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Best Coffee

The world is obsessed with the coffee bean, and those in the 918 are no different. From hand-roasted beans and scene-stealing décor to comfy seating and a plethora of power outlets, these 25 destinations are in a class of their own.

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Michele Chiappetta and Rob Harmon
Published
November 29, 2017 3:18 AM

You may call it kaffee in Berlin, caffe in Rome, or kofi in Nigeria… You may like it black or with cream, strong or bright, hot or iced, drip or pour over, French press or cold brew… You may want that rush of caffeine or prefer a decaffeinated version. But there’s one thing you can count on, no matter where you go. The power of coffee to wake people up and bring people together is so universal, it might just be the one drink every culture has in common.

Given the throngs of people filling coffee shops morning, noon and night, it’s a wonder any of the offices in town are occupied at all. The phenomenon speaks to our sincere love of java.

To call this energizing drink popular is an understatement. Americans drink an estimated 146 billion cups of it each year. According to the National Coffee Association (NCA), 59 percent of coffee cups consumed daily are classified as gourmet and out-of-home consumption reached an all-time high of 46 percent in 2017.

And sure, you can brew a quick cup at home, but there are so many other options out there to explore, especially here in Green Country.

Tulsa and its surrounding towns offer an impressive variety of coffee houses, brewing styles, bean sources and more… meaning that if you haven’t explored our rich coffee scene yet, you are sorely overdue for an experience that will charge you up and get you going, day after day.

Some coffee shops are like a cozy home away from home, others ideally sparse. They can be a place to recharge with a good book and a steaming drink or to chat up a friend over that perfect pastry. The best spots have a bit of magic to them: ambiance with no pretense, friendly baristas, and of course, delicious coffee.

Whichever reason you’re on the lookout for a cafe, the options are limitless — which is why narrowing down the best coffee spots in Green Country is a daunting task. Here are 25 of the area’s best coffee houses (many of which roast their own beans), from hotspots to hidden gems.

A simple visit to Café Tavolo makes every morning or afternoon special. (Photo: Valerie Grant)
A simple visit to Café Tavolo makes every morning or afternoon special. (Photo: Valerie Grant)

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918 Coffee
2446 E. 11th St. | Tulsa
Across from the University of Tulsa campus, 918 Coffee serves a steady clientele with delights such as espresso, the pour over, French press, iced chai, cold brew and more. Stop in for award-winning farm-to-cup Coda coffee selections, organic and free trade coffees and teas. Enjoy seasonal ice creams and popsicles, pastries, sandwiches, bagels, local ales, and wine. 918 Coffee also offers gluten-free menu options. And they’re open every day 6:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. — the ultimate in coffee shop reliability.

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All About Cha
202 S. Cheyenne Ave. | Tulsa
820 N. Aspen Ave. | Broken Arrow
With a choice of almost 70 different coffee and other drink selections, All About Cha’s downtown Tulsa and Broken Arrow locations are quickly becoming a great place in Green Country to discover your new favorite beverage. The atmosphere is pretty cool, too. Comfy seats, ambient lighting and excellent baristas make drinking a cup of coffee or tea an all-out experience. Outstanding breakfast and lunch items that go way beyond any normal coffee house bring back happy returning customers day in and day out.

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Café Cubana
1340 E. 15th St. | Tulsa
The next time you visit Cherry Street, be sure to stop in for a cup of coffee at Cafe Cubana. One of Tulsa’s oldest coffee shops, the Cafe offers a wide variety of bean-based drinks — au lait, latte, breve, mocha, con leche, and iced options. They also serve nutritious smoothies, Italian sodas, teas, steamers, chai and more. In warmer weather, the patio seating is an inviting option, and in cooler weather, you’ll love the warm, comfortable inside seating, perfect for business or pleasure.

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Cafe Tavolo
427 S. Boston Ave. | Tulsa
Beautiful and historic are two words that aptly describe Tulsa’s Philtower, and the coffee shop located on its first floor is a wonderful extension of the building’s unique nature. Downtowners love stopping into this place to find something amazing and quick to take and eat, to go along with an even more delightful hot or cold drink on-the-go. Hot sausage rolls or sweet and satisfying cinnamon rolls are favorites. Whatever you choose, a simple visit to Café Tavolo makes every morning or afternoon special.

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Chimera
212 N. Main St. | Tulsa
In Tulsa’s Arts District, on Brady and Main, Chimera Café serves food and drinks of mythical proportions. Chimera boasts six different methods available for creatively brewing its java juice. From manual brewers to electric, slow-steeped to nitro-infused coffee, this place does everything with a strong commitment to the highest standards in coffee brewing. Wake up to a hot and fresh cup every single day of the week starting at 7 a.m. at this cooler than cool coffee bar.

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Cirque Coffee Roasters
1317 E. 6th St. | Tulsa
Situated in the Pearl District, Cirque is a spot of artistic, eclectic, hip coffee delights. The ceiling’s open-beamed warm wood, the pockmarked, beaten copper covered bars for sipping and working, the baristas who make a solid recommendation based on a few questions about what you like to drink — you’ll love it all. Test drive the Apple Spiced Latte — a mild, frothy coffee blend with just a hint of spice that will have you hankering for a second warm, comforting cup.

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Cosmo Café and Bar
3334 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
When you want a comfortable spot to sip coffee, get some work done, or visit with friends in a casual atmosphere, Cosmo is a great place to go. Located in Brookside, Cosmo stocks a supply of board games for you to play with pals, mixed drinks for the adults in your group, spacious outdoor and indoor seating, and reliable service. You can get your coffee straight up, flavored, spiked, even topped with whipped cream for those times you want to indulge. Special menu items include gluten-free options, seasonal cocktails, and decadent desserts like the My Goodness, My Guinness — a warm brownie soaked with hot Guinness, espresso and Irish Cream, topped with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.

