Before I get to the winner, let me just say that I love and respect all of the coffee shops in the CharlotteFive Coffee Shop Bracket. If you haven’t been to any of the eight shops, I highly recommend you check them out.
This bracket was meant to be fun, not a definitive judgement of the city’s coffee shops. Shoot, I created the bracket in Microsoft Paint. That should tell you something. I simply wanted to see which shops C5 readers loved the most, instead of having us try to rank them for you.
Not just coffee > Starbucks. pic.twitter.com/3kjtQuXKke
— Sam Hutson (@SamHutson) April 26, 2015
What did I learn? You C5ers are passionate about your coffee shops, especially fans of Rush Espresso, which was our eighth seed based on social media following.
I received more emails and messages from Rush supporters than any other shop. People talked about how much they loved the shop and its owners, Jenny and Paul McConachy. They must be doing something right down there.
But there could only be one winner. And it was … The Daily Press!
In a thrilling final, The Daily Press beat Rush Espresso 56%-44% to win the C5 Coffee Shop Bracket.
I wanted to learn a little more about the winning coffee shop, so I reached out to The Daily Press’ Lindsey Pitman via email. My questions are in bold with her answers below.
(1) When did you open the shop? And why did you want to open a coffee shop?
The Daily Press opened June 11, 2014. I wanted to create a space where community can come together and build each other up through local sourcing, education about the goods we offer, and a space for markets or local businesses or craft inspired events.
(2) What’s your philosophy on what a coffee shop should be? What do you want to provide people that come?
A coffee shop should be an accessible, inviting environment, made not only by the atmosphere of the interior design, but by the people who occupy the space, and the quality, knowledge, and passion for the product. I want to provide satisfaction and gratitude for their support. Hopefully some education as well to further the local interest in the specialty coffee industry.
(3) What’s your favorite drink that you serve?
Espresso from Kenya or Ethiopia. Cascara tea for those who don’t drink coffee beans.
(4) What do you think of the coffee scene as a whole in Charlotte?
The coffee scene in Charlotte is beautiful. It has grown so much in the 7 years I’ve been a part of it. Not only in numbers, but in quality. It is a great scene to be a part of.
Photos: Noor Al-Sibai/CharlotteFive file