Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Shenandoah Joe

Next to the new SPCA Rummage and Martin's Hardware, in the space that used to house a cleaners, Shenandoah Joe has set up shop on Preston Avenue. Offering both a coffee shop and commercial roasting, it's a welcome addition to Charlottesville's slew of homegrown coffeeshops. What enoteca offers to wine drinkers can be found here for coffee drinkers. There's a daily brew, but some special cuppings have occurred. I didn't know what a cupping was until the recent roasting and serving of Cup of Excellence Guatemalan. With Shenandoah providing coffee to other places in town, restaurants and coffeeshops, it's not necessary to go to their location. But it's worth it. With free Wifi and every possible seating option including couch, lounge chairs, at small tables, at a big round table, and on bar stools, it's equally suitable for hanging out or getting work done. Mornings can be somewhat of a free-for-all; on weekday afternoons the place clears out and is bathed in the setting sun.

It's not advertised but if you bring back in the red bags for refills, they'll subtract 50 cents from the price.

Hours: M-Th: 6:30am-7pm; F: 6:30am-9pm; S: 7:30am-9pm.

945 Preston Ave
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 295-4563

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