Graduate school is a difficult yet extremely rewarding experience. We won’t sugar coat it (pun intended), you’re going to study. You’re going to study a lot. We can probably assume studying isn’t always something you enjoy. Sometimes we need a little extra motivation to crack open that book or write that paper. For many, that motivation comes from the elixir of knowledge otherwise known as coffee. Springfield has an excellent coffee shop selection and we asked two of our graduate students to share their choices when they want to break a mental sweat.
A local favorite, known for their delicious coffee, specialty coffee drinks and great food. They also have a huge selection of loose leaf tea! The walls are covered in local art creating a very cool vibe. If you want to get a big table it is better to come sooner rather than later, as this is a popular venue making it a bit crowded from time to time, but it is open super late. Mudhouse also offers a loyalty card in the event you become a regular.
The Coffee Ethic:
Just down the road from Mudhouse is The Coffee Ethic. This shop has an industrial minimalist feel. They make their own syrups for flavoring drinks, however they have a limited selection. The shop is not as large as others but does have a patio for those days that it’s just too nice to be inside. Should you study late enough The Coffee Ethic also serves local beers and wines.
A new venue to the coffee scene is Kingdom Coffee. This shop has a limited drink selection compared to other shops, however makes up for this with their excellent study space. There are an abundance of outlets and large tables, which are conducive to “setting up shop for the long haul.”
Also in exciting downtown Springfield is Bistro Market. Inside the market is a Starbucks. The market has plenty of seating as well as a quaint bar if you feel the need to celebrate after a vigorous study session. The market also has a small selection of snacks if you need a little brain food.
Classic Rock Coffee:
This hip venue will take you back to the good old days. The music themed venue has a wide array of coffees, smoothies, protein shakes and a food menu. The high-energy music can be good or bad depending on your personal study habits. If you live on the South side of Springfield you’re in luck because this is one of the few shops away from Downtown or Historic C-Street. The Sweet Emotion Espresso drink and War Pig breakfast sandwich come highly recommended for those who prefer to study in the AM.
Have you ever wanted to go to Paris, but were a bit short on funds? Well European Café is your place! The French pastry shop design is unique and vibrant. There is plenty of table seating and fun puzzles to play should you need a study break. The pastries while small are exquisite and we have it on good authority the French Press is wonderful.
Often referred to as “The PoHo” by its regulars, the Potter’s House is the closest coffee shop to campus. If you prefer studying in a comfy arm-chair then this is your place! They have delicious smoothies and coffee drinks, but make sure to bring a snack because there is no food here.
If you’re looking for a place that is off the grid then check out Big Momma’s! Located on C-Street, Big Momma’s is home to the winner of the #1 best vegetarian sandwich in the Ozarks, the Juliette. Big Momma’s also houses live music in its shabby chic atmosphere.
– Alise Dabdoub, I/O Psychology graduate student
– Garrett Nevels, MBA graduate student