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Nashville’s Best Coffee Shops

I am a self-confessed caffeine addict.  They say admitting it is the first step right?!  I have been on a quest to find the best coffee shop in Nashville and have narrowed it down to five for the purposes of this article.  Each is rated based on taste, atmosphere, friendliness, and what I call the “X Factor.”

Crema (15 Hermitage Ave)

Located just off of downtown, in view of the river is Crema.  When I walked it it looked like Johanna Gaines decorated the cafe in industrial farmhouse chic, super cute.  The line was short, and I ordered a vanilla latte.  The associates were friendly, and it was full of young professionals getting their fix or working remotely.  Inside was a grinding room, where they imported their own brand of coffee, and ground in full view.  When my latte came out, of course with a beautiful design, I took it to the window to enjoy.  It was seriously amazing.  Might be the best latte I have ever had.  Hot, creamy, smooth, perfect.  Yes, I woke up this morning thinking about it.

Final Score: ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️

Eighth and Roast (2108 8th Ave South)

8th and Roast is located in the up and coming 8th Ave South neighborhood across from comedy club Zanes.  Inside is a very hipster, industrial warehouse vibe with high ceilings and exposed brick.  In the back is a grinding room, for making their own coffee and syrups.  Bonus: The have local craft beer on tap if you are looking for a different kind of buzz.  My latte was pretty good, the syrup was outstanding.  I even could see the vanilla bean specks.  When I ordered they asked me if I wanted two or four shots- these people get life.

Final Score: ☕️☕️☕️☕️

The Perch (117 Franklin Rd, Brentwood)

The Perch has several locations, and I had been dying to try the coffee and crepes at the Brentwood location. They have an extensive menu with both sweet and savory crepes.  I ordered the nutella and banana crepes which were fantastic and very rich. The crepes and latte were perfect on the patio enjoying the beautiful weather.  Only disappointment here was the staff was not very friendly.

Final Score: ☕️☕️☕️

Frothy Monkey(the original location, 2509 12th Ave South)

Frothy Monkey has generated the most buzz, especially the original in hip trendy 12th south neighborhood.  (They also own Burger Up which is fab if you haven’t been).  I was admittedly a bit skeptical because if something is really cool, I’m prepared to think its overrated.  It was awesome.  I had a blueberry honey muffin with enormous blueberries, it was delicious.  For my caffeine fix, I ordered the Hummingbird latte.  It was an incredibly difficult choice because I wanted to try everything.  In the hummingbird is espresso, milk, house made pecan sauce, frothy monkey banana syrup, cinnamon, and a dried pineapple garnish.  Did I say this was awesome.  They serve a full menu  and everything is house crafted.  Officially a believer in the the monkey.

Final Score: ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️

Three Brothers Coffee

(2310 West End Ave)

This new kid on the block is located in the Vanderbilt University/ West End Area, connected to Cumberland Transit.  This way, you can buy hiking boots with your latte.  The shop is very insta-worthy with a black and white artistic mural porch outside and glamping decor inside.  They serve Bongo Java coffee, along with some trendy green tea/ matcha concoctions.  If I worked in the West End area, this would be a regular fill up spot for me.

Final Score: ☕️☕️☕️☕️

 

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