First Look: Barista Alley brews up artisanal coffee in downtown Greer

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Andrew Carter

Greer resident Andrew Carter has been patiently awaiting this announcement since May 2016: Barista Alley will be open by the end of the month.

Located at 125 E. Poinsett St. in downtown Greer, the specialty coffee shop will join the growing retail and restaurant presence in the area.

Barista Alley, which Carter has literally been building with his own two hands (check out the copper-topped bar he hammered), is what he calls a “third-wave” coffee shop, which means it’s part of a movement to produce high-quality coffee as an artisanal foodstuff, like wine, rather than a commodity.

Practically speaking, it means the coffee menu will have only between five and seven specialty drinks. And to keep it local, Carter will be serving only Greenville-roasted Methodical Coffee, rather than Charleston’s King Bean Coffee Roasters and 1000 Faces Coffee in Athens, Ga., with whom he had previously partnered.

 

Andrew Carter hammered the copper-top bar by hand.
Andrew Carter hammered the copper-top bar by hand.

“I’m excited to have their coffee here, keeping it in the community,” Carter says.

He will also serve smoothies and smoothie bowls (like a smoothie but layered with yogurt and granola), using local produce, but again, will keep it limited so quality doesn’t suffer. Circa Doughnuts will also be available.

The original green paint remains in part of the renovated space.
The original green paint remains in part of the renovated space.

The interior features wood tones and leather couches and can seat up to 75, which Carter admits would be tight. Outdoors in the shared alley with Abbott’s Frozen Custard will be a bar top with a garage-door window to the inside, along with tables and chairs. The space will be set up to accommodate live music performances.

Carter’s favorite feature of the interior space is a private meeting room that will eventually be soundproofed.

“How many times have you gone to a coffee shop for a meeting and you couldn’t hear yourself?” Carter asked, rhetorically.

0317.GJ.FeastRestaurantRoundup.BaristaAlley3.WillIamCrooksCarter is also providing 100-megabit internet to allow his guests to stream and download with ease.

Carter plans for Barista Alley to be open Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m.–10 p.m., and Sunday noon–6 p.m.

Follow Barista Alley on Facebook for the official opening.

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