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What a Grind WITH COFFEE CAFES AS NUMEROUS IN CERTAIN NEIGHBORHOODS AS BARS (AND OFFERING DIFFERENT VIBES AND LEVELS OF EXPERTISE) IT CAN BE A TASK TO FIGURE OUT WHERE TO GET YOUR NEXT CAFFEINE FIX. By Lindsey Mills

For 21 years I didn’t drink coffee. I couldn’t stand it. Even those super-sweet-almost-a-milkshake concoctions from local coffee houses and big names like Starbucks, I absolutely could not handle. I know, gasp. In my final year of college, however, I gave it a real shot. I started with iced coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts and worked into more serious drinks like regular coffee and lattes. Now, I drink at least one, sometimes two — three when I’m desperate — cups of coffee a day. When I wake up, I think, “Mmm coffee.” I’m sure I can’t be the only one who started drinking coffee later in the game. What got you drinking the energy packed bitter-goodness? Was it the draw of caffeine to fuel your day, the marketing of delightful holiday drinks, or the lure of cozy coffee shops that drew you in? Perhaps it was all of the above. I enjoy making a cup of coffee at home, snuggling on the couch to drink it, and taking in those moments as the caffeine does something magical to my body, my motivation, and my mindset. However, as much as I love homemade coffee, I really love ordering a fancy drink from a coffee shop, settling into a comfy corner to do some work, and seeing that lovely design they create in the foam.

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It’s difficult for me to knock out projects and work on the computer from home. The atmosphere at a coffee shop gives me that boost I need. Maybe it’s because I feel like I’m in a cute little movie, or maybe it’s because my bed isn’t around the corner calling my name. Whatever the case, a great coffee shop is something I place high on the list of priorities. Luckily for me, Tulsa has ample to offer. I just keep trying new ones. And returning to my favorites.

Cirque Coffee 1317 E. 6TH ST. | TULSA

This spot deserves recognition for good coffee and a great set up. The bar is beautifully sculpted, and the wall is a work of art. The vibe of this place feels more modern than cozy, more social than workish. I went to write this article, but will return to hang out with friends.

Coffee House on Cherry Street

Foolish Things Coffee Company

1502 E. 15TH ST. | TULSA

1001 S. MAIN ST. | TULSA

I go for the coffee; I stay because I have to sit down and eat one of those magical desserts. CHOC, as some people call it, offers a variety of cookies, pies, and cakes that more than satisfy my sweet tooth. It’s difficult to choose from the beautiful cakes and pies, so if possible, take a friend so that you can sample theirs. CHOC also caters to gluten-free and vegan needs.

I walked up to the counter, perused the coffee list, and asked for that day’s espresso with a flavor. I only thought I had become a real coffee drinker. “The day’s espresso” is referring to a single shot, as the man at the counter kindly explained. I ordered a latte, but resisted a cookie, and sat down at this modern, comfortable coffee spot.

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January 2019 (Vol. 33, No. 1)  

Where to Dine. What to Do. Where to Find It. When It's Happening. Preview 918 A regional magazine of national stature, Preview 918 has rema...

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Where to Dine. What to Do. Where to Find It. When It's Happening. Preview 918 A regional magazine of national stature, Preview 918 has rema...