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Wake up Washington: A coffee drinker's guide

Posted November 4, 2020 2:37 p.m. EST

This article was written by our sponsor, Washington Tourism Development Authority.

Enjoy your visit to Washington, N.C., one cup of coffee at a time. Sometimes we all just need a little pick-me-up. You'll be starting your day on the right foot after snagging a roast from any of the following coffee spots. All are guaranteed to please, and the friendly baristas will make the experience one that you won't forget.

As always, the Washington Tourism Development Authority recommends calling your destination before you arrive to be sure you are traveling with the most current information on hand.

Little Washington : Spotlight : Giddy-Up Coffee House

Giddy-Up Coffee House

Giddy-Up Coffee House is the definition of a specialty coffee experience.

Now equipped with a drive-thru, you can enjoy your Giddy-Up coffee on-the-go or in the shop. This locally owned coffee house actually used to be a gas station. It was renovated to give off western vibes and a relaxing atmosphere.

Students and professionals frequent the shop to get their work done while enjoying a tasty beverage. Book clubs and other groups use the space to socialize and relax comfortably with a tasty beverage.

Giddy-Up offers a Mexican blend, a dark roast, and a rotating monthly flavor of coffee grounds. Hot and iced options are available for coffee and lattes. They also have frappes and fruit smoothies if your taste buds prefer it. Hungry? Pair a bagel or a waffle with your beverage to ensure that you're ready to start the day.

At Giddy-Up, you can expect friendly service that will make you feel at home. For more information, check out their website.

Insider Tip: Reanne Mayo, Event Coordinator for the Washington Civic Center, recommends the chocolate peanut butter frappe, coffee based with an extra shot and no whip. On Fridays, the extra shot is free!

Location: 1101 Highland Drive, Washington, N.C. 27889
Contact: (252) 833-0677
Hours: Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., and closed Sunday.

Little Washington : Spotlight : Perfect Perks Coffee Hut

Perfect Perks Coffee Hut & Micki's Munchies

Perfect Perks Coffee Hut & Micki's Munchies is a hidden gem for coffee lovers.

Located in the Washington Walmart parking lot, this little coffee hut is no joke! Locals say that Perfect Perks has the best coffee flavor selection in town.

If you love flavored coffee, this is the place for you. This little hut whips up some delicious frappes like the positively reviewed Dead Man Walking Vanilla Bean Frappe and Wake the Dead White Chocolate and Caramel Frappe.

The Hut also features sugar-free options and non-dairy alternatives. If you're feeling hungry, baked goods are available as well. There's something for everyone at Perfect Perks, just ask Micki, the woman behind all the munchies on the menu! View their full menu.

Insider Tip: Paula Stephenson, Marketing Assistant for the Washington Tourism Development Authority, recommends the skinny mocha with an extra shot of espresso - and be sure to add whipped cream on top because, why not?

Location: W 15th St Exd, Washington, NC 27889
Contact: (252) 217-9407
Hours: Monday-Friday from 6 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., and closed Sunday.

Little Washington : Spotlight : Rachel K's Bakery

Rachel K's Bakery

Rachel K's Bakery is located right in the heart of downtown Washington.

The bakery makes everything from scratch and works closely with local farmers to use local, in season ingredients when possible, and only high quality ingredients are used. Cakes, freshly baked bagels, artisan breads and pastries, sandwiches, soups, and salads are just some of the things you can find on the menu.

Known for their baked goods, Rachel K's is also a great place to grab a cup of joe.

Rachel K's carries Counter Culture Coffee out of Durham. Counter Culture Coffee is a certified organic roaster that values sustainability and offers educational opportunities for baristas. Counter Culture Coffee aims to educate baristas on the many techniques required to ensure that the best possible flavor ends up in your cup.

Also, at Rachel K's, they make all of their own syrups, so they are all natural and not full of ingredients that you can't name. You can expect attention to detail and great customer service when ordering a cup of coffee from Rachel K's. To find out more about Rachel K's Bakery, visit this link.

Insider Tip: Meg Howdy, Executive Director of the Washington Harbor District Alliance, recommends the honey latte because it offers just enough sweetness, but still highlights the coffee.

Location: 126 N Market St #4948, Washington, N.C. 27889
Contact: (252) 946-2253
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m., and closed Sunday and Monday.

Little Washington : Spotlight : Cups and Cones

Cups and Cones

Cups and Cones is the perfect spot for families.

Just arrived in Washington and looking for a quick stop that has a little something for everyone? Parents grab some Lanoca Coffee while letting the kids enjoy some Blue Bell ice cream cones. They also distribute locally sourced treats like Locavore Market's muffins and Carolina Cookie Company's cookies.

Cups and Cones carries Lanoca Coffee, which is the best coffee roasted here in eastern North Carolina (Farmville, N.C.). Lanoca Coffee Company is a small-batch, artisanal coffee roaster specializing in single origin coffees, roasted to your specifications. Get your Lanoca Coffee hot or iced at Cups and Cones. Choose from a variety of flavors and milk products to go along with your tasty roast.

Cups and Cones has a large seating area upstairs that is great for studying or checking emails. If you feel more comfortable outside, enjoy the outdoor balcony, which overlooks the Pamlico River estuary! For more information, follow this link.

Insider Tip: Rebecca Clark, owner of Cups and Cones, recommends the Pamlico Pumpkin Spice Coffee that is made with cinnamon ice cream.

Location: 226-200 E Water St, Washington, N.C. 27889
Contact: (252) 623-1836
Hours: Monday-Friday from 8-11 a.m. and then 2-7 p.m, and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

This article was written by our sponsor, Washington Tourism Development Authority.

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