Orchard Coffee officially opened it’s doors yesterday in downtown Waynesville serving artisanal coffee and espresso drinks as well as fresh baked goods.
The award winning latte artist and Owner of Orchard Coffee, Cabell (“rhymes with scrabble”) Tice, lays claim to three first place wins at the Latte Art Word Championship Open at Coffee Fest (NYC & SEA 2013, NYC 2014). Having been in the business for over 10 years, he can confidently say coffee is his passion.
Orchard Coffee sits right off Main St on Depot St across from the Haywood County Courthouse. Tice says he put a lot of research into where the location of his coffee shop would be, knowing he wanted it to be in a mountain town, but the demographics play an important part of the business. He felt certain Waynesville fit those needs and that Orchard Coffee would be offering something not currently available in the downtown market. In fact, his family had never visited Waynesville before making the decision to buy the building!
With his Mom as his business partner, his wife Sophie and their two kids on board, the whole family moved from Ames, Iowa to make Cabell’s dream a reality. It is fitting that a barista artist and photographer found a home for his artistry in a building that has an artistic history of its own, having once been a photography studio “Sherrill’s Studio” in the 40s. Cabell is creative beyond latte art and also ran a photography business – it seems the stars aligned to find him the perfect spot at 39 Depot St.
Waynesville is home to many professionals that will love the ease of grabbing a cup of joe on their way to work since Orchard Coffee opens at 7am. It is also a hot spot for tourist and younger generations that will surely enjoy the aesthetics of Orchard as much as fulfilling their caffeine addiction needs.
The interior of the building is bright and inviting with a mid-century modern vibe. The vibrant teal glassware and glinting chrome coffee and espresso equipment might make you think you’ve stumbled into a Brooklyn coffee shop. Tice takes pride in the art of coffee and still decorates his lattes with art worthy of sharing a picture of. There’s still more decorations to come, but the current decor is off to a great start.
You will find plenty of spaces to settle in for deep conversations, getting lost in a good book, or capturing a new photo for the ‘gram. Having spent some time mingling with others who were also checking the coffee shop out for the first time, there’s no doubt this space will be a thriving spot for culture, artists, business professionals, and caffeine addicts alike. The vibe is a “come as you are” and will be welcoming to everyone who loves good coffee.