Three Brothers Coffee: Nashville, TN

Three Brother’s Coffee: Downtown, Nashville.

Featured Drinks: Almond milk cortado + The Huntress signature latte.

Why check out this place: good cup of Joe, baristas you want to be your friend, and a unique alley that makes for a good Insta.

Years ago I stumbled across someone’s Instagram photo of a human holding a cup of coffee in this unique looking alley-way. The alley was lit by natural light, had white walls, and someone had painted symbols all along the walls. I had never seen something like this at a coffee shop and was instantly drawn in. This was years ago and this shop was at the top of my list to visit. Finally, my last visit to the nasty Nash I checked it out and absolutely fell in love.

Commissary Barber & Barista

Commissary Barber & Barista:

In the heart of downtown, INDY lies a corner coffee shop. They offer apple jack lattes, yes you heard correctly. An apple jack latte. Just like the cereal, complete with real apple jack crumbles across the top of the drink. They have oat milk, which if you’re dairy free like me you would really appreciate this option. Below, the featured drink is an oat milk cortado (a personal fave of mine).

Brash Coffee (ATL, GA)

Brash Coffee: ATL, GA (West Midtown Location)

This past November I found myself in the peach state. I hopped off a plane at ATL airport with a dream and my cardigan. JK. More like a camera bag and a coffee deprived soul after a flight at the butt crack of dawn. An engagement shoot in the mountains brought me there, but I had a whole day to myself in the city before the shoot. The shop of choice was a little box coffee shop in West Midtown called Brash Coffee. It was this little box shop, small but so quaint and warm, tiny but coffee so mighty. I ordered a fruit pastry and an oat milk cortado. Everything about this cozy shop made my heart dance. Or, that could’ve just been the caffeine. The aesthetic of the place, the baristas, my 4 ounces of utter perfection in the form of a cortado—so so lovely. 10/10 recommend posting out here if you are in the area.

Why coffee is my jam

Why coffee is my jam//

Literally one of the BEST, most exhilarating parts about traveling for me is NEW COFFEE SHOPS!!!!! Amirite tho!? Most people are probably hyped about the beach, sight seeing, and food, and yes while all of those things are valued to me, I looove adventuring into new coffee shops. I research the area extensively, looking for unique elements about the environment of the shop, what are their signature drinks, what syrups are in house, etc. It’s kinda like a first date. I creep on their Insta to make sure they’re legit and then I show up. After doing this a copious amount of times over the 5 years coffee has stolen my heart, there are 4 things that stand out to me that I look for in a coffee shop:

  • In house syrups!!!! I love trying new drinks from different shops and extremely value syrups that they hand make themselves. This is 99.9% of the time the first question I ask a barista. “Hello nice human making my fuel, are your syrups in house or nah?” I don’t want to go to a place that uses syrups you can buy at the grocery store that has a bunch of fake ish in it. Ain’t nobody got time for that nonsense. What I want is to try homemade banana syrup. Homemade mocha syrups that they melt real chocolate chips and add their own fresh ingredients. Call me boujee but this has drastically changed my coffee experience.

  • Atmosphere!!!! I love shops that I can get some WERK done! I love being able to camp out somewhere for hours to edit, read my bible, or meet a sweet friend. I want to be invited into the shop with the cozy vibes, natural light from the windows, and simplicity in the layout of the place. It’s calming and encourages me to be productive. Just think, if the atmosphere fosters community there it’s somewhere you are going to have deep conversations at because you are comfy there. It’s somewhere you are going to want to take old friends visiting to or even family.

  • Barista interaction!! I don’t want you to just be my barista, I want you to be my friend! I know not everyone is extroverted AF as me BUT does it not make your day when your barista is kind? Ordering a drink (or two or three, no shame) and interacting with baristas can completely make my day. I love meeting new people who mutually have a passion for coffee, hearing their stories, and getting to share my own life. This has allowed me to make friends at multiple coffee shops which is awesome because you become a regular. Nothing is a better feeling then when baristas at a shop know your regular order or the fact that you always choose dairy alternative milk lol. 

  • Community!!! Community. Community. Community. This is by far one of the biggest things to change my prospective on coffee and change my life in more ways than I realized. Back in 2013 little Phoe decided to apply to a coffee shop without even have had a sip of coffee. It was a Christian coffee shop that emphasized coffee bringing community. I worked there four years and experienced God in a whole new way; endless deep talks in the kitchen, being showered in grace when I messed something up, hugs and my bosses praying over me on hard days, hours of working on homework there (AKA talking to my friends who were working), bible studies with my now husband, endless coffee dates with friends, and a new profound love for coffee and being able to rip espresso shots without flinching. Being at a coffee shop that facilitates this authentic community is so so special. It’s rare, and especially in a world where money can be our god. Find yourself a place that you can call home. A place you can cry with a friend at. A place where you feel like you can be yourself. A place where warm memories are created and make you smile when you look back on them. A place where they value customers coming in. For me, this place is Greyhouse Coffee Supply in West Lafayette, Indiana.


I love you a latte, coffee.

(Commissary Barber and Barista, downtown Indy)

The New York Tourist

New York City:

Traded the corn fields for a sea of skyscrapers. New York is special in its own unique, inspiring, and beautiful way. They call it “the city that never sleeps” and I firmly believe that to be true. People rushing to your left and right all with dreams of their own, places to be, and stories to tell. Even though I spent a whole day flying solo in the city completely winging what I was doing and where I was going (#classic), I felt safe. I felt at home. Pretty sure I had a smile plastered on my face the entire day as I dodged getting hit by taxis (they don’t stop lol), hailing cabs, and adventuring into coffee shops within the heart and soul of The Big Apple. Although NY has a hardcore rep of people not being very friendly, I wholeheartedly felt welcomed into this wild city. My cab driver told me about how his father and grandma died recently and the influence they had on his life. He looked like he was right around my age and told me his father passed away while he was in college so he dropped out to run his dad’s cab company business. In the front of his car he had a photo of his 94 year old grandma before she died. Another New Yorker looked at me and said “you’re really happy aren’t you”. Well, yes sir, I am! 

This trip was filled with adventures; visiting Top of the Rock and getting the breathtaking view of the city from a billion floors up, having dinner at a rooftop bar, taking recommendations from locals and finding a new fave coffee shop downtown, dancing the night away with friends, and spending a day of rest at the Jersey Shore. The best part of the trip was spending five beautiful days with one of my most dear friends & cousin, Erica. Er and I go all the way back to freshman year of college. We were both education majors and over the four years at Purdue had countless classes together, nights out at Brothers, and coffee dates with a gluten free treat for her. We created our own Snap Chat “channel” making goofy videos of us singing Taylor Swift and watched each other ‘grow up” during our college years. 

I don’t know where the Lord will take Nick, Chaco, and I. But, I would be over the moon if we ever ended up living in the concrete jungle.

Places to go:

-City of Saints Coffee Roasters

-For Five Coffee Roasters

-Mills Tavern (Hoboken, NJ)

-Top of the Rock