Unlike speedy in-and-out coffee shops, cafés indulge fantasies of sneaking off through misty European streets paved with pain au chocolat and lined with biscotti parking meters. Indulge in savory streetside fare with today’s Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of gourmet coffee drinks, ice cream, and more at Café Roché in Winston-Salem.
Café Roché is a locally owned and independently operated coffee shop devoted to delicious café fare and sustainable business practices. The coffee is organic, shade-grown, and direct trade whenever possible, and the ice cream is all-natural and sourced from grass-fed cows at Homeland Creamery in Julian. Wake up sweetly with an espresso-anchored crème brûlée cortado, glazed with raw sugar and caramelized with a blow torch ($2.99), rise simply with a large drip coffee ($2.04), or jolt awake briskly with an iced beverage. Ice cream ($2.99 for one scoop, $3.99 for three) comes in a variety of flavors, such as blueberry, butter pecan, and vanilla, and a java milkshake caffeinates a sweet tooth with a shot of espresso ($4.99–$5.99).
This cabin of comestibles is the brain baby of husband-and-wife team Justin and Sarah. Their relentless focus on quality and attentive service has made Café Roché less a place to get a quick coffee fix and more a community center, where quality products shake hands with caffeine cravings. Every detail is considered, even down to artistic leaves swirled into latte foam. The low-key atmosphere, warmly hued walls, and display of original art all contribute to the comfy café experience, so saunter in solo for a contemplative cup of tea or bring along the entire gaggle of shrieking butterflies.