An inside look at Mobile’s award-winning Carpe Diem Coffee + Tea Co.—6 things to know

Outside View Of Carpe Diem Coffee &Amp; Tea Co. Source: Carpe Diem Coffee &Amp; Tea Co.
Outside View of Carpe Diem Coffee & Tea Co. (Carpe Diem Coffee & Tea Co.)

Looking for the perfect cozy spot deep in the South? Look no further than Carpe Diem Coffee & Tea Co., located in Mobile, Alabama. From the fresh coffee beans filling the air to the slow jazz flowing through the space, this coffee shop will have you cozied up in no time. Carpe Diem is filled with exciting history and local blends of coffee, tea and pastries.

1. Locally-roasted coffee beans—Brazilian Oro + more

Carpe Diem Coffee &Amp; Tea Co. Roasted Coffee Beans
Carpe Diem Coffee & Tea Co.’s local coffee beans (Carpe Diem Coffee & Tea Co.)

Carpe Diem offers a selection of in-house roasted coffee beans from Brazilian Oro to pumpkin-spice flavored. They also offer Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, a rarity in the United States also sought after in Europe and Japan.

With its rare washed beans, Ethiopian Yirgacheffe delights with its sharp, fruity notes and high acidity. Carpe Diem offers in-store pickup and shipping on their website for our fellow coffee lovers who want to join in on their selection of coffee beans.

2. Carpe Diem was established in 1995

Picture Frames About The History Of Carpe Diem
Inside Carpe Diem Coffee & Tea Co. (Yolanda Carreras / The Bama Buzz)

Established in 1995, Carpe Diem is rich in history. In 2022, this iconic establishment earned the esteemed title of “Best Coffee House” at the Nappies Lagniappe Readers’ Choice Awards, a testament to its profound impact on the Mobile community.

3. Cozy lounging space in Midtown Mobile

Indoor Lounging Area At Carpe Diem Coffee &Amp; Tea Co.
Indoor lounging area at Carpe Diem. (Yolanda Carreras / The Bama Buzz)

Whether you’re looking to unwind with friends or have a solo study session, Carpe Diem is perfect. While it may appear small from the outside, the cozy interior can comfortably accommodate gatherings of friends, coworkers and families.

When the sun peeks out this fall, enjoy outdoor seating in the front or relax on the spacious side patio.

4. Breakfast + lunch at Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem In-Store Drinks Menu
Carpe Diem Coffee & Tea Co. In-Store Menu (Carpe Diem Coffee & Tea Co.)

Carpe Diem offers a range of breakfast and lunch options to go with their amazing coffee and tea selections. Here’s a glimpse of what you can fill up with:


  • Warm Breakfast Bagel
  • Cinnamon Roll
  • Ham + Cheese Croissant

Lunch Specials:

  • Homemade Chicken Salad
  • Classic BLT
  • Hot Turkey + Swiss
  • PB&J

Plus, they’ve got plenty of kid-friendly options if you’ve got little mouths to satisfy.

5. Housemade pastries + sweets at Carpe Diem

Window Display Of Homemade Pastries At Carpe Diem
Pastries on the display at Carpe Diem (Yolanda Carreras / The Bama Buzz)

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, Carpe Diem has you covered there, too! Check out Carpe Diem’s front display to find 100% house-made sweets including Pecan Pie, Old Dutch Mexican ice cream, Strawberry Icebox Pie and luscious Red Velvet Cake. You can browse more of their selection on their website!

6. Close to the University of South Alabama campus

Outside Carpe Diem Coffee &Amp; Tea Co. Sign, Source: Carpe Diem Coffee &Amp; Tea Co.
Carpe Diem Coffee & Tea Co. sign (Carpe Diem Coffee & Tea Co.)

Nestled just a stone’s throw away from the University of South Alabama, Carpe Diem offers a convenient location for students. A short 9-minute drive leads you to the most inviting study spot on campus.

Want to experience Carpe Diem Coffee & Tea Co. for yourself? Here’s where you can find it.

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Yolanda Carreras
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