Columbus – Driving from Tryon to Hendersonville a couple days ago, Openroad Coffee & Tea caught my eye just in time for a hard right into the driveway without injuring anyone in the process.
They have an easy-to-access drive through, but I wanted to go inside and check it out. You KNOW I’m all about coffee shops, right?
Espresso drink prices are about average, but the drinks themselves are totally tasty. They passed my “latte test” with flying colors and staff were friendly and upbeat.
Pleanty of seating is available inside and out on the front patio. One thing I forgot to check was outlet numbers and ease of access. Next time. If you’ve been and know the answer, please do let us all know in a comment.
A few counter seats are also available. A good place to take in the barista action.
All baked goods are made in-house. Yum! They state that they source locally, natural and/or organic. They also roast their own beans.
Other points they’d like you to know:
- Openroad is a company committed to inspire you, connect with you and to shine a light into your day, through products of the finest handmade quality and natural ingredients.
- It is our goal to produce our products in-house using local sources.
- We source our green coffee from Balzac Brothers out Charleston, SC.
- We are excited to announce that our milk is now sourced locally from Mills River Creamery.
- Our baked goods are made with all natural and/or organic ingredients. Our flour is freshly milled to order by Lindly Mills located in Raleigh, NC.
- The Eggs that we use in our baking come from Thunder Ridge Farm. (We also get fresh vegetables and herbs from Thunder Ridge Farm.)
Both savory and sweet baked goods are made daily. There was still quite a selection available mid-afternoon when I stopped in.
Pumpkin Scone! Why yes, I would like a pumpkin scone with my latte, thank you very much.
Here’s a shop that takes scones up a notch. Notice the apparent layers in the scone pictures above? I thought, “okay, made with layers – different and good.” Starbucks makes their scones with two layers and a thin spread of whatever in the middle. I avoid them if at all possible! The surprise was that each layer had plenty of cinnamon and toasted pumpkin seeds throughout! Love it!!
The only thing I would say to the baker is that with all the layers and ingredients, make sure scones are thoroughly cooked all the way through. There were a couple small, very slightly doughy spots inside mine. Ate it all anyway! Delish!!
See those hats? When asked, more than one person behind the counter answered, “they’re part of the uniform”. Personally, I liked them and thought they added a touch of “hip”.
Epicurean Note: this shop has been at this Columbus location for about a year, following three years down the road in Tryon.
Openroad Coffee & Tea
915 W Mills St
Columbus NC, 28722