Like its booming craft-beer scene, Fayetteville has an amazing community of coffee makers, whose skills take a cup of java to a whole new level. These cafes bustle seven days a week, and not just for their fresh-ground roasted coffee and Wi-Fi, but also because of their delicious food and other refreshing drinks.
If you’re looking for the perfect coffee shop to start your day, meet up with a friend or take a break from seeing attractions, Fayetteville offers a plethora of choices. Here are a few to get you started.
With four locations in Fayetteville, Arsaga’s is always a popular choice when coffee shops are discussed — and for good reason! All of Arsaga’s coffees are small-batch roasted with its Diedrich gas heated roaster. Most of its coffees are a medium roast, which it says can bring out the delicate flavors of highly prized coffee beans without sending them up in smoke.
Arsaga’s at the Depot is located on the Razorback Regional Greenway at the corner of West and Dickson streets in an old freight building. This unique spot offers pastries and functions as a full table service restaurant serving innovative crepes, salads and soups inspired by local food availability, as well as a thoughtful selection of wines and beers. The Church & Center location (right off the Historic Downtown Square) serves several signature toasts, as well as an array of seasonal drinks and craft beers.
Little Bread Co.
Located on Block Street between Dickson Street and the downtown square, Little Bread Company is an artisan bakery, coffee and sandwich shop. They use coffee from Mountain Bird, a family-owned, small-batch gourmet coffee roaster in nearby Eureka Springs that utilizes sustainability practices for the best farm-to-cup quality. It is some of the finest coffee in Northwest Arkansas.
Along with serving bread and pastries that are to die for, Little Bread’s quiche and breakfast sandwiches will fill you right up.
Onyx Coffee Lab
With locations in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville, Onyx Coffee lab is a Northwest Arkansas coffee institution. Last year, it was named Imbibe magazine’s Coffee Bar of the Year. After only a few years since its founding, clearly the secret is out.
Onyx’s location at the intersection of Gregg and Township in Fayetteville, like the others, lives up to the “lab” name. The owners “consider their business a blend of art and science — tinkering with brewing techniques and drink recipes, hosting public cuppings and inviting customers into the fold to learn everything they can about coffee,” Imbibe said. It collects diverse regulars, who sit at the high-top mosaic table or on the front porch.
Featuring a sleek, simple bar with a Modbar espresso system, this little shop is always abuzz. The back of the shop is covered by a mural of a lady screaming “decaf” in horror.
Mama Carmen’s Espresso Cafe
Located on College Ave., Mama Carmen’s offers a cup of authentic java with a purpose. This shop imports beans directly from Mama Carmen's farm in Guatemala, and the money her farm earns directly supports an orphanage for children left on the streets there. It’s nice to know that when you pay for a great cup of coffee, you’re also paying it forward.
The café also features jewelry and other items that are handmade by those in underprivileged communities in Africa and Central America.