South Fork Coffee is operated by the Impact Community Center in Bluff City, and proceeds go toward the funding of the center and the agencies it supports. The prices are all donation-based and the suggested donations are listed on the menu. The prices aren't firm and the customer has the final say in how much they contribute to cover their purchase.
Joshua Church, manager of the shop, says the money they take in helps raise awareness for the community center and its non-profit tenants. It also provides funding to local teams of the Junior Patriots.
The crisp clean atmosphere is very welcoming and gives a very modern feel. Those entering should feel at ease and comfortable should they dine in and enjoy the wi-fi and coffee in the quiet relaxing atmosphere.
For those who don't want to just sit and sip their beverage of choice as they visit with a friend, read a book, or do some work on their laptop, they have added a drive-through window that can be accessed from the side-street across from the caboose at the waterfront.
There is a gas fireplace (pass-through) separating the small seating area near the counter, and a larger room with tables and a sofa on the other side. The comfortable vibe is one of serenity. A feeling that is truly at home in Bluff City.
You'll find the coffee shop directly across the street from the Bluff City ball fields and Little League park, near the lake and caboose. Parking directly in front of the store is limited during the week due to the adjacent business, but there is ample parking across the road.
My visit to South Fork Coffee was very pleasant. The staff was friendly and inviting, and I ordered a latte that was perfect to my tastes. I noticed the sizes are limited, which may put off some people, but for those like me - the single hot beverage size of 12 ounces, is one less decision I have to make during my day.
I suggest those in the area give it a try. While enjoying my beverage I met a woman who moved to the area three years ago from Alaska. She was delighted a local coffee shop had opened in the area, and equally pleased with the quality of her beverage. I think we may see more people come to enjoy the bluff city vibe and relax with a fresh cup of coffee, with a good view of the South Holston River, or Boone Lake - depending upon the time of year.