I’m not about to start knocking the ‘bux or other mass-chain coffee shops, because 1) that’s boring and predictable, and 2) it’s like dissing that box of orange-powder pasta we have for those “oh crap, there’s a family to feed in 20 and we don’t have the necessary groceries/time/energy to pull it off” nights. It’s always nice to spot that
blue box topless green mermaid when we’re in need.
But when you’ve got an extra minute at a stoplight, bookmark this page, so you can hit up your nearest Memphis local coffeehouse. Quite a few roast locally, many are active in your community, and all promise a lovingly crafted cup of happy go-go juice.
Avenue Coffee– 786 Echles St, Memphis, TN 38111
With a patio that hosts live music nights and board game days, classic espresso pulls, and quirky drinks like coffee mocktails and the seasonal “Cardamummy” latte, they truly live up to their motto of “Quality, Creativity, and Conversation”.
Belltower Artisans– 549 S. Highland Street, Memphis, TN 38111
Amazing coffee shop PLUS pottery classes makes Belltower Artisans truly one-of-a-kind. Whether you want a hand-crafted latte or to learn how to make your own coffee mugs on one of their pottery wheels, this is the place to go. Make sure you check out their upcoming class schedule!
Bluff City Coffee– two locations:
505 S. Main, Memphis TN, 38103
945 South Cooper St., Memphis TN, 38104
Bluff City Coffee provides high quality Italian style espresso beverages, along with a variety of teas and smoothies. A drink for every palette. Their beverages are augmented by a variety of fresh pastries and sweet offerings, PLUS a variety of breakfast sandwiches. During lunch and dinner, enjoy a variety of freshly prepared sandwiches. Each ingredient in their products has been carefully selected to offer the finest for their customers. They strive for excellence in customer service.
Café Eclectic– three locations:
111 Harbor Town Square, Memphis, TN 38103
603 N McLean Blvd, Memphis, TN 38107
510 S Highland St, Memphis, TN 38111
Café Eclectic opened its doors in 2008 as a small neighborhood coffee shop and breakfast cafe. A constantly evolving dream of her owner, Cathy Boulden, Eclectic has expanded and grown with her community. In 2009 Eclectic added their own bread bakery, expanding on the desire for “from scratch everything.” In 2010 it expanded into the family-friendly walking community of Harbortown on Mud Island with Little Cafe Eclectic, creating an artisan coffee and local-eats meeting hub. Most recently, in 2013, they added a new location to the University of Memphis area with soda fountain treats, coffees, and study eats taking center stage.
Café Keough– 12 S Main St., Memphis, TN 38103
In the afternoon around three, as the low sun floats in, Café Keough takes on a soft glow. At this time of day, jazz wafts from the speakers, jiving with the light tap dance of the law school laptops. Soon enough a banker ambles around the corner for a chat. The newspaper publisher comes in to hash out river city politics. And then the lawyers – can’t seem to get away from them. Even married one. The Brazilian interpreter says this place is Buenos Aries. The Parisians say it’s Paris. The Germans say it’s Vienna, and I just smile and say welcome to Memphis.
City & State– 2625 Broad Ave, Memphis, TN 38112
Coffee, and a highly curated shop, all in one! Be sure to stop by for a cup of coffee, some conversation, and a look around the “artisan-centric” store.
French Truck– 1350 Concourse Ave. #157, Memphis, TN 38104
A New Orleans favorite, right in Midtown! They buy the best beans they can find, roast them in small batches, and get them to you promptly. Your coffee’s roast date is right on the bag so you know exactly how fresh your coffee is.
Java Cabana– 2170 Young Ave, Memphis, TN 38104
Cooper-Young’s Coffeehouse, open since 1992, describes itself as a “quirky, whimsy, inspiring, joyful spot in the sun at the corner of Young & Blythe.” Serving organic fair-trade coffee, cappuccinos, lattes, espresso, and more.
Launch Process Coffee– 584 Tillman Street, Memphis, TN 38112
Specializing in lightly roasted coffee, and with offerings like Harry Potter themed drinks, bubble tea, and “black metal yoga” evenings, this unique new spot in town is a definite must-try! It’s located just behind the Rec Room!
Low Fi Coffee– 387 South Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103
Located downtown, but with pop-ups happening in other places, Low Fi Coffee is brand new to the city. Opened by a barista husband and wife duo who moved to Memphis from the West Coast on a whim, Low Fi focuses on having the best beans available. Come in and fall in love with coffee all over again!
