If starting your day off with a cup of joe is the only way to get your engine revving or a mid-afternoon caffeine kick is a must, you share the ritual with millions of people throughout history.
Discovered in Ethiopia in the 11th century, leaves from the coffee plant were boiled in water and used for their perceived medicinal properties. By the 16th century the Ottomon Empire was roasting coffee beans over a fire, finely grounding them, and slowly brewing them in water. This new method of coffee preparation produced the captivating aroma that beckons coffee lovers to this day.
That aroma is the first thing you are likely to notice as you walk into Burg Coffees. The second is the quaint interior with dark orange walls, wood beams, old-fashioned glass display cabinets, and a large menu neatly written on a chalkboard behind the counter. Tucked into a hillside, a trip through those doors is a little like sneaking into a warm cabin for a comforting drink.
The fun thing about Burg Coffees is the way a coffee connoisseur can still be surprised. Although the menu is standard at first glance, it contains some delightfully creative options, including:
- Hot drinks like Caramel Macchiato, Mocha, White Mocha, Caramel Mocha, Café Latte, Flavored Latte, Mochaccino, Cappuccino (with any flavor you would like), Chai Tea Latte, Dirty Chai, and the standard Americano.
- Hot chocolate drinks are available with dark or white chocolate and can have a shot of flavor added.
- Spiced apple cider, a perfect choice for those less smitten with coffee.
- Fresh brews include Green Eye (brew with three shots of espresso), Black Eye (brew with two shots of espresso), Café Au Lait (brew with steamed milk), and the Daily Brew (with a shot of flavor if you’d like).
- Speaking of shots, Burg Coffees offers a few interesting espresso shot drinks. For example, their Espresso Con Panna is a double shot with whipped cream. A concoction they call the Cowboy consists of eight shots topped with coffee, and the Espresso Float is made by pouring one shot of espresso over ice cream.
Other drinks include iced coffees, something called the Dirty Snowman, Death by Chocolate, and a myriad of smoothies. They also offer quiche and a rather delightful assortment of baked goods. The truth is, stopping by Burg Coffees is as much about the experience as it is the coffee.
Coffee lovers all have their favorite haunts, but very few can compare to the ambiance that surrounds this shop. You can stroll into the centrally located courtyard and soak up the natural beauty of Tennessee. You can sit and people watch, trying to guess where folks are originally from. And more than likely, you can strike up a conversation with an equally curious tourist sitting nearby.
- Reviews are mixed on the shop’s smoothies, with most people loving them and others complaining that they taste a tad bit artificial. You may want to ask if they offer small samples before deciding to order.
- The lines can be long, particularly during tourist season. Send a representative from your party in with the drink order for your group as the shop is small and easily becomes crowded.