M7 Coffee House is a family oriented coffeehouse in a large refurbished building facing the railroad tracks in Ridgeland, Mississippi. Opened as a labor of love in November 2015, their popularity has been growing rapidly ever since.
When I stopped into M7 Coffee House for the first time, I immediately felt at home. I was surrounded by large families spending time together, students tutored, and women enjoying mugs of their favorite coffee. M7 Coffee House has grown over the past two years, and it’s now a buzzing common meeting place for business people, students and friends – and it still has that welcoming feeling.
The aroma of fresh, warm coffee fills you up and a sense of familiarity kicks in as soon as you walk through the doors. You can’t help but to look at the decorations on the walls and people all around and wonder how it all got started for this coffee shop in a vibrant and growing town.
M7 Coffee House is owned by Robert and Bridget Moorhead. When I asked locals how to describe the family and why they started the business, I heard the same story again and again. I was told about the big hearts they each have. About a couple who leads a family of seven (hence the name M7) and takes immense pride in providing great tasting coffee and fellowship to customers. About a family who took a leap of faith to open a coffee shop and who are eager to support others who are hoping to do the same. About people who hope to reach people with love through their coffee and genuine Southern hospitality.
M7 boasts Ridgeland’s only “toast bar,” featuring locally sourced fresh ingredients. One of the most popular items on the toast bar is called The Piggy. The Piggy features fresh avocado and crispy bacon on a sourdough piece of toast – let me tell you, it is delicious.
M7 sources their breads from Gil’s Bakery, also in Ridgeland, and their vegetables from a local CSA box program. They make all of their coffee flavorings in-house, and they take pride in making their decadent sweets from scratch as well. They have a hard time keeping shelves stocked with their uber-popular lavender scones and cinnamon rolls! Their coffee is even made from locally-sourced beans, and they use local milk and honey for their drinks. You can always count on M7 to provide fresh, local ingredients no matter what they are making.
M7 offers a variety of grab-n-go treats and many specialty coffee drinks. The most popular drink on the menu is the Spanish latte which consists of sweetened condensed milk, a double shot of espresso, and foamed milk. Next in popularity is the Hazy Baby, an espresso drink with Nutella and steamed milk. When I asked them to point out the most underrated drink on the menu, they cited the Kalita pour-over. Of course, you can also order a plain cup of coffee and actually taste the freshness of the freshly roasted coffee beans. To round out their drink menu, in addition to hot and cold brew coffee and speciality drinks, they have smoothies made with fresh fruit.
A trip to M7 is more than a grab and go coffee experience. It’s a spot to sit and sip and soak up life. Take in art by residents at The Mustard Seed. Relax on comfortable upholstered furniture. Maybe someone will be playing the piano – or maybe you should. M7 also offers live music almost every other week on their spacious patio filled with picnic tables highlighted by string lights to set the mood. One trip, and we bet you’ll make M7 a routine stop whether you’re a local or just pass thru every now and then. And either way, expect that you’ll be welcomed.
M7 Coffee House is open daily at 111 North Wheatley in Old Towne Ridgeland. Weekday hours are 6:30 am until 7 p.m. and weekend hours vary.