In February 2013, Eric Anderson unlocked the front door of the old Weaverville Fire Station, turned on the lights, and started brewing a fresh batch of coffee. Fast forward almost seven years, and the small town is hooked. Before Allgood, Eric and his wife, Anna, owned Sweetwater Coffeehouse in Sautee, Georgia. When Eric and Anna moved to WNC from Georgia, they were excited to continue their fostering of community through the love of coffee in a new town. Eric said he wanted Allgood to become a “third place” for people; a place to gather that isn’t work or home. Years later, walk in on any given day and you’ll find Eric conversing with a regular; groups of friends gathered to knit, chat, read or play games; and someone serenading the intimate space with a guitar or the piano. The scene weaves to create a feeling of togetherness and comfort.
It’s not just the atmosphere that’s rich with comfort; the drinks served are some of the best you can find in the Asheville area. Eric carefully chooses the beans he brews, and yes, they all come from local roasters. Specifically, Eric uses Mountain Air, 1000 Faces and Dynamite Roasting coffee beans, and if asked, he can tell you the profiles of each origin and recommend something for every palate. Not only that, but each of these roasters also shares a direct relationship with the farmers, allowing the process from cultivation to cup to be trusted as ethical and the coffee to be the freshest possible. And of course, like in any good coffee shop, there are pastries from West End Bakery, bagels and other snacks to enjoy with your cup of joe or iced latte.
When it comes down to it, Allgood is a true gem in the Asheville community. Although it’s a few miles north of the city limits, it’s well worth the trip to sip a cup of coffee brewed by Eric and to get to know him or the other regulars. Many of the baristas are local musicians, one is a talented photographer, and there are always open seats and open minds, a conduit to great conversation and new connections. Much like a traditional coffeehouse in ancient times, Allgood’s door is open to the community, and the owners are interested in fostering that community through genuine connection, service and caffeine. In the summer it’s not uncommon to find local farmers selling their produce outside, there’s always an assortment of local craft goods inside that make great gifts or treats to oneself, and the artwork decorating the walls rotates to feature the many talented artists in the area. It truly is a beautiful space, and Eric can’t wait to serve you a cup of coffee, just the way you like it.
To learn more about Allgood, the roasters used or any upcoming events, visit Allgood.Coffee.