College and coffee often go hand in hand. Staying up all night cramming for a test can lead to a serious need for caffeine to get through the next day’s lectures. During a study session, a good drink can be just what you need to get your work done. Whatever the case may be, Bend is a hub for great, local coffee. Nearly every shop has something unique to offer, whether it’s on the menu or in the atmosphere. We visited five of Bend’s best to help you find the perfect cup.
Bellatazza: located in the heart of downtown Bend, Bellatazza is a vibrant space with a classic cafe vibe.Visit with friends, grab something to read from their newspaper selection, or take your cup to go. (2.3 miles from COCC)
Megaphone Coffee Co.: Megaphone is one of Bend’s newest additions, and can be found just a few steps away from The Lot. Look for the megaphone on the roof! (1.7 miles from COCC)
Looney Bean: Nestled in a cozy cottage on the Deschutes river, Looney Bean is a staple for Bendites year-round. With their warm fireplace in the winter, and their sunny backyard in the summer, they always have a place for you to settle in and stay for a while. (2.2 miles from COCC)
Thump Coffee: A local favorite, Thump originated at their Downtown Bend store, and have since expanded to the 1001 Tech Center near OSU-Cascades. (Downtown: 2.3 miles from COCC, Tech Center: 2.7 miles from COCC)
Backporch Coffee Roasters: Backporch is known for their commitment to quality roasting, and since opening in 2006, have expanded to two additional locations. Visit either of their westside shops, or their midtown location near pilot butte.