Coffee lovers rejoice with the opening of every new coffee shop and every new recipe using their favorite beverage. Beyond the myriad, ubiquitous Starbucks, a half-dozen or more independent purveyors of the bean serve delicious hot and cold coffee drinks, caffeinated or not, perfect for summertime or anytime.
The Roasted Bean
The Market Common
2954 Howard Ave., Myrtle Beach
As delicious as the smoothies and all-day breakfast and lunch may be, the real star at this quaint little roastery is the coffee. Beans roasted on premise make the best lattes, cappuccinos, espressos and more. Sip inside or out.
Rivertown Roasters on Main
337 Main St., Conway
This small batch coffee roaster is located in historic downtown Conway. Beans are roasted on-site to order. Specialty roaster offering Fair Trade, Non-GMO, Organic or Rainforest Certified Arabica coffees from around the world.
Fresh Brewed Coffee House
933 Broadway St., Myrtle Beach
Perhaps the hippest joint in town, Fresh Brewed is very popular with singer/songwriter types, especially emerging talent, poets, artists and spiritual seekers. The host of many special events and serving a really good cup o’ joe.
182 Waccamaw Medical Park Court, Conway
An extensive food menu and its close proximity to Coastal Carolina University has helped make the Coffee Nerd a busy place. Open daily.
Boardwalk Coffee House
104 9th Ave N., Myrtle Beach
A perfect respite from the all the walking you’ll do along Myrtle Beach’s Boardwalk this summer, Boardwalk Coffee House sells a little bit of everything, hot and cold, including really good coffee drinks.
If coffee isn’t your thing, consider one of these eclectic spots for the perfect cup of tea.
French Twist Cafe & Tea Room
4025 N. Kings Highway #5, Myrtle Beach
Sip blends from black ginger peach to herbal coconut crush chai to white “Meditative Mind” with rosebud and jasmine pearls. Serving high tea on Saturdays and offering a delightful menu of quiches, crepes and salads, as well as dinner entrees.
Calabash Garden Tea Room & Gift Shop
10152 Beach Drive SW, Calabash
This relaxing spot north of the state line offers a variety of tea times, including children’s, light and cream. The “Ultimate Tea” includes a spring mix salad with Secret Garden dressing, fresh-baked scones with lemon curd and clotted cream, assorted tea sandwiches and miniature desserts. Also a great place for a unique bridal shower or other special event.