Kudu is an animal native to eastern and southern Africa. If you’ve never seen one, it’s something “like an antelope on steroids,” describes Barista Derrick.
Remember that, especially if you’re ever in Charleston, and associate “Kudu” with 4 Vanderhorst Street. The residence, Kudu Coffee, is a dwelling pad for coffee and beer enthusiasts, and it’s name was given by the house’s African-born founder.
Even before noon, you can grab a cold one—available at all hours, except on Sundays because the locale isn’t licensed to serve it. Of the more than 20 craft beers, Two Hearted Ale remains a popular favorite, and as of next Tuesday, draft beer will be falling like Niagara with Kudu’s tap installation in place.
But what’s even more stimulating about Kudu is it’s liquid stimulant, served in the form of Krankies coffee. Each day, a three-and-half-hour direct freight line rides down from Winston-Salem, roasting home of Kudu’s beans. The delivered byproducts: fresh and distinct small-batch roasted coffees.
Among Kudu’s notables, the espresso blend, a medium-dark roast from Latin America, East Africa and the Pacific Rim. The flavor profile is nutty and smoky—recognizable in the house’s latte.
If your amateur tongue can’t handle the boldness, try Kudu’s house blend, featuring light-medium roasts from Latin America. It changes seasonally, but the flavor profile is typically smooth, medium-bodied and bright on the tongue. Because it airs on the caramel-chocolate side, it quite complements a chocolate croissant or a nutty scone—available goods served by two local bakeries, Normandy Farm and Saffron Café.
Drinks aside, one of the draws to Kudu is its maximum-casual environment, particularly the outdoor patio, which caters to a large crowd. It’s a perfect place to reunite with your best friend of 11 years over a latte + cappuccino + smuggled-in chocolate something from Charleston’s Macaroon Boutique—or if you simply want to relax with a book and man’s best friend.
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