If you're reading this then you're one of the tens of millions of Americans who can't get their work or college day off to a positive start without a great cup of coffee. It's all about the ritual of heading to your favorite coffee shop, savoring the sounds and smells of your favorite coffee brewing away in the background, and the enjoying that first mouthful, best done with your eyes closed.
Coffee lovers living in Auburn or Opelika can rejoice in the knowledge that our area is home to some of the best coffee shops in the state. We're going to take a quick run through our personal favorites in this blog post, but be sure to let us know if we've missed any.
Toomer's Coffee Shops
How can you tell if a particular coffee shop is extremely popular with its customers? Because they need to open up more than one of them in the same city, and that's exactly what happened with Toomer’s. Trish and Sandy Toomer no longer run these coffee shops, but are still responsible for roasting the coffee served there, so your experience won't change in the slightest.
Toomer’s Coffee Shops have been putting an early-morning spring in the step of the people of Auburn since 2004, and that's down to the high-quality, artisan roasted, healthy coffee they brew every single day. If the idea of sampling coffees from all over the world in a friendly, comfortable atmosphere, appeals to you then you'll love Toomer’s Coffee Shops.
Some of the friendliest and most knowledgeable baristas in Auburn can be found at Prevail Union, formerly known as 'Wake Up Coffee'. For the team behind Prevail Union coffee isn't just a business to them - it's a way of life, and it shows in not just their coffee, but how friendly and helpful every single person working there is.
You get to choose from an amazing range of coffees, but if highly-caffeinated drinks aren't your cup of tea then you...well you can have a chai latté instead. Prevail Union also serves a full range of snacks, and their baristas are more than happy to answer any questions you might have on how they work their caffeine-based magic.
Even with all the other great coffee shops in Auburn and Opelika, there's always room for one more. In this case it's the laid-back, artsy coffee emporium that is Coffee Cat. The fact that this coffee shop is slightly off the beaten track adds to the feeling that you've found a hidden gem, and the welcoming atmosphere and fantastic beverages reinforce that belief after your first visit.
If you're looking for something special then we can heartily recommend their Kenyan coffees. The staff here are so friendly they'll even make coffees or teas based on your suggestions. Coffee Cat will quickly become one of your favorite places to hang out in Auburn.
The Bean Coffee Shop
One of the very first things you'll notice when you walk through the front door of this fine establishment is the quirky, retro seating and decor. There's a real hipster vibe to The Bean Coffee Shop, but minus all the hipsters, which is probably a good thing. There's a social conscience behind what goes on here because you'll only ever drink coffee purchased from Fair Trade roasters. So, you can enjoy your coffee, safe in the knowledge that most of what you've paid for it goes directly back to the farmers who grew and then harvested it.
Don't fancy a coffee? Well, how about a tasty tea, some gelato, a pie or even some fudge? We can recommend the homemade cinnamon rolls by the way - they're to die for!
There you have it - some of the best coffee shops in Auburn, but this isn't an exhaustive list. There are other coffee shops which deserve a mention too, including Mama Mocha's and The Overall Company.
Now, go forth and drink coffee. You'll be glad you did.