Calling all caffeine addicts, coffee connoisseurs, au lait aficionados, and frappe fanatics! Although every day is equally deserving of the title, September 29 is the OFFICIAL National Coffee Day (as if you needed an excuse to celebrate your liquid lifeblood). In honor of this momentous occasion, we’ve scoured the local grounds to find our fave local brewers + roasters that all come with an extra shot of e-special.
If you’ve ever wondered what happiness and love taste like, we have the answer. For java that fuels a life-changing mission, check out Joyhouse Coffee Co. Their coffee is responsibly grown, harvested, dried, roasted, and packaged in the fertile soils of Haiti. To sum up the highlights: Joyhouse Coffee provides sustainable jobs, returns 50% of their profits directly to Haiti, and tastes like pure joy.
Swap your grab-and-go joe for a sit-and-stay café. Grab your current read or your bestie and pull up a stool! You’ll want to spend a latte time at the cozy Me Latte Chocolate, the hidden gem of Rogers. They serve Onyx coffee with a Mexican twist: word on the street says their Aztec mocha is a must-have. BONUS: they also offer homemade Mexican ice cream (!!!!) in all sorts of unique flavors.
Hot brew – the frou frou + a little “pew pew” = Guns and Grounds. Bet you’ve never been to a gun store that doubles as a coffee shop before. Besides being a prime spot to come and grab your morning jolt, Guns and Grounds carries an inventory of firearms, accessories, and other themed gifts. Plus, they’re all about supporting the local community and veterans. Brew-ya!
The place where coffee meets bagels….and no, we’re not talking about some dating app. Although, chances are you will fall in love with Ozark Mountain Bagel Co. Some can run on liquid energy alone but for those who require a little more sustenance, find your bagel soulmate from this shop’s long list of authentic New York-style bagels.
Support your caffeine addiction AND a good cause. All the coffee used at Mama Carmen’s Espresso Cafe comes either from the farm of a Guatemalan orphanage director named Mama Carmen or from other ethically sourced farms worldwide. While you wait for the baristas to whip up a brew-tiful latte, you can browse a selection of fair trade items available for purchase.
Okay, okay, beanough with the bad coffee puns, but we hope this list gives you a head start on how to fuel your java fixation on National Coffee Day. We’re not saying you HAVE to visit them ALL in a day, but to you coffee fanatics, we throw down the gauntlet…or the coffee mug. Support your local coffee dealers, keep your dollars in your community, and get rewarded for doing so: download the free Towny app! It’s THE way to explore NWA + choose local when you can. PLUS perks!