Those who feel like java and cocoa products should be two of the major food groups—or the only major food groups—have found a place to call their own in Sharif Harb’s downtown Coffee and Chocolate. He serves a wide range of the former, from a $1.91 cup of drip java for the daily drinker to lattes for dessert after a meal at a Market Square eatery all the way up to Kopi Luwak. For the uninitiated, that’s “the most rare and expensive coffee in the world,” says Harb, and he doesn’t seem to be making it up. “In certain Asian regions, Indonesia and whatnot, there’s this weasel that eats the coffee cherry and digests it, but not the bean—it goes through a chemical process in the weasel’s digestive tract and is ultimately passed, then the local pickers pick them up.” The beans are cleaned thoroughly, roasted, packaged and sold by places like C&C, at a cool $199 for four ounces. “It’s absolutely phenomenal, a most unique coffee—if you haven’t had it, I recommend it,” says Harb.
He’s paid the same sort of attention to procuring premium chocolate, which sells for far less than the weasel-produced coffee. “Some are air-brushed and come from Oregon, they’re extremely unique in flavor—one’s made with curry, for example, another with rose water,” he says. “I also searched high and low for the best-tasting truffles. I went everywhere and contacted everybody in the world. These are handmade and they are the best truffles I could find.”
The shop is warm and arty, looking a bit like an indoor Parisian sidewalk. Many pause inside to sip and sample, or gaze adoringly at their date over cakes or hot tea, while others take the show on the road. C&C sells all its sweets to go and a number of coffees in bulk, including Central American varieties, Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, and Kenyan AA. “The AA merely means a larger bean, high-quality coffee,” says Harb. “You can take the whole beans, or we’ll grind it while you wait.”


Restaurant Details

Locally Owned Wifi Patio Live Music Accepts Reservations Party Room (20+)
Kids Menu Delivers Buffet Waterfront Vegetarian Dishes Vegan Dishes

Hours

Day Opens Closes
Monday 8 a.m. 10 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m. 10 p.m.
Wednesday 8 a.m. 10 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m. 10 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. 10 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. 11 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. 10 p.m.
Day Business Hours
Monday 8 a.m.
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10 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m.
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10 p.m.
Wednesday 8 a.m.
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10 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m.
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10 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m.
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10 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.
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11 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.
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10 p.m.

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Comments » 1

Kelraiser13 writes:

I've been to this place quite a few times and love it! The people that work there are polite and friendly. The atmosphere is cozy and the desserts are AMAZING! It's best to share the desserts because they are extremely rich. It's also a nice place to spend a quiet afternoon reading a book or surfing the web. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves to enjoy coffee with decadent desserts (or just a decadent cup of joe). Bon Appetit!

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