The owners of Mudhouse are crazy about coffee, but not just about brewing it. They are roasters and coffee makers, and also one of the rare examples of “farm-to-cup” practices. Mudhouse won the The Micro Roaster of the Year 2017, considered the most prestigious international honor in the specialty coffee industry. In addition to roasting coffees of superior quality, they are also concerned with social and environmental sustainability.
They recently started a joint venture coffee farm in Panama, Finca Cabra, where they grow the Geisha varietal of coffee. Owners and employees are always happy to share their story with you, or you can learn more by visiting their blog.
The local magazine CVille keeps naming them the ‘Best Coffee Shop in Town,’ year after year; as they say, “the Mudhouse fulfills and refills caffeine dreams.” They have three shops, as well as the roaster in Charlottesville. In 2012, after a devastating storm, Mudhouse received a lot of local media attention as they were the only operating business during the blackout. Hundreds of people lined up to get hot coffee.
The place on Main Street is lively, full of people reading, working on their laptops or having coffee meetings in the cozy vintage wooden space with a wonderful coffee aroma and chill indie music. It has that kind of “West Coast vibe” of “live and let live.” It is possible to try coffees from several parts of the world and they also offer some delicious breakfast bites and mouthwatering cookies.
As part of their social and environmental activism, they sell big bags of coffee waste that can be used as a soil fertilizer, only $1 for a bag!
Hours: Mon, Wed, Thu 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. Fri, Sat 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sun 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Text&Photo: Edu Bayer