Lynchburg, with its four seasons, temperate climate and slightly above average rainfall each year, makes the perfect backdrop for a steaming cup of coffee. Plus, with six colleges and universities in and around the city, there is never a shortage of caffeine demand.
Whether you want a warm beverage to wake you up before a day of exploring, or you need something cool and caffeinated to refresh you as you pop in and out of shops, look no further than the coffee shops in Lynchburg.
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Artisanal Coffee and Tea in the Heart of Downtown
Dublin 3 Coffeehouse, located on the ever-changing and growing Jefferson Street in downtown Lynchburg is the perfect place to begin your day. Stop in for their small selection of breakfast items (hello, avocado toast with two perfectly fried eggs) and coffee that’s perfectly curated. For the non-coffee drinkers in the group (if there ever is such a thing), they have artisanal teas, matcha and draft kombucha from Tha Best Kombucha in nearby Floyd, Virginia.
Renaissance and Revival Meets Coffee
If you have visited Lynchburg more than once, you may have noticed something happening on 5th Street in downtown Lynchburg. A revitalization is happening that is making way for whiskey bars, American cafes, artisan Sicilian pizzerias and 5th St. Grind, a local coffee shop. Brewing Virginia-based coffee, Red Rooster, you can spend a casual hour at the bar or take your brew to go. Stop in for a pour over, drip or gravity brew.
Coffee With a Mission in Mind
Though new to the Lynchburg coffee scene, Mission House Coffee has been making a big impact since it opened in the River Ridge Mall in 2018. Their focus is set on two goals. First, they take the time to craft a delicious drink of choice for their customers. Second, they give back to local nonprofits within the community.
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A Coffee Shop For Music Lovers
Set in the popular Downtown vinyl record shop, Speakertree, music fans now have the opportunity to browse classic 78 and 45 RPM’s with a perfectly-roasted cup of coffee in their hands. Backline Coffee offers a selection of drip and pour over coffees, a full espresso bar, teas and lemonade featuring fresh, pureed fruit and rotating mocktails (non-alcoholic cocktails), some even inspired by notorious rock bands.
Sip Fresh Coffee in this Historical Downtown Spot
Recently The Virginian Hotel , an icon of Downtown Lynchburg during the early 1900’s, re-opened for business after being closed for more than 50 years. With the newly renovated space, the hotel added some more modern features including Marigold Coffee & Wine Bar. Here, you can stop in and enjoy freshly brewed coffee as well as pick up grab-and-go pastries, sandwiches, and salads.
Lynchburg’s Staple with a Focus on Community
The White Hart Cafe is a local favorite in downtown Lynchburg. A perfectly curated and mix-and-match collection of tables and chairs create a setting where community naturally happens. On any given night, you can enjoy a mug of their house coffee and listen to live acoustic music.
A Coffee Shop with a Literary Spin
The Drowsy Poet, located in Lakeside Drive in Lynchburg is tucked away inside of Givens Books, a locally-owned bookstore that specializes in popular reads, local authors, used books and special editions. With a full menu of sandwiches and soups in addition to their house coffee, The Drowsy Poet is the perfect place to cozy up with a book for the afternoon.
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From Pop Up to Store Front
What once started as a coffee pop-up shop has now turned into a full fledged storefront on Bedford Ave. Golf Park Coffee Co. started in 2012 as Lynchburg’s first cold brew coffee option. Today, they offer a variety of drink options, from a full espresso bar to tea to brewed coffee from Blanchard’s Coffee in Richmond, Virginia.
Locally Roasted Ethical, Sustainable Coffee
The Muse Coffee and Roastery, located in Wyndhurst in Lynchburg, locally roasts their coffee, which they source from direct trade relationships with farmers all over the world. Sourcing their unroasted beans from ethical, traceable and sustainable farmers, The Muse is able to serve up coffee that has a larger purpose than just a delicious cup (though that is guaranteed, too). Whether you need an extra jolt from a double espresso or a deliciously sweet specialty drink, you will leave The Muse perfectly refreshed and caffeinated.
A Marriage of Food, Coffee and Fun
The Bean Tree Cafe in Cornerstone in Lynchburg is where you want to go if you want to spend a leisurely night at a coffee shop. With a regular rotation of live music and trivia nights, The Bean Tree offers up locally roasted coffee and espresso, as well as a full menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner items. Taking your order to go? No problem! You can order right online and just pick it up on your way to your next adventure.
Organic Coffee, Right on Main Street
Serving up TBC organic coffee, Cafe Bliss, is located right in the Bank of the James building in downtown Lynchburg. This 20-story high-rise is a landmark in the Lynchburg area and one you won’t want to miss—plus you’ll get a fresh cup of joe!
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Coffee That’s Been Roasted To Its Full Potential
Located just a few miles away from Downtown Lynchburg, Third Wave Coffee is dedicated to finding high quality coffee that can be roasted to highlight different unique flavors and notes from around the world, like Guatemala, Ethiopia and Papua New Guinea. Most importantly, all of their coffee comes from farmers who benefit directly from their sale.
Artisan Coffee and Tea in the Market
Grains of Sense is an artisan coffee roastery and tea gallery located in the Lynchburg Community Market. Operating since 2008, Grains of Sense is the perfect pit stop during a day of shopping in the market.
Find Your Favorite Coffee Shop in Lynchburg
No matter how you take your coffee, Lynchburg has a coffee shop that will quickly become your go-to when you’re in town.