COFFEE GUIDE

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.)

R = Roasts coffee in house / L = Locally roasted coffee / T = Third wave (elevates the quality of the product from processing to roasting to brewing / F= Fourth wave (benefits the people in the supply chain and the community) / B = Black-owned

Downtown

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Big River Market L

South Main residents have their very own compact urban grocery on the corner of GE Patterson and Tennessee. In addition to the essentials, local fare, and that perfect something to complete dinner, customers can get an espresso, latte, cortado, Americano, and more, all made with Vice & Virtue coffee.

516 Tennessee Street, Suite 127

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Bluff City Coffee

Bluff City Coffee 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. They offer plenty of bakery items, along with hot breakfast and lunch sandwiches.

505 South Main Street

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Boycott Coffee RFB

Located inside the Commonwealth building, Boycott Coffee is a fourth wave coffee shop specializing in house-roasted beans and thought-provoking conversation. With just eight seats, the space naturally lends itself to cross-table conversations. Boycott boasts some of the most passionate baristas in the biz, along with regular pop-ups from local coffee enthusiasts.

240 Madison Avenue, Suite 103

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Café Keough  L

Built in the 100-year-old Commerce Title Building, Café Keough has elements of both the past and the present. We feel the European vibe is best enjoyed with an espresso. Café Keough features locally roasted coffee from J. Brooks, pastries, full breakfast and lunch menus, and a full bar.

12 South Main Street

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Memphis Chess Club RT

The Memphis Chess Club is a great place to learn and play the game of chess and enjoy a house roasted coffee. They also offer a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu.The wooden cafe tables are custom-made with inlaid chess boards. Members can play for free whenever the club is open—even without a cafe purchase—with club-provided sets and clocks. Non-members are welcome to enjoy the cafe anytime; to play chess and other board games, they’ll need to purchase a $5 game rental pass.

195 Madison Avenue

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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.

109 North Main Street

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Talk Shop

Soak up some sun—and good eats —at Talk Shop inside the Caption by Hyatt downtown. We love how they’ve incorporated the facade of the old William T. Ellis & Sons building into the space and created a lovely patio. We’re also fans of the light-drenched lobby/restaurant space. It’s the perfect place to set up shop for the day if you work remotely, like people watching, or just need a place to chill. There’s a full coffee bar and a menu featuring salads, sandwiches, and flatbreads. And, yes, beer, wine, and cocktails too.

245 South Front Street

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Tamp & Tap T

Tamp & Tap 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.

122 Gayoso Avenue

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Comeback Coffee T

Comeback Coffee is a multi-roaster shop in the Pinch District best known for their canned coffee soda and standing invitation to “stay awhile.” There’s a seasonal coffee menu, tea, and top-notch weekend food pop-ups, including Kinfolk, Artesanal de Tela, and 901 Bakes. The expansive space and large patio in back make it a favorite spot for coffee lovers to camp out. 

358 North Main Street

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Crazy Gander T

Owners Dana Bunke and Kevin Crow bought the building at 150 Madison Avenue in 2018 and spent several years making it home. That’s right—they live upstairs from the coffee shop with their two children. Crazy Gander is their passion project. They’ve installed a Kees van der Westen espresso machine and are serving a full menu of coffees from a North Carolina based roaster. Stop by and take a gander.

150 Madison Avenue

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Dr. Bean’s RFB

Inside Stock & Belle, Dr. Bean’s features a pour-over bar, cold brew on draft, beans for purchase, and more. Dr. Bean’s staff is meticulous about their beans all the way from soil to cup, even visiting farms firsthand. Their roasts have won them awards at competitions across the country. The coffee menu changes seasonally, and you’ll find Breadville bagels (formerly known as Dave’s Bagels) and Nine Oat One bars in the case.

387 South Main Street

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Edge Alley RT

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 the specialty drink menu changes with the seasons. You don’t have to order food to enjoy the coffee, but we highly recommend it.

600 Monroe Avenue

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Vice & Virtue RT

Vice & Virtue’s cafe is located inside downtown’s Arrive hotel. They sell coffee drinks and whole beans alongside baked goods by Hustle & Dough. This means you can have a signature bourbon mocha with fresh-made pastries, small plates, and breads any day of the week. 

477 South Main Street

Midtown

17 Berkshire

While 17 Berkshire in Overton Square is known for its exquisite French macarons and pastries, they also have a wide variety of coffee and tea options to accompany their sweet treats. Serving Stumptown coffee as well as Sloane tea, they offer pour-overs, iced lattes, tea lattes, and more, with syrups made in-house.

2094 Trimble Place

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Bluff City Coffee

Bluff City 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.

945 S. Cooper Street

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Café Eclectic

Café Eclectic has a full coffee bar and serves Illy coffees from Italy. This family-owned restaurant offers breakfast all day, uses local ingredients when possible, and makes everything from scratch, including donuts and pastries.

603 North McLean Boulevard

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City & State T

City & State helped introduce the city to third wave coffee and continues to be at the forefront of coffee trends. They’ve also got a great retail (and online) shop featuring goods from local and regional makers.

