Looking for a great cup of coffee? You’re in luck! Springfield is home to a rapidly growing coffee scene.
So whether you’re in the mood for a frozen treat, a strong espresso, a bag of whole bean coffee to take home or even a coffee seminar — there’s a shop nearby. To help you plan your caffeine intake during your visit to Springfield, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite cafes and roasteries.
Classic Rock Coffee Co.
Classic Classic Rock Coffee Co. in Springfield, Missouri.
Classic Rock Coffee Co. is not your average coffee house. Forget about acoustic music playing overhead or soft lighting and cozy couches. Instead, get ready to rock out to classic rock and roll streaming from the speakers while tattooed baristas with neon-colored hair take your order. It might be out of the ordinary, but that’s part of the appeal here: coffee with edge, and good coffee at that.
With a large roasting facility housed in the back, Classic Rock serves a range of whole bean blends including: Back in Black Bold, Breakfast in America Morning Brew and Barracuda Bite to name a few.
This west-side shop also whips up protein shakes, smoothies and a good selection of lunch options including the Mediterranean wrap or the War Pig with cherry wood smoked ham, crispy bacon, American cheese and a soft fried egg served on a ciabatta roll. Thanks to its quality coffee, Classic Rock continues to expand and now has locations in Hungary, Nigeria, Texas, Ohio, California and India.
Brick & Mortar Coffee
Brick & Mortar Coffee in Springfield, Missouri.
Arguably, the best part of Brick & Mortar Coffee is its simplicity. You won’t find soy milk or sugary syrups here. Instead, only rich and creamy whole milk is used. It’s all about creating the perfect cup of coffee here and teaching customers the art behind the bean. Primarily a roasting company, this coffee house set up in what used to be a motorcycle shop. Treated concrete floors, painted metal ceilings and bright white walls give the space an airy and welcoming ambiance while the covered back patio is the perfect spot to enjoy a summer afternoon. Located on east Saint Louis Street, Brick & Mortar is a little off the beaten path but totally worth a visit. One massive farm-style community table fills the small cafe and doubles as a work space for the weekly tasting sessions where customers can come sample different varieties of coffee and learn how to make the perfect pot back at home. While the lineup of single origin coffees changes nearly weekly, the cafe’s iced coffee is a staple. Using a custom-made filtration system and the toddy cold brew method, the iced coffee here is charged with nitro and stored in kegs for an extra-smooth cup of joe.
Mudhouse Coffee in Springfield, Missouri.
Open since 1998, Mudhouse Coffee has long been a downtown hangout. With a massive coffee bar and a wall filled with loose leaf teas and whole bean coffees, there is plenty to choose from, including ample seating. Small tables and couches run through this cafe, which is almost always bustling with activity. Part of the draw is the quick but delicious lunch offerings which range from soups and salads to BLTs, veggie wraps and the popular curry chicken salad. The drink menu is equally as varied with a wide selection of specialty drinks, smoothies and frozen beverages. Featuring house-roasted coffee, espresso drinks are flavored with real caramel, white chocolate, raspberry sauce and more, and the cold brew is a must! Brewed on nitro, the cold brew coffee can be enjoyed by the glass or taken home in one of Mudhouse’s growlers.
Sandwich and salad at Big Momma's Coffee & Espresso Bar in Springfield, Missouri.
For years, Big Momma’s has been a go-to spot on C-Street. With bar seating wrapped along the front windows and a plush couch to lounge on, this long-standing coffee shop has earned its spot in the local coffee scene. Italian sodas, smoothies, espresso and seasonal coffees fill the drink menu here, where the pumpkin king latte is an annual favorite thanks to a blend of pumpkin spice and ground cinnamon. For a true jolt, try the 222, two shots of espresso poured over Sugar in the Raw with just a splash of half-and-half. Stirred over ice or enjoyed warm, this specialty drink will wake you up in no time. Besides the coffee options, Big Momma’s dishes out soups, salads, breakfast burritos, and sandwiches including the Juliet, voted Springfield’s best vegetarian sandwich. Thick slices of wheatberry bread hold layers of tart granny smith apples, tender provolone cheese, crisp lettuce, sprouts, cream cheese and a tangy olive spread.
The Coffee Ethic
A barista prepares fresh coffee at The Coffee Ethic in Springfield, Missouri.
