In recent months, some updates to the downtown java scene have been brewing—from a charming new coffee shop to a favorite retreat with a revamped décor (and prices!). Here’s the scoop:
Hope and Union Coffee Co.
The discrete “Coffee” sign out front will get you in the door at the newly opened Hope and Union Coffee Co.; the urban style and earthy appeal will keep you there to savor the handcrafted, single-origin Intelligentsia teas and coffees prepared using the Chemex brewing system for enhanced flavor. Proprietors John Vergel de Dios and Harper Poe, who designed the former single house’s chic redux themselves, can be found there daily, providing friendly service along with a sampling of bakery treats. The sunny environment, espresso bar, communal tables, and outdoor seating are big pluses.
199 St. Philip St., (843) 647-9058, www.hopeandunioncoffee.com
Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Queen Street Grocery
For those in need of an intense jolt, Queen Street Grocery recently began serving Kamala Island-produced cold-pressed iced coffee with unusual potency and pleasantly low acidity due to 48-hour soaking. As an accompaniment? Their Crêpe Kitchen’s sweet and savory handmade breakfast, lunch, or dessert crêpes using Boar’s Head meats, organic veggies, and other fresh ingredients. Soon, owners Mary Wutz and Henry Weed plan to begin a delivery service, offering coffee in returnable glass bottles, as well as discount organic groceries, to area businesses.
133 Queen St., (843) 723-4121
Queen Street Crêpe Kitchen: Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Kudu Coffee House
Initially known for its African blends, animal art, and WiFi access, Kudu is going through some changes inspired by new ownership. Sozo Hospitality now runs the popular coffee spot, reenergized with a streamlined service area, a lighter look sans wildlife components, and welcome lower prices. The charming café garden and Internet capabilities thankfully remain.
4 Vanderhorst St., (843) 853-7186, www.kuducoffeehouse.com
Monday-Saturday, 6:30 a.m.- 10 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.