Your Guide to Boone Coffee


Andy McLean

Located near campus on Howard Street, Espresso News offers an arrangement of beverages such as lattes, hot coffee and smoothies.

Ansley Puckett, Reporter

With over 10 different coffee options in Boone, choosing where to get your brew can be overwhelming. Here’s a guide to help you navigate Boone’s expansive coffee culture from local favorites to familiar chains. 


Local Lion

Location: 791 Blowing Rock Road, Boone, NC 28607

Hours: Monday-Saturday: 7 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Voted best off-campus coffee shop for Best of Boone 2021, the Local Lion is quite literally a local favorite. Patrons can enjoy its convenient drive-thru and long hours to get their coffee fill. Also known for its large homemade doughnuts, the Local Lion is a great place for studying with friends or a quick stop for caffeine on the way to morning classes. 


Talia Espresso Boone

Location: 444 W King St., Boone, NC 28607

Hours: Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Friday-Sunday: 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Talia Espresso is truly a hidden gem of Boone coffee options. Located within walking distance of campus, Talia is the perfect place for a pick me up during a day of exploring King Street. Although small, Talia Espresso’s atmosphere is cozy and welcoming. Have a chat with one of the friendly baristas as they make you a drink from their creative and large menu. 


Crossroads Coffee House | Wired Scholar

Location: Plemmons Student Union | Belk Library and Information Commons

Hours: Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. | Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Saturday: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Sunday: 2 p.m. – 9 p.m.

As one of two coffee shops on campus with seating, Crossroads is a student favorite, from studying between classes to setting up meetings. Stocked with Hatchet coffee and Stick Boy pastries, Crossroads also has everything from lattes to breakfast items to smoothies. Take a break from class in its cozy seating area or hit the books with your study group at one of its tables. Then, keep a look out for Wired Scholar’s reopening after a year of closure and get your late night library study brews.


Espresso News

Location: 267 Howard St., Boone, NC 28607

Hours: Monday- Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

This App State student favorite is a classic and conveniently located near campus on Howard Street. Perfect for a coffee stop between classes, Espresso News offers classics like lattes, hot, freshly brewed coffee and smoothies. 


Bald Guy Brew Coffee Roasting Co

Location: 747 W King St., Boone, NC 28607

Hours: Monday- Saturday: 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Sunday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Bald Guy returned to Boone after losing its location to a fire in 2016. Now, Bald Guy Brew is back on King Street with Ransom Pub. Bald Guy Brew is a great stop for a coffee after a meal or a quick rest before continuing your day. With a location in downtown Blowing Rock as well, you can also enjoy Bald Guy when exploring Boone’s neighboring town.


Hatchet Coffee

Location: 150A Den Mac Drive, Boone, NC 28607

Hours: Monday – Sunday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

With unique flavors and creative drinks, Hatchet has made a name for itself in the community. Its large space is perfect for Sunday coffee and study dates. Even located a little out of the way, you’ll make the trip for its fan-favorite coffee. Don’t have time to go to the edge of town? No problem, App State uses Hatchet coffee in its on-campus coffee shops so you can get your Hatchet fix. 


Kovu’s Coffee

Location: 869 NC-105 Extension Suite 1, Boone, NC 28607

Hours: Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Kovu is Boone’s newest coffee shop but is easily recognized by its furry mascot, Kovu. With the cutest logo, you can enjoy a cup of joe or a pastry and be some of the first students to try out Boone’s freshest coffee spot.  


Stick Boy Bread Company

Location: Bakery: 345 Hardin St., Boone, NC 28607 | Kitchen: 211 Boone Heights Dr, Boone, NC 28607

Hours: Bakery: Monday-Friday: 7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Saturday: 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Sunday: Closed Kitchen: Monday-Friday: 7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Saturday: 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Sunday: Closed

With both a bakery and a kitchen, Stick Boy is great for a pastry stop or a cozy breakfast meet-up. Want something on your way to class or work? Stop by the bakery for a latte and a scone. In need of somewhere to take your parents for a weekend breakfast? Go by the kitchen for a chicken biscuit and cappuccino. No matter which location you stop at, you’re guaranteed a great cup of coffee. 


Blue Deer on King 

Location: 352 W King St., Boone, NC 28607

Hours: Monday – Saturday: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. | Sunday: 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Located right behind Belk Library, Blue Deer has a great view of campus and King Street. Offering cookies and ice cream along with coffee, Blue Deer is great for coffee fans with a sweet tooth. With a large space close to campus, Blue Deer offers students a place to sit and study or gather with a large group of friends. 



Location: 1700 Blowing Rock Road, Boone, NC 28607

Hours: Monday- Sunday: 5 a.m. – 10 p.m.

App State may not have one on campus, but Boone still has a Starbucks for your shameless frappuccino and cold brew addition. With so many local places, you may choose to opt-out of the chain, but Starbucks is great when you want to know exactly what you’re getting. Fair warning, as the only other coffee shop in Boone with a drive-thru, the Starbucks is almost always packed, but order ahead, and you can still get to class on time. 


CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Espresso News is located on King Street. The error has been corrected.