Top 5 Best Coffee Roasters in Charlotte


Did you know that Roasted coffee beans are partially stale after 2 weeks, and ground coffee starts to lose it’s flavor just 20 minutes after grinding?

If you want a truly amazing cup of joe, you really have to buy whole beans from a local roaster (I don’t believe the online dealers who claim to ship fresh roasted beans) – thankfully, the Queen City has some great ones to choose from.

Here are the top 5 coffee roasters in the greater Charlotte region;

#5 Parliament Coffee Roasters

Musician Paul Waggonerroasts coffee as a labor of love with a goal of putting Charlotte on the map for world-class coffee. You can now buy their beans at The Rhino Market or online on their website here.

#4 Pure Intentions Coffee

Pure Intentions coffee has a very heavy focus on educating Charlotte on what craft coffee can be, and what it can be mixed with and infused into (mainly locally-made craft beer). You can pick up some beans at Earl’s Grocery, Rhino Market, and find their new nitro-cold-brew at Red Clay Ciderworks.

#3 Magnolia Coffee

Magnolia Coffee Roasters in Charlotte is by agruably the most well know of the roasters, selling their fresh beans in Common Market, Rhino Market, Amelie’s French Bakery, Julia’s Cafe and Books, among others.

They focus on the latest crops from around the world, had selecting each batch they roast.

#2 The Climb

the climb coffee roaster charlotte

The Climb Coffee Roaster recently moved their roasting operations to NoDa and opened up their first coffee shop in the Black Lion store in Pineville.

They typically roast twice a week and will ship within 48 hours of any order placed on their website here.

#1 Reviver Coffee

This is one of Charlotte’s newest coffee roasters, and in the opinion of those we talked to, it’s now the best. Reviver is the first roaster in Charlotte to use ‘fluid bed’ roasting, instead of ‘drum’ roasting, meaning less burnt tasting coffee. They also source extremely small quantity micro lots from award-winning farms around the world, meaning their beans are not only expertly roasted, but also expertly grown.

You can find their beans at most local pop-up events around Charlotte, several farmers markets, or have them shipped directly to your door the day after they’re roasted for just $2 shipping, find out more on their website here.

Who do you think makes the best coffee in Charlotte?