Shenandoah Joe is another amazing coffee spot in town. Once you step in, the coffee smell is intense, but the vibe is relaxed: disparate sofas, chandeliers, rugs next to big windows, and mellow music.
If you see a short bold man moving fast, that is Dave Fafara, the owner and main roaster, who travels the world buying coffee directly from farmers and teaching rookies to prepare great coffee. He claims to have 12-16 cups a day and is proud of the business he started when he came from Chicago (a boy from the South Side) and could not find any good coffee in town.
The roaster sits in an open space shared by the cafeteria. It is really fun to have a cup of coffee while watching how they move, weigh, grind, and bag the different varieties of coffee beans. In fact, the business started by selling wholesale coffee, but later opened the coffee shop in response to the people’s demand.
“Can I have a pound of Colombian and half pound decaf Ethiopian for flat bottom?” “Sure!” Mr. Fafara explains how people from Charlottesville have learned about coffee and can now choose between origins, types, and dark or light roast. African, Indonesian, South and Central American drips and many types of Espresso. Fafara confesses that his favorite coffee is made with a Chemex coffee maker, and this man knows what he is talking about.
A must for coffee lovers. Shenandoah Joe now has two new locations in town. It is all about the joe….
Hours: Mon-Thu 6:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.. Fri 6:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.. Sat 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Text&Photo: Edu Bayer