When Dunkin Donuts puts cream and sugar in your medium iced butter pecan latte for the third consecutive day (when you clearly asked for skim and Splenda,) you might need a break from the mass produced, often-times stale coffee most broke college students are used to. As an alternative, here are the top 10 places near campus you can go for premium coffee.
1. 401 Cafe
100 Fortin Road, S.K.
Mon-Thurs: 6:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Fri: 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sat & Sun: 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
The 401 Cafe is conveniently on campus in the emporium when you’re really not feeling a small iced coffee combo from Rhody Market. Supplied by TLC coffee roasters, 401 offers over 20 unique flavors like banana walnut and Swiss chocolate almond. Also available are breakfast sandwiches, pastries, bagels and a specialty sandwich, “The Elvis”, which has grilled banana on toast with peanut butter or Nutella.
2. TLC Coffee Roasters
3362 Kingstown Road, West Kingston
6 a.m- 5 p.m.
Small, quaint and right down the road from campus, TLC’s offers coffee flavors similar to Dunkin Donuts, but are homemade with richer flavor. Their prices are reasonable, and the breakfast sandwiches are made with fresh ingredients to order.
3. Cool Beans Cafe
18 Kingstown Road, Narragansett
Mon-Sun: 7 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Not only do they serve fresh coffee, espresso, tea, smoothies, Bagelz’ bagels, paninis, salads, pastries and gelato, but they also serve beer and wine. Because who doesn’t need a crisp beer with their bagel? This place is literally cool beans.
4. Coffee n’ Bagel Connection
1175 Boston Neck Rd, Narragansett
6 a.m.- 3 p.m.
This place is cash only, but with daily sandwich specials for $2.99 Monday through Friday and a drive thru for customers just ordering coffee, it’s hard to complain. Also, mostly a grab-n-go places with many customers coming in and out.
5. Fuel Coffee Bar
904 Boston Neck Rd, Narragansett
6 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fuel Coffee Bar is surf themed with artwork of waves hovering the countless straws, milks, creams and sugars available to customers to adjust their coffee. Fuel has much more available seating than TLC’s or Coffee n’ Bagel Connection and offers stronger espresso drinks made with coffee beans soaked in essential oils for 24 hours prior to brewing. Try snickerdoodle or sea salt caramel mocha iced coffees and their white or dark hot chocolates made as lattes.
6. Brewed Awakenings Coffeehouse
60 S. County Commons Way, Wakefield
5 a.m.-10 p.m.
Brewed Awakenings has ample seating for doing work or winding down. It features fresh brewed coffee, lattes, teas and large frozen speciality drinks like the “Grasshopper” made with milk, chocolate sauce and creme de menthe syrup. Car shows and live music are also often held outside the coffeehouse throughout the year.
7. Java Madness
134 Salt Pond Rd, Wakefield
6 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Java Madness is on the waterfront at Stone Cove Marina with an abundant menu and inexpensive prices. They also offer boxes of joe to go!
8. Bess Eaton
621 Kingstown Rd, Wakefield
5 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Bess Eaton’s is famous for their 32 oz large iced coffee called “The Tank”, but also makes their many flavors of iced coffee exclusively with their signature crushed ice.
9. Sweet Althea’s
406A Main St, Wakefield
Tues-Thurs: 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fri & Sat: Â 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sun: Â 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Â
Sweet Althea’s is primarily known for their wedding cakes and unique cupcake flavors like cherry coke, the rolo and the linus, but serve a full line of coffee, espresso, cappuccinos and lattes. They also donate to neglected and abused animals, which is always a plus.
10. Jitters Cafe
530 Tower Hill Rd, N.K/Wickford Village
6 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Jitters serves fresh baked muffins, bagels and pastries all day with coffee and a full lunch menu as well. They also serve Red Bull fruit fusions, like Razzbull’s but with different flavors and fresh fruit.