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A Student’s Guide to F-M’s Best Coffee Shops

All About Food | August 19th, 2015

By Sabrina Hornung and Diane Miller

Atomic Coffee

805 30th Ave. S, Moorhead
222 Broadway, Fargo

Hours:
Mon to Wed 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. / Thurs to Sat 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. / Sun 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Coffee: 
Organic and fair trade drip coffee and espressos, specialty drinks and cold pressed coffee

Food and other drinks:
Soups, salads, sandwiches, bagels, hummus wraps, baked goods, teas and smoothies

Good for studying or meeting?

Photo by Sabrina HornungCan be busy and noisy during the daytime, especially the downtown location. However, Atomic is mostly quiet in the evenings. There is a meeting room in the back of the downtown location that can accommodate a large group and can be reserved free of charge. Limited outdoor seating available in Moorhead.

Local art or music?
Both locations show local art and give artists opportunities to exhibit. Live music is featured rarely.

Alcohol?
Both locations sell beer and wine, though only Moorhead has craft beers on tap.

Wi-Fi?
Yes

Babb’s Coffee House

604 Main Avenue Fargo
babbscoffeehouse.com

Hours:
Mon to Fri 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. / Sat. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. / Sun 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Coffee:

Photo by Megan RedfieldCoffee beans are roasted and air-lifted from Seattle on a weekly basis. Full menu of lattes, espresso drinks and more.

Food and other drinks:
Soups, salads, wraps, cold sandwiches, quesadillas, breakfast items, baked goods, shakes, teas and sodas.

Good for studying or meeting?
Open and elegant atmosphere makes Babb’s a good spot to meet and study. Traffic can get heavy during the day; however, there’s plenty of seating space. Conference room available for a fee.

Local art or music?
Local artists featured on walls regularly. Live acoustic/solo performers featured on occassion.

Alcohol?
No

Wi-Fi?
Yes. Obtain password card after purchase.

Caribou Coffee

1450 25th St S Ste 106, Fargo4101 13th Ave S, Fargo
2605 8th St S, Moorhead

Photo by Jared WinmillCariboucoffee.com

Hours:
Mon to Thurs 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. / Fri 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. / Sat 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. / Sun 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Coffee:
Coffee is Rainforest Alliance Certified. Menu features not only drip coffee but a variety of espresso drinks and specialty drinks.

Food and other drinks:
Variety of blended drinks (like smoothies), teas, sodas, juices and drinks for children. Food menu consists of hot sandwiches and baked goods such as cookies, scones and muffins.

Good for studying or meeting?
Yes. Lines can get long during busy hours. However, all locations have a lovely atmosphere and are warm and inviting for studying or meeting.

Alcohol?
No

Local art or music?
Local music featured on occasion

Wi-Fi?
Yes

Dunn Bros

1310 25th St S, Fargo
1895 45th St S, Fargo
dunnbros.com

Hours:
Mon to Fri 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. / Sat 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. / Sun 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Coffee:
Single origin coffee beans are “micro-roasted” on site. Handcrafted coffee, cold press and espresso drinks available.

Food:

Photo by Jared WinmillFull breakfast and lunch menu includes breakfast burritos and sandwiches. Teas and all-natural smoothies also available.

Good for studying or meeting?
Yes. Atmosphere is quiet and comfortable enough for studying or meeting with a smaller group.

Local art or music?
No

Alcohol?
No

Wi-Fi?
Yes

Josie’s Corner Cafe and Bake Shop

524 Broadway, Fargo
Check out Josie's on Facebook

Hours:
Mon to Fri 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. / Sat 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. / Sun Closed

Coffee:
Coffee and espresso drinks; smooth cold pressed coffee

Photo by Sabrina HornungFood and other drinks:
Full lunch menu with soups, salads and sandwiches, fresh baked pies, large assortment of cookies and bars

Good for studying or meeting?
Intimate atmosphere makes it a great meeting place, though Josie’s closes early and has more of eat-and-go focus that may not be ideal for studying.

Local art or music?
Location exhibits local art and give artists opportunities to exhibit.

Alcohol?
No

Wi-Fi?
No

Luna 

1545 South University Dr, Fargo
Lunafargo.com

Hours:
Mon to Sat 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. / Sun Closed

Coffee:
Features fair trade organic beans from different regions including Indonesia and Tanzania. Serve coffee ice cube, lattes, espresso drinks and more.

Photo by Sabrina Hornung

Food:
Area’s largest selection of artisanal cheese, seasonal-focused dinner and lunch menu and in-house-made pastries. Local ingredients are used whenever possible.

Good for studying or meeting?
Works great for studying anytime before 3:30 p.m. After that time, Luna turns into a restaurant and is great for meetings, big or small. Limited outdoor seating available.

Art or music?
Location exhibits local art and give artists opportunities to exhibit.

Alcohol?
Craft-beer focused menu. Variety of wines available by the glass or bottle.

Wi-Fi?
Yes

Moxie Java

115 4th St S, Moorhead
111 Broadway, Fargo
moxiejavafargo.com

Hours?
Fargo: Mon to Fri 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. / Sat 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Moorhead: Mon to Sat 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. / Sun 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Photo by Megan Redfield

Coffee:
Cross-bred, air-roasted coffee beans. Espresso, cold press, drip coffee and specialty drinks served.

Good for studying or meeting?
Yes. Downtown location is especially relaxed. Mornings/daytime at the Moorhead Moxie can be very busy, yet suitable for meetings. Outdoor seating available.

