I’m lured by her sweet song more often than I care to admit. Like countless others, I’m drawn to the irresistible sound of the siren that calls to me, enticing me with her assortment of caffeinated beverages nearly everywhere I go.
But, she’s beginning to bore me.
So I’ve been searching for alternatives for my Starbucks’ fix and I’ve found these coffee shops in Joplin that not only satisfy my caffeine craving, they offer a taste of local flavor, too.
Bearded Lady’s owner Adam Francis roasts his own coffee beans, and is known for his excellent batch-brew coffee – his robust espresso drinks are pretty amazing, too.
Bearded Lady Roasters also shares its space with Frosted Cakerie, which provides a small variety of baked goods to the coffee shop every day, and once a week, fills its case with cupcakes, cookies, and other treats to sell to the public on Walk-In Wednesdays.
Coffee or ice cream? Ice Cream or coffee? How about both?
Located on the first floor of the historic Gryphon Building, Caroline’s is a traditional ice cream parlor that also doubles as a coffee bar, serving hand-roasted, small batch coffee from Onyx Coffee Labof northwest Arkansas.
For many years, Joplin Greenhouse has been supporting local businesses by carrying their products, and it continues to do so in The Coffee Shop. It was actually here that I tried a Dark Chocolate Cortado for the first time, and it was made with espresso from Bearded Lady Roasters. The Coffee Shop also serves coffee from Cottage Small Coffee Roastersfrom the nearby town of Carthage.
What pairs well with a cup of great-tasting coffee? A puffle! Try one at The Coffee Shop, the only place in town that serves this slightly sweet, puffed waffle treat.
When I’m craving a traditional coffeehouse atmosphere, I’ll head downtown toJoplin Avenue Coffee CompanyWith its eclectic vibe, hip clientele, study nooks, and extensive list of caffeinated drinks, JACC makes for a cool writing spot.
Uniquely housed inside a former service station, Zinc Coffee is clean, bright, and cheerful, even on the gloomiest of days – a perfect spot in which to enjoy a high-quality, thoughtfully crafted beverage.
If you’re short on time, keep your motor running and take advantage of Zinc’s convenient drive-through to get your coffee on the go.
With so many local options for getting my coffee fix in Joplin, I can finally break off my (overly dependent) relationship with Starbucks.
Christine is a Chicago native and has lived in Joplin for almost two decades. Growing up in the Windy City, she loved to explore the wide variety of museums, restaurants, sports venues, theaters and parks. When she moved to Joplin her goal was to learn about the unique culture and attractions in the area. Now Christine discovers new things each week, whether it be a little-known park, a new restaurant or a community event. Joplin can be just as exciting as a major city if you dive in to all the community has to offer.