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3 Stops for Great Coffee Breaks in Tuscaloosa


If you’re looking for a break from your studies at The University of Alabama, you’ll have plenty of cool options in Tuscaloosa. Take a look through our list of the best coffee shops near UNCOMMON Tuscaloosa, then get out and find your favorite.

Looking for a Hip Tuscaloosa Coffee Shop?

Located on 22nd Avenue at Seventh Street, Monarch Espresso Bar offers some of the best coffee in Tuscaloosa in a welcoming environment that “unreservedly embraces everybody.” When you want a trendy spot where you can enjoy a top-notch espresso, you’ll find it here. Order up a classic or check out their creative specialties, like the Turbo Lemonade – with espresso, lemon, and tonic – and The Parker, an enticing salty caramel latte. Originally funded by a Kickstarter campaign, this community-supported coffee shop has maintained a focus on people, providing great service and warm vibes to match their high-quality coffee.

Where Can You Find Local Alabama Coffee Roasters?

Turbo Coffee Roasters adds local flair to the global diversity of their coffee, carefully selecting beans from choice farms around the world before roasting them onsite in Tuscaloosa. From their cafe and roastery on Eighth Street and 20th Avenue near campus, Turbo dishes out exceptional coffee in a laid-back atmosphere. In addition to the traditional espresso drinks, you’ll find unique offerings like the Green Eye (a matcha tea latte with espresso), tasty homemade pastries, and a large selection of acai bowls and smoothies, making this the perfect escape for a healthier snack in the middle of your day.

Hunting for a Sweet Coffee Treat in Tuscaloosa?

With its distinctive interior and deep roots in the city, Heritage House Coffee & Tea provides a homegrown coffee experience unlike any other. A friendly staff known for unbeatable service complements the cool atmosphere, and when you’re looking to treat yourself to a dessert coffee, these gourmet drinks will deliver. You can also fill up on hearty snacks like the locally famous homemade scones and the loaded Baked Oatmeal. Thankfully, this shop’s location on Jack Warner Parkway near the Tuscaloosa Riverwalk means you can get out to stretch your legs after indulging here.

Once you’re fueled up, head back to UNCOMMON Tuscaloosa to hit the books at our study lounge or the onsite computer bar. Check out our other blog posts for more insider information about life in Tuscaloosa.


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