Mama Mocha’s Coffee Emporium is one of Auburn’s favorite coffee shops serving locals, students, professors, and game-day football fans since 2010.
Store owner Sarah Barnett Gill better known as Mama Mocha, opened Mama Mocha’s Coffee Roastery in February 2010 in the back of a bookstore called Gnu’s Room. Soon after, the coffee roasting company bought an espresso bar and began the second phase of the business: Mama Mocha’s Coffee Emporium.
In 2012, Gnu’s Room relocated to 8th Street in Opelika, Alabama and Mama Mocha’s Coffee Emporium and Roastery took over Gnu’s former leased space. Photo By: Dave Meall
Mama Mocha’s Today
Today, Mama Mocha’s Roastery sells its roasted coffee blends to many different vendors and businesses all over the country. Locally, its coffee is even served in a number of restaurants including Bizilia's, The Hound, Coffee Cat, Crepe Myrtle, Eighth & Rail and many more.
When Gnu’s Room relocated, Mama Mocha’s Coffee Emporium blossomed. Now, it serves Auburn with more than just coffee. Mama Mocha’s sells pastries, gifts and also holds specialty events. There are “mic nights,”poetry readings and even movie nights.
“I feel like Mama Mocha’s is almost a social experiment of love and community and it started out just trying to make really awesome coffee. That’s the main thing we do and all the other cool things we do are just extra blessings,” said Gill.
"Mama Mocha's is my number one coffee stop at Auburn University. From its delicious coffee to relaxing atmosphere, it is the perfect place to study or decompress after a busy week," said Alexis Barranca, Auburn University Student.
In the near future, Gill has plans to open a food truck and travel the country to cities she and her husband have always wanted to go, in search for a potential franchise expansion.
“I’m going to make it awesome. I want to take it on the road to different cities that i've always wanted to go to and do a demographic study, meet people, sell coffee and possibly set up a shop somewhere. It’s very promising,” said Gill.
“We are like this thrift store attic that people come in to see. Everyone who comes in here, comes like they have an expectation of being surprised. It’s not just coffee. It’s something about the atmosphere and people. We’re the edgy one—the edgy coffee shop,” said Gill. “You never know what’s going to happen. We’ve got whiskey bottles everywhere. All of the baristas are very loud and cool and we are also the only coffee shop that roasts on site.”
"I love the atmosphere of Mama Mocha's. It's just really laid back and offers a quiet place to study, but also a great place to catch up with your friends," said Morgan McVay, Auburn University student.
Mama Mocha’s Coffee Emporium and Roastery is located at 414 S Gay St., Auburn, Alabama. For more information about Mama Mocha’s please visit. www.mamamocha.com
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