There are only a handful of cafés here in Charlotte. By saying café, I’m referring to a place that is deliberately designed and is filled with fresh coffee aroma. You may be already picturing your favorite locally owned coffee shop = and now there is another one to add to the list. Parliament Coffee is opening its Charlotte branch at the brand-new 300 South Tryon location near Romare Bearden Park. Parliament’s urban oasis in Charlotte, which will seat nearly 100 guests, is situated on a pedestrian-friendly street complemented by a recently-installed linear park with tables and chairs. The shop will also be home to a convenient walk-up window, perfect for busy guests looking for a quick caffeine fix, with grab-and-go orders and pre-orders available through the Parliament Espresso App.
PaRLIAMENT COFFEE AT A GLANCE:
As I walked into the café, I was instantly attracted to the industrial vibe. The whole shop consists of wooden chairs and tables, as well as a comfortable couch area in front of the ordering counter.
The chalk art on the wall caught my eye. This is such a creative way to introduce the store’s history.
Ken Kouba, the Coffee Manager, greeted me with Parliament’s signature drink, the Flat White. It matched perfectly with the motif on the floor.
Parliament Coffee is stepping up in this food quality game. According to Morgan Bedore, the Marketing Vice President of STARR Catering Group, all the food, such as the sandwiches and fruit cups, are freshly brought to the store every day. Moreover, the in-house pastry chef bakes all the delicious pastries daily. Even though my personal go-to café pastry is a croissant, Parliament had me at their “Ultimate Brownie” – the silky and creamy taste of chocolate is the soul mate for black coffee!
The coffee is madly delicious, too! Parliament uses its 100% Arabica beans that are from Nicaragua, and Italy’s La Marzocco espresso machines, which are deemed world’s best espresso machines. With such strict standard of producing coffee, I felt I was drinking a hot beverage and a piece of artwork.
Parliament Coffee uses its coffee beans from Nicaragua’s La Virgen Estates and Henry Hueck, the only coffee grower. Each year, Parliament gives back to Henry’s community in Nicaragua to help support the school program and medical clinic there. To my delight, the store is environmentally conscious. The Parliment’s water filtration system helps reduce water consumption. Customers are also encouraged to get coffee in their own bottle or mug at a discounted price. The Charlotte location has bought its reclaimed furniture and murals at the local shops to make the store more unique.
Parliament’s flagship location is in New York City’s Upper West Side at the New-York Historical Society and its newly opened second location is in Philadelphia. Parliament coffee is also served at a variety of restaurants, cafés, museums and performing arts centers across the country, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
For cafe hours and more information, please visit Parliament’s website.
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