SEARCY, Ark. – Looking for a great cup of coffee in Searcy? There are a number of locally owned coffee shops and java joints that offer an array of flavors and atmospheres guaranteed to satisfy your caffeine craving.

Midnight Oil Coffee House

Located on the corner of Harding University’s campus, Midnight Oil or “MO,” is a local favorite to many, especially the students. At first glance this former house appears more rustic in comparison to other coffee shops in Searcy. However, its aged character is considered one of Midnight Oil’s prized attributes. When you step through the door you’ll instantly notice the positive spirit held within its walls. Everything about the coffee house is supportive of its local community; from the Arkansas coffee it brews to the rotation of artwork from local artists found on the walls.

MOs offers a number of “specialty drinks.” But the two favorites in town are the “Black Bear” — a latte with hints of maple and black walnut — and the “Fred” — a latte with a mix of vanilla and cinnamon, both of which can be served hot or iced.

Photo by: Allie Anderson. Coffee from KIBO Midnight Oil isn’t just popular, it’s a great way to support a great cause.

Mr. Postman Expresso

Serving Searcy as a post office, coffee shop, and novelty store, Mr. Postman Expresso has it all! High energy and bright colors radiate within this productive store, leaving you feeling accomplished. The store is filled with eclectic gifts from candles, lotions, soaps, t-shirts, and even small home décor items. Stop by and grab a gift for that party you forgot about, or go through the drive-through if you’re on the run. If you’re looking to stay awhile, enjoy your coffee like you’re right at home; on a couch by the fire or at a kitchen table. Either way, a stop by Mr. Postman’s is never a stop regretted.

Frequent Postman goers suggest the “Goldsmith,” a latte with white chocolate, vanilla, and caramel, or the “Flannel,” a latte with white chocolate, hazelnut, maple, and toasted marshmallow.

STU’s Brew Coffee and Espresso

With two locations, STU’s Brew is definitely the fastest local coffee shop option. These two coffee huts offer quality coffee drinks to those on the go. If you’re in a rush or don’t have time to sit, STU’s Brew is a must-visit and a favorite for many Searcy coffee lovers!

Local’s favorites at STU’s Brew are the “Caramel Macchiato,” “White Chocolate Mocha,” or a frozen drink called the “Granita.”

Stu’s has two locations in town for your convenience; 304 E. Beebe-Capps Expressway and 2909 E. Race Street. You can also check them out on Facebook.

Photo by: Allie Anderson. Get your coffee to go at one of Stu’s Brew’s two drive-thru locations.

Chit Chat and Chew Cafe

If you’re looking for a plain ol’ cup of coffee, but want a unique roast, Chit Chat and Chew offers just that with its Michigan-based beans. The restaurant holds a “vintage diner,” theme making this cup an immediate unique experience in comparison to other cups in town. Chit Chat and Chew is the only establishment in the area that offers a brew from the White Bear Coffee Company out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. In addition to their diverse cup of coffee, the menu offers some great and unique breakfast and lunch items.

Grab a table at 110 W. Race Ave and check out the menu for yourself.

Photo by: Julia Rippey. Come grab a coffee concoction at Rise & Grind, inside the Natural Food Store.

Rise & Grind Coffee Company

Searcy’s very own hidden coffee gem is tucked away in the Natural Food Store off of Main Street. The Natural Food Store is a community-centered local grocer where people come to regain their health, so why not regain a little energy while you’re at it. Along with coffee, Rise & Grind’s coffee bar offers over 55 flavors of herbal teas. Plus, you can customize any drink with add-ins from the store such as Matcha, collagen, and numerous other “super-food” powders.

Their best seller is a signature drink called “The Grind”- a concoction of secret ingredients, featuring nutty elements.

The next time you find yourself cruising down Main Street, swing by the Natural Food Store at 500 S. Main Street to peruse the aisles with a freshly poured cup of coffee in hand-we have a feeling you’re going to like it!

Photo by Namon Pope.

Smoothin’ & Groovin’

For those times when you’re looking for a less traditional source of energy than your typical hot cup of joe, Smoothin’ and Groovin’ has you covered. Located on Race street directly across from Harding University, this groovy smoothie bar with bright, retro decor offers a variety of organic, vegan, gluten-free, and locally-sourced caffeinated options.

If you want to keep things classic, Smoothin’ and Groovin’ offers an Iced Cold Brew with a twist; plant-based “mylk” and your choice of low-glycemic or zero-calorie sweetener. If you want something a little sweeter, try the “Maca + Mocha,” a blend of cold brew, maca extract, and cacao.

For breakfast and coffee all in one, try the “Sweet Brew,” a smoothie bowl that combines banana, cold brew coffee, cacao powder, and maca extract. Visit Smoothin’ and Groovin’ in-person at 912 East Race Avenue, on Facebook, or their website.