Downtown Chattanooga fueled by popular coffee shop hangout

The downtown Chattanooga coffee shop scene has been around a while, and Greyfriar’s Coffee & Tea Company has been fueling their customers with unique coffees and breakfast offerings for quite some time.

Jack Howland

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/TheLoop)For the better part of a decade, Greyfriar’s Coffee and Tea Company has been serving Chattanoogans quality coffee and pastries from the little shop at the corner of 4th and Broad streets.

Greyfriar’s is a full service coffee shop that features house roasted coffee, cappuccinos, lattes, and mochas and also specializes in such breakfast offerings as pastries, bagels, cakes and pies, all of which are baked in house.

Greyfriar's regularly displays their daily pastry and breakfast features for their customers.

The shop, along with the roastery, has inhabited the same building, located at 406 Broad St., since its inception.

The cozy shop offers a relaxing and laid back atmosphere coupled with specialty coffees and a full breakfast menu.

Greyfriar’s coffee selection typically features seven to ten different single origin roasts and blends at a time, the shop’s head roaster, Kevin Ricks, said.

However, Ricks added that he is constantly experimenting with blends and each bean’s flavor profiles of caramel, or chocolate, or berries or even spices and how to harmoniously unify each characteristic.

“As far as blends, we don’t really serve them in the shop,” Ricks added, “We do blends for different restaurants.”

Ricks added that in addition to Greyfriar’s, their coffee is also served at Big River Grille, 222 Broad St., and Neidlov’s Breadworks, 215 East Main St.

Greyfriar's features a full bar capable of brewing up anything their customers may think up.

However, their coffee can only be purchased in the coffee shop or online, though Ricks recommends customers call before ordering to be insured of the freshest and most available coffee selections.

“The big companies have more priority and the market prices for greens keep rising, but the projections for next year’s beans are much better than this year’s,” Ricks said.

Greens are the coffee beans before they are roasted.

This is what coffee beans look like prior to being put into the roasting machine.

Ricks began his coffee shop experience on the retail end, but moved to being the roaster for Greyfriar’s in June of this year. Ricks said he is completely fascinated by the nuances of roasting coffee.

“I had not roasted before, but the opportunity presented itself. It’s a lot of fun, I learn something new every day,” Ricks said.

Ricks added that he would like to see the shop grow both retail and wholesale wise and also expand to offer more lunch offerings for their food menu.

“I want the shop to continue being a second home for people, to where they can feel comfortable and enjoy the laid back atmosphere,” Ricks said.

If you liked this article, check out this article about another downtown coffee shop roasting their own coffee as well.

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  1. Still the best coffee comes from, plus they have a great coffee club and fundraising effort.

  2. Very nice coffee shop. i wish you continued success in 2011. Go Java.

  3. The best coffee comes form The Java Rush in Colorado by far. These guy’s rock when it comes to roasting awesome coffee. Check em out you’ll be glad you did.

  4. Love your coffee shop! Wishing you the best with your new adventure of roasting. I myself am a roaster. Please check out site out at wholesale coffee
    Here is hoping the cost of coffee beans goes down sometime really soon!