Although the Peruvian roast from Lyons Coffee Roasters, out of The Shoals, AL, was not quite to my liking, I still rather enjoyed my wisit to Monarch Espresso Bar, which appeared to be the only craft coffee in Tuscaloosa.

Large space in a historic building, with a sparse decor that appealed to me, highlighted by a large crown mural on the back wall. Amusingly enough, I did not make a connection between the crown and the name of the cafe.

Friendly barista/owner, quite eager to chat with me about coffee in the region--I rather look forward to returning to Monarch.
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