Coffee Talk

In Angela Vinet, Brittany Strickland, Community by Lola Magazine

Nothing says,“I’M GOING TO MAKE IT THROUGH THIS DAY” like a good cup of joe. Lucky for us, our area has some of the best brews you can find. Be sure to check out all of our local coffee shops complete with good vibes and friendly folks ready to serve up your favorite caffeinated concoction.

SHREVEPORT

Rhino Coffee

Uptown: 721 Southfield Rd.

Shreveport, LA 71106

Downtown: 624 Texas St.

Shreveport, LA 71101

rhinocoffee.com

Bon Temps Coffee Bar

450 Clyde Fant Memorial Pkwy #700

Shreveport, LA 71101

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Lyon’s Pride Coffee in C&C Mercantile

2430 Line Ave.

Shreveport, LA 71104

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Lyons’ Pride Coffee

Coffee is LIFE at Lyons’ Pride Coffee, exclusively in C & C Mercantile. Here, shoppers are treated to samples of freshly roasted coffees either hot or cold – it matters not to Peter Lyons, coffee expert and owner of Lyons’ Pride Coffee. Offering specialty beans hand-picked and imported from Costa Rica, soon to be roasted locally, these beans have some great names, such as Red River Blend, and are packaged with local artists’ work on the labels. Peter is passionate about coffee, having earned a professional degree in coffee roasting.  

With his goal to educate the coffee conscience, Peter can teach people how to brew different coffees as well as help them develop their palates to find a bean and brew of choice.  The name of Peter’s business is a big clue as to his true desires. Peter has dreams of working with the marginalized workforce. From people with special needs to battered women, Peter wants to help them all by training them in the art of coffee making and serving.  Even wanting to train delinquent youth for their own storefront selling coffee like lemonade, Peter truly wants a pride of people he can empower with real world skills, hence Lyons’ Pride.

Shaking his martini shaker, this Tom Cruise of Coffee can mix up just about anything from desert drinks to coffee-tinis in no time. Making 2,000 pounds of coffee, he sells a ton of coffee (pun intended) and has created a watering hole where people come to get included into a small, eclectic natured, diverse group.

CCs Coffee House

4735 Youree Dr.
Shreveport, LA 71105

9488 Ellerbe Rd.
Shreveport, LA 71106
ccscoffee.com

Retro 521 Coffee. Cafe. Venue.

521 Barksdale Blvd.
Bossier City, LA 71111
retro521.com

Jelks Coffee Roasters

456 W 61st St, Shreveport, LA 71106
jelks-coffee.com

4J’s Java & More

605 Texas Ave.
Shreveport, LA 71101
4jscoffee.com

Allegro Coffee Company

1380 E 70th St.
Shreveport, LA 71105
allegrocoffee.com

GOLA Coffee

1 University Pl.
Shreveport, LA 71115
shreveportbcm.com/gola

RUSTON

Parish Press

1007 N Trenton St.
Ruston, LA 71270
parish-press.business.site

Railway Coffee

130 W. Park Ave.
103 Pelican Blvd.
202 W. Mississippi Ave.
Ruston, LA 71270
www.railwaycoffee.com

Railway Coffee

Roasting beans since 2015, Railway Coffee has quickly become a coffee hot spot in Ruston, Louisiana, with several locations the beans are booming.  With one location downtown in Railroad Park and the other in The Nest just North of town, coffee lovers can get their fix all around Ruston. Importing their beans from all over the world, Railway Coffee perfects the art and science of roasting for a perfect brew. Co-owner Mike Davis said it best, “Coffee Roasting is an art and a science. You have to understand the science to make the art – one doesn’t work without the other.”

Their bestselling bean is the Columbian for expressos and by the bags as a crowd pleaser with its medium roast and interesting flavor notes of nutty chocolate that people tend to gravitate towards.  Another fan favorite is the Nicaraguan beans with hints of cherry. Roasting guru Mike explained that the bean flavor depends upon the country of origin which is why coffee can have such a huge spectrum of flavors for him to highlight as a roaster.

A great place to stop by for a cup of joe on the go or group study sessions, Railway Coffee has plenty of room to spread out, wifi, healthy lunch options from Crumbs Catering, and some delicious brews for any day’s craving.

MONROE

Bayou Brew House

7129 Desiard St.
Monroe, LA 71203
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Cypress Coffee

523 DeSiard St.
Monroe, LA 71201
No official website or Facebook

Cypress Coffee, Co.

Cypress Coffee, Co. is the spot to sip on some tasty beans in Monroe, Louisiana’s historic district on Desiard Street. Within walking distance to the Ouachita River, this downtown location is stylish and ready to serve up some coffee along with tasty treats. The perfect work spot or grab and go, the coffee bar is ready to serve.

A family affair, Cypress Coffee, Co. is operated by Shelby Sheppard whose passion for coffee has turned into a full-time love affair.  Her parents, Phillip and Teresa Sheppard, also own, Bayou Brewhouse – a college coffee brewhouse where Teresa whips up cinnamon rolls the size of a softball daily.  Often sold out by noon, most loyal customers reserve their rolls early. Cypress Coffee, Co. has the same treats as the Bayou Brewhouse, delivered daily and pairing well with their blends.  A local favorite is the Bayou Bleu for dark coffee lovers; however their aptly named Cypress Crossing is the house specialty with a lighter roast, tropical fruit flavoring and hints of caramel.  Known for their seasonal blends as well such as the King Cake Latte, one of the staples on the menu is the Heath Bar Latte which sounds like the perfect drink to sip with a massive, home-made cinnamon roll.

CC’s Coffee House

2350 Tower Dr.
Monroe, LA
ccscoffee.com