As a college student, coffee is one of the most vital components to my academic and social success on a day to day basis. Whether it be cramming for a test, staying up late to write a paper, or simply getting out of bed in the morning, much of my energy is synthetically made up of caffeine. During my three and a half years in Flagstaff, I have become familiar with many of the local coffee shops in town, and can conclude that almost any small shop in town beats the familiar chains you can find anywhere. My focus throughout the years has been to find the best chai in town. A few of my favorites are listed below.
A popular drive through stop for coffee, Wicked offers a wide variety of sweet coffee drinks, as well as teas, chai, and cider. One of the best things about Wicked is their little known secret menu, with drinks like the Starburst, Grasshopper, and Sugar Cookie that are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. They carry Oregon Chai, and a medium costs $4.25. You can personalize this chai with your choices between 2% or half and half milk, and add cinnamon and whipped cream to personalize it to your preferred level of sweetness. Wicked is the perfect stop for a quick coffee fix with a unique twist.
Dutch Bros is a widely known chain, and its recent installment in Flagstaff never seems to slow down. Every time you drive by Dutch Bros, you are almost guaranteed to see a line at least ten cars long. Dutch Bros is known for its peppy customer service, as well as its extensive menu, ranging from twisted sodas to holiday specialties. One of my personal favorite stops for chai costing only $3.46, the Christmas Morning Chai can satisfy any chai craving and put you in the mood for the holidays. Dutch Bros is a good place to go when you’re in the mood to hang out with friends both while you’re waiting to order, and after you’ve driven through. With the amount of drinks on their menu, it would be hard to run out of options while trying new things.
Matador Coffee is a family owned coffee shop with two locations in town. What makes Matador unique is the fact that they roast their own beans in-store, which makes for a unique experience when going in to order a drink. They serve fabulous breakfast sandwiches and burritos, and the friendly employees do their best to make every drink the way you like it. They serve Maya Chai, which is a personal favorite, that rings in at about $4 for a large. Matador is another local business that I hope continues to thrive.
Macy’s is one of the most popular coffee shops in Flagstaff. With a full breakfast and lunch menu, as well as a variety of espresso drinks, Macy’s is another optimal place to hang out and do homework at. This shop has a large menu complete with delicious vegan options that can be hard to find at other cafes in town. Macy’s serves the same chai as Wicked, but charges only $2.85 for a cup. The downside to such a successful coffee shop is that it is literally always packed; finding a spot to do homework can be a stressful yet rewarding endeavor. Located conveniently close to campus, Macy’s will always hold a special place in my heart for their Americanos and pastries.
Campus Coffee Bean
My personal favorite for a long study session. There are booths, tables, and plenty of outlets available in this cozy shop that makes it ideal for getting work done. They serve Seattle’s Best coffee beans, which is the same stuff they use at Starbucks. Their chais are perfect, at $4.98, they come with a sprinkle of cinnamon and promise to keep you warm on a snowy day. One of my favorite things about this shop, and something that makes it unique, is its big selection of teas that line the walls of a corner of the shop. There are plenty of options that cease to impress. CCB has been open for 21 years, and I hope it continues to thrive for many more.