Our Northwest Arkansas coffee fanatics are a diverse group of people. You have those that only do a drive-through, those that make the shop their home office, others that meet for business, the ones that drop in to pick up the latest talk around town… some are there to get away from the crowd and others want out of the house to be with people. Whatever your reason to find your perfect cup of coffee, Fayetteville has the best locally-owned shops in all the land. Here’s the ones you will want to visit so that you can choose the one that puts you in your happy place.
1. Jammin’ Java has four locations. One is on the historic downtown Fayetteville square. There is a new one located in one of Fayetteville’s newest upscale housing districts for University of Arkansas students, Sterling Frisco Apartments. One shop is in the Northwest Arkansas Mall. It’s newest location is south of town on School Street. Each is unique to its area of town.
2. On North College Avenue/71B there is a wonderful coffee house, Mama Carmen’s Espresso Cafe, named after a lady in Guatamala. You will want to read her story. Their skillful roasters use only the finest quality and ethically-grown green coffee beans. Mama Carmen’s has developed special relationships with growers who are committed to sustainability. The shop also houses a small boutique, The Global Shoppe, featuring hand-made, fair trade, wholesale products from around the world.
3.West of the University of Arkansas is a fast growing community on Wedington Road. Right off the street, at the corner of Rupple Road, is The Perk II on Wedington. It was one of the first coffee houses in Fayetteville to have live music. You’ll always find friendly service and a warm atmosphere.
4. Arsaga’s love of Fayetteville is apparent by the way they serve this community with four very unique locations. Arsaga’s at The Depot is a warm and friendly meeting place right off Dickson Street and beside the Frisco Trail. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner with a menu full of a fresh array of crepes. My favorite menu items are The Bunnicula and the Honey Blue Fries. The University of Arkansas Law School Library location gets many law students and others who are burning the midnight oil. Arsaga’s at the Washington Regional Medical Center is a treasure to staff and visitors. Arsaga’s at the Fayetteville Public Library is a delightful combination! Who doesn’t love a good book and a great cup of coffee together?
5. We have a saying here and it’s on bumper stickers and storefront windows, “Keep Fayetteville Funky.” Baba Boudan’s Espresso Shop leads the way in doing just that! It’s located on College Avenue in the Wilson Park district. For those that must have the quick fix, Baba Boudan’s has a drive-thru.
6. On the corner of Gregg and Township is a busy little place called Onyx Coffee Lab. Onyx keeps with the community’s desire to support ethical trading standards and quality bean sourcing. My favorite drink on the menu is the Onyx Delight. It’s delicious!
7. Common Grounds dwells in the famous Dickson Street district near the University of Arkansas campus serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner to hungry college students and staff, shopkeepers, and the wonderful community that makes up this part of Fayetteville’s Historic District. Their warm atmosphere greets you right from the sidewalk with scents of fresh baked muffins and exotic blends of coffee. Step on in for a great experience.
We have cat lovers and dog lovers, coffee drinkers and tea drinkers. Fayetteville satisfies both well. Tea drinkers can find an especially wonderful place at The Savoy Tea Company. They offer a plethora of extrodinary flavors in rare and unique teas from around the world. And they are dedicated to brewing that cup to perfection. I especially loved their iced tea combinations and I always have to have a Maple Bacon Cupcake.
If you live in NWA, I hope you learned about some new coffee shops… or a tea shop! If you know of any other great coffee shops comment on this post and let everyone know. If you’re visiting, hopefully we’ve helped you plan some of your down time. If you’re relocating to NWArk, I hope this post gave you a glimpse of our area. It’s a great place to live! If you try these coffee shops, I’d love to see you Around Town! Post your pictures to Facebook or Instagram and tag me.