About a mile North of the Hatteras Ferry landing, on NC12 lies The Dancing Turtle Coffee shop. This was our morning stop, while we were at the tip of Hatteras island to visit the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum.
Stepping into the Dancing Turtle across the inviting and shaded front porch, I found myself in a very eclectic spot. The Dancing Turtle is an Enigma, neither beach nor urbane but somewhere in between. With décor that would be at home just as easily in Manhattan or Minneapolis or Marrakech as it is in the tiny village of Hatteras.
In its 9th year of operation, The Dancing Turtle is all about coffee without any pretense. The staff is not only extremely helpful and friendly, but extremely knowledgeable about the magic beans we all love.
The menu consists of not only my staple of COFFEE without external syrups or flavors, but also the full range of mocha’s, latte’s and teas. Smoothies and other iced drinks are available to accompany the baked goods sold at The Dancing Turtle.
Ready to grind beans are available by the pound along with a line of tea’s that are sold in ounce measures. A selection of Dancing turtle mugs and merchandise lines the walls for those who want a momento.
Initially I started my tasting with a fair trade Costa Rica that was piping hot. As always I added a few drops of crème the the bottom of my cup and then added the rich brown liquid. After a few minutes of enjoying the aroma as the brew cooled, I took my first sip.
Oh my, this coffee is a treat with some hint of oranges and lemon crème. A perfect coffee for those who like a lighter roast and an excellent breakfast choice. I sat awhile, and took in the surroundings with our media director, Jessica who was savoring a Chai Latte before heading back to the museum to pick up the rest of the crew.
Normally I would end the review here, but I must be truthful. You see we had to pass The Dancing Turtle again as we returned North, and did I mention the Dollar Refill policy? As I was just draining the last drop of Costa Rican, I swung back into the parking lot.
The shop was less busy (likely between ferry off-loads), I had a chance to chat with the two baristas for a few minutes, and get half a cup of the Turtle’s house blend. The house blend was a horse of another color in comparison to the initial cup. The House Blend was also very fruity to my palate but with more tartness and being a bit sweet. While not my favorite type of brew it was a nice change of pace and would be a go-to afternoon cup for summer.
All in all I thoroughly enjoyed my short visit to the Turtle and my chat with the staff, who were very knowledgeable about their offerings. I cannot wait until next years trip for a try of the Sumatran!
Coffee: Costa Rican (med light) 4.7/5
If you are reading this and are going to be on the Outer Banks you need a cup of Dancing Turtle Coffee!