Baltimore is home to a fair number of local small batch roasters. Locally, I tend to go with Zeke’s as they are in the city unlike Baltimore Coffee and Tea, and closer to me than High Grounds Coffee in Patterson Park. Spoons in Fed Hill is also supposed to be a great local roaster, but I haven’t been for food or coffee. And you can also see me carrying around a reusable Starbucks cup – you can’t beat the ease of that phone app.
Plus, there are a ton of other shops using almost local roasters. Tribecca uses Elixr Coffee beans from Philly. Artifact, Belvedere Market, and Charmington’s uses NC Counter Culture beans. Johnny’s uses Ceremony Coffee beans from Annapolis. In many of these spots you can get your own Chemex or French Press – so fun and helps with the bitter part that no body likes.
I love coffee and I have already mentioned all of my favorite spots to drink coffee in the City. You can’t go wrong stopping by at any of these spots – or even Carma’s Cafe, On the Hill, Dooby’s, or Donna’s. New coffee shops are popping up all over Charm City and I haven’t been to some of the local favorites – like Patterson Perk , Spro, or the aforementioned Spoons, for example. Nevertheless, I sure do miss Lamill.
Let me go into a few more details on my top 3 spots for a cup of Joe:
Charmingtons: A cafe with a very clever name that is revitalizing the Remington neighborhood. I am a fan of Counter Culture coffee and they have surprisingly great food. A seasonal salad, which lately has been covered with herbaceous, fresh roasted beets. I am a huge fan of their kale smoothie – kale, peanut butter, banana and almond milk. So much of fan I often make try to copy it myself at home. The BLT has local bacon – maybe even local from across the street at Parts and Labor.
Tribecca Coffee Roasters: I am new to this place. It’s on Charles Street in Mount Vernon, tucked in between apartment buildings and liquor stores. I have only been since the temperature has started rising. I am in love with their ice coffee. Thank goodness the barista suggested I try the cold brew before adding cream and sure. It was so smooth and definitely had the perfect awakening aroma. They do have a limited menu, which I have yet to try.
Zeke’s Coffee: What’s not to love about these guys. You can find their coffee everywhere – Eddie’s Markets, Famer’s Markets and at their coffee shop on Harford Road, just south of ColdSpring/Moravia Road. They do all of their own roasting just down the street and have an ever-changing selection of beans from across the world. As for food, they have a ton of sammie options and locally made pastries, muffins and bagels. These guys are a little cheaper than Charmington’s with the PB&J coming in at $2.50 instead of $4.50.
What’s your favorite coffee shop in Baltimore? I can’t wait to hear where you have been so I can add it to my list.