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Hello Nashville: Beyond Bongo Java

Part of the college adaption process is developing a love/need for coffee. Whether that be cold, hot or even lukewarm, Nashville is not lacking in options to fuel your caffeine needs.

Outside the confines of Belmont’s campus is a world full of coffee on practically every corner. We here at the Vision have compiled a list of our personal favorite caffeine fixes outside of Bongo Java or the ever-popular Starbucks.

The Well Coffeehouse

Located in Green Hills, The Well Coffeehouse has partnered to donate all profits to the Living Water Project and Blood: Water Mission to help establish clean water systems.

In addition to well crafted coffees, The Well boasts several handmade retail products from people in India, Honduras, Haiti, Uganda and Ethiopia.

The Well offers several iced and espresso-based coffee beverages where customers can top off their drink with a cream and sugar station complete with syrups and cinnamon.

Frothy Monkey

Known for specialty drinks like the white monkey mocha, Frothy Monkey considers itself the breakfast through dinner coffeehouse. Make sure to try the Nathan– a peanut butter, banana and honey sandwich served on toasted multigrain bread.

While the closest location for Belmont students is in the 12th South neighborhood, Frothy sports locations at hipster hangout Grimey’s Too and in Franklin.

Eighth and Roast

This establishment, started by Brad and Lesa Wood features all of the espresso based beverages one might find at a typical coffee shop, but the real treat lies within the pour-over coffee method, allowing for a personalized cup of coffee where baristas will make your cup or coach you through the process.

Like Frothy, Eighth and Roast is within walking distance of Belmont, across from Zanie’s on 8th South.

Barista Parlor

For those willing to make the trek to East Nashville, Barista Parlor’s coffee offerings include  Stumptown, Coava Coffee, Counter Culture, Madcap, Sightglass, Intelligentsia, and Handsome Coffee Roasters as well as a plentiful selection of gourmet chocolate bars and bakery items. Each handcrafted beverage is worth the wait

Barista Parlor’s calm, open air environment and large tables are perfect for catching up on homework or reading the newspaper.

Edgehill Cafe

Another shop within walking distance, Edgehill Cafe is located on Villa Place, not far from Taco Mamacita in Edgehill Village.

Edgehill offers a vast array of food options from the chopped salad or the turkey pesto to the Grilled PBCB, which can satisfy the strongest of sweet teeth.

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