smelly cat coffeehouse exterior in autumnSmelly Cat is a cozy little coffeehouse that has been an important part of the NoDa neighborhood for years. Approachable and welcoming, we offer the perfect place to meet, relax or work while you enjoy a delicious cup o’ house-roasted joe, inside or out.

OUR MISSION: To inspire value in coworkers & customers every day through the medium of quality crafted coffee.

We’re an ambitious, over-achieving crew. We roast our own beans (which are also for sale), we’re constantly updating and improving and we’re committed to providing the best customer experience along with the best cup of coffee in town.

  • Roast our own ethically sourced coffee
  • Craft in-season, single origin & blend coffees
  • Mastermind our own nitrogenated cold brew coffee on tap
  • Make all of our syrups in-house
    (including our most popular spiced brown sugar and toasted coconut syrups)
  • Bake sweet and savory breakfast and coffee break indulgences daily
  • Create culinary seasonal comfort foods
  • Offer the same great service through a walk-up window on the new patio
  • Maintain a fully-stocked cocktail bar
    (perfect for anything from Sunday brunch mimosas to cozy hot cocktails)

It’s ready for you at The Cat!

Fueled by coffee, nurtured by community . . .

two friends drinking coffee inside at smelly cat coffeehouse Smelly Cat’s beginning, evolution and success belongs to more than just one person, more than just one vision. In 1999, the quirky name and hip design began with Richard and Dwight. These two frontrunners transformed a little brick building in the middle of a Charlotte mill neighborhood into The Smelly Cat Coffeehouse. Next came community-minded business woman, Jolly Dale, who knit together a loyal base of Smelly Cat coffeehouse regulars which still lasts to this day. And in 2006, Jolly turned the keys over to the current owner, Cathy Tuman.

Armed with a solid base of quirky style, a name to remember, and strong community support, Smelly Cat’s pursuit for quality coffee for its loyal customers began. August 2012 marked the new era of fresh coffee for Smelly Cat with the installation of our Probat L12 vintage coffee roaster. From that day forward we haven’t stopped being amazed by the unique character development of coffee depending on its origin or blend. The method of sharing those unique characteristics is fun in its own right ranging from manual drip – Hario Pour Overs to cold brew coffee on nitrogen.

You might be surprised to know that as an independently owned coffee house (and coffee roaster), we also offer a breakfast menu featuring classic, made from scratch buttermilk biscuits, a cocktail menu for hot and cold spirits and a cold brew tap list. Our most recent improvement, a walk-up window, means you can stop by easily when you’re out and about exploring everything NoDa has to offer.

Join us!
Come watch the roasting, experience the extraction, sip the perfection.

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