Muddy’s Coffee & Bake Shop– two locations:
5101 Sanderlin #114, East Memphis, TN 38117
585 Cooper St, Memphis, TN 38104
A local spot with a conscious! They use cage-free/free range eggs and organic milk, and recycle, compost, and refuse to use styrofoam. They don’tcharge for coffee refills and never accept tips; instead, all the change in their “refill our community with positive change” jar goes to a different local non-profit each month and employees can volunteer in the community up to 6 hours a month– on the clock, paid. Like they say, they “serve the greater good… like a super-hero.” Plus, you know, their cupcakes are amazing. (Also, check out their pimento cheese; best in the city!)
Otherlands Coffee Bar– 641 South Cooper St., Memphis, TN 38104
Otherlands is not only a coffeeshop, it’s a cultural oasis in a plastic wasteland. With free wifi, live music every weekend, a “secret” unique exotic gift shop in the center of the cafe, and a rotating art gallery, sounds like you’ll never want to leave.
Tamp & Tap –122 Gayoso Ave, Memphis, TN 38103
Try the nitro cold-brew! A passionate third wave coffee shop, Tamp and Tap is the first restaurant in Memphis to offer gourmet coffee, gourmet food, and some of the best local craft beers on tap you’ll find anywhere. “Grind or Unwind” is their motto. Chances are, no matter what time you walk through our doors you’ll find something to suit your palate. Wake up with one of their signature coffee drinks, or swing by after work for a pint and a sandwich.
The Hub – 6000 Briarcrest Ave Memphis, TN 38120
Their goal is simple: to serve delicious coffee, humbly. To those who inspire, stir, and drive their craft they wish to present an unforgettable experience by presenting unique and accessible coffees in an inviting atmosphere. This is their labor of love to you, Memphis.
ALERT: THEY GOT A DRIVE THRU! Your favorite locally roasted, fair trade/organic blend coffees are available brewed hot and fresh for you, as well as espresso-based hot & cold drinks. You can also purchase bags of beans at exclusive prices. Open for breakfast and lunch, or a pastry (including the exclusive Buttermoon Pound Cake made for them by La Baguette French Bakery here in Memphis).
Vice and Virtue– various farmers markets
Owned by a local Memphis couple that is PASSIONATE about good coffee, Vice and Virtue has the best coffee around. You can get bags of coffee from their website, or check their Facebook page to find out where they are going to be making lattes and other goodies day-to-day!
Voodoo Cafe & Food Truck – check Instagram for daily location
Voodoo Cafe dishes up scrumptious beignets & international coffees with a Voodoo twist. Voodoo doll shaped dough is fried and then topped with powdered sugar. They specialize in international brewed coffees, including Iced Vietnamese coffee, Cafe Cubano, and Turkish. Voodoo also carries various canned iced coffees from all over the world.
Coffee Central– 5627 Getwell Road, Southaven, MS 38672
Coffee Central has been delivering exceptional coffee to the people of DeSoto County since the beginning of 2017. They take great pride in sourcing only the best coffee beans and providing you with a unique style of coffee. If hot coffee isn’t your thing, they also offer our their cold brew coffee, and they also offer tea for you tea lovers out there.
Crave– 11615 US 70 Ste 108A Arlington, TN 38002
ALERT: Curbside and call-ahead service! They offer nothing but high quality, and freshly made products, with 100% fresh ingredients. Nothing is pre-packaged. Even the bread is made from a local baker. When you eat with them, you are treated as a guest in their home, and you are eating what was made with love.
Square Beans Coffee– 103 North Center Street, Collierville, TN 38017
Square Beans Coffee is Collierville’s only independent coffee house, serving coffee, breakfast goodies, and homemade pastries and gelato. Located on the west side of the historic town square.
Cappuccino Coffee Shop– 9155 Poplar Ave. #13, Germantown, TN 38138
Bringing authentic Italian-style espresso to Germantown! Enjoy your drink with a large selection fresh baked and Italian-imported pastries and desserts in a cozy, welcoming atmosphere. Call-ahead ordering available if you’re in a rush.
Aromica– 7067 Hwy 178 Olive Branch, MS 38654
Aromica Coffee is a cozy coffee shop in Olive Branch offering customers an array of signature teas and coffees. Come in and savor our desserts, or get together with friends in a hip atmosphere.
Pinks– 9123 Pigeon Roost Rd., Olive Branch, MS 38654
ALERT: They’ve got a small kid’s play area! Double score for 10 minutes of distraction. A classic coffeehouse with classic drinks and not so classic sweet treats!