We all know about my love for coffee. After all, on Fridays I host a question and answer Interview series based on chatting with friends at a coffee shop. Some of my greatest conversations and ideas have come about at coffee shops.
I’ll try any coffee shop I come across, but there are a few I always come back to. There’s Coffee Cartel in St. Louis. There’s Strange Brew in Starkville. And in Chattanooga? There’s Sacra.
Sacra is off the beaten path for most Chattanoogans, hidden in the much-maligned Highland Park area. Sacra is actually very close to Highland Park Commons, a popular spot for soccer players in the area. But I digress.
I’m not sure what I like most about Sacra. The fact that they serve Mad Priest coffee? The fact that they support La Paz and other organizations doing good in Chattanooga? The cute decor? The fact that, while busy, you can always find a seat?
Sacra has an area that can be rented out for private events, like wedding showers or meetings. The venue space was in use the day I took the pictures for this post, and there were people scattered about the cafe, studying.
We met up with a high school friend. We had originally intended to go to a Latin American Market and Luncheon, but a series of mishaps prevented us from finding it. I still don’t know exactly what happened with that. Undeterred and on a quest to hang out, we changed the plans a little and headed towards our favorite Chattanooga coffee shop.
I thought my shirt was appropriate for the outing, especially since this large latte was not my first coffee of the day. Baby Bounce is exhausting.
Sacra has a fairly small menu. Coffee drinks, a few teas, a few smoothies, acai bowls, and a few grab and go options in a small cooler at the front counter. I opted for a vanilla latte. The woman behind the counter was overwhelmed by the orders being placed (it was SO busy and she was the only person there!) so it took about ten minutes to get my latte. When it arrived, it was totally worth the wait.
Fun fact— I always order lattes. When flavors are gluten free, I love trying different flavored lattes. My favorite so far is lavender.
I’ve always been curious how they came up with the name Sacra, because all I can think of is the plural of the sacrum. I’m pretty sure it means Sacred in Latin, which would make sense because Sacra supports local missions and is also located near Tennessee Temple University.
If you’re looking for a new coffee shop to try in Chattanooga, Tennessee, then Sacra might be the place for you. It’s definitely the place for me.