Slow Hand Coffee

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Slow Hand Coffee is located in downtown Nashville, across from Cummins Station in the suite where Coffee, Lunch. used to be (RIP). It's a great place to stop in for breakfast or lunch if you work downtown. We went on a beautiful day in October (our posting schedule is a little behind. Sorry not sorry.) after several of you suggested/asked that we go. You're welcome. 

Atmosphere

The shop is small, but it’s got style. We loved their logo — a beard with a silhouette of a coffee cup for a mouth, above a portafilter and wisk [E is trusting L on this portafilter thing.]. There’s a counter to order when you walk in, with some tables across from it along the window. Around the corner there is some fishbowl seating and a few more tables (all 2-tops), across from where you collect your food.

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Because it’s across from Cummins Station, we saw a handful of business types come in to grab a quick lunch and go. Also because it’s Cummins Station, most of them were wearing jeans and/or plaid. Very few people stayed for longer than a few minutes (read: us). The size of the shop and its bustling probably doesn’t make it a great place to hunker down and get work done or study, but that didn’t stop Laura from doing it.

They played unedited Mumford & Sons while we were there ("Little Lion Man," not the radio version, to be specific). This seemed important to note. 

Slow Hand has a ton of lunch and breakfast options. They also have the added bonus of pop-culture-y names (the ‘flava flavvvv,’ the ‘great hambino,’ ‘little foot’ [shoutout to our Land Before Time fans], the ‘Michelle Tanner’) — always a plus in our book.

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Taste

L: I ordered a special — white bean chicken chili with a side of cornbread. It was really good (albeit scalding hot at first), though a little less creamy than I expected compared to other chicken chilis I’ve had in the past. Still very delicious, as was the cornbread.

Professional photography skills exhibited above.

Professional photography skills exhibited above.

I got a salted caramel latte (GETTING CRAZY CHANGING IT UP OVER HERE), also delicious. It wasn’t too sweet, which I appreciate, and you could definitely taste a hint of salt.

Latte Taste rating: 9

E: I got The James Brown,  smoked turkey, hickory smoked bacon, pickled tomatoes, swiss, and parmesan aioli on house-made white bread pressed until golden brown. It came with a side and I chose the corn and bean salad. 

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Food taste rating: 8. 

To drink, I got the iced chai latte. It needed a little stirring (the first sip had me grimacing), but I ended up really liking it. It was a little on the cinnamon-y side, but good overall. I'd recommend drinking it without any pastries, though. The sweetness competed and the result was too much. #diabetus 

Latte taste rating: 8. 

The glass case of pastries and baked goods called to us like a siren song, so we couldn’t resist going back up for dessert. 

L: I chose a pumpkin praline cake donut with cream cheese icing. I MEAN HAVE YOU EVER. It was as delicious as it sounds and looks. Worth every bite. (If it makes those who care about fitness feel better, I saved most of the aforementioned cornbread for my husband.)

Pumpkin Praline Cake Donut with Cream Cheese Icing rating: 11++ 

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E: I chose the pumpkin chocolate chip bread. I ended up waiting to eat it (see note above about chai latte competition), but it was still pretty delicious. I can only imagine how good it would be still warm from the oven. 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread Rating: 9.

Presentation/Service

 

Their latte art game was clearly on. point.

Latte Art rating: 9

The service was good, not great. The barista didn't make conversation but he also didn't get annoyed when Laura asked about the wifi situation (pro tip: it's a random ATT network and you have to ask for the password, written on a slip of paper they give you). 

They presented everything in to-go containers, which was convenient unless you were eating there (most people weren't). The food wasn't the fastest, but it also wasn't extremely slow. You pick up your order at a window behind the counter. 

No complaints about the pastry presentation. 

No complaints about the pastry presentation. 

Ratings Round-Up

Disheveled facial hair - 6

Disheveled hair - 4

Maybe rock stars - 9

Plaid - 4

Sunglasses worn inside - 6

People wearing colors other than black - 3

Uncomfortableness Upon Walking In: 5. It's pretty casual, but you are Right. There. at the counter when you open the door. 

#Nashville

#Nashville

Have you been to Slow Hand yet? Did you wear your sunglasses inside? Tell us what you thought about the experience! 

Posted on November 23, 2015 .