• Liz Logan

Where to Grab a Cup 'o Joe in Gaston County

Updated: Sep 23, 2019

In the not-too-distant past, coffee routines looked a bit differently than they do now. While there is no shame in waking up to Folgers in your cup, craft coffee shops are ushering in a new wave and a new way to go about your morning caffeine fix. While Starbucks helped pave the way for small-scale coffee shops back in the 1970s (and have grown into a monolith in the past few decades), local shops are still popping up, giving that mom-and-pop comfort and feel for patrons who are looking beyond just a plain ol’ cup a’ joe. So when you’re up-and-at- ‘em, ready to pick up a cup or settle in with an old friend, here’s what Gaston County has to offer for the local coffee lover.


Caravan Coffee

Courtesy Caravan Coffee

Caravan Coffee is located across from Stowe Park in Belmont, with an umbrella clad patio and cozy interior. A display case of cupcakes and other confections greets customers at the register as they decide which coffee to indulge in. Grab a mocha or caramel latte and enjoy a board game with friends.

7 S. Main Street, Monday – Friday 7am-9pm, Saturday 8am-9pm, Sunday 1-5pm


Courtesy Mugshots

Relocated from a small Main Street storefront, Mugshots has become the morning portion of South Main Cycles’ beverage duo (with Station operating in the evenings Wednesday – Saturday). Opened by a couple of former police officers, Mugshots specializes in house-made syrups and quality coffee beans from California-based Mountain Grounds Artisan Roaster. Stop in for a seat at their unique bicycle-themed bar or enjoy the patio alongside the railroad tracks in this historic, former train station. Enjoy locally made pastries and other snacks to accompany your coffee.

4 N. Main Street, Monday- Friday 7am-7pm, Saturday- Sunday 8am-6pm

Nellie's Southern Kitchen

Courtesy Nellie's Southern Kitchen

Many Gaston County residents (and beyond) are well versed with the Jonas Brother's owned Nellie's Southern Kitchen. In addition to lunch and dinner at their Main Street location, Nellie's has a smaller space that operates as a coffee shop during the day (where you can get a delicious triple espresso, among other cafe beverages) and a wine bar by night.

36 N. Main Street, Monday-Friday 7am-2pm


Floyd & Blackies

Just along the river and across the bridge from Goat Island Park, Floyd & Blackies is Cramerton’s spot for coffee and ice cream. Hungry for more than a coffee and muffin? There is a menu of savory goods for your morning fare. Opened in 2012, the shop has become a local stop for coffee and breakfast. Handmade mugs are for sale along with Floyd & Blackies locally roasted, organic fair-trade coffee.

137 8th Avenue, Monday- Friday 6am- 9pm, Saturday 7am-9pm, Sunday 1pm-6pm


Gaston Pour House

Courtesy Gaston Pour House

Gaston Pour House opened as the brain child of a couple of Johnson and Wales graduates, ready to bring a craft coffee experience to downtown Gastonia. Brewing Dilworth Coffee’s Honduran and Colombian roasts, Gaston Pour House serves batch brew coffee, French press and espresso drinks. Stop by in the evening for Open Mic Night and Live Music on Fridays.

170 S. South Street, #103B, Monday- Thursday 8am-10pm; Friday 8am-12am; Saturday 9am-12am

Java House

Courtesy Java House

Java House recently re-opened, continuing to serve Gastonia quality coffee in a relaxed and friendly environment. Offering a range of food items, from beignets to BLTs, cold brew and cappuccinos, Java House is a fantastic spot to grab that early morning coffee or meet for lunch. Try their Lenny Boy Kombucha or smoothies for an alternative to caffeinated beverages.

200 West Main Avenue, Monday- Friday 8am-5pm, Saturday 8am-3pm


Fryeday Coffee Roasters

Courtesy Fryeday Coffee

Opening a brick-and-mortar location soon while hosting local pop-ups until opening day, Alisa Frye’s Fryeday Coffee Roasters finds its origins in Frye’s roots of roasting her own beans in a frying pan. What began as a gift to family and friends following her Santa Barbara-influenced love for fresh roasted coffee, Frye opened her shop ready to share her fresh and locally roasted beans with the Greater Gaston County area.

106 E. 1st Street, Unit B, Opening soon

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Catawba Coffee

Courtesy Catawba Coffee

Located on Mount Holly’s ever-expanding Main Street, Catawba Coffee is the go-to for Mount Holly residents and beyond. The Main Street storefront is welcoming with café-colored umbrellas and relaxing lighting. Catawba Coffee strives on supporting community with unique events, like an early-morning live music event to enjoy over Saturday morning coffee. Authors, artisans and musicians find their way through the doors of Catawba Coffee, sharing their craft with customers. Here you’ll find your favorite espresso drinks as well as fresh baked goods.

117 N. Main Street, Monday- Thursday 7am-8pm, Friday 7am-9pm, Saturday 8am-9pm, Sunday 11:30am- 5pm


1Mission Coffee Company

Courtesy 1Mission Coffee

Serving Boone based Hatchet Coffee, 1Mission supports Haiti missions through its sell of espresso, batch brew and pour-over coffee offerings. Black & White, a Wake Forest-based coffee company, can also be found on their menu. Working to create a space for people to settle in and gather, 1Mission has a family-style vibe. Muffins, coffee cake, cinnamon rolls, cupcakes and power balls (oatmeal, peanut butter and raisin protein snacks) are among their food offerings.

129 S. Main Street, Monday-Saturday 6:30am–10:30am; Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 2:30pm-6:30pm; Saturday 4:30pm-7:30pm

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