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Ray Davies said it best when he sang, “I’m so tired. Tired of waiting. Tired of waiting for yoo-oo-oo.” We’re looking at you, home coffee pot. We’re tired of waiting for you to brew another weak pot of off-brown liquid. The best part of waking up … is rolling into one of the ever-expanding number of great metro coffee shops for a cuppa go juice.

By Greg Elwell

Photos Garett Fisbeck, Erick Perry and Gazette file

Coffee at Clarity Coffee in Oklahoma City, Monday, May 30, 2016. - ERICK PERRY
  • Erick Perry
  • Coffee at Clarity Coffee in Oklahoma City, Monday, May 30, 2016.

Clarity Coffee

431 W. Main St.

claritycoffee.com

405-252-0155

Clarity Coffee owners Chelsea and Steve Willingham are big believers in local roasters, but their new shop is focused on bringing the best coffees in the world to Oklahoma City customers. The Willinghams and staff are laser-focused on putting the coffee to its best use with expert preparation and customer service.

Coffee at Junction Coffee, Thursday, June 2, 2016. - ERICK PERRY
  • Erick Perry
  • Coffee at Junction Coffee, Thursday, June 2, 2016.

Junction Coffee

Mobile

junctioncoffeeokc.com

Roll up to the corner like, “What up? We drive a big bus.” Anybody who has asked for coffee delivery has a kindred spirit in Junction Coffee, a beautifully restored double-decker bus piloted by Nick and Lori Bollinger. This traveling cafe swerves into place before serving up handcrafted espresso drinks and tasty breakfast toasts. Drink up top for the view or share stories downstairs with the friendly owners.

Coffee at All About Cha in Edmond. Sunday, May 29, 2016. - ERICK PERRY
  • Erick Perry
  • Coffee at All About Cha in Edmond. Sunday, May 29, 2016.

All About Cha

3272 S. Broadway Road, Edmond

allaboutcha.net

405-340-9959

Me: “I’ll have the cha, please.”

All About Cha employee: “Do you mean chai?”

Me: “No. The sign says you’re ‘All About Cha,’ so I’d like to try your best cha.”

All About Cha employee: “Oh, you’re Greg. They warned me about you.”

Me: “Please let me stay and have tea.”

?Cafe thun-dah at Vintage Coffee, Thursday, June 2, 2016. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • ?Cafe thun-dah at Vintage Coffee, Thursday, June 2, 2016.

Vintage Coffee

1101 NW 49th St.

facebook.com/vintagecoffeeok

405-752-0038

It’s fresh. Don’t bother going into Vintage Coffee and asking for something in a 2003 because they don’t have it. The barista will look at you like you’re weird and insist Vintage brews coffee fresh every day and that there’s no such thing as a magnum of 1988 Grand Cru Mocha Latte Reserve. That means you and I must settle for delicious hot or iced coffees in a variety of delectable flavors.

Espresso at Leaf & Bean, Thursday, Jun 2, 2016. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Espresso at Leaf & Bean, Thursday, Jun 2, 2016.

Leaf + Bean

321 N. Oklahoma Ave.

leafandbeanokc.com

No matter how much caffeine you need, do not steep tea leaves in coffee. And do not brew coffee with steaming-hot tea. Those are two great tastes that do not taste great together. If you do mix them up, make sure it happens in your stomach after you buy a tall iced tea (leaf) and a scalding-hot latte (bean) at Deep Deuce’s Leaf + Bean. It’ll taste much better that way, though your eyeballs might vibrate out of this reality.

?Horchata latte at Cafe Condensa, Thursday, June 2, 2016. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett FIsbeck
  • ?Horchata latte at Cafe Condensa, Thursday, June 2, 2016.

Cafe Condensa

300 Park Ave.

facebook.com/cafecondesaokc

405-702-5007

From the geniuses who brought us Cafe Kacao comes downtown’s Cafe Condensa. Even people who hate reading have a reason to visit the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library now. Strap in for some pure, uncut joy when you order the irresistible horchata latte or the devilish Nutella latte. There’s also cold brew if you’re hardcore and a green tea latte if you’re absolutely not hardcore.

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Gray Owl Coffee

223 E. Gray St., Norman

405-701-2929

Hoo do you think you are, swooping into our local coffee scene without winging your way by Gray Owl Coffee? It’s a great place for the usually nocturnal denizens of Norman to refill their tanks for a long day of learning. How many sips does it take to get to the bottom of the shop’s café au lait? Just enough that you and your parliament will likely need to order a pastry or two to make it through the afternoon.

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