Not just regular joe
There is only one “seed-to-cup” coffee company in the United States (meaning it is one of the few companies in the world that controls its coffee beans from time they are planted to the time they are roasted and sold), and it is right here in Tulsa. Topéca coffee was started by John Gaberino and his brother-in-law Emilio when Emilio’s mother asked for help to save a 150-year-old coffee business located on the volcanic rich soil of Santa Ana in El Salvador. The business was about to close when coffee prices paid to farmers dropped to an all-time low. By cutting out the middleman, Topéca can pay its farmers a fair wage as well as give the growers’ families a free education. Topéca also is served in coffee shops and restaurants around Tulsa.
Café Topéca, 115 W. Fifth St., Suite 169, Mayo Hotel, 918-592-9090; 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday- Wednesday; 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Thursday- Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday- Sunday | Hyatt Regency Hotel, 100 E. Second St., 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday; 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, www.topecacoffee.com
Shades of Brown Coffee and Art
This laid-back café in the heart of Brookside is a great spot to relax and peruse local artists’ works while sipping a spicy latté kicked up with fresh ginger syrup, cinnamon, cayenne, espresso and steamed milk, or slurping a grasshopper big train, a frozen coffee drink with Hershey’s and mint syrups. The occasional Monday night features live jazz with live music on the weekend. Private rooms are available for knitting clubs or business meetings.
3302 S. Peoria Ave., 918-747-3000, 6:30 a.m.-midnight, Monday- Friday; 7 a.m.-midnight, Saturday; 8 a.m.-midnight, Sunday, www.shadesofbrowncoffee.com
Known for its rich espresso, freshly roasted beans and gorgeous crema designs, this south Tulsa coffeehouse boasts a generous collection of single-origin, organic and naturally processed coffee beans. Try a French press brew, perfect for savoring big flavor and low acidity. Nordaggio’s also sells and ships beans and brewing equipment to the novice and professional brewer.
8156 S. Lewis Ave., 918-296-5288, 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Monday; 7 a.m.-midnight, Tuesday- Friday; 8 a.m.-midnight, Saturday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday, www.nordaggios.com
Great coffee — including a strong latté, pour-over coffee and café con leche with sweetened, condensed milk — a friendly staff and delicious muffins and smoothie combinations make this a worthwhile morning detour. The prime location in the midst of the Cherry Street Farmers’ Market is a must-stop on Saturdays during market season. As a bonus, owner James George offers a cigar case filled with his well-edited collection.
1340 E. 15th St., 918-584-2233, 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Saturday; 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday
The Coffee House on Cherry Street
The coffee drinks at this hip spot with a neighborhood feel fall into two categories — “So Hot” and “So Cold” — sure to please any thirsty customer. The coffee is made with ultra fresh Topéca beans, and guests love to sit and sip. The menu features typical breakfast fare such as egg sandwiches, French toast and homemade granola, as well as a large selection of pastries, pie and gluten-free items, all of which can be enjoyed on the deck overlooking bustling Cherry Street.
1502 E. 15th St., 918-779-6137, 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Monday- Thursday; 6:30 a.m.-midnight, Friday- Saturday; 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday, www.thecoffeehouseoncherrystreet.com
DoubleShot Coffee Company
DoubleShot recently doubled its size, but it still offers a low-key atmosphere with high-octane coffee — and just the slightest bit of resemblance to Seinfeld’s “Soup Nazi” episode. Owner Brian Franklin takes his coffee seriously, whether making a latté or roasting one of the many single-origin beans offered in a 1953 Italian-made Vittoria drum roaster. You will not find fresher coffee in town.
1730 S. Boston Ave., 918-599-7700, 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday- Friday; 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday; 8 a.m.-noon, Sunday, www.doubleshotcoffee.com