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Arkie Travels Arkansas Coffee Guide

Updated: Aug 14, 2023

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The Arkies at 22 Brew

Did you know Arkansas is a coffee aficionado's paradise, teeming with an array of local coffee shops that offer authentic and delightful java experiences? We did, and we wanted to make sure you know where the best local coffee shops can be found in the Natural State. Each spot has its own distinct ambiance, providing a perfect atmosphere to catch up with friends, indulge in some solitary reading time, or make it through that list of morning emails. Whatever your reasons, you can check out some of the state's top-notch coffee shops that are worth exploring here:

Dessert with waffle cone and ice cream
Just one of the sweet treats from 22 Brew!

22 Brew

Located in historic downtown Paris, 22 Brew has quickly become a local favorite. The shop is known for its high-quality specialty coffee, hand-dipped ice cream, refreshing teas, and delicious food. The menu features classic espresso drinks, as well as unique creations like the "Cookie Dough Delight Latte" (double espresso, milk, chocolate drizzle, cookie dough flavor, and mocha cold foam). The shop has a laid-back, casual vibe, with plenty of seating for both individuals and groups, and the most excellent view of the Eiffel Tower. Ooh La-La!

420 & Turnrow Coffee

Our next spot for local coffee is in the historic downtown of DeWitt, 420 & Turnrow Coffee is a unique little coffee shop that offers organic coffee blends, baked goods, and a welcoming atmosphere. “On a quest to be the watering hole of our sweet small town”, here you’ll find everyone is welcomed with open arms, a warm cup of coffee, and some delicious food to fill you right up. You simply MUST try an iced white rose latte – you’ll thank us when you do!

Latte with design
Look at the fun latte art at Basecamp!

Basecamp Coffee Company

One of the most talked-about coffee shops in Arkansas is Basecamp Coffee Company in Fayetteville. It's the perfect spot for those looking for adventurous coffee blends, with an array of flavors to stimulate the senses. This small coffee shop is cozy and has become a staple for coffee devotees in the area. If you're seeking fresh, high-quality, and delicious coffee, look no further than Basecamp Coffee Company. With their Trailblazer, Bear Paw Blend, and Colombia Supremo house blends ready to go, you can take their incredible coffee with you on your next adventure!

Woman holding cup of coffee in front of sign that says Big Cuppa
Doesn't this look delicious!?

Big Cuppa

Another great local coffee shop to stop by when you’re out and about is Big Cuppa , in Morrilton. It’s an ideal location for those who want to indulge in gourmet food while sipping on top-quality coffee. And, with a variety of delicious pastries, sandwiches, and drinks, you’ll find just the thing to pair with a great cup of coffee. The ambiance is quiet and relaxed, making it the perfect spot to study, read, or catch up with friends. If you love seasonal specialties, then you’ll need to try the Ibby Skibby, S’mores Latte, or the Banana Pudding Frappa – yummmmm!

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Friendly faces at Doc's!

Doc's Coffee + Creamery

Make the drive to Conway so you can stop in at Doc's Coffee + Creamery where you’ll find a unique and welcoming atmosphere, and the most amazing coffee and treats served by some of the nicest people we’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. Serving a variety of coffee drinks, ice cream, and tasty treats in a cozy and stylish setting, Doc's offers customers a comfortable spot to relax and socialize while enjoying a delicious cup of coffee or indulging in one of their mouth-watering desserts. With wonderful drink options such as The Leia (brown sugar and sea salt caramel toffee), Blossom Latte (lavender, blackberry, and white mocha), and my personal favorite- the Cherry Blossom Iced Latte (cherry, vanilla, and white mocha with cherry cold foam), you’ll find the perfect brew for you.

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The teas and lemonades are to die for!

Drifter's Coffee Co.

Drifters Coffee Co. in Cave City, prides itself on quality coffee and a friendly atmosphere. They offer a variety of specialty coffee drinks, tea, and smoothies to wet your whistle, and delicious breakfast sandwiches, bagels, and pastries to fill your tummy. Drifter's is the perfect spot to grab a quick breakfast, or tasty lunch and hang out with friends while sipping on a perfect cup of coffee. Try The Traveler with a monte cristo sandwich for lunch when you visit – unbelievably amazing combo!

