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Cup & Saucer Invites Coffee Lovers To Share A Cup On April 12


April 11, 2019

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Molly Wilcox and Elisabeth Bowling are opening their business, Cup & Saucer, in downtown Brevard.

Downtown Brevard will have a new addition to its thriving coffee culture when the specialty coffee shop Cup & Saucer opens at 9 a.m. on April 12 on East Main Street.

Located in the former Gallery at 36 space, Cup & Saucer is a dream come true for two passionate coffee lovers who met while working at Ridge Haven Conference and Retreat Center in southern Transylvania County.

Molly Wilcox, who was the Ridge Haven bookkeeper, had quietly dreamt of her own coffee shop for 15 years.

She nurtured her love of sharing coffee by hosting "popup" events with a mobile espresso machine. It was at one of those popups two years ago that Wilcox met Elisabeth Bowling, new to Ridge Haven's event staff.

One conversation led to another. The women, who had both worked in coffee shops and bakeries in different parts of the country, realized they shared the same fervor for the culture, history and community that coffee engenders. The two clicked. Last fall they began planning a business based not only on their adoration but their values.

"We hold no attitude about how you drink your coffee," Bowling said. "We meet people where they are and share our passion rather than correcting them about it."

The pair are planning public "cuppings" to introduce new beans and brewing methods, as well as a series of events about the history and origin of coffee, how it's processed and why it matters where your coffee is grown.

Cup & Saucer features ethically sourced, artfully roasted coffee from Methodical Coffee in Greenville, S.C.

Besides standout coffee for those who like it black or those who prefer it dressed up, Cup & Saucer will feature made-from-scratch quiches, scones and baked goods, along with Wilcox's house-made syrups, in-house cold brew and dairy- and gluten-free products.

"Sustainability is one of our core values," said Wilcox, who has developed all the recipes.

The shop's milk will be sourced from Mills River Creamery in Mills River and the eggs will come from local farms. The pair has met with local farmers who are interested in composting their food scraps and coffee grounds.

Originally from Florida, Wilcox moved to Brevard with her husband, Neal, several years ago after he fulfilled his Air Force duties. They love the outdoors, good food and living a simple life.

Formerly a Georgia girl, Bowling has come to love life in a small, mountain town since moving to Brevard. Both enjoy the personal connections they have made and want their coffee shop to feel like home for the community, a place to learn, grow and connect.

Cup & Saucer will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays and closed on Sundays. The coffee shop will be available for private events, and Cup & Saucer can also be booked for popup events that feature their coffee and baked goods.

Visit for more information or call (828) 884-CUPS (2877).


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