Long gone are the days when coffee was just coffee and the only decision it involved was
cream or sugar. But the drink isn’t the only thing that has changed. In the past, buying a cup of Joe from a gas station was the norm, but today, coffee shops are a much more common choice. And even though most of rural Mississippi isn’t filled with Starbucks and other national chains, the state has a ton of amazing locally-owned coffee shops; here are 13 of them.
1. Fusion Coffeehouse, Ridgeland
Established in 2003, Fusion Coffeehouse opened with the intention of setting themselves apart from the numerous “corporate coffee” chains that have become so popular – and that they did. The coffee house serves only the freshest, locally roasted coffee, offers a great atmosphere complete with live musical entertainment, and, according to customer reviews, has some of the best cupcakes around.
2. Steampunk Coffee Roasters, Natchez
Located in a restored brick cabin from the 1800s, Steampunk Coffee Roasters definitely doesn’t look like your usual coffee shop, but with a traditional espresso bar, specialty coffees, a micro-coffee roaster, and a cozy atmosphere, this coffee house will definitely not disappoint.
3. Sneaky Beans, Jackson
This is definitely not your grandmother’s coffee shop. Described as a “hipster” hangout, Sneaky Beans’ customers can choose from a selection of delicious local coffee, great food, and cold beer, which is occasionally accompanied by live entertainment.
4. Brick’s Coffee House, French Camp
On your way to travel the scenic Natchez Trace? Then a stop by this nearby coffee house is a must. Aside from the amazing coffee, Bricks is known for its selection of locally-baked goods and traditional breakfast biscuits. And if you absolutely can’t move after indulging in the great food, there is a ton of comfy seating available. (The Natchez Trace will always be there tomorrow, right?)
5. The Main Attraction and Coffee Bar, Tupelo
In the mood for some coffee AND shopping? Then you’ve got to check this place out. The Main Attraction’s retail area includes an amazingly unique collection of clothing, accessories, and art. And when you’ve shopped ‘til you dropped, get your energy back with a cup of coffee from the onsite coffee bar. Does it get any better than that?
6. Bankhouse Coffee, Long Beach
Located in a historic building in Long Beach, Bankhouse Coffee certainly delivers when it comes to a unique atmosphere. And the experience doesn’t end with the beautiful building. Whether you’re in the mood for traditional coffee, a specialty drink, or something to satisfy that sweet tooth, Bankhouse Coffee is exactly what you’ve been searching for.
7. High Point Coffee, Oxford
Coffee shops and college towns just go together, and for Oxford, it’s High Point Coffee. The coffee shop has been serving the city since for years now through its two locations, and boasts a large selection of locally roasted coffee, a variety of teas, fruit smoothies, and baked goods.
8. Natchez Coffee Co., Natchez
Named “Small Business of the Year,” the Natchez Coffee Co. is undeniably doing something right. In addition to a variety of coffees and teas, the coffee shop is known for their extensive menu, which features breakfast, brunch, lunch, and, of course, sweet treats.
9. Scarlet Cup Coffee House, Meridian
Located in Meridian, Scarlet Cup is a coffee fanatic’s dream come true. The local coffee shop serves hot and cold espresso based lattes, mochas, cappuccinos, drip coffee, smoothies, both hot and iced tea, and muffins, which are guaranteed to be fresh since they are made daily. And between the comfy lounge chairs and great views thanks to the large window in the seating area, the desire to stay for a while is undeniable.
10. Koinonia Coffee House, Jackson
According to one customer, Koinonia Coffee House can be described in three words, “food, fun, and fellowship,” and that’s because in addition to the awesome coffee and food, this Jackson eatery hosts forums that include guest speakers on topics pertaining to the community.
11. Liberty Coffee House, Gulfport
A cafe with a cause, Liberty Coffee House aims to bring awareness to issues that impact the community, country, and world by donating a portion of proceeds to such causes. So, by visiting this local favorite you’ll get your fix of delicious coffee and mouthwatering food all while doing a good deed. How can you go wrong?
12. Coffee House on 5th, Columbus
Even though this Columbus coffee house has been in business for only a few years, it has already gained a reputation for being one of the best in the area. The menu is filled with classics such as specialty coffees, teas, frozen drinks, homemade pastries, and breakfast and lunch items as well as not-so-classic items such as the “Girl on Fire” mocha and, for all you Harry Potter fans out there, ButterBeer. Don’t see anything on the menu that appeals to you? No problem; the baristas will whip up whatever you’d like.
13. The Depot Coffee House and Bistro, Hattiesburg
The Depot Coffee House and Bistro has impressed locals and tourists alike, even being referred to as a “gem” by some customers. In addition to the “city’s best coffee,” this Hattiesburg cafe offers a light breakfast menu and a lunch menu filled with specialty sandwiches and fresh, homemade soups.
Okay, now I’m really craving coffee! What coffee shops would you add to this list? And if you’ve been to any of the places listed, what’d you think?