Proprietor and master roaster Kevin Pilotti makes use of a 1986-built Probat brand roaster that resembles a circa 1950s antique. The result is a smooth, robust flavor and uncompromising quality.
Pilotti strives to source superior coffee beans from around the world. His favorite is Ethiopian, which he says is due to the diversity in the cup profiles. It’s clear this guy knows his java. Originally from upstate New York, Pilotti has worked in coffee shops in Manhattan, Charlotte and Durham.
Popular sellers at Crema include lattes, cappuccinos and organic tea. Bagels and baked goods are available, along with tempting varieties of biscotti like English toffee, Mexican mocha and grasshopper mint.
While its location is somewhat seculed on the back side and top level of a strip mall, Crema features comfy seating, free WiFi Internet access and a relaxed, bohemian vibe. Distinctive artifacts on the walls and shelves reflect the exotic areas around the world where coffee is grown.
Open six days a week, Crema also sells coffee by the pound as well as custom holiday gift baskets.
Photo courtesy of Jonathan Fredin/S&A Cherokee