There's no reason to settle for Folgers when local coffeehouses all over Charlotte are concocting creative drinks perfect for sipping on busy mornings — or lazy afternoons. —Nicole Meacham
With ice, milk, and a creamy vanilla flavoring, Dilworth Coffee’s Vanilla Chiller is more dessert than breakfast.
Cookies & Cream Frappe at Nova's Bakery Nothing complements one of Nova's freshly baked pastries better than a cup of creamy coffee. Want something sweet to sip on? Try the Cookies & Cream Frappe. Made with the coffee of your choice, ice, milk, and a special cookies- and-cream powder, the frappe satisfies any sweet tooth.
1511 Central Ave., 704-333-5566
Raspberry Turtle Mocha at Central Coffee Company This neighborhood spot serves cups of caffeine to sleepy Plaza Midwood residents on their way to work. The drink's edge is rounded by smooth milk and a hint of raspberry. Order it with a triangle of the homemade baklava ($2) for an afternoon pick-me-up. 719 Louise Ave., 704-335-7288
Dilworth Coffee Vanilla Chiller at Dilworth Coffee The talented barista here describes this as "like a frappe, but better." It's made with Dilworth Coffee's own rich coffee and blended with ice, milk, and a creamy vanilla flavoring. 1235 East Blvd., Ste. B, 704-358-8003
Mocha Berry Shake at SK Netcafe Just off the bustling Elizabeth Avenue you can find this beautifully blended coffee-milk- shake. Bursting with tangy raspberry syrup and ice cream, it's a sweet treat for a warm day. 1425 Elizabeth Ave., 704-334-1523
I Need It Martini at Therapy Cafe Can't decide between a cup of coffee or a stiff drink? The I Need It Martini is the answer. You get a rush of caffeine from a shot of espresso with the buzz from vanilla vodka, Kahlua, and Bailey's Irish Cream.
401 N. Tryon St., 704-333-1353
Black & Tan Mocha at Port City Java Uptown's Port City Java's Black & Tan is a version of the drink acceptable to order before noon. A deliciously smooth com- bination of espresso and white mocha complemented with caramel, this trademarked drink is the perfect cup of caffeine, hot or iced. 214 N. Tryon St. (Hearst Tower Plaza), 704-335- 3335
Orange Creamsicle Frappes at Smelly Cat Coffee House An orange creamsicle evokes memories of summer evenings catch- ing fireflies. This creamy, sweet popsicle taste can now be found in coffee and topped with whipped cream at this ultracool NoDa coffee house. 514 E. Thirty-sixth St., 704-374-9656