their coffee. I have a friend who drives to Quality Coffee Company on a regular basis for bags of beans to brew at home, setting her coffee maker before bed every night. A colleague walks down the street to Mill Mountain Coffee & Tea every day (sometimes twice per day). Some folks are regulars in the Starbucks drive-thru lane while others have a constant hankering for Dunkin’ Donuts coffee or some other brand.
There’s also the crowd of coffee drinkers who are not particular about their brew. They’ll grab a cup at 7-Eleven or pour a mug from the office coffee station at work without grumbling. I used to fit into that category, even though I did draw the line at really bad coffee and always appreciated an extra-good cup. These days, I’m not supposed to drink coffee because it makes me feel bad. But I still do on occasion because it’s just SO DARN HARD to give it up.
So, where do you fit in? Are you a coffeeholic, a coffee snob or a sludge-drinker?
Do you drink it black? Carry special sweetener in your purse everywhere you go? Do you like a little coffee with your cream?
Finally, where do you go in these parts to get your favorite cuppa joe?