Summer Moon Coffee opens its first Greenville location

The Texas-based coffee chain, which is locally owned and operated, features oak-roasted coffee and a unique sweet cream “Moon Milk” at its location on Mills Avenue.

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Greenvillians lined up for an early taste at the grand opening on Saturday, May 20. | Photo by GVLtoday

Meet Summer Moon Coffee — a locally owned and operated, Texas-based coffee chain that’s now open on Mills Avenue in the former Rita’s Italian Ice storefront.It’s known for its oak-roasted coffee and Moon Milk, and if you don’t know what that is, keep reading.

The vibe

The coffee and the ambiance are the perfect blend. | Photos by GVLtoday

There are plenty of seats to get work done or chat with a friend over a cup. Take a moment to let your eyes wander: From the custom wallpaper to the cozy fireplace, you’re surrounded by creative details, including lots of pictures highlighting the oak-roasting process.

Moon Milk

You can also order Moon Milk on its own to-go. | Photo by GVLtoday

This unique sweet cream is the base of Summer Moon’s lattes. To us, it tasted a bit like melted vanilla ice cream and was delectable.

If you’re dairy-free, don’t worry. Moon Milk can be made with a dairy-free substitution (almond, oat, or coconut milk).

How to order

We’re adding this stop to our local coffee shop rotation. | Photo by GVLtoday

We ordered a Winter Half Moon Latte, which may leave you saying, “Huh?” We’re here to translate.

If you want a hot coffee, you’ll order a “Summer Moon” + iced-coffee fans will order a “Winter Moon.”

How much Moon Milk do you want to add to your coffee?:

  • A “Quarter Moon” — one part Moon Milk, two parts regular milk
  • A “Half Moon” — equal parts Moon Milk and regular milk
  • A “Three-quarter Moon” — three parts Moon Milk, one part regular milk
  • A “Full Moon” — all Moon Milk

If you’re looking for some extra flavor — a “Blue Moon” is a lavender latte, a “Mocha Moon” adds some chocolate, and a “Nitro Moon” is the Nitro Cold Brew.
The menu also features other cafe favorites like matcha, chai, Americanos, drip + more. Plus, the front counter boasts a case filled with pastries. We can’t wait to try the hand pies.

Get a taste

📍 409 Mills Ave., Ste. 200
⏰ Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. + Saturday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

️Pro tip: there’s a drive-thru for grabbing coffee on the go and we suggest ordering ahead .

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Danielle is based in Greenville, SC and came to GVLtoday from the television news world, previously serving as the Executive Producer at WIS-TV in Columbia, SC. Whether she’s on the job or not, she loves checking out her city’s food + beverage scene and learning about local history.