By Brianna Stacks
If you live in a small town, it is hard to find that good cup of coffee to give you the proper jump start to your day. We have all seen coffee shops come and go, leaving us with the nearby McDonalds.
For the longest time, I was left to depend solely on my Keurig. It seemed as if there was no good coffee in sight, until I discovered Jo’s in downtown Mount Pleasant. I first went there with a friend, and I was just amazed as I walked into the little coffee shop. Walking in, you are instantly hit with the aroma of fresh brewed coffee, sweets and the smells of the building’s own old, historical atmosphere.
It was not just the smells that caught my attention; it was also the unique, beautiful interior design. Antique furniture, accessories and blended décor complete with their own little sections make up the sitting areas for customers to relax in while they enjoy their freshly made cup of coffee. Taking in my surroundings, I was waiting for the cast of Friends to walk in and take up one of the sections to themselves. I already knew this was where I was going to go from now on to do homework, study or just curl up and read a book with a caramel frappe.
Fall always brings sweaters, coziness, and the perfect time for coffee. With the changing of the seasons, I took up the opportunity to visit Jo’s with a group of friends to try out their fall specials. We each ordered one of the four specials they offered: the Hunter, the Bootlegger, the Harvester and the Autumn Chill.
When our coffees were ready we sat and tested each one individually. I began with my own, the Autumn Chill, consisting of chai affogato. In this cold beverage, coffee is poured over cold ice cream to give it a cool, sweet taste, while the whip cream settled on top has a sprinkled spice that added a nice finish. This coffee is great for people who prefer frappes. I moved onto the Bootlegger, a latte with vanilla bourbon that offered a natural sweet flavor. It was crisp and had just the right amount of bitter, which added a delectable edge to the coffee. The strong consistency provided a boost of energy to start my day.
Next, was the Harvester, a pumpkin spice latte. Now, I am not a pumpkin spice kind of girl, but this was a perfect combination of spices and pumpkin flavoring that I would order anytime. The roasted coffee beans, spices and hints of cream left you with a fragrant taste that would remind anyone of fall with just a sip. Finally, my favorite, the Hunter, a maple brown sugar latte. I absolutely loved this latte because of its warm, delectable fragrance. The taste of the brown sugar was rich and strong, while the maple was sweet and warm like pancake syrup. After our coffee tasting, I tried their apple walnut pound cake with maple glaze and it was a great addition to the coffee itself, especially to the Hunter.
I have had a lot of experiences in many coffee shops, but Jo’s is by far the best coffee shop I have ever been to. The staff was friendly and very accommodating. Jo’s has a relaxing atmosphere and their coffee is phenomenal. They do not just sell coffee, but also craft sodas and sweet treats. They even make their own syrups, which help add the feeling of home to their coffees. It was interesting to learn that they also have live music from local bands almost every Saturday night, and I am hoping to attend some of those sessions. I highly recommend Jo’s for college students. It has the perfect environment for studying, working on homework, or just hanging out with friends. It’s a stress free environment that is perfect for winding down with a good book and a cup of joe. Jo’s is now my designated coffee shop, and I absolutely cannot wait to go again.