What is your third place? A third place is, “This is the place outside of your typical social environments where you can relax and have open and honest conversations.” The concept of the third place is evolving with the rise of working remotely. Per Axios:
“As the world begins to move past the pandemic but holds onto remote work, we're seeing the rise of "third workplaces" — teleworking spots in cafes, hotels or co-working spaces.”
Whether you have a third place or a third workplace, it’s their favorite local coffee shop. Coffee shops come in many shapes and sizes, literally and figuratively. Coffee culture is typically explained in waves:
While many second-wave shops order coffee from large coffee roasters who are roasting as much coffee as possible and selling it for as little as possible, specialty coffee shops either order from smaller, local roasters or roast themselves.
If your third place or favorite local coffee roasts coffee, they likely sell it by the bag. Buying coffee online supports local coffee roasters more than you know. Here’s a little bit more about how you can show some love to your coffee roasters by using their online store as well as the physical location.
How to Support Your Local Coffee Roaster By Shopping Online
If your coffee shop is roasting coffee, it means they have made a significant investment in making your you have the best product possible. It also means:
- They go to great lengths to find the best importers.
- They spend many hours researching the best coffee to import.
- They spend time and resources maintaining the roaster.
- The more coffee they sell by the bag, the more opportunities they will have to find new and unique coffees.
Your third wave third place is your favorite because the conversations and vibes are great and because the coffee is the best.
Buy The Bags on the Shelves
It is always helpful to buy the bags (and merch) on the shelves. You’ll notice that the date it was roasted is posted or written on the bag. Like anything, that coffee has a shelf life and, if not sold, will be discarded (or given away to employees). So, your local roaster certainly appreciates seeing those bags fly off the shelf.
Why Buy Online if You’re Local
There are advantages to buying online for you and your roaster, even if you’re a local regular.
How to Support That Specialty Shop You Visit on Vacation
Anchor Coffee’s Winston-Salem and North Wilkesboro locations are both on the way to Boone, NC, and the High Country. Many stop in our shops on either side of their vacations, camping trips, or to visit their college students at Appalachian State University.
If you have a favorite coffee roaster you visit when traveling, purchasing coffee online ensures that you don’t have to wait till the next time you make your next stop and helps you share that goodness with others.All of our coffees are available for purchase online. Also, the Barista Choice Society is more than a subscription program. If you’re local to North Wilkesboro or Winston-Salem, we’d love to see you in our shops!