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Nothing is better than celebrating the beginning of fall while sipping on a hot coffee in a cozy coffee shop. There is something about the smells, the sounds and the chatter that fill the place that makes the experience so fulfilling.
I am especially excited for this review because I discovered this little hideaway about a year ago next to one of my favorite outdoor outfitters. When I first visited Blue Mason Coffeehouse, I felt as if I was cheating on my usual spot for a good cup of joe (which I will review later). However, that feeling quickly diminished when I was greeted by a friendly barista who then made a beautiful and life-changing dirty chai latte.
You will soon learn that dirty chai’s are my go-to espresso drink, and I highly recommend you try one.
You will notice decorations galore while sitting in this coffee shop. The walls are painted a simple blue and decorated with local photography. As you wander into the second room where the baristas spend their time, you see wooden beams on the ceiling and an old fashion bicycle hanging from one of the walls behind a cozy couch. If this doesn’t make you fall in love with the place then I don’t know what will!
As one could imagine, the whole shop is scattered with blue mason jars filled with either flowers or lit Edison bulbs. What a beautiful vintage touch! Also, if you order your drink iced, it will be served in one of these blue mason jars. I do this quite often mainly because I love the jar so much.
When I went, I enjoyed a strong and flavorful Ethiopian brew, but they also offer seasonal drinks such as their pumpkin, whiskey and graham cracker lattes.
Blue Mason is the perfect spot to finish some homework, either out on the front porch on a warm, sunny day or while sitting on that couch on a cool, rainy day. After your cup is empty, you can head over to River Sports Outfitters to do some rock climbing or buy some new Chacos because these two wonderful places share a parking lot.
You can visit Blue Mason Coffeehouse at 2920 Sutherland Drive in Knoxville and learn more about the coffeehouse on their website.
Tune in next week to read about my next coffeehouse venture.
Photos by Katy Hill
Edited by Taylor Owens
Assistant Arts and Culture editor, Katy Hill, is new to the journalism world. She began as an Exercise Science major before transferring to UT her junior year. After taking a media writing elective, she quickly found that she loved writing and switched to a Public Relations major. Her passion for blogging and local culture inspired her to begin her journey at Tennessee Journalist. Within her first year, she went from a 175 student completing a project to an assistant editor. She hopes to one day travel the world with her future pugs as a travel and food writer. When Katy is not writing, you can find her watching Food Network, playing soccer, or sitting at a local coffee shop.