When I explore local coffee, it is more than just good coffee that I seek. It is the experience. And while I always hope for good experiences, sometimes the barista might just be having a bad day.
I first visited Shenandoah Joe prior to a doctors appointment that I had in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was a quick stop and sadly, very disappointing. Both drinks I ordered were far from my expectations. That was over two years ago, I let it go and moved on.
Fast forward months later to our family vacation in Harrisonburg Virginia. I began searching for local coffee near me. I saw there was a Shenandoah Joe nearby and frankly, I was hesitant. BUT, the space looked so awesome that I couldn’t resist giving them a second chance. I decided to take my mother in law with me. She is a tea drinker and this would give me the opportunity to create a well rounded opinion of Shenandoah Joe.
First, as I pulled in I noticed they had signs that said, “Parking reserved for Shenandoah Joe Customers”. Okay- love that – great first impression! Walking in, the space is large and open. Navy blue painted walls are covered with local artwork. I loved the feel of the space, comfortable and artistic. There was a variety of seating, from comfy chairs to workspaces and a shelf in the center of the room that housed coffee brewing items for sale. I ordered a cappuccino and my mother-in-law ordered a tea. We selected a comfy chair to sit and chat.
My cappuccino was a beautiful pour….and tasted great! The baristas were super nice and sweet. SCORE! I am SO glad I gave this place a second chance! It was such a great experience and this coffee shop makes the blog! (I only post reviews of coffee shops that are great and that I recommend to my readers.) I loved the drinks so much, I ordered a second one to go!
Add Shenandoah Joe to your list of local shops to visit when in Harrisonburg, Virginia.!