Dr. Wesley Mullins’s deep and profound love of coffee is evidence that taking care of your teeth doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the things you love.
If you’re a java junkie too, you’re likely always on the lookout for the best Knoxville coffee shops – here are our favorite spots for every situation!
Best Overall – Remedy Coffee
This Old City coffee shop is Dr. Mullins’s personal favorite, and with good reason. Remedy Coffee serves only 100% organic, sustainable, direct trade certified coffees that are regionally roasted only a few days before delivery to Remedy. You can find them at 125 W Jackson Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902 or (865) 335-9481.
Best for Impressing a Date – Coffee and Chocolate
The name says it all, and you can expect the best of both. With exceptionally lovely and delicious chocolates and pastries as well as barista-made espresso drinks, Coffee and Chocolate is the right place to win her (or him!) over. You can find them at 327 Union Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902 or (865) 688-9244.
Best for Bikers – Time Warp Tea Room
Actually, that’s just a joke. By not pandering to anyone, the Time Warp Tea Room appeals to everyone. Where else can you examine an intact 1941 Indian Scout while sipping on an expertly made latte? Vintage motorcycle décor, classic films on the big screen, deep wooden booths, and the popular chili-tamale combo add to the appeal. You can find them at 1209 N Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37917 or (865) 524-1155.
Best Vibe – Old City Java
Old City Java is a favorite haunt of local artsy types, and for good reason – it’s comfortable, friendly, quiet, and there’s something about exposed brick that makes you want to start your first novel. You can find them at 109 S Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 or (865) 523-9817.
Best Coffee at Brunch – Cosmo’s Caffe at Gourmet’s Market
Gourmet’s Market is a Knoxville institution, and where else can you buy brunch, bulk gourmet coffee, specialty charcuterie, and Le Creuset bakeware all in the same building? While you’re sipping on your second refill, ask the knowledgeable deli staff for suggestions about which bulk coffees to try, and grab some egg salad for the road. You can find them at 5107 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919 or (865) 584-8739.
Best Old-School Feel – Pete’s Coffee Shop
Pete’s Coffee Shop has been serving up home fries to early-rising downtown professionals for more than 25 years. With traditional diner fare and those no-nonsense white ceramic coffee mugs, Pete’s promises a satisfyingly no-frills breakfast experience for when you need to get on the road early. You can find them at 540 Union Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902 or (865) 523-2860.
Best Commuter Pit-Stop – Cozy Joe’s
Located conveniently off Hardin Valley Road, Cozy Joe’s is a haven of good coffee along a busy commuter route. Grab a few mini-croissant crushers for lunch, get some work done in the coffee loft, or just grab a refill of your favorite Vienna coffee from the drive through. You can find them at 2559 Willow Point Way, Knoxville, TN 37931 or (865) 357-2699.
Best Pre-Hike Caffeine Jolt – MoJoe’s Trailside Coffee House at Riversports
Located on the same lot as Knoxville’s popular River Sports Outfitters, MoJoe’s is the ideal place to grab a tall tumbler of dark-roast before making your way into the mountains. If you forgot any gear, just head next door! You can find them at 2920 Sutherland Ave., Knoxville, TN 37919 or (865) 522-3316.
Best on the Strip – The Golden Roast
Yes, there’s a Starbucks on Cumberland, too. But if you can brave the parking, The Golden Roast is worth it. This student favorite also happens to be Knoxville’s preeminent coffee roaster (they sell their beans to a number of other local coffee houses), so expect the best. You can find them at 825 Melrose Place, Knoxville, TN 37916 or (865) 544-1004.
It’s not in Knoxville, but Vienna is the area’s most beloved source of fair trade, organic, shade-grown coffees. Their roastery is in Maryville, and the Clark family has built relationships directly with growers to ensure quality for their customers and fair prices for the farmers. Coffee shops all over East Tennessee and beyond serve Vienna coffees, but why not go to the source? You can find them at 212 College St, Maryville, TN 37804 or (865) 681-0517.
The Bearden Starbucks
The Starbucks at 4924 Kingston Pike in Bearden is the only place in Knoxville that has a Clover Brewing System, which is no surprise, considering that they cost upwards of $10,000. Though it’s more expensive per cup as well, Clover coffee is purported to be more flavorful and more representative of the coffee’s true characteristics. We think it’s worth the extra few dollars, at least once! You can find them at 4924 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37919 or (865) 584-2363.
Where are your favorite Knoxville coffee shop? Let us know, and we’ll add them to the list!
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