Location: Richmond, VA
Rating: 6+ [see key]
While most bakeries supply coffee, relatively few do it well. Sure, I understand that coffee is not usually a bakery's bread and butter (*rimshot*), but a baker that makes a great cup of coffee (not to mention latte) will definitely extend his/her appeal.
A fine example of a bakery excelling at baking and barista-ing is a locally-focused establishment known as Sub Rosa Bakery. Found in Richmond's Church Hill neighborhood, they sell their wares in a cute corner shop blessed with beautiful, wide windows. Inside, the cafe is a mix of exposed brick, rich woods and calm colors, with plenty of room for their patrons.
Regarding their coffee, they purvey nearby Lamplighter Coffee Roasters. That late morning, I went with an espresso of their Swiftwalker and a filtered brew of a Colombian single-origin served from a pump pot. The espresso, pulled short/medium with brown crema, smacked of lemongrass, chocolate, pecan, tomato, powdered sugar and a touch of basil, proving bright and tasty. The drip coffee also delivered a flavorful brew, with notes of honey, caramel apple, arugula, black cherry, malt and a bit of nutmeg in a medium body.
Having a long drive ahead of me, I could only spend a little bit of time at the bakery but I enjoyed every second. If you seek a great loaf of bread or delicious coffee, check out Sub Rosa the next time you're in Richmond.