Fil – a – ment;
a slender threadlike object or fiber, especially one found in animal or plant structures.
I love everything about coffee shops. From a vanilla latte, or a buttery croissant, to an earl grey tea. Sign me up. More than anything, I love finding delightful and new coffee shops. And it’s possible I’ve found my new favorite.
I almost hesitate to write this because Filament Coffee & Tea in Mebane, NC is THAT great. Selfishly, I don’t want to share this hidden gem of a coffee shop where I can go get work done in peace without stalking the best tables with power outlets or all but wrestling for a comfy seat on a couch to read my latest sci-fi novel in. But considering Filament is so great, I figure I can share.
Mebane, NC is a hidden gem of a town, itself. Small and quaint, it’s downtown is equipped with Italian eateries, antique stores, and unique boutiques. It’s just past Hillsborough on I-40, and is about 30 minutes from Chapel Hill/Durham (depending on the traffic). It’s a great place to go for a quick day trip or if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of NC’s nearby sister cities.
Filament is situated in the middle of the walk-able downtown and has an open, airy floor plan with warm interior. True to it’s name, plants are everywhere in the coffee shop – hanging from the ceiling, resting on the coffee bar, and soaking up sun in the windows. There is also textile art on the wall which I’ve been obsessed with lately. They have a delicious selection of organic and fair trade coffee and tea, scrumptious pastries, cold brew coffee, kombucha on tap (Buchi from Asheville), and a retail section where local artisans can sell their crafts.
I was there for the better part of the day working on schoolwork, meeting up with a few friends, and exploring the town, so I got to indulge in a decaf vanilla latte, a bacon cheddar scone, and an orchid vanilla black tea. I’ve been using the excuse that I’m indulging for two more and more these days, hooray pregnancy! Everything was delicious and the barista was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable, and explained how to use their nifty tea gadget – which I will admit thoroughly stumped me (see picture). They also had killer music, which can make or break an inviting coffee shop atmosphere. I felt right at home, and even found myself wondering about the real estate market in Mebane (I’d say they won me over).
So, if you find yourself with some extra time, a craving for coffee, and/or really love plants, art, and local crafts – don’t hesitate to go check them out!