November 10, 2021
The Coffee Lovers Guide to Clay County’s Top Coffee Shops
The best way to get to the heart of a community? Spend time with the locals at a neighborhood coffee shop. Meet the residents and enjoy a cup of locally, brewed coffee or try a house made pastry while listening to live music – whatever your needs, support local businesses during your time in Clay County and let us help you find the perfect cup of joe.
Here’s a look at some of Clay County’s top coffee shops –
The Urban Bean Coffeehouse Café
Locally-owned and operated in the heart of Orange Park, The Urban Bean Coffeehouse Café is a popular favorite with residents throughout the day. Featuring specialty and hand brewed coffees, organic teas, a menu featuring all-day breakfast items, salads and signature deli sandwiches, don’t miss trying one of their gourmet donuts baked in-house daily.
From the pine tables, coffee bar and window seats made from the same 130-foot tree to the use of local and organic supplies as much as possible, owners DuWayne and Pam Hegal pride themselves on creating a sense of neighborhood with their customers.
When night falls at The Urban Bean Coffeehouse Café, choose from a selection of wines and local, craft beer with your meal. And there’s no shortage of live entertainment with Open Mic nights and a monthly Art Buzz event featuring local artists, vendors and live music.
Pull up a seat and enjoy a neighborhood scene filled with passion – and great coffee.
Present Tense Coffee and Books
At Present Tense Coffee and Books, you can enjoy a classic combination any day of the week with homemade artisan coffee and new and used books. Since opening in the summer of 2019, they display their love of artistic detail with their 9-minute roasted coffee beans that are aged for 30 days before being ground.
Other delicious concoctions include their signature drink the PLN, a black tea and lavender beverage that’s perfect for cozying up with a good read or tackling the day. While you’re there, be sure to pick up a delicious cinnamon roll, vegan banana muffin or a homemade scone.
Interested in a read? Present Tense offers an amazing selection of books from various national and local authors as well as a great trade-in deal. Be sure to check in for their weekly events, including dollar bin book days, book club meetings, child’s story time and more.
Perfect for a quiet, relaxing cup or for getting things done, Present Tense is a true local gem with a delicious assortment of hand-crafted drinks to satisfy any craving. Drink like a local and enjoy a good read today.
Ellianos Coffee Company
“Italian quality at America’s Pace” is the motto of Ellianos Coffee Company, and that’s exactly what you can expect. With drive through windows on both sides of the building, you can experience high quality espresso beverages, latte freezers, smoothies, coffee and breakfast sandwiches in a flash! Pick some up today or grab a bag of whole, ground and toddy grind beans to make at home.
Spring Park Coffee
As a nod to the days of the turn of the century, the cozy Spring Park Coffee in Green Cove Springs is a short walk from Spring Park along the St. Johns River. This locally-owned shop features freshly roasted coffee from their sister company, Brass Tacks Coffee Co.
Since opening in 2011, this friendly coffee shop also features bagels and breakfast sandwiches – including their popular breakfast biscuits, made in-house each day. In the afternoon and evening, pair your coffee with a fresh cookie or pastry.
Choose from specialty drinks like their version of Butterbeer, made with espresso, toffee nut, caramel and butterscotch, a peppermint mocha or sip on a classic hot cocoa while catching up with friends. And be sure to check out the ‘Name of the Day’ board outside the shop, if your first name is there – you’ll receive free coffee!
As a great souvenir of your time in Clay County, take home a 32oz. growler of Double Strength Cold Brew coffee – blended by the knowledgeable team at Brass Tacks Coffee Co. and Spring Park Coffee.
Snuggle up on one of the shop’s cozy couches with a book from the book swap area, enjoy live music on the first Friday of every month or grab a board game and challenge your family – whatever you decide, Spring Park Coffee welcomes visitors to relax and indulge.
Royal Moose Coffee Company
The newest place for coffee in Middleburg is the Royal Moose Coffee Company – you’ll know you’re there when you see the moose statue welcoming you outside the building!
Enjoy breakfast all day with cinnamon rolls, muffins, croissants sandwiches paired with fresh coffee and specialty drinks. From traditional cappuccinos to chai lattes or their signature Moose Mocha made with chocolate, caramel and whipped cream or just sit back with a hot cup of coffee – Royal Moose Coffee Company welcomes you to enjoy your favorites amidst their friendly community.
FirePower Coffee Roasters
Experience freshly roasted whole beans and ground specialty coffees with the knowledgeable team at FirePower Coffee Roasters in Keystone Heights. Truly a family business, the Beck family welcomes you to enjoy a selection of brewed coffees from the daily, rotating menu featuring coffees from around the world.
Interested in taking coffee home as a souvenir? Choose from their selection of whole or roasted beans packaged in both convenience packs and larger sizes.
While you’re enjoying time in the shop, you may be able to see some of the roasting process, ask questions and learn about the process and enjoy the bold flavors of aroma making their way through the shop. As you make your way through the retail shop, check out the education slides and information scrolling through the monitors to learn about the processes and coffees available for your enjoyment.
Together, owners William and Carol Beck hold over ten certifications in coffee and tea educational programs and food safety. They have each completed additional course work related to coffee processing and preparation, making them ‘go to’ experts when it comes to the brewing process and finding the perfect cup of coffee.
Tea drinkers, also be sure to speak with Carol – she’s a certified tea sommelier! Sample specialty and organic teas from Two Leaves and a Bud right in the shop and choose from a variety of sizes of packages to enjoy tea-time at home. Carol can help you select teas based on your preferences.
Basketique Custom Theme Baskets & Gifts & Over the Second Cup Tea Room
With the elegance of Europe and the charm of an English cottage, enjoy tea time at Basketique Custom Theme Baskets & Gifts & Over the Second Cup Tea Room in Orange Park.
Make new friends or reminisce over a pot of tea, try a variety of tea sandwiches and condiments and treat yourself to chocolate and desserts. The folks at Over the Second Cup Tea Room believe tea time is a ceremonial occasion with servings taking place with crystal servings, linens and fine China.
Perfect for small groups or individuals, owner Patricia Sessions is a certified tea sommelier and is available to help you find the perfect tea for your needs and preferences. Enjoy a step back in time with a fresh pot of tea while you are in Clay County.
Join Us for a Cup of Coffee
Along with being Clay County residents, these small business owners are passionate for coffee and supporting our community.
Whether you’re a coffee lover, interested in local eats or hoping to connect with the residents of Clay County, we hope you enjoy exploring our small towns filled with big passions… and great coffee too.