You and Me Coffee and Tea

Coffee House
Worth a return

Coffee House menus tend to be similar: a roundup of espresso drinks, brewed coffee, cold brew, and pourover; and there likely will be scones and sweet rolls and breakfast sandwiches.

That is why rigorous Roadfood standards, which extol a restaurant because of its unique regional character, would preclude most coffee houses. But who wants to be so rigorous? When we come across a place where the coffee and pastries are fresh and the personality is friendly, we want to tell others about it. There’s little need to make note of a worthy coffee house in a million+ population city. Happily, they’re common. But coming across an especially good one in Corbin, Kentucky (population 7,304), is cause for celebration.

I wasn’t sorry to get brewed coffee. Made with beans from a North Carolina outfit called Counter Culture, it is robust and sophisticated. However, when I saw the barista scrupulously making a pourover cup, I vowed that next time, that’s the way to go.

In addition to nice homey pastries, the food menu includes such stylin’ sandwiches as caprese grilled cheese, a brie and apricot jam croissant, and hot ham and cheese made with shaved country ham on sourdough. There’s a good measure of cultural dissonance to find fried bologna (thick cut) and cheese sandwiched in a length of artisan French bread, but it works: an epicurean Appalachian breakfast sandwich.

The storefront is cavernous and comfortable with miscellaneous accommodations and grandma’s-attic decor. Starting at 7am, it is a dandy opportunity to open one’s eyes before a trip through the Cumberland Plateau.

What to Eat
You and Me Coffee and Tea, Bologna Sandwich
Bologna Sandwich
Bologna for breakfast, of course!
You and Me Coffee and Tea, Maple Walnut Scone
Maple Walnut Scone
Maple walnut scone
Directions and Hours
closed now
Monday8am - 5pm
Tuesday8am - 5pm
Wednesday8am - 5pm
Thursday8am - 5pm
Friday8am - 5pm
Saturday8am - 5pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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