Architect Coffee Co.
1604 E. Republic Road, Springfield, 417-771-5030
With outdoor patio lights strung throughout and big comfy seating, Architect Coffee Co. is as easy on the eyes as it is the ol’ bones. They brew a selection of single-origin and blended beans sourced from Santa Cruz, California-based Verve Coffee Roasters and serve them up with baked goods sure to leave anyone drooling.
Drink to Try: The honey coconut latte is back for the summer!
Order it With: The vanilla bean doughnut is a go-to, but hold on to your hats, this little gem is also vegan and gluten free.
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Black Lab Coffee Co.
Multiple locations in Springfield and Republic, 417-647-5125
Dog lovers rejoice, this is the coffee shop for you. All of Black Lab’s handcrafted drinks are named after precious pups, From the Goldendoodle to the Scooby Doo and signature Black Lab their drinks use beans sourced from Copper Canyon Coffee Roasters in Battlefield.
Drink to Try: You don’t have to pick just one – try a coffee flight. You read that right. Like a beer flight, but with infinitely more caffeine.
Order it With: Stop by for lunch and try, what else, but a hot dog. The Beethoven has bacon, cheddar and onions.
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Big Momma’s Coffee & Espresso Bar
Multiple locations in Springfield, 417-865-9911
A historic C-street staple for more than 15 years, Big Momma’s welcomes all with open arms. The longtime staff likely know you by name. Answer the daily trivia question on the chalkboard and you’ll get a quarter off your purchase.
Drink to Try: Swing through the new drive-thru location and try the 222—two shots of espresso, two packets of sugar in the raw and two splashes of half and half for $2.22.
Order it With: The Juliet is a longtime fan favorite for a reason – it’s apples, it’s olive spread, it’s a delight.
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Brick & Mortar Coffee
1666 E. St Louis St., Springfield, 417-812-6539
Brick & Mortar has somewhat of a cult following. It’s serious coffee for people who are serious about coffee. Sold wholesale or locally, stop by the tasting room for the full working roastery experience.
Bonus: Their beans are sold in mason jars and make the perfect locally sourced gift – no wrapping paper needed.
Drink to Try: Taste the artisan roast with a straight up black cup of their classic Ampersand blend.
Order it With: The shop is laser focused on coffee, but occasionally you’ll get lucky enough to find rotating baked goods from a local wholesale partner.
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Cherry Picker Package x Fare
601 S. Pickwick Ave., Springfield, 417-986-5800
Cherry Picker is the definition of a neighborhood haunt, billing itself as a coffee shop, lunch counter, neighborhood bar and package store. It’s known for its outdoor seating in the heart of the Rountree Neighborhood and it’s easy conversation. You’ll probably run into someone you know.
Drink to Try: The Spice Oddity Latte is on the favorites menu for a reason. It’s a full-mouth experience of flavor.
Order it With: Get the charcuterie board or fromage cheese board to compliment the “let’s hang with friends and chat” experience.
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Classic Rock Coffee Co.
Multiple locations in Springfield and Republic, 417-232-0835
If you’re looking for quiet coffee shop vibes, this isn’t your place. If you’re looking for a good brew in a cool atmosphere, look no further. Pro tip: Be sure to check out the black light bathrooms. Classic Rock has franchise locations nationwide, but the mothership is right here on Sunset Street.
Drink to Try: Named after classic rock songs, the Sweet Emotion is as memorable as its namesake.
Order it With: Stop in for a Slow Ride – slaw, simmered shredded beef, cheddar cheese, red onion and bistro sauce on fococcia.
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The Coffee Ethic
124 Park Central Square, Springfield, 417-866-6645
Cup. People. Earth. That’s the motto of The Coffee Ethic and it’s evident in everything the shop does. A staple of the downtown square, you’re as likely to find a business meeting inside amongst the exposed brick as you are two friends enjoying a tea, draft beer or in-house roasted cup of Joe.
Drink to Try: The Remedy Cold Brew Coffee is so good, they bottled it during the pandemic to help ease our cravings.
Order it With: The vegan salted brownie cookie is everything you never knew you always needed.
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Dancing Mule Coffee
1945 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-883-5114
Need a handcrafted jolt in a hurry? This is the place for you. Dancing Mule’s center-city location and drive-thru make for the perfect combination – just like their 45 syrup options, 14 of those made right in house.
Drink to Try: With so many flavor options, try a regular latte with the syrup of your choice – or two or three. The baristas are eager to share their favorite flavor combos.
Order it With: No matter what flavor coffee you pick, the apricot pecan scone is a must try.
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