Memphis Coffee Guide
Every new day brings a new opportunity to drink coffee! No matter what part of town you find yourself in, we’ve got you covered with our guide to locally owned coffee in Memphis. (We’ve put them in order by neighborhood first, alphabet second.)
⚛️ Roasted in-house / 🌟 Features local roaster / 🌊 Third wave/multi-roaster
4th Cup 🌟
4th Cup is a shipping container concession stand in the newly constructed River Garden. In addition to offering kayak rentals and healthy snacks, they serve hot and cold coffee and tea from Dr. Bean’s.
Open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and later for special events like Yoga in the Park on Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m.)
Bluff City Coffee
Bluff City Coffee opens at 6:30 a.m., which may be the earliest you can get a coffee downtown, and specializes in Italian-style espresso beverages. They use a combination of coffee beans from Central America, Indonesia and South America to provide a dark, hearty blend. There are plenty of delicious bakery items and hot breakfast and lunch sandwiches available too.
(Open Monday through Saturday 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
Cafe Keough 🌟
Built in the 100-year-old Commerce Title Building, Cafe Keough has elements of both the past and the present. Open all day with a full menu and bar, it is a perfect stop for “cocktails, cuisine and caffeine.” However, we feel the European vibe is best enjoyed with an espresso. Cafe Keough features locally roasted coffee from J. Brooks.
(Open Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Comeback Coffee 🌟🌊
Comeback Coffee is the city’s newest third wave establishment. They are a multi-roaster shop with Methodical Coffee out of Greenville, South Carolina, as the mainstay. They have been luring crowds in with their highly touted coffee soda (strawberry-lime syrup, coffee and carbonation) and pleas to “stay awhile.” The menu is full of freshly made pastries, breads, salads and sandwiches that certainly make it easy to pass the whole day away. Don’t miss the large patio in back.
(Open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Sunday.)
Dr. Beans ⚛️
South Main (Puck Food Hall)
Dr. Bean’s is in the process of setting up a pour-over bar with cold brew on draft, cuppings, training sessions, throwdowns and competitions in the newly renovated Puck Food Hall at 409 South Main. Until then, you can pick up beans and cold brew at Puck and learn more about the man behind the brand. Yes, he's a doctor and, yes, he's a coffee enthusiast! Albert Bean got started in coffee around seven or eight years ago. Hiking in Panama, he toured a farm and became fascinated by the whole process from seed to cup.
(Puck Food hall Hours: Tuesday through Friday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Closed Monday.)
Drink Humanely ⚛️
Drink Humanely is a pop-up café at the salon inside The Commonwealth building (right across the street from the downtown YMCA). The building is in the process of being activated, so don't let the emptiness of the front deter you from entering and heading to the back, where you'll find the salon on the left. Christine Bowers can be found there slinging locally roasted Oklyn coffee, plant-based lattes and vegan cookies.
(Open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Edge Alley ⚛️
Edge Alley doesn’t call itself a coffee shop. Rather, it prefers to be known as a restaurant with an excellent coffee program (of the third wave variety). Owner Tim Barker roasts his own beans and has access to High Cotton Brewing Company's equipment, which is the secret to his excellent carbonated coffee. The specialty drink menu changes with the seasons. You don’t have to order food to enjoy the coffee, but we highly recommend it.
(Open Tuesday through Friday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Monday.)
Low Fi 🌊
South Main (Stock & Belle)
Low Fi is a third wave coffee shop tucked into Stock & Belle on the south end of Main Street. Recently renovated, the multi-roaster shop features a variety of roasters including Sump, Sey and Heart. Low Fi is a sweetener-free establishment; oat and almond milks are available for lattes.
(Open seven days a week 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Tamp & Tap 🌊
Tamp & Tap is a third wave coffee shop that features Metropolis Coffee from Chicago. From espresso to nitro, they have you covered. All coffee drinks can be frozen on request. They also sell beer and have a full menu of healthy wraps and salads made to order, and a nice selection of sweets.
(Open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (kitchen) and to 6 p.m. (coffee bar), Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (kitchen) and to 6 p.m. (coffee bar).
Located on Main Street just south of City Hall, Qahwa brews only single-origin medium roasts, and sources from Thunderhead Coffee, which imports and roasts high-end coffee in Flowood, Mississippi. Qahwa owner Fred Othmani suggests the Main Street Mocha, one of their most popular, Memphis-themed coffee drinks. They also have teas and kombucha.
(Open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)
Broad Avenue Arts District
City & State 🌊
Broad Avenue Arts District
City & State introduced the city to third wave coffee and continues to be at the forefront of coffee trends. This multi-roaster café releases a new specialty drink menu with each season (carbonated, frozen, CBD-infused, etc.), sources beverages like Matchless Coffee Soda in cans from Nashville, and pairs excellent coffees with excellent in-house pastries.
(Open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Inspire Community Café 🌟
Inspire Community Café has an assortment of hot and cold local coffees and teas as well as daily specials. Plus, they have smoothies and breakfast all day. Inspire is tucked between the new Dollar Tree and Save-a-Lot on Tillman and Sam Cooper, and the minute you step inside, it feels like home. Owner Kristin Fox-Trautman and her team put a lot of care into every single detail of their new space. And, yes, you will absolutely leave inspired.
(Open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed Sunday.)
