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Starbucks is switching up its ice game. The coffee giant is gradually transitioning to using round, pellet-like nugget ice for cold beverages from the rectangular ice chunks currently used.

Starbucks has confirmed the change in a statement that said, “As we continue to innovate and make investments in the Starbucks Experience for our partners (baristas) and customers, we are introducing new machines that make nugget ice to select stores this year. Like many of our recent investments, this machine allows partners to focus on delivering the Starbucks Experience while hand-crafting the same delicious, high-quality iced beverages our customers have come to expect from Starbucks.”

According to Brit.com the biggest complaint is the speed that the ice melts. People do not want to water down their coffee so fast. I personally love that kind of ice. Plus it will probably be easy on your teet if you are an ice chewer.

These Are The 10 Best Local Coffee Shops In Charlotte North Carolina

Coffee. We have to have it. In the morning, as an afternoon pick-me-up, or sometime in between. In all honesty, it doesn’t matter too much where it comes from. But some places do have better coffee than others. And while chains like Starbucks and Dunkin can be great (and convenient) trying local spots can offer something different. Want to try local coffee shops in Charlotte but don’t know where to start? Try these 10 shops which were named the 10 Best Local Coffee Shops In Charlotte by CoffeeAffection. And if anyone knows coffee it has to be them. Some are local chains with several stores and others are single locations. But all will have a quality brew.

Local spots like this can be much more enjoyable if you want to relax and enjoy the atmosphere. They also tend to have unique food items as well if you’re hungry for a quick bite. Perhaps you work from home and want to get out of the house for a while. If so this is for you. This list was compiled by CoffeeAffection’s writer Ed Malaker who is a self-proclaimed coffee expert. You have to be if you work at a publication called CoffeeAddiction. Check out what he says are the 10 best coffee shops in Charlotte below, and next time you head out for some caffeine consider stopping by one of them.

  • 10. Stable Hand


    Location: 125 Remount Rd B, Charlotte, NC 28203


    CoffeeAffection says, “Stable Hand offers its customers several varieties of bright and vibrant coffees that are perfect for breakfast and for lounging around later in the day. It serves HEX Coffee Roasters coffee, craft beers, natural wine, and excellent tasting food. They are open every day of the week and have plenty of comfortable seating that’s great for lounging around with friends.”

  • 9. The Giddy Goat Coffee Roasters


    Location: 1217 The Plaza, Charlotte, NC 28205


    According to CoffeeAffection, “Giddy Goat Coffee Roasters offer its customers coffee roasted right on the premises, and it has a café downstairs where you can choose from a large selection of drinks. Along with coffee, it also serves muffins, scones, and croissants in the bakery. You can even book a private event here.”

  • 8. Not Just Coffee


    Location: Multiple (See all here)


    What makes Not Just Coffee so great? CoffeeAffection says, “Not Just Coffee is a must-visit if you are near Freedom Park and you want a great-tasting cup of coffee. As the name suggests, there are plenty of other selections to choose from, including iced coffee, loose leaf tea, matcha latte, masala chai, bhakti ginger chai, espresso, and cappuccino. You can also have breakfast or lunch along with it.”

  • 7. Crema Espresso Bar and Café


    Location: 1235 East Boulevard Suite B Charlotte, North Carolina 28203


    CoffeeAffection raves, “The Crema Espresso Bar and Café only features locally roasted coffees, helping ensure that you get the best of what the city has to offer. Pair these great-tasting beverages with the signature homemade cakes and pastries. If you like tea, this café has more than 30 varieties on its menu, so you will have no problem finding something that you enjoy.”

  • 6. The Hobbyist


    Location: 2100 N Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28205


    CoffeeAffection describes this local spot as follows, “The Hobbyist has great-tasting locally brewed coffee, and it also has a large selection of beer, wine, and tea. You can stop here to catch live music provided by local musicians or attend one of the many events that highlight these beverages. Grab a seat in a comfortable booth or sit at the bar for fast service.”

  • 5. Mugs Coffee


    Location: 5126 Park Rd, Ste 1D Charlotte, NC 28209


    The experts at CoffeeAffection say, “Mugs Coffee is a popular café with plenty of room and comfortable seating. It has great-tasting coffee and several other drinks, like hot chocolate, shakes, and smoothies. Only a few people run it, and they source all their ingredients locally, from the coffee beans to the pastries, and you can even purchase handmade mugs.”

  • 4. Queen City Grounds


    Location: Three Charlotte locations view them all here


    According to CoffeeAffection, “Undercurrent Coffee strives to be a place where customers can sit and relax. All the ingredients are sustainable and locally sourced. You can order traditional drip brew, pour-over, or cold brew coffees, and you can also purchase cappuccino, espresso, and cortado if you want something different. It serves several great-tasting and healthy breakfast items too, and you can even get avocado toast here.”


  • 3. Undercurrent Coffee


    Location: Two locations Plaza Midwood and Optomist Hall 


  • 2. Smelly Cat Coffee


    Location: 514 E 36th St, Charlotte, NC 28205


    Friends reference anyone? According to CoffeeAffection, “ Smelly Cat Coffee is one of the most popular coffee shops in Charlotte, North Carolina. It roasts ethically-sourced beans in various profiles, so you can find something that you like no matter your preference. The café is coy and inviting, and people have been conversing in it for decades.”

  • 1. Waterbean Coffee


    Location: Multiple locations view them all here


    What makes Waterbean the best coffee shop in Charlotte? The experts at CoffeeAffection say “Waterbean Coffee has great coffee and strives to create a pleasant environment for people to either get work done or enjoy good company. You can also purchase its amazing coffee by the bag so you can brew it home at your leisure. All the varieties are organic, and you can choose from Love Organic, Blossom Organic, Eternity Espresso, Darkness Espresso, and many others.”