Hope & Union Coffee Company
Graphic designer John Vergel de Dios moved to Charleston from New York City to open this café, located in a renovated circa-1885 home. The café uses only single-origin Stumptown and Intelligentsia beans and makes each cup to order in the pour-over method, which results in delicate, fruity-tasting brews. The stellar pastries are from nearby Sugar Bakeshop.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.