Whether you’re looking for a place to grab a quick cup of coffee to start your morning, or a place to settle in for a while and study or gather with friends, the Auburn/Opelika area offers a wide array of coffee shops. Here are a few local favorites, each one offering something unique to the customers who visit there.
Mama Mocha’s Coffee Emporium
This funky hangout just off the Auburn University campus offers fun flavor combinations for all your caffeinated needs. A menu board at the counter categorizes drinks on their common flavor base, such as white chocolate. Listed within each category is the name and description of each drink.
Visitors can explore espresso drinks such as the “Blueberry Pancakes Latte,” which contains white mocha, blueberry, and maple flavors; “Drunken Waffle,” which is flavored with maple spice and dulce de leche caramel; or “Winnie the Pooh,” which contains hazelnut and local honey.
Mama Mocha’s also sells cans and bulk bags of its coffee, as well as cookies, pastries, art, loose leaf teas and regional craft beers.
This fun and funky shop is located at 414 South Gay Street in Auburn, and is open Sunday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. A second location is in the works for the Opelika area.
Mama Mocha’s can be reached at 334-707-7946.
One Bike Coffee
This cozy spot, located at the Hamilton Place shopping center, serves up more than a good cup of coffee. The owners of One Bike designate the greater of 50 percent of the shop’s profits, or 2 percent of sales, each month for their One Bike Foundation. The ultimate goal of the 501c(3) is to provide bicycles for Alabamians who have multiple sclerosis.
But the giving doesn’t stop there. A portion of profit from One Bike Coffee’s sales also goes to a different local nonprofit or ministry each month.
Customers at One Bike can feel good about what they’re buying as they sip lattes and munch on paninis or baked goods, including frosted cinnamon rolls. One Bike offers indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a drive-thru, for a cup of joe on the go.
One Bike Coffee is located at 2415 Moores Mill Road, Suite 130 in Auburn, and is open Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The shop can be reached at 334-521-7668.
Side Track Coffee
A hip place to order a pick-me-up is nestled in downtown Opelika. Side Track Coffee offers hot and iced espresso beverages to go, or for sipping as visitors soak in the industrial vibes of the shop and look out the windows at the brick-paved Railroad Avenue.
Customers do need to approach the shop prepared for one little twist, however: Side Track is a pay-what-you-want store, where patrons manually type the price they wish to pay for their order on a tablet.
Aside from lattes and cappuccino, this Opelika shop also serves strawberry milk, hot chocolate, and a variety of teas.
Side Track Coffee is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The shop is located at 817 S. Railroad Ave. in Opelika, and can be reached at 334-707-8906.
Customers who have a sweet tooth, or want a little brunch with their coffee, can visit The Bean, just a couple of blocks from the Auburn University campus. The Bean offers a variety of coffees and teas, while also serving up an extensive eats menu.
Patrons who want to eat breakfast with their java can order a breakfast casserole, containing sausage, egg and cheese; waffles; or “beanie cakes,” which consist of baked beignets and peach or strawberry preserves.
Those who prefer coffee with their dessert can pair it with a cinnamon roll, key lime pie, cheesecake, or any of the gelato flavors The Bean offers.
The Bean is located at 169 South Gay Street in Auburn. The shop is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., and can be reached at 334-728-5906. Hours may vary during summer and Auburn University home football games, but The Bean notifies customers of these changes via Facebook and Instagram.
This shop in downtown Auburn, next to city hall, offers customers a great place to sit and stay a while, or just to grab a beverage and bagel to go.
Customers can browse the artwork for sale in Coffee Cat while the baristas prepare their orders. In addition to the usual array of coffees and teas, Coffee Cat offers such fun mixes as the “Jittery Cow” – cold brew and chocolate milk – and the bourbon caramel latte, made with bourbon caramel from The Hound, the restaurant adjacent to the shop.
Brunch customers at The Hound can order some of their Coffee Cat favorites brought to the table while they eat.
Patrons who wish to sip something other than coffee can try “chapplade,” which contains Maya Chai concentrate, apple juice and lemonade; or hot chocolate, which is made of white and dark chocolate sauce, milk and whipped cream.
Located at 124 Tichner Ave. in Auburn, Coffee Cat is open from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The shop can be reached at 334-744-1953.
Specialty coffee lovers who want the feel of enjoying a beverage at home can cozy up at The Ross House Coffee Roastery. This historic residence, more than a century old, still retains the feel of a home, and customers can plop down in one of the one of its rooms to read or study.
Customers can also fill their bellies with delicious things to eat while enjoying their coffees or teas. The shop sells baklava, oatmeal, and sausage, egg and cheese biscuits, as well as more substantial fare, such as chicken salad and a turkey or ham Panini.
Ross House is located at 150 N. Ross Street in Auburn, and is open from Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. The shop can be reached at 334-734-5150.
World Cup Coffee
Coffee fans who want to enjoy a beverage in a global atmosphere can visit World Cup Coffee, located in the University Village shopping center on South College Street.
This shop, which opened in 2017, offers hot or iced coffee drinks, as well as teas, frozen lemonade, smoothies, and frozen hot chocolate. Patrons also can enjoy a sandwich, bagel or biscuit as they relax in one of the shop’s comfy chairs and observe the décor at World Cup.
World Cup Coffee is located at 1100 S. College Street, Suite 102, in Auburn. It is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. The shop can be reached at 334-887-0004.
University Donut Company
Don’t let the fact that this shop has “Donut” in the title fool you into thinking it’s only a bakery. This sweet shop in downtown Auburn does offer a variety of specialty donuts, including some made with Nutella and Reese’s cups. But the food menu expands to include quiche, croissants, cobblers, and “D’Waffles,” an unglazed yeast donut on a waffle iron, filled with egg, meat and cheese.
Customers can also enjoy a cup of flavored coffee while they munch on a sweet treat from University Donut Company, and browse some of the goods available for purchase at the store, ranging from coffee mugs to cozy socks.
Specialty coffee flavors include blends of caramel, hazelnut, white chocolate, and even Italian eggnog.
University Donut Company is located at 157 E. Magnolia Ave. in Auburn. It is open seven days a week, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and can be reached at 334-750-8086.