Located in the middle of downtown Springfield, The Coffee Ethic has long been a favorite in the local coffee scene. With ample opportunities for people watching and a bright and welcoming interior, this coffee house hosts students and professionals alike, and it’s easy to understand why. Besides the rich, caramel aroma of espresso, it’s the smell of fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies that hits your nose when you walk in the door. Thanks to a small oven housed behind the counter, The Coffee Ethic pumps out several batches of chocolate chip, oatmeal and sugar cookies during the day. Extra-large in size, these soft and chewy treats are the perfect thing to dunk into that hot cup of house-roasted coffee. The macchiatos are small but mighty (as they should be!), and the cappuccinos are perfectly frothy. With a small flower-lined front patio that opens up during the summer, the Ethic (as it’s lovingly called) is a great spot to settle in during First Friday Art Walk or before one of the many downtown festivals and concerts.
Pastries at Elle’s Patisserie in Springfield, Missouri.
Don’t let the small size of this neighborhood patisserie fool you. There are plenty of larger-than-life flavors housed inside. Homemade truffles filled with everything from raspberry cream and salted caramel to dark chocolate helped put Elle’s Patisserie on the map when it opened in 2011. Over the years, the menu here has grown to include homemade croissants stuffed with savory ham, cheese and chocolate, massive cinnamon rolls coated in sweet vanilla icing, and the popular cranish—a donut-like croissant that is impossible to resist. Holiday barks, brittles and seasonal ice creams satisfy even the pickiest of eaters, but one of Elle’s most popular items is actually a beverage. Since it debuted, the lavender iced coffee has been a hit each summer when it makes its annual appearance. Rich French press coffee is swirled over ice and splashed with homemade lavender syrup and a float of half-and-half to create a slightly sweet but incredibly refreshing iced coffee. If that sounds delicious, be sure to stop in during the winter season to try one of Elle’s many hot cocoas including chocolate peppermint, spiced chai hot cocoa and, of course, chocolate lavender hot cocoa.
Eurasia Coffee & Tea in Springfield, Missouri.
Since opening in 2015, this corner coffee house has become a haven for those who work and live along historic C-Street. From the coffee menu to the lunch menu, offerings here are spiced with Eurasian flavors including: pistachio rose water, tahini, apricots and pomegranate. Take, for instance, the Persian Rose Water latte, a delicious and aromatic blend of rich espresso, steamed milk and splash of rose water. For something refreshing, sip on a fresh lime soda made with simple syrup, sparkling water and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
With locations in Springfield, Republic, West Plains and Licking, Missouri; and Pittsburg, Kansas, the main roasting operation of Heroes Coffee can still be found in Springfield. And with just three small tables in the cafe, most coffee here is ordered to go. Be sure to try the single origin coffees or order a signature drink like the honey vanilla latte with its sweet vanilla swirled with rich honey, espresso and steamed milk. Before you leave, grab a pound of the Do Good Blend coffee. With a motto of “Wake Up, Do Good, Repeat,” Heroes Coffee donates $1 from every bag of the Do Good Blend to a selection of Springfield charities.
After setting up a small food cart at the Farmers Market of the Ozarks, Legacy Bagelry quickly garnered a loyal following. As business grew, so did demand. It didn’t take long for Legacy to open a brick and mortar shop that now features homemade cupcakes, bagels, schmears, muffins, breakfast sandwiches, vegan cakes and an espresso bar. With limited space, the drink menu here is small but mighty. Steaming Americanos and frothy cappuccinos display the bakery’s rich espresso while flavored lattes and mochas offer something decadent and filling for those with a sweet tooth.
There are two loves here: coffee and bikes, so don’t be surprised to see coffee-sipping mechanics in the adjacent bike repair shop. The intentionally small menu features the usual lineup of lattes, iced coffee and homemade baked goods, but for something unexpected, turn your attention to the specials menu. Here you’ll find a changing selection of drinks including the reconstructed affogato with espresso, frozen yogurt, honey, cinnamon and a pinch of salt or the Rosemary Pear tincture with rich cold brew, house-made rosemary tea and sweet pear nectar.
Located on the south side of Springfield with plenty of tables to choose from, B2 Smoothie Cafe is the perfect spot to grab breakfast and a much-needed jolt of caffeine. Treat yourself to one of the grilled breakfast wraps, homemade granola or loaded bagel sandwiches stacked with sharp cheddar cheese, a fried egg, your choice of bacon, sausage and ham and a hearty schmear of cream cheese. As for coffee, your sweet tooth will thank you as you sip on one of the whipped cream-topped mochas like the Andes Mint with its dark chocolate and sweet vanilla, or try the Berry Cobbler with blackberry and white chocolate syrups, crumbled graham cracker and a crown of whipped cream.
New to Springfield in 2016, Traveler’s House Coffee & Tea quickly made its mark thanks to a wide selection of loose leaf teas (38 total), homemade quiche and baked goods and traditional macchiatos. The regularly recurring tea classes are especially popular as attendees sample teas and learn about the growing regions and preparation. Equally as exciting is the shop’s popup DIY chai bar where customers can create their own tasty creations.