When customers come to The Blend, they can expect two things: delicious coffee and a friendly face.

General Manager Tiffani Allred is the driver of this consistency.

The Burlington native left her accounting job to join The Blend & Co. in 2017. In her two years ofguiding the staff and serving the community, Tiffani has expanded her knowledge of coffee and cultivated a joyful, inclusive environment for staff and the public.

"It's more about the atmosphere and the people there," she said. "It's had a bigger impact than just coffee."

Tiffani takes pride in connecting people over a cup of coffee and a conversation.

"Some of my favorite customer interactions are when you see regulars come in, and they sit at the bar with people that they wouldn't have known or ever met if it weren't for The Blend," she said.

This summer, Tiffani will shed her many hats and move on to the next phase of her life in Asheville. Her departure, though bittersweet, is a testament to her vast range of skills, ability to form connections with people and generate community wherever she goes. The Blend & Co. staff is thrilled to celebrate Tiffani's next chapter, but we will miss her kindness, incredible problem-solving capacity and tremendous presence behind the bar.

"The Blend has taught me that work doesn't have to be just your job," she said. "It can be your family. It can teach you how to love better and how to be more vulnerable with people, which in turn helps me to care for people better."

Good luck, Tiffani. We will miss you.


Meet Morgan

Morgan Henderson

Espresso drink of choice: Hazelnut latte

Home Brewing Method: Pour over or drip brew


If you prefer your latte with a double shot of southern sass, Morgan Henderson has you covered. This effervescent barista hesitantly dipped her toe in the espresso arena after first turning up her nose at it.

“I loathed coffee,” Morgan said. “My mom always had it in the morning. I would try it, but I hated it so much.”

Years later, after Morgan began working at the Barnes and Noble cafe, she changed her mind.

“That’s when I started drinking coffee, and I just fell in love with,” she said.

Morgan joined The Blend & Co. crew in Nov. 2017 after years of regular visits to the cafe with her now-husband, Cole. The two would sip lattes while reading or catching up after school. They were serious regulars.

Now, Morgan feels just as at home behind the bar.

“My favorite thing about The Blend is the environment, not just between us and the customers, but among the staff,” she said. “It’s really like a sisterhood.”


Written by Katy Canada.