A Guide to Fayetteville Coffee Shops
What began as a humble roasting operation based out of the founder’s garage has since blossomed into one of the most aesthetically gifted coffee shops in Fayetteville, given its bright boho ambiance, warm earthy tones set against minimalistic white walls, crafty wooden furnishings, back porch that is right on Mud Creek Trail, and last but certainly not least, delectable java that’s been diligently small-batch roasted in-house. The attention to detail that has gone into designing Old Pine with a delightful balance of charm and utility makes it an easy go-to for daytime meetings with colleagues, long overdue coffee dates, or solo study sessions.
If you truly love and appreciate the art of java, search no further than Onyx, which has been a center for coffee culture in Northwest Arkansas since 2012 and is passionate about intentionally roasting the world’s finest coffee beans on-site. Harboring the talent that has set forth a tsunami of international acclaim, the professionals behind the counter here have collectively garnered two U.S. Brewers Cup Championships, one U.S. Roaster Championship, and multiple medals in the U.S. Barista Championship, including first place in 2020!
The Fayetteville location sits on the bustling corner of Gregg and Township and collects a diverse cache of regulars who lounge at the high-top mosaic table or on the front porch. Moreover, it features a sleek, simple bar, plenty of seating arrangements, and in the back of the room, a mural of a lady screaming “decaf” in horror.
This artsy enclave mere steps from the University of Arkansas campus treats students, locals, and visitors alike to a rustic atmosphere accentuated by lengthy workbenches, cozy booths, accommodations for remote work, and a room drenched in stunning graffiti art. Doomsday’s java – roasted in-house – is sure to jumpstart your morning, and should you meander on in after class, feel free to take a load off with a crisp craft beer or glass of wine.
Venturing through Basecamp’s front door reveals an open, airy environment dappled with ample tabletops, cozy booths, earnestly stocked bookshelves, well-presented merch and retail items, light bulbs strung overhead, and hints of greenery. The venue is a haven for college students and the surrounding community, where both can reboot and refuel as they prepare for that next adventure life has in store. Consider pairing your coffee or beer with any one of the tasty dishes from the ever-changing food menu.
Near and dear to the heart of downtown, Puritan offers guests a warm homely atmosphere underscored by crafty wooden furnishings, minimalistic white walls, hints of greenery, an upstairs loft area, and amenities for a productive day. Feel free to settle into a corner and study, flip through the pages of your favorite novel, or just kick back and have a beer with some friends.
A beloved hallmark among Fayetteville coffee shops, Arsaga’s serves ethically sourced, attentively roasted, and skillfully prepared java in a beautiful setting where you could plumb the depths alone, meet for a friend date, see your soulmate for the first time across the room, or bring your family to feel fancy. Moreover, They have a curated liquor bar with a menu that is approachable but not pedestrian, bordering on elegant, but more towards comfortable.
Situated near the intersection of Mission Boulevard and Crossover Road, Red Kite specializes in coffee, tea, and sweet and savory eats. Their space has a java bar at center stage, lengthy workbenches flanked by chairs speckled throughout, a huge bulletin board filled with posters from local organizers in one corner, and comfy red couches in another.
Located up near Lake Fayetteville, Confident Coffee Roasters provides patrons a wide variety of single-origin coffees and seasonal blends from the best farms on Earth. In addition to specialty drinks, cold brew, and nitro, they also have loose-leaf tea, matcha, spiced chai, and hands down the best hot chocolate around. That’s not to mention, their scrumptious pastries are all made in-house, and the tantalizing selection includes but is not limited to kolaches, jalapeno sausage pretzel rolls, scones, muffins, cinnamon rolls, cookies, sweet breads, and brownies.
Bringing coffee, cocktails, and live music to Northwest Arkansas seven nights a week, this relaxed hangout has comfy seating arrangements, a stool-flanked bar, and art-speckled walls. There’s an occasion for everybody, whether that’s in the form of happy hour, a comedy gig, sip n paint, or swing dance night. Six Twelve also recycles and repurposes 90% of all materials and composts and diverts 100% of food waste from landfills.
A spark of Texas pioneer spirit led to the wood-fired coffee at Summer Moon. Having burst onto the scene from their hometown of Austin, this brand, perhaps cherished most for its unique approach to small, hand-roasted batches of the finest beans over seasoned oak, has spread like wildfire throughout the region. Rather than basic cream, ask for Moon Milk – a sweet, creamy milk made with seven secret ingredients – with your latte.
Baba Boudan’s Espresso
What this adorable little drive-through conveniently situated along College Avenue may lack in size, it certainly makes up for in exceptional coffee, wholesome hospitality, and signature espresso drinks enriched with flavors ranging from french vanilla to raspberry. As far as food is concerned, Baba Boudan’s has lite bites such as baked goods and breakfast burritos.
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