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At the end of the day, there are a lot of great coffee spots in Northwest Arkansas. For those times that you’re looking for great coffee AND a place that feels like a home away from home, Basecamp Coffee Co. in Fayetteville is just for you.
In May 2018, Heather and Cody Bennett had a mutual friend who knew they had an interest in business. While their business experience up to that point was only inside a classroom, the Bennetts were ready to stake a claim to their native Fayetteville roots.
That mutual friend let them know that Mama Carmen’s Coffee on College Avenue was available for sale and shortly thereafter they jumped in and purchased it. Having frequented the coffee shop for years, they were already in love with it. They took the first year to learn the business, keeping the name – and everything else – just the way it had been for the past eight years of Mama Carmen’s.
Heather and Cody’s intentions were to keep Mama Carmen’s name on the marquee. However, due to governmental restrictions in Guatemala (where Mama Carmen was from), they lost contact and morally felt they should change the name. It didn’t feel right to continue with the namesake when they no longer had access to a connection.
So, they rebranded as Basecamp Coffee Co. because they love the outdoors. “We heard over and over about how this coffee shop was a space for community in Fayetteville. We loved that Basecamp can be a home away from home and challenge you to live life as an adventure. We wanted people to feel welcomed,” Heather shared. “Tons of college students will tell us they lived here. It was their home away from home. And obviously, that’s the feeling that we want you to have when you come here.”
Heather is in care of menu and coffee planning, juggling three kids, working from home, working at the coffee house, and brainstorming with the baristas on menu and coffee quality. Cody is a paramedic for the Springdale Fire Department and runs the ambulance full time. He loves the coffee shop… but it truly is Heather’s baby.
The Bennetts believe that life should be lived as an adventure and that every opportunity in life can be approached as an adventure.
“People can plan for adventures or recover from adventures, be it hikes, school, or a project that you are getting ready for. We want to be that safe place for people. The idea of coffee being your fuel is a nice segue and it encourages people to live life as an adventure. We take our slogan seriously.”
While Basecamp Coffee currently uses Airship Coffee as their roaster, they just added a multi-roaster for their decaf and are looking to be a multi-roaster shop of high-quality items. Basecamp has two exclusive roasts: Trailblazer and Bear Paw.
The Milk and Honey specialty coffee drink is a popular favorite with housemade honey syrup mixed with vanilla and cinnamon. Or perhaps you want a cold brew with Irish crème sweetener with real maple syrup whipped cream on top. Heather’s favorite is the Fireside Mocha, a spicy Mexican cinnamon number (my fav too!).
If you’re in a rush (because you’re in the middle of an awesome adventure), Basecamp can barely keep the housemade grab-and-go burrito in stock. They are delish (and so are their other baked goods).
If you’re planning on staying awhile to sip, visit, work, or dream, I highly recommend the avocado salmon toast with pickled onions. Take your time and savor every bite.
At any time, you’ll most likely find tons of college students who are there to study. But it’s not just students. Moms come to homeschool, professionals to work, and sometimes you may notice a church group quietly studying their Bibles together.
Basecamp has a canister program where you can order an airtight coffee canister. It’s sustainable; so you can come and fill your canister up with bulk coffee and get a 40% discount on your bulk dry coffee beans (with a $35 upfront fee).
T-shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops, mugs, and stickers line the shelves of retail products. In fact, they are always looking for artists who want to showcase their work. Locals created their logo as well as their stickers. Skyline Printing in Gravette prints everything.
A lot. At the end of the day, Heather and Cody know there is a lot of great coffee in Fayetteville and they want to be chosen because people feel completely welcome. “We believe that great coffee is a great catalyst for connecting with great people.”
The next time you find yourself on College Avenue, pull in to Basecamp Coffee Co. and see for yourself how comfortable, tasty, and refreshing your new home away from home really is. Cheers to adventure!
Basecamp Coffee Co.
2850 N College Ave.
Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
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