Caffeine Quest: The Lesser Known Coffee Houses of OKC and Beyond (Part III)

When we last left our caffeinated heroes…

Winter is coming, or so an old television show once warned me. My former neighbor Amy and I braved the chilly weather for another triple-play of coffee and coffee-like drinks in the latest installment of this semi-noble quest for the unknown, unpopular and underserved caffeine-houses in Oklahoma City, armed with only a few dollars, a rapier wit and her monolithic automobile.

Driving to our first spot, we quickly fell back into our monthly routine that most people would often mistake for the well-established rapport of old friends, backhandedly laughing at the irksome pains and quirky nuances of our professional days and amateur nights, the only thing to hopefully warm us up, a hot cup of coffee in our hands.

As we pulled into Brew Brother, the frigid wind blew through our long hair, oftentimes with a bit of driving drizzle to prove a point. We forged ahead…

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Brew Brother (742 W. Britton Rd.)

In the fowl-based edifice known as Owl Court is a smallish building that, with the outside appearance of a fairy tale cottage—one that has a history of being everything from a gas station to a taxidermy shop—is the latest coffee-shop on the block, Brew Brother.

Essentially a one-man operation, the brewing bro sits in this magical shop, crafting new and exciting caffeinated drinks that no one else in Oklahoma City is even bothering to attempt. While Amy ordered the extravagant Vanilla Latte ($6.00), in the spirit of the holiday season I had the Sweet Potato Pie Latte ($8.00).

While, of course, the Vanilla Latte was a thing of beauty, the Sweet Potato Pie Latte was a thing of actual art. Perfectly encapsulating my favorite pie in liquidic form, it’s the type of drink that makes you excited to try whatever this brother is brewing up next. As a bonus, keep your receipts and, on Sunday, come back later that afternoon for a couple of free drip coffees.

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La Oaxaquena Bakery (741 SW 29th)

This famed Mexican bakery is best known for their transcendent selections of pan dulce on the daily, but did you know they are also one of the few coffee outlets running down SW 29th? The line was long, as you’d expect on a brawny Sunday, but, with a bag of cookies and pastries in one hand, I requested a cup of coffee ($1.00) and a brown mug of Taza de Chocolate ($4.00).

As Amy and I gently munched on the bountiful baked gods, savoring them while we were still alive, I sipped the coffee, a rich roast with a cinnamon kick to it that is unlike any other coffee in town. And that’s all well and good, but the rich Mexican chocolate is the true cause célèbre here; it’s enough to make sure every time you have a chocolate craving to cross the river for the real deal.

We sat there longer than we should have, even ordering a blissful carne asada torta for a mildly late lunch. Is there anything that La Oaxaquena can’t do? I’m going to have to return in a few weeks to deliver a full-stomached report.

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The Underground Coffee (1621 S. Douglas Blvd, Ste. C, Midwest City)

While the Underground Coffee isn’t as underground as a Marxist revolutionary like myself would like, the coffee drinks are definitely true freedom fighters of caffeinated liberty. It’s a very spacious atmosphere that Amy said would be conducive for either writing a podcast or recording a podcast—she has a podcast in the works, by the way.

The last stop on this month’s java jaunt, the menu was absolutely loaded with warm drinkables; I partook in the $87 Latte—thankfully not $87, but $3.80—and Amy swooped down on the London Fog ($3.15) like the notorious slasher of yore, but with, you know, tea.

The $87 Latte was a prime mix of tooth-decaying sweets like caramel, butterscotch and vanilla topped with a pert caramel sauce that woke up whatever restful desires the end of the day was bestowing upon me. Amy’s London Fog was your basic Earl Grey tea in steamed milk with a bit of vanilla syrup. It might not have been coffee but, at that moment, it suited her perfectly.

To be continued…

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5 Responses


  1. Okay, I’m sure to get jumped on by Graychin in his role as protector of all oppressed people everywhere, but how is “liquidic” different from “liquid”, other than it having two more letters?
    Also, I admit to being mystified by much of the paragraph:
    “Driving to our first spot, we quickly fell back into our monthly routine that most people would often mistake for the well-established rapport of old friends, backhandedly laughing at the irksome pains and quirky nuances of our professional days and amateur nights, the only thing to hopefully warm us up, a hot cup of coffee in our hands.”
    So, y’all are not old friends? Y’all don’t have a well-established rapport? You were sarcastically laughing at your pains and nuances?
    I guess I’m just having a slow Monday. I’ve gotten lost in a pile of adjectives that seem much like the limbs on my curb.
    Oh, well, I like coffee.


    1. I think liquidic is the game Harry Potter and his classmates played.


  2. Glad to see that someone has brought the stone
    building on Britton back to life. Seems like it has
    sit vacant forever and every time I’d drive by I’d
    feel like it was a shame nobody cared enough to
    restore such a cool looking building and make use
    of it.

    Who knows …. with commercial property being so
    expensive, maybe the rest of the area will very slowly
    turn into a Plaza District type area.


    1. Maybe they’ll call it Great Britton.


  3. Great series and here’s to another search, store bought coffee.

    COVID was just beginning and grocery store stopped selling bulk coffee, supplies and stock were dwindling. Getting a bag of coffee was no longer by choice, it was get some or not. While trying to stock up with whatever was available we reluctantly purchased a bag of some unknown coffee at Sam’s. But hey we’re at least going to have some caffeinated brown water if nothing else.

    Wowsa! Surprised I’ve not seen anyone else do it the same way. MASH-UP coffee it’s Peruvian, Columbian, Honduran roasted together to make an awesome brew. Only issue is it’s a SAM’S Club exclusive.
    boyerscoffee /pages/mash-up-coffee

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