The Fredericksburg region is known for its history, restaurants, craft beer, and now a recent explosion of all things coffee.
Whether you frequent coffee shops for workspace, first date space, a place to catch up with friends, or to see what’s happening locally, the coffee scene is here for you.
Let’s break things down a bit first.
While no two coffee shops in the the Fredericksburg region are the same, each location offers the same undisputed pillars of a stellar coffee shop experience:
- Free wifi
- Amazing coffee and tea
- A unique atmosphere
Which spot will you fall in love with? Read on for details!
Fine print: We have deep love for Starbucks, Krispy Kreme, Duncan Donuts, etc. You can find them all over Stafford County, Fredericksburg, and Spotsylvania County. They are great options especially if you’re in a hurry, or commuting. We won’t be highlighting them in this article, for the sake of space.
- -The Mantle Coffee Shoppe, The owners of this coffee shop take their beans very seriously. So much so that they personally selected the types of beans they roast in their own fresh blend. This is a great space for teens, adults, students, and families. “Come hang out and play Carpet Ball, challenge your friends, have a bible study, and join us for afternoon tea.”
- -Coffee & More - This is that eclectic coffee shop that has killer sandwiches, and for some reason only locals seem to know about it. As you can imagine, Coffee & More doesn’t have a website or real social media presence. What they do have is the perfect cup of coffee, arguably the best sandwiches in Stafford ( and people do argue ), and loads of charm. They brew Peet’s Coffee which has a strong West Coast following.
- - Sugar Shack- Stafford - The Shack may be best known for their innovative, whimsical doughnuts, but their coffee really steals the show. Sugar Shack roasts their own small batch line in Richmond, Virginia. It’s smooth, robust, and incredibly fresh. Be sure to grab a cup with your favorite doughnut. We recommend 1) The latte of the day. It’s chosen for a reason 2) The generra if it’s cool outside. It’s made with their signature Cinnamon Mocha with Orange 3) If it’s super hot outside, get the yama cold drip. Though technically, they can do anything over ice.
Note: They have outdoor seating only and no wifi. The coffee and doughnuts more than make up for it.
- Agora Downtown Coffee Shop- Agora is fantastic at blending the literary scene, with the art scene, with the coffee scene. They often host local authors, carry local books in the back of the shop, and even have a weekly story-time. The front of the store carries small pieces of fiber art and drawings, in addition to books. The walls all display local artists.There are many little spots in Agora to tuck yourself away in. Perfect for those who need to focus, or want to read undisturbed. On the other-hand, this is a great place to meet with clients, colleagues, and friends. Agora also offers adult coffee beverages, if you’d like an evening meet up. Insider tip- Order a blueberry muffin. They are made in-house will blow your mind.
- 25 30 Espresso- If you take the VRE, this place is a must! If you don’t take the VRE, it’s still a must. The vibe is 2530 is very welcoming and to-the-point at the same time. They describe themselves as a “Chill coffeehouse using carefully sourced beans & selling pastries, sandwiches & breakfast burritos.” 2530 sources their beans as ethically as possible and serves them with the precision and care of scientists. Have a question about brewing or roasting? They have the answer. Curious about coffee cherries or the coffee culture? They have the answer. That being said, 2530 is a relaxing place to work solo ( plenty of outlets), meet with clients, eat a game changing sandwich or pastry, or catch up with friends over a board game. They’re located a stones throw, literally, from the VRE. It would be a travesty not to stop in on your way to DC.
- Hyperion Coffee Co.- This place is a Fredericksburg icon and needs little introduction. In fact, their coffee is so beloved that they started a coffee subscription! “Receive one 340 gram bag of coffee each week (26 bags) or bi-weekly (13 bags) for 26 weeks. We will send you a different bag each week depending on what is in season and what we are loving!” The coffee shop has both indoor and outdoor seating. If you can, snag a chair in the shade outside. Hyperion is located in the heart of Downtown, and is prime for people watching! Inside, you’ll find plenty of table-space and places to sit.
