If there’s one thing Huntsville can’t get enough of, it’s coffee. And we have plenty of it! Whether you’re into lattes, dark roasts, espresso, sweet frappes, or simple drip coffee to get your day going, you can find it in the Rocket City.
The city is now home to some of the best craft coffee around. This is in part thanks to the passion and creativity of several coffee-loving entrepreneurs. In fact, in March 2019, Downtown Huntsville, Inc. decided to expand upon its popular Downtown Huntsville Craft Beer Trail by launching an official Downtown Huntsville Craft Coffee Trail!
It’s very simple! Anyone who wants to experience the trail can grab a card at any of the seven coffee shops that are featured on the tour: Honest Coffee Roasters, Alchemy Lounge (coming soon to downtown), Offbeat Coffee Studio, Sugar Belle, Olde Towne Coffee, Piper & Leaf, and the soon-to-open Gold Sprint Coffee.
Visit all of the shops and stamp your card with an order. You can then redeem the completed “coffee passport” for a free Downtown Craft Coffee mug. And don’t worry about drinking seven coffees back to back—unless you want to (we won’t judge). Anyone can complete the trail at their own pace in a week, month, or even year! It’s a fun way to enjoy the Downtown coffee scene at your leisure. Plus, you see all of the delicious options that are available.
A lot of thought went into the design of the coffee cards, mug, and posters for the event. Anna Husband, co-owner of Offbeat Coffee Studio, created the logo. She had the idea of combining iconic images of the city with a chic, modern design.
“I wanted it to be simple enough that it would translate well onto the mugs and passport books,” said Anna. “As for the coffee passports, the idea was to make them look a little more vintage by adding coffee stains to the design. The coffee community in Huntsville is at the beginning of very big growth, and there’s definitely a lot of love between shops. We are all very focused on making Huntsville a destination for coffee-lovers. The creation of this trail is proof we are headed in that direction.”
This shop has gained a huge following at its location in “The Camp” at MidCity. While its downtown shop isn’t open quite yet, its permeant home in the heart of Huntsville will be at the CityCentre development near Big Spring Park. Currently, Alchemy has hours at “The Camp” location. Find them Monday through Friday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. So, trail-goers can receive their Alchemy stamp there in the meantime!
As the newest shop included on the list, Gold Sprint will soon open in the Lowe Mill area of the city. It’s a hybrid coffee shop/bike shop and it promises to be a wonderful addition to the trail! There’s even some scrumptious food to try when you visit.
Located on Clinton Avenue at The Garage at Clinton Row, Honest Coffee Roasters has a unique venue that—believe it or not—used to be the location of a few parking spots inside a 40-year-old parking deck. Honest came on board after the city garage was developed into a busy retail center. They serve a wide menu of espresso-based drinks, seasonal selections, Piper & Leaf tea, pastries, as well as a full breakfast and lunch menu.
If you’re looking for a space to chill with an awesome vibe, look no further than Offbeat Coffee Studio at Campus 805 Everything from the décor to the coffee selection is artfully curated to create a one-of-a-kind experience. Try the Marshmallow Espresso or Cereal Milk Latte—you’ll thank us later. Oh! They also carry goodies from Hamley Bake Shop.
This coffee shop/roasting company has been a part of the Huntsville community since 1998 and is still serving one of the best Cup of Joes around. The eclectic atmosphere and signature espresso drinks are enough reason to visit. Add in its menu of sandwiches, cookies, cakes, brownies and breakfast goodies you’ll see why this shop stood the test of time.
Although Piper & Leaf is known for its teas, they also have a stellar coffee menu. Enjoy its nitro cold brew or “lat-teas” (coffee and any tea blended together). The tea shop’s main location can be found at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment; however, you can also visit them at their new Downtown shop at Constitution Park.
Known for its decadent cupcakes and donuts, Sugar Belle is proud to be a part of the trail thanks to its coffee drink offerings. They’ve got classic drip, nitro, americanos, lavender honey lattes, Nutella lattes and much more! Don’t forget to pair your cup with a scrumptious cupcake—like red velvet or chocolate salted caramel!
If you venture out on the Downtown Huntsville Craft Coffee Trail, be sure to snap a photo. Tag @downtownhsv, the shop you are visiting along with #iHeartHsv!
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Haley Clemons is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a degree in public relations. She spends most of her free time exploring local towns, trying new restaurants and planning her next international trip. Her favorite place on earth is Seaside, Florida on scenic highway 30A! She loves church, her family, friends and her fluffy white cat named Truman. Currently, she works as the marketing director for a local commercial real estate company. She started her travel blog earlier this year and records her latest adventures for everyone to enjoy. Be sure to follow Haley on Instagram @lifenbtween to see more of her travel adventures.