Coffee beans have weaseled their way into every moment of our daily lives as Americans. The drive for a caffeine fix sends everyone scampering for a quick afternoon pick-me-up. Even so, Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts no longer make the top of the list. More and more people choose to frequent independent coffee shops. Charleston is no exception to this phenomenon — coffee shops are interwoven into the city. While there are over 25 independent coffee shops on the peninsula, Black Tap Coffee finds itself at the top of every “must visit” coffee shop list for Charleston.
Black Tap Coffee attracts a unique mix of customers. On any given day, the coffee shop fills to bursting with college students, tourists and locals, crammed inside a space the size of a oversized kitchen. But the lack of seating hardly deters customers from returning to the shop. Day after day, Black Tap exceeds capacity when people squeeze their way through the doors and onto benches, seating themselves next to strangers. The atmosphere is charming yet relaxing, even when studying for hours on end. Quiet chatter and 2000s alternative music produce a busy hum throughout the room.
The space is elegantly simplistic. Mahogany tables and a bar fill the room with seats. The walls are a peaceful eggshell tone. The hardwood floors gleam a bright white. The scent of coffee beans wafts through the air and out the door into the dense Charleston air. Simplicity works to Black Tap’s advantage — the coffee does the rest.
Lattes, espresso, cappuccinos, macchiatos, teas and brewed coffee make up the basic menu. The lavender-flavored latte may be a bestseller with its subtle, smooth flavoring, but the plain coffee tastes just as good. Black Tap roasts beans from all over the world at their roastery on James Island. Even those unable to distinguish a good bean from bad mention just how delicious Black Tap’s brew is.
Black Tap is satisfying for coffee shop fanatics and students alike.