Church Alley Coffee Bar believes in the joy of coffee to promote a more peaceful and connected Louisiana community. Renee Blanchard opened Church Alley Coffee Bar in 2013 in a friends building. In the first 4 years she moved the coffeeshop two different times, before finding a home in Mid-City right on Canal St.
Coffee. Small Bites.
Church Alley Coffee Bar serves up freshly roasted, freshly brewed coffee from some of the most talented coffee roasters in the nation. We specialize in hand brewing with Hario V60 and seasonally created cold brew.
We feature micro-roasters from around the country. Our palate tends to lean towards floral, citrus, and chocolates. We love showcasing interesting and unexpected flavors both in the coffee we feature and in our food menu. We offer a small high quality food menu to help you get through that test, enjoy the weekend with your family and fuel your world changing start up.
Sometimes we just want to watch the streetcar though. And you can do that here too!
Family. Past, Present, and Future.
– Name – Church Alley is a small alleyway in New Iberia (a small town nestled on Bayou Teche in Southwestern Louisiana) where my grandfather opened his first men’s clothing shop. The name is a nod to the ingenuity of those Acadienne people who came before me. It is also a way to remember the importance of protecting South Louisiana’s greatest cultural treasures that enchant its residents and visitors alike: our wetlands and working coastline. Louisiana holds some of the most important and fertile wetlands, providing a large portion of the seafood and oil reserves for the rest of the nation. Louisiana is currently losing a football field of wetlands every 30 minutes. Without significant protection, our land will continue to erode and our nation will lose one of its most vital resources.
– Publishing – We create and self publish small books, cards, and writings that touch on issues we care about. In 2014, Renee wrote “Tasting Coffee in NOLA I” and then in 2015, she published a second edition. The purpose of these two publications was to showcase fun spaces, people, and businesses who are doing interesting things in New Orleans with the idea that we don’t taste in isolation. We drink wine, eat oysters, and enjoy coffee in places that help us love what we are tasting.
Renee also publishes “Bossy Like Me”. A website featuring women in business who are pioneering ideas, jobs, and products. Women have been creating community since the beginning of time and now women are making up a larger portion of the entrepreneurial landscape than ever before. A recent study showed Fortune 500 companies with more women on their corporate board of directors had significant better earnings. While women increasingly play larger roles in our economic and cultural progress, Bossy Like Me aims to showcase some of these stories.
“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” – Dalai Lama
Come for the coffee and the healthy small bites, stay because this place was made just for us. We believe deeply in creating a space that is welcoming, supportive, and just like Grandma’s. People mention our mix-matchy aesthetic, for us it feels comforting. Our style started because Renee opened the shop with very little money and brought over most of her own furniture for customers to enjoy. Today we’ve added a few new things, like a custom built coffee bar, and (maybe) some nicer tables, but you will still find colorful plants, our favorite songs playing, posters and mirrors of all sorts on the walls (and on the floor), and cozy corners. Our delicious coffee is just a rouse to enjoy your company anyway.