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Hold on, let us take a (coffee) selfie

Hard Brew Coffee Co

Hard Brew Coffee Co. in Bald Knob, is a charming café serving up an impressive selection of beverages made with their signature house blend coffee. Drop by for a delicious cup of hot or iced coffee, like The Hard Brew (signature drink), tea, or one of their other creative specialty drinks like the Cinnamon Toast Crunch (white chocolate mocha, hazelnut,

and cinnamon dolce). With tasty treats like muffins, bagels, and their nutritious smoothies and smoothie bowls, you’ll find the perfect thing to kick start your day. Whether you're looking for a morning pick-me-up, or an afternoon treat, this coffee shop offers great brew and friendly service that will keep you coming back.

Java Dudes

Our next coffee spot is the perfect place for coffee enthusiasts seeking exceptional coffee and exceptional service. Java Dudes Coffee Co. provides a relaxed atmosphere and the ultimate coffee experience in Northwest Arkansas. Whether you prefer a classic pour-over or one of their tantalizing signature drinks such as the Cardamom (PinkHouse) Cappuccino, they’ve got it all! Their ultimate goal is to create a welcoming community where people can come together and enjoy good company over a cup of great coffee. So, add Java Dudes in Rogers to your ‘must-try’ list and let them serve you a great cup of coffee!

Kinship Coffee

If you’re looking for a rustic coffee shop that serves organic coffee and baked goods, Kinship Coffee in Calico Rock is just the place for you! This craft coffee shop is more than just a place to grab a drink, it's a community hub that fosters connections between people. With their carefully curated selection of premium coffee blends and artisanal offerings from Double T Baked Goods, you’re invited to sit down, unwind, and connect with friends, colleagues, and community members. The warm and welcoming atmosphere invites conversation, creativity, and collaboration, making it the perfect destination for anyone seeking a break from daily life. Kinship is more than just a coffee shop, it's a place to connect!

Man handing over coffee
Cold brew for a hot day!

Leiva's Coffee

Although they don't have a physical coffee shop, their products can be purchased by the bag at various locations, including the Capital Hotel, Community Bakery, Little Rock Athletic Club, Rock Town Distillery, Mugs Café, and Mylo Coffee Co., in the Little Rock area. Leiva's is a family-owned business that has been farming coffee in Guatemala for over a century. They offer a wide range of products, including 21 oz. bags, 5lb. bags, cold brew concentrate, and single-serve pods. They even have subscription plans so you can enjoy their tasty coffee on a regular basis! But what sets Leiva's Coffee apart is their commitment to giving back. They donate a portion of their proceeds to a school they helped found in rural Guatemala. Their mission is to break multi-generational cycles of poverty by giving the community a better education, quality of life, and future. So not only are you enjoying a delicious cup of coffee, but you're also supporting a great cause. Visit one of the locations mentioned above and give Leiva's Coffee a try. You won't regret it!

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All the heart eyes for this latte design

Midnight Oil Coffeehouse

Looking for exceptional coffee in Searcy? Look no further than Midnight Oil Coffeehouse your go-to destination for a delicious selection of gourmet coffee and tea drinks that are sure to please even the most discerning palate. Whether you're in the mood for a rich and creamy latte or a refreshing iced tea, their talented baristas will craft the perfect cup for you! And if you're looking for more than just great coffee, they've got you covered there too. You can enjoy live music or even participate in a trivia night out on the patio while sipping your favorite brew. Whether you're a student studying for an exam, catching up with friends, or just need a caffeine fix, there's something for everyone at Midnight Oil Coffeehouse. Stop by and experience the best coffee in Searcy today!

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Look at this cute logo!

Midtown Coffee

Midtown Coffee in Russellville offers an unforgettable coffee experience, serving up top-notch java beverages and embodying the mantra of "People first, then coffee." From classic espresso drinks to specialty teas and delectable pastries, this establishment has something for everyone. We highly recommend trying the Iced Oatmeal Cookie cold brew with cold foam, which is simply amazing. The welcoming and cozy atmosphere makes it a great spot for studying or chatting with friends, and the customer service is unparalleled. Whether you're a local or just passing through, Midtown Coffee will make you feel like you're right at home.