2625 Broad Avenue

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French Truck RT

French Truck is New Orleans’s premier craft coffee roaster and were early adopters of Memphis’s beloved urban village known as Crosstown Concourse. Therefore we make a small exception to our locally owned designation to include them in this list. Find them in the main concourse.

1350 Concourse Avenue

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Inspire Community Cafe L

Located in Binghampton, Inspire Community Cafe features French Truck coffee and has an assortment of hot and cold beverages as well as smoothies and breakfast all day. Inspire is tucked inside the shopping center at 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 space. And, yes, you will absolutely leave inspired.

510 Tillman Street, Suite 110

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Java Cabana L

Java Cabana is credited as being the very first coffee house in Cooper-Young. Started by Midtown legend Tommy Foster in 1992, it was owned and operated by Mary Burns from 1998 until her death in 2019. Java Cabana continues to cater to the young, artsy set, and their full coffee bar features Ugly Mug coffee.

2170 Young Avenue

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Killer Coffee L

Killer Coffee is a small, two-person operation, co-owned and operated by Alexis McCarrens and Tevin Reynolds. After popping up at Rose Quartz for a while, they became a more permanent fixture there last September, and in March of this year they moved to the ground floor of the same building, where they have a larger space and limited seating. Their special coffee blend is roasted by Ethnos Coffee Roasters here in Memphis. 

1296 Peabody Avenue

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Loaf L

Kale Carmon and the rest of the Loaf crew have started a residency inside the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s cafe space. We loved their former airstream setup behind FIrst Congo, but having an indoor space in which to enjoy their food and have a cup of coffee is pretty great too. They have a full coffee bar featuring Vice & Virtue roasts as well as locally made pastries. There’s lots of seating, and you do not need to pay admission to enjoy the offerings, though we do recommend taking in the sights!

1934 Poplar Avenue

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LuLu’s Cafe & Bakery L

Memphis’s first and only vegan cafe and bakery is located across from Memphis T-Stem East High School. In addition to amazing “breky” sandwiches, pastries, bagels, and specials, they have a full coffee bar featuring Dr. Bean’s and Boycott Coffee. We love Lulu’s commitment to quality and local ingredients. They also set themselves apart by being employee-owned.

3119 Poplar Avenue⁠

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Otherlands L

Otherlands was one of the first coffee shops in Midtown. Its funky vibe is welcoming to all with lots of comfortable seating, both indoors and outdoors. The house coffee is McCarter, a local micro-roaster. There’s a small menu including toast, bagels, and sandwiches, as well as some grab-and-go items. You’ll also find a small gift shop.

641 South Cooper Street

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Society Memphis T L

Society Memphis is a skatepark with a full coffee bar and upstairs 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 roasted Dr. Bean’s and Ethnos Coffee Roasters and regularly rotates regionally roasted coffees. You’ll also find house-made pastries and late hours in which to enjoy them.

583 Scott Street

East Memphis

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Anti Gentrification Coffee Club RFB

Bartholomew Jones believes that coffee can be a force for good. In 2019, under the name Cxffeeblack, he partnered with Ethnos Coffee to create a signature blend, Guji Mane. A movement was born. In 2020, the Anti Gentrification Coffee Club opened its doors in The Heights and Bartholomew’s wife, Renata Henderson, took over as head roaster. After much work and several trips to Africa, they now boast an all-Black supply chain.

761 National

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Belltower Coffeehouse & Studio LT

Part coffee shop, part pottery studio, and now part wine bar, Belltower Coffeehouse & Studio serves a variety of locally roasted coffees from Dr. Bean’s, Vice & Virtue, and J. Brooks. They have a full kitchen offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

525 & 529 South Highland Street

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French Truck RT

French Truck’s second location on the Highland Strip is much like the cafes you see in New Orleans—bright, roomy, and surrounded by a patio. The location makes it a natural hang out for University of Memphis students. There are plenty of tables for sipping, eating, and studying.

395 South Highland Street

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The Hub Coffee L T

This third wave coffee shop is housed inside Mission Church but is open to the public. It features Onyx Coffee Lab coffee and offers a variety of high-quality, handcrafted drinks.

6000 Briarcrest Avenue

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Park & Cherry B

Inside the Dixon Gallery, Chef Phillip DeWayne offers seasonal dishes as well as a full coffee bar at the Park + Cherry cafe. Nashville’s Frothy Monkey is the house roast. Admission to the Dixon is free. You’ll find the cafe to the left of the welcome desk inside the main building. Indoor and outdoor seating is available.

4339 Park Avenue

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Ramblin’ Joe’s Coffee R

Formerly known as Ugly Mug, Ramblin’ Joe’s Coffee roasts fair-trade and organic-blend coffees and has a drive-through window that opens at 6 a.m. during the workweek. You’ll also find breakfast and lunch items on the menu.

4610 Poplar Avenue

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Sweet Lala’s Bakery

Located in the Regalia Shopping Center, Sweet Lala’s is a family-owned bakery specializing in wedding cakes, cupcakes, and cookies. They also offer breakfast, brunch, lunch, a full espresso bar featuring Sunergos Coffee (out of Louisville), and a gift shop! It’s a lovely place to visit and take a moment for yourself or gather with friends. 

