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The best coffee culture in Tulsa

For many students, coffee is a very important part of the college experience,  and ORU students are no exception. From hipster coffee shops to brand-name coffee chains, there’s a large selection of places in Tulsa to get your caffeine buzz and study through the night.

For those stuck on campus, there are a few coffee places relatively close.

The local favorite is Nordaggios, colloquially known as “Nords.”  This comfortable shop is conveniently located across the street, tucked into the shopping center at 81st and Lewis.

Though small, they have two comfortable couches, several large tables, and a bar that runs along one wall with plenty of plug-ins for those searching for a place to power up their laptop and do some homework.

The coffee is reasonably priced and made with a French press, which gives their drinks an unmatched authentic flavor that does not disappoint. The only downside of this shop is that its convenient location usually means that it’s crowded. However, if that doesn’t bother you, be sure to stop in and try the refreshing “Iced Runt.”

A second favorite ORU spot is the friendly and welcoming Kaffe Böna. The moment you walk in the door, you are met with a welcoming smile from one of the hospitable baristas.

This coffee shop is built with students in mind. The entire shop is filled with large tables and comfortable chairs, perfect for group projects or study sessions. They even offer computers for those who don’t have one.

The coffee at this shop is more eccentric, offering flavor combinations that cannot be found elsewhere. Located at 91st and Yale, this shop is a bit further away, but it shouldn’t be hard to catch a ride with a friend.

If you’re willing to drive further to see the real coffee scene in Tulsa, you have to take a trip to Shades of Brown at 33rd and Peoria on Brookside. This location is known for their urban atmosphere and comfortable feel.

“Shades,” as it is commonly known, is very much a hole-in-the-wall, but its personality compensates for the small space. Though the comfy feel may tempt you to study there, it’s usually very crowded and that can be a distraction.

Coffee is also a bit pricey, but is delicious nonetheless, and usually served in a hand-made, ceramic mug. Visit for the experience, but don’t expect to get much work done.

Last, but not least, is The Phoenix. Though they’ve been open for less than a year, The Phoenix has become a local favorite. The coffee may be priced a bit steep, but it is very delicious and well worth it.

This eclectic shop is located near downtown at 6th and Peoria. Though it is not very close to campus, it’s a great place to visit.

There is plenty of space to sprawl out: comfortable couches, tall and short tables, booths and even an entire library room.

The Phoenix is definitely worth a visit. If you go, make sure to try out “The Pearl,” a delicious combination of espresso and sweetened condensed milk.

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