Launch Process ⚛️
Broad Avenue Arts District
Launch Process is on Tillman behind the Rec Room in the old French Truck space. They roast their own coffee in Oxford, Mississippi, at High Point Coffee where owner Jimi Myer used to work. He makes the trip to Oxford about once a week. Jimi also makes syrups in-house, including lavender, brown sugar, rosemary brown sugar, vanilla and pumpkin spice syrups. Launch Process is also known for its Sunday pop-ups featuring global cuisine.
(Open Tuesday through Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Monday.)
Society Memphis 🌟🌊
Broad Avenue Arts District
Society Memphis is more than a skatepark. There’s a full coffee bar and skate shop downstairs. Upstairs is a lounge where people can drink said coffee, work, hang out or wait for their partner/friend/kid to finish skating. The coffee bar is stocked with locally and regionally roasted coffees and stays open late. All are welcome.
(Open Monday through Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
Vice & Virtue ⚛️
Broad Avenue Arts District/Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market/Memphis Farmers Market
Visit the Vice & Virtue booth at the Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market or Memphis Farmers Market for a pour-over or a cold brew. They also do a “coffee soda” by adding tonic and a spritz of grapefruit to the cold brew or a flash brew. Not a fan? Try the sweet cream. Every first Friday, Vice & Virtue hosts a cupping at their roastery off of Hollywood and Broad Avenue.
(Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market hours are Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. from April to October, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from November to March. Memphis Farmers Market is open Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p .m. from April to October.)
Broad Avenue Arts District
Wiseacre is all about the beer, but they can cold brew too. It is roasted at Metropolis Coffee in Chicago. The Wiseacre guys worked on the blend for about a year and a half and finally decided on a Brazilian (70 percent) and Guatemalan (30 percent). It is only available in the taproom for now, but there are plans to distribute in stores soon.
(Taproom open Monday through Thursday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.)
Bluff City Coffee
Bluff City Coffee recently expanded to Cooper-Young, and this shop also opens at 6:30 a.m., which may be the earliest you can get a coffee in Midtown. They specialize in Italian-style espresso beverages. They use a combination of coffee beans from Central America, Indonesia and South America to provide a dark, hearty blend. There are plenty of delicious bakery items and hot breakfast and lunch sandwiches available too.
(Open Monday through Saturday 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
The Café at Crosstown Arts
The café at Crosstown Arts is in the Crosstown Concourse on the second floor. (Follow the big red staircase!) Their coffee bar is decidedly vegan friendly.
(Open Tuesday through Friday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sunday.)
Cafe Eclectic is the only coffee house in Memphis serving Illy coffees from Italy. Illy’s signature blend is composed of nine different Arabica beans that are purchased, using fair-margin prices, directly from the growers that care for them. This is the flagship location and is more of a restaurant and bakery than a coffee house, but there’s a full menu of coffee to choose from. (A smaller outpost can be found by the University of Memphis.)
(Open Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
French Truck ⚛️
French Truck is New Orleans’s premier craft coffee roaster, and their only location outside of Louisiana is in the Crosstown Concourse. Since they were early adopters of our beloved urban village, we make a small exception to our locally-owned designation to include them in this list. Find them in the main concourse.
(Open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
Java Cabana is credited as being the very first coffee house in Midtown. Started by Midtown legend Tommy Foster in 1992, it’s now owned and operated by Mary Burns. Java Cabana caters to the young, artsy set with late hours and open mic nights. There’s a full coffee bar featuring organic fair-trade coffee.
(Open Tuesday and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
Muddy’s Grind House 🌟
Muddy’s made its name selling cupcakes, but the Grind House is all about enjoying them with a full-service espresso bar. The atmosphere is fun, there’s a great patio, and they open early and stay open late.
(Open Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed Sunday.)
Otherlands was one of the first coffee shops in Midtown and has become like a community center. Its funky vibe is welcoming to all. Lots of comfortable seating, both indoors and outdoors. No-frills coffee. Small menu of toast, bagels and sandwiches. Live music on occasion.
(Open seven days a week 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
Something True ⚛️
Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market
Tiffany Calhoun is a home roaster who has started selling her small-batch beans at the Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market every Saturday. You can find freshly roasted Something True coffee by the cup and beans by the bag under the Lulu’s Food tent. Bags of beans are also available at the Cooper-Young Gallery + Gift Shop.
(Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market is open Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. from April to October, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from November to March.)
City Silo Table + Pantry 🌟
City Silo offers a full-service coffee bar, kombucha cocktails and wellness elixirs served hot or cold. The elixirs are made with ingredients that boost wellness, like apple cider vinegar, ginger juice, lemon juice, ground turmeric, maple syrup, filtered water and a dash of cayenne. Guaranteed to get you going, no caffeine required.
(Open Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed Sunday.)
The Hub Coffee 🌟🌊
This third wave coffee shop is housed inside Highpoint Church, but is open to the public. It features Onyx and offers a variety of high quality, handcrafted drinks.
(Open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Ugly Mug ⚛️
Ugly Mug locally roasts fair-trade and organic-blend coffees and has a drive-through window that opens at 6 a.m. during the work week. The inside is decorated with multitudes of fun coffee mugs. If you find one that you want to use, they’ll wash it out and make your drink in it.
(Open Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Tucked away in the University of Memphis area is Avenue Coffee. It’s the perfect place to study, hang with friends, have conversations, read a book, work on art or just sit back and relax.
(Open Monday through Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m to 7 p.m.)
Belltower Artisans 🌟
Part coffee shop, part pottery studio, Belltower Artisans serves a variety of locally roasted coffees from Dr. Bean’s, Vice & Virtue and J. Brooks.
(Open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)