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COFFEE SHOPS: A Progressive Story
Coffee Shops are cool and useful places for many activities.
Whether you go there for people watching, meeting friends or clients, to read a book, plug in your laptop for studying or for work, or just hang out for a cup of joe, you can’t dispute the purpose of the coffee shop as a neighborhood gathering spot.
Each one has it’s one vibe.
Oxford has several great coffee shops and new ones have recently sprung up around town. I set out with friends to see what they all offered.
A coffee shop is not a restaurant that serves great coffee. There are several of them as well. But a coffee shop that I’m looking for sells a variety of coffee, employs a Barista and also sells some treats or a grab-and-go sandwich. However, coffee and lunch? Let’s talk about that later.
Coffee with Camille
CRAVE. 800 College Hill
We met at Crave, just north of town on College Hill Road at the 3-way. Mid-afternoon was perfect because it wasn’t crowded and that’s what I wanted. The inside was comfortable and clean. Lots of windows facing east and south to let the sun in. High ceilings and metal chairs make it light, airy and cavernous, great for producing white noise if that’s something you like. There are plenty of tables to set up your laptop or sit alone and read or meet with friends. Crave has outdoor seating, too, but it was “Oxford-hot” outside so we sat indoors. My iced-latte was perfect. Not too creamy, not to bold and a perfect amount of ice. Camille had the Caramel Macchiato and said it was great. Crave is known for their desserts but has an extensive coffee menu so it is a coffee shop. They also sell their own beans. Their signature is the Blueberry Cobbler flavored coffee. I’m not a fan of flavored coffee but it was yummy. I will definitely drop in again.
TRACK 61 Coffee Lounge. 703 N. Lamar (coffee lounge has since closed; restaurant is still open)
At Track 61, Camille and I arrived after the rush and sat outside since a cold front passed through the night before. Track 61 has a coffee lounge open til 11 am. Two large windows allow for plenty of light in the center while keeping the corners of the room cozy and mysterious for quiet conversation. That’s nice though because in the morning, a cup of Joe in a cozy environment, can be a great thing. There are tables and chairs in either end of the lounge, a long bar (open again at night for evening libations) and covered outdoor seating. I had a cappuccino, and since they only serve 2% milk and almond milk, I chose the 2%. I’m a skim drinker so this coffee was a little creamier than I usually drink, but oh, so good. I was not disappointed. (Nut allergies kept me from the almond milk). Camille had a latte which she said was tasty. The service was excellent and friendly and I loved sitting outside, as it was a perfect place that day for coffee. It’s definitely not a stay-all-day coffee shop because of the hours but I recommend it as a place to meet friends in the morning or get your business day started. Head to Track 61 for a table-side coffee or to-go cup. I’ll be going back.
HIGH POINT OLD TAYLOR. Old Taylor Road (Across from The Mark condos)
High Point opened on Old Taylor Road between the Mark condos and Faulkner Flats apartments. Camille and I went on opening day and was not disappointed. They have an extensive coffee menu with their own roasted beans. I’m a huge fan of their dark roast and ordered Sumatra. Camille got her caramel macchiato.
There is ample seating indoors and out, in addition to private meeting rooms where you can go with your coffee and muffin for secluded studying, a private business meeting or distraction-free production space for your YouTube channel. A great location for the residents of the Mark condos, Faulkner Flats and other south-of-town college students. Check it out!
CABIN 82. 400 N. Lamar at the Graduate Hotel.
Cabin 82 has a coffee bar and a great list of caffeine-laced drinks. Camille had the drip coffee and I had a hot cappuccino with skim milk. The indoor seating area was busy with coffee drinkers and business meetings going on. It was a cool, breezy morning so we sat outside on their N. Lamar-side patio in the shade. The atmosphere was vibrant being so close to a busy road but traffic was not overpowering and we sat and talked for a long time. You can also grab your coffee and sit in the hotel lobby. There are comfy sofas and a long table with a strip of plugs running the length of the table so you can keep your laptop and phone charged for a day of busy work. It’s relatively quiet so I don’t see why you couldn’t set up for a while with coffee in hand if you want to escape the office for a change of scenery. Cabin 82 is a recommended coffee spot.
Coffee with Gary
UPTOWN COFFEE. 265 N. Lamar
My husband, Gary, is a fan of Uptown and their cappuccino. I’m a strong-coffee drinker and Uptown is a little light for me so I stick to the cappuccino. And it is good. Friends who love Uptown comment on its coffee’s light notes and say it’s the best. Located on the north end of The Square, Uptown is a great place to meet friends, read a book, do some work, study, whatever you fancy. Tables, comfy chairs and outside seating offer a lot of options. Uptown has bakery items and sells both ground and whole beans. The walls are decorated with rotating artist’s work. Currently, my friend Nicole Gladden is featured. Check it out.
Coffee with Polina
CUPS, AN ESPRESSO CAFE. 1501 W Jackson
There is no other place in town that Polina will drink coffee, as far as I know. Cups is a traditional coffee cafe and a casual place for students and business people alike. Located near Ole Miss campus, the interior is comfortable with an eclectic blend of tables and booth-style work stations in the back. The newly enlarged, wood counter space has electric plugs for each seat so you can enjoy your coffee and open your laptop there as well. South-facing, prepare for warm sunlight during the winter months. I like sitting up front in the sunshine. Polina likes the cappuccino while I like the French Roast, but decided to try the cafe americano. It was good while piping hot but ended up tasting slightly sweet as it cooled down. You know I’m not a fan of light tasting coffee but this was pretty good.
More Coffee with Camille
Starbucks, 1804 Jackson Ave. West
So, Camille had a mobile coupon for coffee from Starbucks and called me to join her. It was a buy one, get one deal so while she waited for me, she ordered a Maple Pecan Latte for me and a Carmel Frappuccino for herself. Starbucks has indoor and outdoor seating and while it was chilly out, it seemed chillier inside so we hung out on the patio drinking our fall coffees. Lots of students use the table space inside. Business people do, too. I’ve met colleagues and clients there many times, spreading out the laptop or just sitting with a coffee to talk. Parking can be a hassle depending on the time of day especially since they share a parking lot with a few other businesses. It seems most people go through the drive thru because it’s always long but worth the trip. And, as for the Maple Pecan Latte…it was yummy.
Eileen Saunders, SRES REALTOR with Tommy Morgan, Inc., BOF 2092 Old Taylor Road, Oxford, MS 38655 662-404-0816/662-234-5344 firstname.lastname@example.org Equal housing