Bluff City Coffee is a fun little coffee shop in the heart of the South Main Arts District, and it is now heading its way into my list of favorite coffee shops. In past experiences, things have not been just right. However, my latest experience has turned my opinion around.
When I interned in South Main, I was at this coffee shop frequently. My coffee shop fiend friend Rachel also thinks highly of this place.
It’s atmosphere is just as a coffee shop should be: quiet and relaxed. It does not have the comfy chairs that many places seem to have, but I overheard the owner explain why. He said that most of their customers are the grab-and-go type (like me) or are there to do business, and they wanted more of a place to fit these purposes. Therefore, when he took the place over a couple years ago, he replaced the cozy chairs with tables.
The girl who made my coffee this chilly Monday morning has a great smile and was very nice. She can also make a mean cup of joe. I ordered a small skinny vanilla latte. It wasn’t too sweet (*cough* Starbucks) and it wasn’t so scalding hot that I had to wait 30 minutes to start enjoying it. I could sip its goodness immediately.
If I lived Downtown, I would come here more often. However, it is pretty out of the way of most of my days. Whenever in the area though, I recommend stopping in to warm up. We all know winters by the river are colder than in the rest of the city. That’s where this place comes in.
For more information on Bluff City Coffee, check out their website, Facebook page, Twitter, Flickr, and Marks Menus. You can also find a write-up about them from The Memphis Flyer. More reviews are at Yelp and Urbanspoon.