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How fun is this coffee can?!

Retro Roasts

If you're ever in Russellville, make sure to treat yourself to one of the best coffee spots around -Retro Roasts! Their coffee is unparalleled and delivers a small town feel with a big city flavor that you simply can't resist. We highly recommend trying out their signature 'Prairie' drink, aptly named after the Choctaw Prairie or "cactus flats". This drink boasts a blend of caramel and hazelnut that's sure to tantalize your taste buds and whether you prefer it hot, iced, or blended, you won't be disappointed! Retro Roasts also offers two fantastic coffee clubs - the Continental Coffee Club and the Local Coffee Club. With these, you can get fresh beans delivered to your doorstep wherever you are! So why not enjoy the same quality coffee at home as you would in-store? Aside from their excellent coffee, Retro Roasts also has a laid-back atmosphere that makes it the perfect spot for unwinding or catching up with friends. So, make sure to pop in, sit back, relax, and enjoy a cup of their delicious coffee! We guarantee you won't regret it!

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Friendly service with a smile!

Stream Coffee Co

If you find yourself near the city of Heber Springs, you simply must stop by Stream Coffee Co. What sets Stream Coffee Co apart is their commitment to using only the finest ingredients and locally sourced products, ensuring that each drink is crafted with the utmost care and attention to detail. Personally, I cannot recommend the 'Bridal Veil Falls' enough, a delicious concoction of cold foam infused with the divine flavors of maple and white chocolate. With every sip, you'll feel like you're standing in the midst of the breathtaking Arkansas waterfall of the same name. And if coffee isn't your thing, you're in luck! They also offer a variety of Red Bull mixers that will give you the energy boost you need, all while tasting amazing. Go for cherry and lime, watermelon and lime, or strawberry and mango. Whatever it is you're craving, whether it's a caffeine fix or an afternoon refresher, Stream Coffee Co has got you covered. Don't miss out!

The Coffee Vault

As you step into The Coffee Vault in Cove, Arkansas, you’re immediately thrust back in time. The building started its journey as a bank, and years later, it keeps people's spirits high with their incredible coffee. But wait- there's more to this place than just fantastic coffee. You can even enjoy your drink in the original vault that once held piles of riches. The ambiance itself is worth the visit, and the coffee takes it up a notch further. The fresh market within The Coffee Vault is awesome! You can grab freshly made options for lunch and dinner, including yogurt parfaits, pistachio pudding cups, and hoagie sandwiches or sliders. The market ensures that there is always something new for you to try and experience. While it may be tough to pick one favorite from their menu, we highly recommend the Monte Cristo. It’s the perfect blend of flavors, and the symphony of taste lingers in your mouth long after the last bite. If you are a coffee enthusiast in search of a unique experience, The Coffee Vault deserves a spot on your bucket list. From excellent coffee to a captivating ambiance, this place is a winner and will leave a lasting impression on you.

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So, whether you're a coffee connoisseur or just looking for a fun place to spend time with friends, these local coffee shops are a must-visit for any coffee lover in the Natural State. Don’t take our word for it, stop in to the nearest one and find out for yourself what all the fuss is about. You won’t regret it! Be sure to tag Arkie Travels when you visit and as always, happy adventuring!


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Head of Operations, Lindsay Jordan

Lindsay Jordan is the Head of Operations and Sarah's trusted right-hand at Arkie Travels. With an unwavering passion for all things Arkansas, her dedication to promoting the state shines through in her role. For the past six years, she served as the Executive Director for the Gann Museum of Saline County, where her deep appreciation for history and love for her home state was evident in the exceptional exhibits, compelling newsletters, and captivating tours she curated.

Away from the office, Lindsay finds immense joy in experiencing the wonders of the Natural State with her family. From camping under the stars to hiking along breathtaking trails, and even exploring picturesque waterways on kayaks, she embraces these outdoor adventures wholeheartedly and is happy to share all the beauty of Arkansas with everyone around her.

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