Local coffee scene is percolating

Posted on January 17, 2018

Little Rock residents are experiencing lower than normal temperatures lately — with a little snow here and there. Now’s perfect time to look at some of the city’s hottest coffee spots. Both established shops and funky new spaces are getting a lot of attention.

Community Bakery, founded in 1947 on the Arkansas River’s north banks, is a longtime favorite. The bakery moved to downtown Little Rock’s Main Street in 1952, and has remained since. It’s a place where neighbors regularly gather, colleagues schedule breakfast and lunch meetings, and patrons pick up pastries for all occasions.

Other great places in the South Main (SoMa) District are noteworthy and unique. Check out the Root Benny and Cardamom Coffee at The Root Café, fresh Bialy and coffee at Boulevard Bread Co. and Salted Caramel Lattes and Homemade Jumbo Marshmallows at Loblolly Creamery.

A few blocks north in Main Street’s Creative Corridor is Blue Sail Coffee in the Little Rock Technology Park. This tech incubator is the perfect place to sip their Anchor Blend from a very cool laboratory beaker.

The River Market District is perking with several shops. At the district’s core is Ottenheimer Hall, brimming with brews and bites from locally-owned vendors, including Bea Blessed BakeryGarden Square Café & Grocery,  Old Mill Bread & Flour Co., and Platnum BBQ, which also serves breakfast. Andina Cafe has been a 3rd Street favorite for years, offering fresh-roasted espresso. New to the scene is Zeteo, serving signature pour-overs, abiding by a global clean water initiative called “Drink Well, Live Well.”

Also in the district is Nexus Coffee and Creative, where Nitro Cold Brew Coffee is infused with nitrogen for a nice change of pace. And, there’s Bookends Café in the Central Arkansas Library System’s downtown branch, Café @ Heifer at the non-profit's international’s global headquarters, and @ the Corner located, well, at the corner of Markham and Scott Streets.

You’ll find some real gems in Midtown. Visit Mylo Coffee Co. for a classic Indian Bombay Scotch Egg and Colombia Timana-Huila French Press. For an outstanding Café au Lait, head over to The Meteor Café, situated within a Stifft Station bicycle shop. 

West Little Rock also has just the place – owned by a local baker, Honey Pies is perfect for grabbing a delicious delight to pair with a local java brew. It’s a great way to enjoy the day.

For great dining and good conversation, Homer’s fits the bill. Politicians, professionals, farmers and all fans of home-style cooking can get biscuits and gravy with regular coffee — sugar and creamer, or just black. It’s a great sample of Little Rock’s history.

Whether you’re partial to cappuccino, espresso, flat white, cafe mocha, café au lait, latte, caffe macchiato, or just plain ole’ Joe, Little Rock has the perfect coffee bean scene for everyone.