The Charleston Coffee Cup

Photo by Grace Samuelson

Coffee culture is becoming more and more prominent. Local coffee shops are popping up left and right, each employing their own specially roasted beans.

Charleston finds itself home to numerous coffee shops and roasters, all with their own unique clientele and regulars.

The “Charleston Coffee Cup” brings the thriving coffee culture and coffee lovers together to cultivate a one-of-a-kind event celebrating the craft and increasing popularity of coffee.

Vendors from all over the U.S. found themselves in Memminger Auditorium this past Sunday. The 5th annual “Charleston Coffee Cup” welcomed everyone on the sunny, yet chilly morning, over-caffeinating each eager attendee.

Cream tents lined the walls of the auditorium, each displaying a unique coffee bean roaster. Local Charleston names like Second State Coffee and Springbok found themselves among the crowd. Roasters like Honeybee from Knoxville and Methodical from Greenville gave

Photo by Grace Samuelson

guests a chance to try coffee they can’t get regularly in Charleston.

The “Charleston Coffee Cup” brings coffee professionals together with novice and advanced consumers. While it’s helpful to have a palate for coffee at the event, it is not required.

Coffee beans are like grapes for wine. From the outside, it seems as though each cup may taste the same. Like fine wine, every coffee is carefully curated to appeal to certain taste buds, allowing each sip to be a brand new experience.

The “Charleston Coffee Cup” allows consumers to appreciate the delicate art that goes into creating a coffee bean.

Upon entering the auditorium, guests were greeted with their very own tasting mug and the intense aroma of coffee beans. A guide for tasting and an open space with unlimited coffee-tasting opportunities.

A latte art competition gave people a chance to take a break from the caffeine and enjoy some entertainment. Various food booths and food trucks scattered inside and in the courtyard provided a snack for hungry guests.

Photo by Grace Samuelson

The event was all fun and games, but the goal for the vendors was to win either people’s choice or the best coffee competition. Every booth had its own unique flair and flavor, but in the end Honeybee Coffee Company from Knoxville won best coffee and Bueno Caffe won people’s choice best coffee.

The “Charleston Coffee Cup” pulls together a unique mix of people who all have one thing in common: love for a cup of coffee.

The event rolls around during fall every year, so if you are looking for a coffee-lover’s dream, keep an eye out for the caffeine-filled event next year.

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