I stopped by Bluff City Coffee on South Main last week, ordered my latte, and almost, almost left without discovering the next dessert craze. Luckily my eyes wandered to the gleaming bakery case as I placed my coffee order, and there it was: the Duffin.
In the middle of the top row of the case sat a big, sugar-coated chunk of sweetened carbohydrates with my name on it. Well, it was not really my name. The little sign just said "The Duffin". I asked (not to anyone in particular, by the way, it was more like thinking out loud) "What the heck is a duffin?" and the gal behind the counter said, "Take everything you know about donuts and muffins and combine them."
That just piqued my interest and my appetite even more, so I ordered one and took it back to the office where we each tried a wedge (yes it was big enough for us to have slices, like a mini-cake). Turns out it was actually coated in both sugar and cinnamon, so it had a snickerdoodle-like flavor; snickerdoodles are my favorite so this was a plus for me.
The texture was that of a cake donut, but lighter. It was moist but not too rich, and the coating gave it enough sweetness without being too sugary. The glazed version of this might be a bit much, but the sugar-cinnamon coated one is like the goldilocks-level of cake donuts. I recommend it. I also heard that Bluff City Coffee has a "Mounds breakfast cake", but I haven't personally confirmed this report.
If you haven't been to Bluff City Coffee, it's been around since 2006. I'm pretty sure they've had the Duffin for a while, but this was the first time I'd seen it. They have plenty of other pastries, as well as breakfast and lunch sandwiches. Their coffee is unique because it is all espresso-based, meaning that if you order a regular coffee you're actually getting an Americano (espresso and hot water) so every cup is made to order, and nice and strong.
Bluff City Coffee is open Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. They are ADA accessible, have a few vegetarian-friendly sandwiches, and have free wifi for customers. There's usually plenty of metered street parking available.
505 South Main Street