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DoubleShot Coffee Company
1730 S. Boston Ave. | Tulsa
This small, craft roaster focuses on doing coffee for aficionados by aficionados— not too green or under-roasted, not over-roasted or burnt, just perfectly roasted, flavorful, fresh ground coffee that will please your palate reliably every time. In a warm, bright atmosphere perfect for work or conversation, visitors can enjoy coffees from Africa, Central America, South America and the Far East — as well as blends created right here in Tulsa. Owner Brian Franklin regularly travels to coffee-producing regions to meet with the farmers who grow the shop’s coffees as well as discover delicious new coffees. One DoubleShot coffee has even been featured in Wine Spectator, with a reviewer declaring it “rich, balanced, chocolaty, fruity, yummy” and a “knock-your-socks-off coffee.” The shop also has its own bakery which daily creates treats designed to complement its specialty coffees.

In October, DoubleShot broke ground on its new home at 17th and Boulder. Most of the new roastery and coffee shop will be housed in a reconstructed 170-year-old barn. The new shop is expected to open in spring 2018.

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Dwelling Spaces
502 E. 3rd St. #22 | Tulsa
If eclectic local gifts featuring sayings like “Don’t Hate the 918” and pictures of Bigfoot are your thing, then Dwelling Spaces should be your thing as well. This clever local gift shop features the work of Tulsa area artists that you’ll love to browse. While there, have a cup of their famous java at the JoeBot’s Coffee Bar, and sit outside overlooking the fun shops at the Boxyard where Dwelling Spaces is located. Then go shopping there. It’s a blast.

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Foolish Things Coffee Company
1001 S. Main | Tulsa
At Foolish Things, a few things are certain. You’ll enjoy the bright, natural lit, open environment. You’ll receive great, friendly service from the baristas. And you’ll enjoy some finely crafted coffees from roasters around the United States. Foolish Things prides itself on being a place where you can foster conversation because so much of the seating is shared space. Their breakfast and lunch menu offers tasty quiche, hot turkey sandwiches, salads, and much more. And their space can be rented out for private parties.

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Gypsy Coffee House
303 M.L.K. Jr Blvd. | Tulsa
Originally Gypsy Oil Company, this old building from 1906 has been a coffee house for nearly 20 years now. Wish you could be like the cool kids? Gypsy is Tulsa’s hip coffee hang-out, and they don’t even know it (the way it should be). Enjoy a cup o’ joe or their amazing chicken mozzarella sandwich for lunch. You’ll be set. But don’t leave right away either. Gypsy’s the kind of place to just hang out and meet somebody new.

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Mod’s Coffee and Crepes
507 S. Boston Ave. | Tulsa
Across from Decopolis on Boston Avenue, smack dab in the middle of Tulsa’s Deco District, Mod’s is a sweet shop to enjoy your fix of coffee, crepes, gelato and so much more. This downtown treat is Tulsa’s crepe capital, serving a dozen or more sweet and savory delicious menu options. Combine any one of them with the rich, flavorful coffee they serve, and you’ll wish you had the whole day to try the whole menu.

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Nordaggios Coffee
8156 S. Lewis Ave. | Tulsa
Walk into Nordaggios, close to the ORU campus, and you’ll notice the comfortable-looking couches and chairs. Warm and inviting fireplaces make you feel right at home, too. And there’s outside seating that’s great in warmer weather. Last, but certainly not least, if you order one of their awesome roasted-in-house coffees, you’ll understand completely why people choose every day to meet their friends there for memory-making coffee and fellowship.

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Romeo’s Espresso Café
521 N. Main St. | Broken Arrow
As you’re shopping on Broken Arrow’s eclectic, growing Main Street area, you’ll want to take a break and relax. A coffee at Romeo’s is a perfect solution. They serve specialty hot and cold coffee drinks with a wide variety of flavor options for those who don’t like their java straight up. They also serve artisan sandwiches, salads, gourmet desserts and more for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Patrons love the espresso (of course!) and the blueberry muffins.

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Scoops & Grinds
1023 W. Main St. | Collinsville
In historic Collinsville, this delightful shop offers locally roasted coffee and tasty treats. Their flavored drinks feature rich Ghirardelli caramel and chocolate, taking your coffee drink experience up a notch. Scoops & Grinds also excels at frozen drinks, and you can’t go wrong with a frappe, the iced chocolate stout, Ghirardelli caramel malt or any of their other iced options. They also make homemade ice cream each week, using only fresh cream and freezing it in an Italian gelato freezer to produce rich, creamy flavors. If you want to take it home, they sell the coffee by the pound with a custom grind.

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Topeca Coffee Roasters
115 W. 5th (Mayo Hotel) | Tulsa
100 E. 2nd (Hyatt Hotel) | Tulsa
For a quick bite and a diligently crafted, thoughtfully brewed cup of coffee, Topeca is an awesome shop to visit. As owners of coffee farms in El Salvador, much of the coffee from Topeca is cultivated every step of the way, or “seed-to-cup,” as it is called. The richness of every cup makes this brand of coffee truly stand out. Whether it’s a busy workday or a relaxing day off, either one of Topeca’s two locations are must-visits for your caffeine fix.

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1502 E. 15th St. | Tulsa

Drip
403 N. Muskogee Ave. | Tahlequah

Espresso 911
1718 S. Muskogee Ave. | Tahlequah

Fairfellow Coffee
1 N. Lewis Ave. | Tulsa

Hodges Bend
823 E. 3rd St. | Tulsa

Mecca Coffee Company
1330 E. 41st St. | Tulsa

Shades of Brown
3302 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa

Sumatra Coffee Shop
4244 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa

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