Hi friends! I’ve waited way too long to tell you about Collective Coffee , my favorite java joint in Mt. Pleasant. It opened months ago, and since its first days, Danielle and I have gone many times.Â Â This place is straight up cool. I love the look and feel of Collective. When they first opened, it wasn’t a place I thought I’d come to hang out for a bit, but they’ve added couches and artwork to give it a more comfortable vibe. You’ll now see people enjoying the newspaper or typing away on a laptop while sipping their morning brew. Let it be known, that Dani and I getÂ veryÂ excited when we find a new place we like. We fall in love. Fast. We chatted with the baristas on our first venture in, and we couldn’t get over how friendly they were. Though neither of us are knowledge about coffee, they took the time to explain their different types of beans and the pour over coffee brewing process. They even surprised us with a complimentary cup showcasing their latte art. Both of us were blown away by how good the coffee was. Neither dairy nor sweetener was necessary to enjoy this cup of simply good java.
Food is definitely more our forte, and we both agree they’ve got some delicious eats. They bake all their breads, bagels, and pastries themselves downtown. They smoke the lox and make the chorizo in house too! It’s fantastic. Let me show you all these wonderful things we’ve tried.
Vanilla bean yogurt parfait with strawberries, blueberries, honey, and granola ($5.50). Incredibly creamy yogurt with super crunchy granola and local honey. Spinach & mushroom omelette with tomato and queso fresco ($5.75). I added a side of lox. Turkey Croissant: everything croissant, scallion cream cheese, tomato, avocado, sprouts ($7.95).
Chorizo sandwich with eggs, black beans, queso fresco, pickled jalapeno, avocado, cilantro ($7.25).
Veggie Wrap: spinach tortilla, romaine, tomato, black beans, corn, avocado, brown butter dressing ($6.8). This is my favorite!! The brown butter dressing is the winning ingredient.
Chicken salad on a croissant with romaine and tomato ($6.95). Grilled ham & cheese on brioche with apple butter, creole mustard, and brie ($8.50). This is my second favorite but I nix the brie and add cheddar. Add pickles to the sandwich! This next one is a recurring special. BBQ sliders: roasted pulled pork with espresso infused barbecue sauce and housemade coleslaw. Read that again: espresso infused barbecue sauce. Yes.
I know you’re drooling. You must be! We can sum up my love for Collective in a few phrases: incredible coffee, friendly service, fresh food, and reasonable prices. I insist you go! Collective is in the Shelmore Shopping Plaza (off of 17, right over the bridge).