6150 Poplar Avenue, Suite 118

Germantown

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Bluff Cakes L

Local TikTok star Chloe Sexton opened a brick and mortar bakery in Germantown with her signature giant cookies and a full coffee menu featuring J. Brooks. ⁠The shop is open daily and has nice, long hours to satisfy your sweet tooth and offer a caffeine fix from early morning to late evening.⁠

7850 Poplar Avenue, Suite 24

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City Silo Table + Pantry

City Silo in Saddle Creek offers a full-service coffee bar featuring Dr. Bean’s roasts, smoothies, juices, and wellness elixirs. This is a popular spot for the health-conscious crowd as the menu leans vegetarian and is full of fresh and delicious options.

7605 West Farmington Boulevard, Suite 2

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JoJo’s Espresso LT

Jojo’s Espresso got its start as a mobile coffee truck, but its most popular stop was always Thornwood in Germantown. In November of 2022, they officially opened their cafe doors in the Thornwood Shopping Center, making third wave coffee official in Germantown. The house roast is Vice & Virtue, and you’ll find a seasonal coffee menu along with locally made treats.

1730 South Germantown Road, Suite 114


Arlington

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Bluem  B

We first met Ashleigh Weaver in 2021 when she launched her line of Blue Magnolia handcrafted small batch syrups. Now she’s expanded to Bluem Coffee & Supply. You’ll find her set up inside the S.Y. Wilson & Company general store in Arlington Thursday through Saturday. ⁠Stop by for a specialty coffee made with Onyx Coffee Lab beans and peruse the shelves. Ashleigh also offers her syrups, her soy wax candles, bags of Onyx coffee beans, and Comeback Coffee soda for sale. 

12020 Walker Street

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Ethnos Coffee Roasters  B

Kenny Baker is the man behind Ethnos Coffee Roasters, which is a fourth wave clean air roaster dedicated to magnifying people and farmers. He believes that any two people can sit down and share a cup of coffee and find commonalities. What started as a side hustle after moving to Memphis from Chicago has quickly become so much more. They supply several Memphis coffee shops wholesale, ship directly to customers through their online store, and serve fresh drinks at their Arlington cafe.

8817 Chaffee Road

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Voodoo Cafe L

Voodoo Cafe’s most popular beverage is the iced Vietnamese coffee. Makes sense, since their other specialty is beignets. (Anyone who’s ever been to Cafe du Monde in New Orleans knows this is a tried-and-true combination!) In addition to traditional beignets, they have voodoo doll-shaped beignets that can be covered with all sorts of toppings. They serve roasts from Cxffeeblack and Ethnos Coffee Roasters.

2780 Bartlett Boulevard

 

Cordova

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Cafe Cordova

The Cordova International Farmers Market is always a sure bet when it comes to finding something new and exciting to eat! Don’t skip Cafe Cordova over by the registers. In addition to standard coffees, they offer a variety of lattes (green tea, coconut, taro, Thai tea), fruit boba with coconut milk (strawberry, mango, pineapple), soft serve (vanilla most days and green tea on the weekends), sundaes, and mini taiyaki!

1150 N. Germantown Parkway

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Dipsticle

Did you know Dipsticle has a full coffee bar featuring Lavazza coffee in addition to their sweet treats? Known for their all-natural Italian gelato and sorbet on a stick, this sweet spot in Trinity Commons can also address your caffeine cravings. 

694 N. Germantown Parkway

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Team Car Cafe L

Located inside the Latting Speed Shop, Team Car Cafe connects the bike shop to El Mero Taco restaurant next door. Pop in for a seasonal coffee menu featuring Ethnos Coffee Roasters and grab a breakfast taco to go. During lunch hours, order from El Mero’s menu and have it delivered to the coffee shop side.

8100 Macon Station Dr. Ste 101

 

Whitehaven

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Muggin Coffeehouse BL

Muggin Coffee House is Whitehaven’s first independently owned and Black-owned coffee shop. Owners Ken and Mary Olds opened the shop as a place to foster community by providing a space for people to chill, catch up, and recharge. The coffee is created by the owners and roasted by J. Brooks. Their signature drinks, like the cold brew Zippin Pippin, will take you on a deliciously fun ride. 

1139 Brownlee Road

Collierville

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Square Beans
103 North Center Street

Square Beans is Collierville’s original independent coffee house and has been operating since 2008. They serve single-origin B&W Coffee from a micro-roastery in Minneapolis and have a full breakfast and lunch menu as well as pastries. They love supporting local and you’ll find brands such as Dave’s Bagels, Sweet Magnolia Gelato, and Turtle Shell Pottery.

Monday – Saturday 7a to 5p
Closed Sunday

Mobile Coffee Trucks

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Retro Coffee and Donuts 🌟

Have you seen this cute Citroën H Van around? It’s the home of Retro Coffee and Donuts which serves specialty roasted coffee from J Brooks and craft mini donuts made to order. What’s not to love?

Follow them on Instagram to see the week’s schedule.

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