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None December 30th, 2013

Winter is perhaps the best time of year to find a great coffee shop, grab a book and settle in with a warm cup of coffee.

Winter is perhaps the best time of year to find a great coffee shop, grab a book and settle in with a warm cup of coffee. You can always find a diner with a bottomless cup of coffee, but why not go all out and enjoy a great cup of coffee in a great space? Around the metro, there are options ranging from converted houses to ultra-sleek modern shops that all take their coffee very seriously.

The Red Cup

3122 N. Classen Blvd. 525-3430

The Red Cup set up shop at NW 31st Street and Classen Boulevard in 1995, and it has changed very little since. Nestled in a converted house surrounded by gardens, The Red Cup has welcomed coffee drinkers (and vegetarians) with its homey feel and eclectic interior that includes local artwork and thrift shop furniture. The exterior is brightly painted with a sculpture of a large cup of coffee sitting high over the front porch.

The Buzz Coffee & Cafe

101 N. Broadway Ave. 232-1109

Few outside of downtown know about the Buzz, but those who do flock to this stop in the Underground below the BancFirst building. (Former first lady Laura Bush even stopped in for coffee once when she was in town. Just sayin’.)

The Buzz was Oklahoma City’s first “Seattle-style” coffee shop with an espresso machine perched on the counter and fresh coffee beans ground for each drink.

This is a great place to stop for a few minutes or a few hours.

Gray Owl Coffee

223 E. Gray St., Norman 701-2929

It can be hard to find a seat at Gray Owl due to its popularity with Normanites, OU students, OU professors and people who love great coffee, but be patient and you will be rewarded. Sitting on E. Gray Street in downtown Norman, the shop is another example of a great local business far removed from the chains along Interstate 35. It’s also open late for those who need help staying awake while studying or for those who need some coffee before or after seeing a band at Opolis a block away.

Kitchen No. 324

324 N. Robinson Ave. 763-5911

While it’s also a restaurant, Kitchen No. 324 has a top-tier coffee bar that serves custom espressos. Come in and grab a comfortable seat, or sit outside, weather permitting. The coffee counter also has fresh pastries to go with that jolt of caffeine.

Everything here is made from scratch and prepared by artisans. Watch your coffee drink as it’s expertly made and poured. You’ll feel like you’re drinking a work of art.

Café Evoke

103 S. Broadway Ave., edmond 285-1522

Café Evoke drips with coolness. Its drink list includes favorites like espresso, cappuccinos, lattes and mochas, or go for a hand-brewed cuppa joe.

Check out the menu online to learn where the coffee comes from. Current offerings include beans from Handsome Coffee Roasters in Los Angeles and Ritual Coffee Roasters in San Francisco. For dairy items, Evoke keeps it close to home with delicious milk from Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy stores.

Cuppies & Joe

727 NW 23rd St. 528-2122

Set in a renovated house, Cuppies and Joe may just be the coziest coffee shop in town. While the main business is cupcakes, the shop serves up custom coffee and espresso drinks to warm you up on cold winter days. It’s almost always crowded, but with several rooms to choose from, most can find a seat pretty easily.

Sip your cup of joe while you watch the world go by, or pair it with a cupcake for the ultimate experience.

Elemental Coffee Roasters

815 N. Hudson Ave. 633-1703

Elemental welcomes coffee lovers in its space that once was an auto repair shop. Large windows offer views to the east, and long tables invite communal seating. When smoke billows from the top of the building, rest assured that the staff is roasting coffee beans.

Order a handcrafted cup of coffee, a rich and delicious shot of espresso or opt for a mocha or latte, which will come out with a design like a heart on top of the milk.



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