Friends, family, and loyal customers gathered Friday night to celebrate the one year anniversary of Charlotte’s Not Just Coffee. Originally located at Area Fifteen near NoDa, Not Just Coffee relocated Uptown when the Seventh Street Market opened in November.
Opening Not Just Coffee was originally a part time endeavor for James Yoder, who continued working his day job at a local hotel until he could run the shop full time when it moved to Seventh Street Station. Not Just Coffee’s original home, Area Fifteen, serves as an incubator for artists, nonprofits, and small business startups, as well as a community center for the neighborhood.
Yoder trained at the Counter Culture Coffee facility located at Area Fifteen. His shop uses the pour over method of preparing coffee and buys their organic, fair trade beans from Counter Culture. This has helped the shop build a loyal fan base: Not Just Coffee is the highest rated coffee shop in Charlotte according to Yelp.
Not Just Coffee hosts a city-wide latte art competition, Queen City TNT, on March 13th at 7:00 PM.