It is no surprise that the rapid spread of COVID-19 has caused everyone’s lives to be altered. As we shift toward a position of avoiding human contact, acquiring everyday products, such as our favorite roast for a morning cup of coffee, is becoming more difficult.
As our community comes together during this time of uncertainty, Charlotte businesses are taking bold steps in changing their methods of distribution. Now more than ever, Charlotte’s local businesses need all the support they can get.
Many coffee roasters and shops in the area have sought out ways to ensure the city stays caffeinated while working to stay afloat during this crisis. And a reminder: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there is no evidence of food or food packaging transmitting COVID-19.
Here’s how you can get your hands on great coffee during this time and can support some amazing local roasters:
All five bakeries in the Charlotte region (including Rock Hill) are offering both no-contact delivery and curbside pickup. Note: Rather than ordering bags of beans you can brew yourself, visit your favorite French bakery when you want your beverage made-to-order. If you’re missing your Cafe Au Lait with oat milk or your Creme Brulee French Soda, look no further. Orders can be placed by ordering online through the website or by calling the bakery.
256 Racecway Drive Suite 10, Mooresville
Black Powder Coffee is open for normal hours (9 am.-4 p.m) but with some extra social distancing measures in place (no tours, no pour overs). You can still get your fresh-roasted coffee beans (or ask the team to grind them for you). Call ahead for curbside pickup if you prefer: (704) 614-0824. Or order online and get free shipping on orders of $30 or more.
1256 Red River Road
BoCo Coffee Roasters is a full-service specialty coffee roastery that started in 2011 in the Villa Heights neighborhood. BOCO offers a coffee subscription, which includes coffee delivered to your doorstep for $29 every month. On top of that, the roastery also has an online retail shop offering deliveries and monthly subscriptions.
7416 Waverly Walk Ave.
The Waverly coffee shop is still open for to-go orders, and the team recommends that if you can, please order online. It is also taking donations for coffee deliveries to local healthcare workers.
719 Louise Ave.. and 1700 Camden Road
During the stay-at-home order, Central Coffee is continuing home delivery to the following neighborhoods: Dilworth, Elizabeth, Myers Park, NoDa, Oakhurst, Plaza Midwood, South End, Wilmore, Wesley Heights/West Morehead. Be patient, though: the company is doing it with a staff of two. Email email@example.com for information. Items offered for delivery include (among other items): bags of beans (whole bean or ground, its famous zucchini loaves, salted chocolate granola jars and cold brew in bottles (ready to drink or concentrate).
Charlotte Coffee Company is offering free home delivery or shipping on any two bags, so stock up here.
Three local coffee roasters are setting aside competition to bring Charlotte what we all need: local coffee. Announcing a new coffee collection called Charlotte Coffee Box.
“People understand the importance that supporting small business keeps us going. It is us standing up saying, ‘We are still here. We still value your support and we want to give you something to show that we are working together,” Matt Yarmey of Pure Intentions Coffee said in a statement.
9620 University City Blvd. A
This University-area coffee spot is both online orders and call-in orders — (980) 237-4709 for pickup. Grab some soft-serve while you’re at it — what else goes better with coffee than ice cream?
821 W. 1st St.
Community Matters’ kitchen is closed, but the coffee shop remains open for drinks to-go. Its adjusted hours are now 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Typically you’d find this Durham-based coffee company’s beans in all your favorite local spots. But don’t fret: during the stay-at-home order, you can easily get it delivered straight to your house and you can even pick up a monthly subscription.
1235 East Blvd.
This Dilworth crepery is still open, so stop by for a to-go cup of nitro brew or a honey lavender latte. Pick up a crepe while you’re at it, because let’s face it: life is better with crepes. Order online through your Cloosiv app* or call (704) 900-8883 and someone from the team can bring it to your car.
3115 Freedom Drive
This drive-thru coffee shop is still open during the week from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. and on the weekends from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Swing through for a cold-brew box, a caramel latte or a dirty chai.
This Belmont-based coffee roastery is offering free shipping on online orders.
