When I started writing Worldly Eats, I promised myself that Confessions of a Foodie would never become adulterated with negative reviews. Bad meals are such an everyday occurrence, I would inadvertently devote more attention to flavorless food while neglecting my mission of compiling a list of the world's best eats. That said, I am a resident of Greensboro, I live on Tate Street, and perhaps most relevant is the fact that I am a college student. What does it all come down to? Clearly, I am a refugee of the Great Greensboro Coffee War of 2009.
Tate Street Coffee House has been the one alternative to the imperious coffee chains offered by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for over fifteen years. With its lackluster service, disheveled and polluted atmosphere, and worst of all immoderately priced excuses for coffee; I have grown tired of Tate Street Coffee being the only player in the game. Well, as of September 2009 a new kid is on the block - Coffeeology - and she is certainly a formidable rival for complacent Tate Street Coffee.
All that needs to be said is, Coffeeology is better than Tate Street Coffee. For those of you that intend to fight me on this, I hereby present my evidence to the court. Coffeology was started by a disgruntled Tate Street Coffee employee who was fired without reason, they are open later than TSC, they have free WiFi (TSC does not), they accept credit and debit cards (TSC does not), they serve delicious panini (I am afraid of TSC's "edible" fare), they have outdoor seating (John Carden was quick to inform me that TSC has a brick wall in lieu of chairs/tables), they have a clean and inviting atmosphere (TSC is dusty and unmaintained), they are friendly and considerate (TSC is rude and often sarcastic), they serve a wide range of homemade gelato, all menu items are priced reasonably, and of course most importantly: their coffee not only prevails over Tate Street's, but it is on par with my hometown favorite, Chapel Hill's Caffé Driade. My recommendations include Coffeeology's silky and robust nine-bean espresso (make mine a double) complemented by their indulgent coconut gelato. Whether Tate Street Coffee survives or not, Coffeology will thrive with sophisticated caffeine addicts who demand more than 'fond memories from freshman year' from their coffee bar.
423 Tate Street
Greensboro, North Carolina 27403
Hours of Business:
Monday through Friday, 6:30am to 11:30pm (kitchen closes at 11:00pm)
Saturday and Sunday, 7:30am to 10:00pm (kitchen closes at 9:30pm)
*A version of this review was published on worldlyeats.blogspot.com on October 5, 2009