|A barista at Greyfriars|
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Stone Cup Coffee Bar is another one of Chattanooga's long standing coffee institutions. It's been a part of North Chattanooga for over 15 years. Their approach to coffee is best summed up by the Turkish proverb that's been emblazoned on their chalkboard for all that time, "Black as hell, strong as death, sweet as love." They are also a major coffee roaster, with more information on that aspect of their business at www.stonecup.com. They have a large seating area and one of the biggest patios of any coffee shop in town, overlooking Coolidge Park and the Tennessee River. With a 10 PM closing, Stone Cup is open much later than other spots in town, making it perfect for those who want to partake of the local nightlife without a beer buzz.
|Fresh baked goods at Pasha's Coffee and Tea|
Pasha Coffee and Tea is an excellent coffee shop in St. Elmo, with a unique subtle Mediterranean/Middle Eastern theme. They offer Turkish coffee, a rarity in Chattanooga, as well as an optional side dish of stuffed grape leaves (doulmas) and paninis with hummus. There is seating in both the busier front room and in a generous back area, making it perfect for both quiet moments of productivity and running into friends, neighbors, and fellow regulars. They don't roast their own beans, but they do prepare all their baked goods in house. Keep an eye on their social media accounts for the ever-evolving lineup of creative pastries, muffins, and more.
|A seating area at Mean Mug|
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Mean Mug Coffee is one of the newest additions to the Chattanooga coffee scene. It's owned and operated by the same folks who have opened three wildly successful local pubs, The Honest Pint, Hair of the Dog, and The Terminal. Mean Mug shares its siblings attention to menu detail and atmosphere. It's been described by regulars as "a step back into the 90s" and "a lot like places in Seattle." They have fresh, innovated specials each day, often involving their made from scratch house-recipe bagels or seasonal soup and sandwich pairings. Mean Mug doesn't brew its own coffee, but does get its roasts from local roaster Velo, which is located just a few blocks down Main Street.