Five Star Coffee for the Five Star City by Sarah Bunce

When walking through the doors of the Broken Cup Café, one is instantly met with the warm smell of freshly made coffee and delicious treats. The walls are painted a funky bright green with a section of floor-to-ceiling chalkboard where guests leave their marks on the café. The sense of small town hospitality is overflowing, from the warm welcome from the staff to the care that is taken in making your morning breakfast and cup of joe. 

Broken Cup Café, located in the heart of downtown Senatobia, Miss., also known as The Five Star City, is so much more than just a spot to get a cup of your favorite coffee. Crystal Freeman and Brooke Slocum, owners of the Broken Cup Café, have created a warm and inviting space to enjoy a wonderful cup of coffee, eat a delicious meal, or relax and get some work done. “We saw a need for this type of business here in Senatobia. There were no coffee shops in our area,” said Slocum.

"I’ve been so much now that they know exactly what I like and how I like it! I love that we finally have something local that all the residents of the Five Star City can enjoy, from frappés, my fave, to just a good, hot cup of coffee and everything in between. Crystal and Brooke have a great thing going there, and I hope it lasts for many, MANY years!"

~ Regular customer and Senatobian, Morgan White

Freeman and Slocum, along with the help of their families, have worked diligently to open this wonderful establishment. On May 2 of this year, their doors officially opened for business. Since then, these entrepreneurs have been pumping out delicious treats for patrons. All of their coffee flavors come from High Point Roasters in New Albany, Miss. 

When visiting the Broken Cup Café, make sure to try a delicious Broken Cup Club Sandwich made on wheat berry bread and topped with oven-roasted turkey, hickory smoked bacon, American cheese, and the works. If you’re feeling more adventurous, a Sycamore Spiced Pimento and Cheese Sandwich. The pimento and cheese is homemade with a touch of jalapeño, a mix of secret spices, and jalapeño bacon toasted on specialty flat bread. So yummy! Becky Tedford, a Senatobia resident, lent a helping hand in creating many of the items on the menu. As for dessert, you can get a slice of cheesecake made right up the road at City Hall Cheesecake in Hernando, Miss.

Curt McCain (center), High School Principal of Magnolia Heights School, was the first customer to purchase a cup of coffee on Broken Cup Cafe’s opening day, May 2. 

Curt McCain (center), High School Principal of Magnolia Heights School, was the first customer to purchase a cup of coffee on Broken Cup Cafe’s opening day, May 2. 

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“We have been so blown away by the support from within our community. We’ve got many different regulars who visit us daily and who support us by advocating for our business on food review sites and through social media,” Freeman said. “We couldn’t have made this business work without them!” 

Freeman and Slocum show their gratitude to the Five Star City by giving back to their community. Both are involved in community events, as well as several different organizations within the community, such as church youth groups and The Baddour Center.

Broken Cup Café takes custom orders for special events, parties, and celebrations. 

Broken Cup Café takes custom orders for special events, parties, and celebrations. 

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“A lot of different youth groups come and have bible study here with us, and we are going to host a night for The Baddour Center residents in July,” Freeman stated. The Broken Cup Café is located at 203 Center Street in downtown Senatobia within walking distance of the Tate County Courthouse and the public library. They are open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. To learn more, follow them on Facebook @brokencupcafe or contact them at (662) 301-8574. 

 

photos provided by Crystal Freeman