Warm your spirit this season in these 7 WV coffee shops

Coffee is a drink that keeps us connected in the Mountain State.

Here in the hills, you will find several neighborhood coffee shops committed to brewing up a quality cup of joe or hand-crafted espresso.

These cozy cafes offer more than great taste. They’re gathering spots for good company.

Next time you’re passing through, stop to get a fill up at these West Virginia coffee favorites:

1. The Chocolate Moose, Beckley

Named after the quirky stuffed moose adorning the wall, The Chocolate Moose is a homey coffee shop locals and visitors love for its warm environment, delicious espresso drinks and WV-themed coffee blends. Try the John Henry, a smooth, medium/dark roast named after the steel-driving folk hero who helped construct the Big Bend Tunnel in Summers County.

In the wintertime, expect the fireplace to be roaring and fresh roasts brewed on demand. Pour overs and cold brew coffee are 2 of the shop’s specialties, along with the signature Chocolate Moose: a mocha, vanilla and hazelnut latte topped with whipped cream and chocolate sauce.

After fueling up, grab a harness and hit the Outside-In climbing gym on-site. Built by Fayetteville native and rock climbing expert Glenn Carlson, the new gym has routes and challenges for climbers of all skill levels.

2. Wheeling Coffee and Spice Company, Wheeling

Sip coffee roasted in machines that date back more than a century at Wheeling Coffee and Spice Company.

The wholesale coffee distributor and downtown Wheeling coffee shop believes in heritage and tradition. The beans are slow roasted in-house in an original 1884 Burns coffee roaster, hand-raked and then air-cooled. You can buy the beans, labeled Paramount Coffee, in 1-pound bags online or in the shop. It’s even distributed to coffee companies all over the East coast.

The comfortable front-of-shop atmosphere has 2 sitting rooms furnished with sofas, fine wood furniture and a fireplace, creating a classic coffee shop vibe for your ultra-fresh roasts. Specialty roasts include the House, Mountaineer and Breakfast blends, while the mocha-flavored espresso drinks are a favorite with regulars.

3. Joe N’ Throw, Fairmont

Fairmont’s Joe N’ Throw blends creative coffee concoctions with the creative arts. A coffee café/pottery studio hybrid, Joe N’ Throw roasts its own beans and serves drinks in hand-thrown mugs crafted in-house. (So if you’re particularly fond of your mug, the odds are you can buy it.)

Ethiopian, Sumatran and Colombian roasts are ground fresh for pour overs, but espresso fans flock to the shop for the Hippy Honey Mocha, a silky-smooth drink spiced with a bit of cinnamon.

By night, the shop turns into a bar pouring 6 West Virginia draft beers, with live music on a monthly rotation.

Hungry? Try the daily special or the Adventure Fuel, a combination of strawberry rhubarb jam, thick-cut bacon, cream cheese and 2 West Virginia free-range eggs on toast, which you can also get as a sandwich.

4. TipTop, Thomas

Coffee and community come together at TipTop in Thomas, a creative coffee shop that was originally planned as a gathering space in the tight-knit community. It has evolved into one of the state’s premier coffee spots, known for 40 Weight Coffee, house-made food, creative espresso drinks and high-caliber adult beverages.

Attention to detail and a strong community connection are the hallmarks of the shop, so expect a keen eye to detail and high-quality ingredients. The coffee is meticulously sourced– and thus meticulously prepared– by the shop’s baristas. You can pair with your handcrafted pick-me-up with more than 60 gourmet chocolates.

The chic shop has events, and is a “must-hit” spot for visitors hitting the slopes nearby. On Friday evenings, they grill up local grass-fed beef burgers, which you can enjoy with your choice of more than 25 wines, several traditional cocktails and a range of West Virginia beers.

5. The Grind, Morgantown

Sip a flat white in the window overlooking West Virginia University’s downtown campus at The Grind, a Morgantown stronghold that appeals to students and townies alike.

First opened in 1993, the shop has since changed hands but remained true to its roots: fresh coffee, simple sandwiches and top-notch latte art. The maple latte is sweetened with local West Virginia maple syrup and powered by 2 espresso shots. Dark Italian-roast beans are constantly on the lineup, along with a rotating lighter roast sourced from the coffee haven of Olympia, Washington.

There’s a heavy lunchtime rush to snag one of the shop’s homemade sandwiches, but if you ask a local, they’ll probably recommend the Popeye, a freshly shredded chicken salad sandwich with spinach, tomato, red onion, black olives, roasted red pepper and thousand-island dressing.

6. Moxxee, Charleston

Coffee is treated as a science at Moxxee on the East End of West Virginia’s capital city. The founders have backgrounds in chemistry and biology, which they certainly put to use in Moxxee’s simplistic, quality-centric drink menu.

From the second you step in the shop to see the shiny stainless-steel aesthetic, you’ll know that you’re not in an ordinary coffee joint. The owners opened Moxxee with 1 goal in mind: to elevate West Virginia’s coffee culture to compete with major metropolitan cities all over the world. Now, the shop is a source of pride for locals.

At Moxxee, quality reigns supreme, so they like to keep it simple. While the flavor of Moxxee’s lightly roasted exotic beans and textured milk shines in traditional lattes, cappuccinos and macchiatos, they also have some lightly sweetened favorites like the milk and honey latte. All variables of the coffee-making process– from the water temperature, grind setting, coffee-to-water ratio and more– have been perfected in one of the best cups of java around.

7. The Coffee Bar, Parkersburg

New to the downtown Parkersburg scene in 2015, The Coffee Bar prides itself on lightly roasted organic direct-trade coffee from Brazil and Africa. All coffee is made to order, and pour overs and French presses are the most popular methods of preparation.

But if you ask the regulars, the espresso machine is the heart of the coffee shop. Hand-crafted lattes and cappuccinos rival cups from niche New York and California coffee scenes, with plenty of cozy seating so you can sit back and enjoy the ambiance.

A true “have it your way” attitude defines the bar, and build-your-own paninis and salads let guests cater to their own palettes. The Coffee Bar also has live music every Saturday, trivia Tuesday evenings and a full-menu delivery service.

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This post was last updated on October 19, 2017