This mobile espresso and coffee truck rotates its neighborhoods, so follow along on Instagram to find out when it will be near you.
3016 Weddington Road, Suite 600, Matthews
Customers of this Plantation Market coffee shop can call in orders for pickup or curbside service before 4 p.m. at 704-846-9345 or order online.
4225 Park Road
Dunx Coffee can be either found inside Blackhawk Hardware in Park Road Shopping Center or at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market. However, during this time, Dunx Coffee can still be picked up at Blackhawk Hardware, or it can be delivered to your doorstep for free. For delivery, either order through the online store or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
3102 Eastway Drive
EastSide Local Eatery is open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with vegan/vegetarian takeout, local coffee from Magnolia, Charlotte Coffee and Enderly. Move that Dough vegan treats are available on the weekends.
2620 Tuckaseegee Road
Enderly Coffee was established in 2012 by a coffee-loving couple. Currently, Enderly is still selling its coffee in its shop while taking cautious and sanitary measures. You can also purchase its coffee online with free shipping for orders of three bags or more.
742 Anderson Road North, Rock Hill
Forte Legato is a roastery located in York County, South Carolina. You’ve tried the coffee at Coco and the Director, among other local places. Along with the usual of ordering coffee bags online, you can also call ahead for your coffee orders for curbside pickup at the roastery.
You know Good Cup Cafe from it’s usual spot at the Loyalist Market and the Matthews Farmers Market. For now, you’ll see its mobile services in specific Matthews neighborhoods. The company will be offering a mobile organic café service and partnering with various farmers and artisians to offer baked goods, produce, and other wellness essentials. Find our locations through its Instagram or Facebook page.
1824 Statesville Ave.
HEX Coffee started as a pop-up café back in 2015 and has grown ever since. Its coffee is available online for delivery. You may also pick up coffee from the roaster between 9 a.m.-1 p.m. if you place an order to go at the walk-up station or order ahead using the mobile ordering option. Feel free to text or call the roastery when you arrive for curbside pickup.
Even if you’re fully stocked up on beans, but you still want to support a great local business, add a $5 “staff donation” to your online cart.
2100 N. Davidson St.
The Villa Heights shop is offering coffee for pickup and delivery (within 3 miles). You can even get its house-made Horchata Cold Brew in a 64-ounce jug. Call in your order, order on e-commerce site to-go or delivery, or order on Cloosiv*.
550 E. Stonewall St., Suite 200
The gym is closed, but the coffee and smoothie bar is open. It features new Waterbean cold brew coffee, along with offerings from Green Brothers Juice and Lenny Boy Brewing kombucha. Hours are Monday through Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
348 Crompton St.
Order online to get free home delivery of fresh-roasted coffee on Friday mornings, along with cinnamon roll and coffee pairings. Also, 10 percent of the proceeds from your order will go toward ending hunger in Charlotte and beyond.
130C W. White St., Rock Hill
Knowledge Perk is another roastery located in York County. This spot ships its farm-to-cup coffee anywhere in the United States and offers cups of coffee to-go through its drive-thru window.
1300 South Blvd., Suite S
Lincoln’s Haberdashery is an urban market serving up sandwiches made with freshly breaked bread, along with coffee drinks, wine and beer. Both carryout and curbside pickup are available.
1418 Industrial Drive, Matthews
Normally, you’d find this Matthews roastery’s coffee at your local favs: Artisan’s Palate, Crown Station, Tip Top Daily Market, Rhino Market, Bistro La Bon, NC Red, McNinch House, Fahrenheit, Crane Coffee — need we go on? But for now, visit its online shop to get it straight to your house (spend $35 or more for free delivery).
5126 Park Road, Suite 1D
In South Charlotte, Mugs offers traditional coffee, along with espresso drinks. It opens at 6 a.m. weekdays, 7 a.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday, and stays open until about 4 p.m. each day.
4 North Main St., Belmont
This coffee shop’s Belmont location is still open from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. for carry-out only. Text your order to (704) 751-5819 or use Grubhub for delivery.
