Asheville, NC is a unique town. Settled in the Appalachian Mountains, it's known for its hippies, outdoorsy folk, and, well, pot smokers. But it also has tons of coffee shops. As in, I passed at least five on a stroll to get to Double D's. One was just called "hyphen," and you know how I feel about punctuation, but the intimidation factor was so strong I had to leave. I am weaker without a shopping cohort and I was alone on this trip. Maybe someone would like to sponsor a Coffee Shoppers trip to Asheville? Just throwing that out there...
Anyway, while I'm sure there are tons of remarkable coffee shops in Asheville, I knew which one I needed to shop in. I'd seen it on my last trip and knew I wanted to check it out.
I mean, look at it:
How could I not?
The outside of Double D's is a small courtyard. There are several tables in the shade, with umbrellas. I went on a Sunday and there were only a few people enjoying their drinks outside, but I'm sure it gets somewhat crowded during peak hours.
As you can see, the shop is cash only. They are also big on making sure you're a customer before they let you sit there, which is understandable. It's a nice little courtyard and bus/shop and would be a great little rest-stop for a walking tour.
When you step in the shop, you are immediately in the ordering area. There's a whiteboard menu and a bench to the side to wait on your order. I was just behind what appeared to be a regular customer (the barista, before he even spoke, said, "We're out of [insert insider coffee term], but we do have the [insert different insider coffee term]."). He seemed satisfied with that and she began work on his order while he walked outside. I brazenly took photos while the hip friend of the barista judged me from the waiting bench.
There was also a selection of sweets. I was very tempted. Those peanut butter cookies were roughly larger than my hand.
In the end, I just went with the usual iced chai. I distinctly remember taking notes on the flavor of the chai. Like, memory-scented level notes. However, I must have only taken those notes in my imagination, because now I can't find them anywhere. I do remember the chai being refreshing. While there was definitely some cinnamon gathered at the top, it wasn't overpowering. I think maybe it's coming back to me--a hint of vanilla? I'm sorry I have failed you, chai drinking readers visiting Asheville. I'll try to take actual notes next time.
Once I got my drink, I walked up to the second level of the double decker because of course. I was the only one up there, but I did note the mirrors in the stairwell. Therefore, hip friend got to see me brazenly take 6 more iPhone pictures (I've included the best ones below).
Isn't it so cute?
I almost wished I had brought my laptop with me to sit down and work up here. It was so quiet with beautiful views of the street and mountains. Then I could have written down what my chai latte tasted like and
checked twitter worked on my novel. It would have been lovely. Alas, I did not bring my laptop or even a notebook, so I walked back down the stairs, took one last picture of the green-haired barista, and left.
[While I was upstairs the regular customer came back in to get his coffee. I'm not sure where he had been the whole time, but obviously he and the barista are used to this drive-by arrangement.]
I recommend stopping in at Double D's Coffee and Desserts next time you're in Asheville. Bring cash and a friend or the Internet and stay awhile. Try the peanut butter cookies.
Have you ever been to Double D's? Have you been to other shops in Asheville? What's your favorite?