- Italian Station- Conveniently located in the Marriott Courtyard building, Italian Station is a great place to fuel up for an adventure downtown.They have a wonderfully minimalistic, European vibe with rustic wooden community tables and lots of windows. Perfect for reading the newspaper over your morning brew. Let’s be honest here… if you’re going to get a coffee, it would be a shame not to indulge in a pastry. They are generously plump, traditionally made, and delicious. Try a cannoli. You won’t be disappointed. Gelato is also a very wise choice.
- Katora Coffee- In addition to tea and locally roasted coffee, Katora Coffee has a dedicated vegetarian menu ( Their porridge and Turmeric Coconut Wrap are vegan). For those who love their fresh, eclectic decor, you’l be thrilled to know that it’s also for sale! Be sure to ask for details. For all those coffee aficionados our there, or anyone looking for a great gift, Katora offers a Coffee Coop! Subscribers receive a monthly curated selection of Fredericksburg-based Kuleana Coffee’s latest roast (12 oz bag) as well as other Katora Coffee goodies.
- Curitiba Art Cafe- Located across from market square, Curitiba Art Cafe is the newest coffee spot in downtown Fredericksburg. They have a very Brazilian atmosphere and offer traditional Brazilian pastries along with coffee shop staples, Brazilian coffees, and even a bar. “Curitiba art cafe was created from an old dream of business owners Frank Robinson (Architect ) and his wife Ana Robinson from the city of Curitiba in southern Brazil.The idea came from setting up a unique coffee house that would unite the passion they both cherish for demolished wood furniture (which is sold there) and Brazilian coffee and art, in general.” They excel at all of the above. Curitiba Art Cafe is a feast for the eyes for those who love interior design, as well as an oasis for those who love coffee. They offer indoor seating, patio seating, and even a private loft for meetings (please reserve). Be sure to ask about the sparkling water that accompanies their espresso.
- B2 Gourmet - Love coffee? Love craft beer? This place is the perfect marriage of both. New to the area, B2 Gourmet offers craft beer on tap and in bottle, cider, locally roasted coffee beans and artisanally crafted espresso beverages. Be sure to follow them for what’s available on tap in on shelves. While there may not be traditional pastries available, this isn’t a traditional coffee shop after-all, there is a breakfast menu with plenty of savory options. If you’re on our way to work, grab a wrap and brew ( coffee ) to go. If you’re on your way home, you might as well stop in and fill your growler.
- Courthouse Cafe- If you’re looking for a hometown, Stars Hollow-esque, coffee spot this is it. From the diner style menu, to tiffany patterned lamps, to the ancient arcade game tucked in the corner, Courthouse Cafe is a full on nostalgic hug. You won’t find a macchiato or cold press on the menu, but you can get an old school tuna on wheat and cup of joe that would make Luke Danes proud. This is the perfect stop on our way to Lake Anna! This location does not have wifi. We think it adds to the charm.
In addition to coffee shops, there are also coffee roasters in the Fredericksburg region. You won’t believe the flavor difference in fresh roasted coffee versus “regular” coffee. You can find their beans at shops all over the region, or online.
Fredericksburg Coffee Roasters
Dier House Roasters- You can try their coffee at 2530 Espresso, Mercantile, Red Dragon Brewery, Strangeways Brewery, and Sugar Shack Dounts.
Kuleana Coffee Roasters - You can get their coffee at Katora Coffee, Olde Towne Butcher, and Kickshaws Downtown Market.
Xquizit Coffee Roasters - They have a loctaion on Caroline Street ( downtown ) where you can also buy bubble tea!
Looking to up your coffee game or learn something new? Try a coffee class!
Hyperion Labs- Each class in includes 1.5-2 hours of training and an 8oz bag of Hyperion coffee. Current classes are- Coffee and Chocolate Exploration, Cupping and Palate Awareness, Home Brewing Basics, Espresso Extraction.
2530 Espresso- Home Roasting Discussion- Classes are informal, and a night for current home roasters to meet up as well as a place to learn the craft. All levels of experience welcome. Demonstrations and hands on time.
Written by Brenda Sapanghila
*Photo Credit: Jay Parrish