Home delivery service OTPST has teamed up with local partners to make drops on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Among the offerings are Draft Cold Brew and Nitro Coffee Kits from Magnolia Coffee, growlers and bottled Kombucha from Lenny Boy, and Sugarrmann Kronuts. Its contactless deliveries are free with a $20 minimum, within 12 miles of uptown Charlotte, and include a pair of disposable gloves for unpacking your order. Look for a free gifts with purchase while supplies last, and $2 from every order will go to your favorite local charity starting May 1.
8635 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord
This Concord coffee and ice cream shop partners with roastery Lexington Coffee in Virginia because they source beans from sustainable, fair-trade farms. Call ahead or use Cloosiv* or Brewpass for a no-touch pickup in front of the shop, or use GrubHub for delivery of coffee and loose-leaf brewed tea drinks.
2215 N. Tryon St., Suite A
Pure Intentions Coffee carries year-round blends that are suitable for a variety of coffee drinkers. In reaction to COVID-19, Pure Intentions is now offering free shipping for orders that contain three or more bags of coffee. Pure Intentions is also offering virtual online classes so you can impress your friends with the results of your quarantine hobby, by making them the perfect pourover or whipping up some latte art.
Queen City Grounds is reopening its Fourth Ward location on May 9 (for pickup). It will also be opening a second location in South End on May 23 (for pickup, for now). Meantime, you can order coffee beans and equipment online and it will come straight to your door.
514 E. 36th St.
This local coffee shop has its pickup window open. Use the Cloosiv* app to pre-order and pre-pay, or walk up to the window and pay via Apple Pay or credit card. Just be mindful to keep 6 feet away, the shop asks. Hours are modified so check Instagram before you go.
13717 E. Independence Blvd., Indian Trail
Sugar Creek Coffee Roasters, located inside Sweet Union Brewery, is open during the brewery’s altered hours and offers curbside ordering. You can also order bags of freshly roasted coffee online with free delivery in the Charlotte area or pickup at the roastery. Its Hunker Down Blend supports health care workers with $5 from every bag going to Atrium Health’s Essential Needs Fund to help in the COVID-19 response.
316 S. Main St., Davidson
Davidson’s Summit Coffee Company has recently taken over an old Wells Fargo drive-thru to serve its coffee in addition to its main location.
Sunflower Baking Co. is staying open from 7 a.m.-4p.m. with items available for carryout — including your favorite caffeinated beverage. Grab a pastry or a loaf of bread while you’re there, too.
2012 Commonwealth Ave. and 1115 N. Brevard St., Stall #7
Your local Optimist Hall and Midwood coffee shop has partnered with its roaster, Onyx Coffee Lab, to get the coffee delivered to your house. You get a 5 percent discount and Undercurrent gets 15 percent of the proceeds if you use the code: UC12 and order at the following link: onyxcoffeelab.com/collections/coffee. Undercurrent is also working on online ordering and curbside pickup of half-gallon iced lattes.
333 Main St., Pineville
Unwind offers over 100 loose teas, as well as a full coffee, espresso and latte menu. Baked goods, avocado toast, sandwiches and soup are available from the kitchen. Hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Unwind has added a walk-up window, and there’s also a curbside pickup option when using the Cloosiv* app.
All of Waterbean’s coffee shops are open for both pick up and delivery. More than coffee: Waterbean gave away $5,000 worth of free hand sanitizer to help out the community, and the demand was so high that the shop has decided to continue making it to sell, so you can pick up a bottle with your next latte order.
*Cloosiv, an app for mobile ordering specifically for coffee shops and cafes, has waved its delivery fees through May as a way to support local businesses through the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Pro tip: You can also use Cloosiv to order from your favorite doughnut and pastry shops that remain open (and are also selling coffee): 4th Corner Bakehouse, Eight + Sand, Pepperbox Doughnuts, Sugar Donuts, Your Mom’s Donuts and more.
Editor’s note: If you’re a local coffee company still getting local beans in our hands and you’re not included on this list, email email@example.com to be added.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published March 30, 2020, and has been updated.