Food and other drinks?
Bagel sandwiches, baked goods, salads, teas and Italian sodas

Alcohol?
No

Local art or music?
No

Wi-Fi?
Yes

Nichole’s Fine Pastry

13 8th St S, Fargo
nicholesfinepastry.com

Hours:
Tues to Wed 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. / Thurs to Sat 8 a.m to 10 p.m. / Sun and Mon Closed

Coffee:
Espresso drinks and french press coffee from Stumbeano’s.

Food:

Photo by Sabrina HornungVast assortment of gourmet desserts, gelato, soups, salads and sandwiches. Also offers loose leaf teas, steamers, hot chocolate, hot chai, Italian and bottled sodas and seasonal favorites such as apple cider.

Good for studying or meeting?
Not ideal for studying due to lack of WiFi and heavy restaurant traffic. However, it’s a great place to meet for lunch or dessert with a smaller group. Limited outdoor seating available.

Alcohol?
Wine and sparkling wine

Local art or music?
Location exhibits local art and give artists opportunities to exhibit.

Wi-Fi?
No

Red Raven Espresso Parlor

916 Main Ave, Fargo
redravenespressoparlor.com

Coffee:
Organic and fair trade coffee, espresso drinks, lattes and specialty drinks available.

Food and other drinks:

Photo by Sabrina HornungVegan and vegetarian sandwich options, baked goods, fruit smoothies, espresso shakes, Italian sodas, bottled beverages, steamers, hot chocolate and cider.

Good for studying or meeting?
Ideal for studying or meeting during the morning through early evening. Events and concerts may occur during the evening -- check calendar. The Raven’s outdoor patio is secluded and peaceful and has plenty of outlets for electronics. A community room can be reserved free of charge.

Hours?
Mon to Fri 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. / Sat 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. / Sun 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Alcohol?
No

Music or Art?
Local art always featured on walls. Local and traveling musicians perform here regularly. Open mic comedy happens on Tuesday nights and spoken word poetry jams once a month. On the first Saturday of the month, the Raven hosts a Makers Market.

Wi-Fi?
Yes

Sandy’s Donuts & Coffee Shop

300 North Broadway in downtown Fargo
301 Main Avenue West, West Fargo

Photo by Sabrina Hornungwww.sandysdonuts.com

Hours:
West Fargo: Mon to Fri 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. / Sat 5:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. / Sun Closed
Downtown: Mon to Sat 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. / Sun Closed

Coffee:

Photo by Sabrina HornungFeatures Stumbeano’s Coffee, serving lattes, drip coffee, iced coffee, espresso, mochas and more.

Food and other drinks:
Widest selection of donuts (from glazed to frosted to long johns) in the F-M area; both locations feature a lunch menu complete with soups and cold or grilled sandwiches.

Good for studying/meeting?
Sandy’s intimate atmosphere makes it great place for meeting one-on-one or with a smaller group. Works as a study location for those who don’t mind constant in-and-out traffic during busy hours.

Alcohol?
No

Art or music?
No

Wi-Fi?
Yes

Starbucks

2511 Kirsten Ln S #106, Fargo
4900 13th Ave SW, Fargo
906 Holiday Dr, Moorhead
starbucks.com

Hours:
Open everyday 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Coffee:
Among the most ubiquitous high-quality coffee in the world. Offers everything from regular coffee to specialty espresso drinks and lattes.

Food and other drinks:
Packaged meals, desserts, salads and drinks available.

Photo by Jared Winmill

Good for studying or meeting?
Yes. All locations heavily used by students and workers. The environment at all locations is busy but relaxing. Outdoor seating available at most locations.

Alcohol?
No

Local art or music?
No

Wi-Fi?
Yes

Stumbeanos

210 Broadway N, Fargo
Stumbeanos.com

Hours:

Photo by Megan RedfieldMon to Thurs 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. / Fri 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. / Sat 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. / Sun 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Coffee:
Small batch, freshly roasted coffee. Multiple brew methods offered, including pour over, drip and aeropress. Thoughtfully crafted espresso, specialty drinks and seasonal homemade syrups.

Food and other drinks:
Specialty chocolates and bars, on-site prepared cereal with seasonal toppings.

Good for studying or meeting?
Yes. The shop is small and intimate and mostly quiet with light music playing in the background. The location works for small meetings. An outdoor patio is shared with Boiler Room.

Local art or music?
Local art always featured on the walls.

Alcohol?
No

Wi-Fi?
Yes

Teaberry

119 Broadway, Fargo
teaberry.biz

Hours:
Mon to Thurs 10:30 am to 11 pm / Fri 10:30 to 12 a.m. / Sat 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. / Sun Closed

Coffee:
French press Vietnamese coffee and coffee boba. Multiple natural flavor additives to choose from.

Food and other drinks:
Large assortment of teas and boba teas available.

Photo by Sabrina Hornung

Good for studying or meeting?
Yes. The atmosphere is very relaxed and serene. There’s plenty of comfortable seating for group meetings, large or small.

Local art or music?
Live music featured on occasion.

Alcohol?
No

Wi-Fi?
Yes

Twenty Below Coffee Co 

14 Roberts St, Fargo
20belowcoffee.com

Hours:
Mon to Fri 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. / Sat 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. / Sun Closed

Coffee:
Fair trade organic coffee; direct-trade farmer-relationship focused; multiple brew methods used, including pour over. Pay-what-you-want drip coffee is available everyday.

Food and other drinks:
Waffles, desserts, banana whips, macaroons, granola and a variety of teas.

Good for studying or meeting?
Yes. Location is usually busy and sometimes noisy, but it is comfortable and relaxing with good music playing in background. Plenty of communal seating for meetings, big or small.

Alcohol?
No

Photo by Megan RedfieldLocal art or music?
Local art always featured on the walls. Live music, including acoustic acts and full bands, featured on occasion.

Wi-Fi?
Yes

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