Central Coffee will easily win in South End, but I hope the space gets cozier

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Central Coffee is now open in South End at the intersection of Kingston and Camden. It’s about 100 yards away from Price’s Chicken Coop if you need a South End reference.

I visited the coffee shop on Saturday morning at around 9:15 a.m. – the line was about 10 people deep. It was exciting to see the neighborhood awareness and support since they had only been open for three days.

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I ordered a latte and the spinach quiche. I can’t remember the last time I ordered quiche, but I’ve heard that Central Coffee’s quiche is a top 5 Charlotte breakfast item. I started off ordering the ham and pepper quiche, but the 20-something next to me said, “You got to get the spinach one.” Done.

He was right. The spinach quiche was outstanding. So was the latte.

Like a true social media loser, I was looking forward to the latte being served in a mug so that I could take an artsy latte Instagram photo (I’m embarrassed to admit this), but it came out in a to-go cup. That said, my latte was the perfect temperature and tasted delicious.

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Central Coffee’s space feels like the perfect size. If anything, it was larger than I anticipated.

There are three separate sitting areas.

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The Agenda reported that Central Coffee ownership is adding wall art and a chalkboard menu. Even with those additions, the space stills needs more character and comfort.

It felt stiff and in need of sofas.

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The good news for Central Coffee is that there’s virtually no competition – which given the neighborhood, is pretty shocking. The Starbucks real estate team must be asleep on the job.

Over time, I think you’ll see Central Coffee invest in the space and the menu. The coffee shop will become the go-to place for a quick coffee run before work, business meetings and the hungover weekend crowd. 

Central Coffee South End is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

I’ll be back. The quiche was that good. And I still need a gorgeous latte photo for Instagram. 

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