More Unique Coffee Shops
Coffee is the new buzzword, and as the worldwide coffee culture grows in leaps and bounds, so do more and more cafés, coffeehouses, roastery’s, and coffee trucks explode onto the scene. Cities around the country have seen an explosion of independent third wave coffee shops that focus on sustainable, single-origin sourcing and supporting local farmers and coffee growers, along with cafés that take their coffee as seriously as oenophiles take their wine. From a perfectly made Australian flat white to a carefully created cold brew, here are some of the top spots in the USA to get your caffeine fix.
Artifact Coffee is a rustic coffeehouse based in a reclaimed factory building that serves locally sourced and seasonal light bites for breakfast, lunch, and early dinner. Located in the restored Union Mills complex across the Light Rail tracks from Woodberry, the new seven-day a week casual stop-in for breakfast, lunch, and early dinner serves a variety of creative and innovative menus. The Morning Kitchen menu features a smorgasbord of breakfast options such as egg sandwiches, oatmeal, grilled cornbread, dried fruit, and cream, and Pullman toast, toasted English muffins, and split biscuits with Five Seeds honey and homemade jam. Orders are taken at the counter, and service is quick and friendly. Artifact Coffee is open Monday through Saturday for breakfast, lunch, and early dinner.
1500 Union Ave, Baltimore, MD 21211, Phone: 410-235-1881
BeanTowne Coffee House
BeanTowne Coffee House is a locally-owned and operated coffee shop that serves fair-trade coffee and healthy fare, along with freshly-made bakery goods including pastries, muffins, croissants, donuts. The small, cozy shop serves organic, Fair-Trade coffee and a menu of fresh, farm-to-table fare such as gourmet seasonal and signature sandwiches, homemade soups, quinoa bowls, and breakfast dishes of oatmeal, eggs, and omelets. All sandwiches are made with freshly baked bread and wrap with gluten-free options, and the coffee house is open for breakfast, brunch, and late lunch, seven days a week.
201 NH-111, Hampstead, NH 03841, Phone: 603-329-4334
Black Bear Coffee House
Conveniently located on Main St. in Hendersonville-Jared Bellmund, Black Bear Coffee House is a family-owned and operated coffee shop that serves freshly brewed, sustainably sourced coffee, delicious breakfast dishes, and freshly baked pastries and baked goods in a quaint log cabin with charming outdoor seating. Owned by Mark and Kristen Pavao, Black Bear Coffee House has a homey peaceful atmosphere and friendly attentive staff, and the lovely patio is the perfect spot for enjoying coffee and great food all day. Breakfast plates range from eggs done in various ways, bagels and lox, breakfast burritos, and oats, while lunch dishes include tacos, sandwiches, mac-and-cheese, grilled paninis, and different burritos. Black Bear Coffee House is open for breakfast, brunch, and late lunch, seven days a week.
Parks Hwy, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99755, Phone: 907-683-1656
Black Dog Coffeehouse
Black Dog Coffeehouse is a cozy café with a comfy atmosphere and a team of passionate baristas and bakers that serve free trade basic and specialty coffee drinks, and a range of light bites and snacks. The café serves locally roasted and freshly brewed coffee roasted by Messenger Coffee in Kansas City along with a full lunch and breakfast menu that features a large selection of Ibis' specialty pastries, freshly baked bread, gourmet sandwiches, baguettes, brioche, fresh soups and salads, healthy bowls, and several weekly specials. The café has comfortable seating and is always packed with students, locals, and travelers alike and offers complimentary wireless Internet all day.
12815 W 87th St Pkwy, Lenexa, KS 66215, Phone: 913-495-5515
Spirit Winds Coffee Bar
Spirit Winds Coffee Bar is a casual, laid coffee shop in Las Cruces, New Mexico that draws a young, university crowd for outstanding, locally-roasted coffee, gourmet tea, and light fare such as fresh salads, soups, sandwiches, sweet pastries, and other baked goods. The bohemian landmark coffee shop exudes a warm and welcoming ambiance with bright and comfy décor, handmade signs around the café, and an assortment of knick-knacks, and also houses a gift and card shop and occasional live entertainment throughout the week. Spirit Winds Coffee Bar is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
2260 S Locust St, Las Cruces, NM 88001, Phone: 575-521-1222
Strange Brew Coffeehouse
Strange Brew Coffeehouse is a locally-owned, independent coffeehouse in Starkville, Mississippi that serves house-roasted brews and freshly baked pastries in an inviting atmosphere. The coffee shop uses ethically-sourced, organic coffee beans sourced from around the world, roasted in-house, and served in a variety of styles by friendly baristas. In addition to specialty coffee drinks, the beverages menu also features frappes, smoothies, iced coffees and lattes, loose-leaf and bagged teas, hot chocolates, and caramel apple cider. The food menu boasts delicious treats like croissants, scones, muffins, cakes, and gluten-free bites. Strange Brew Coffeehouse is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
605 MS-12, Starkville, MS 39759, Phone: 662-765-3844
Two Little Red Hens
Two Little Red Hens is a charming, laid-back bakery on the Upper East Side that is renowned for its famous cupcakes and custom-made cakes such as the Brooklyn Blackout cake. The cozy pet-friendly café has comfortable indoor seating and a large patio where guests with their four-legged friends can relax over gourmet sandwiches, mouthwatering cakes and cookies, and other freshly baked delights, along with locally-roasted coffee, specialty coffee drinks, iced coffee, and latte, loose-leaf and bagged tea, hot chocolate. Located on 2nd Avenue in the heart of New York City, Two Little Red Hens is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
1652 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028, Phone: 212-452-0476
Onyx Coffee Lab
Onyx Coffee Lab is a coffeehouse and café that serves specialty coffee and espresso drinks made with locally roasted, carefully sourced beans, along with a menu of light fare. The restaurant also features a siphon bar, Kyoto cold brew towers, and a drive-through coffee bar and an assortment of locally baked pastries and treats, homemade pie, and ice-cream. The café boasts a warm and welcoming atmosphere in which the community can gather to enjoy great coffee, light bites, and fast Internet access. Onyx Coffee Lab is open for early breakfast, lunch and early evening drinks and coffee, seven days a week.
7058 W Sunset Ave, Springdale, AR 72762, Phone: 479-419-5739
Panther Coffee is a Miami-based specialty coffee roastery, retailer, and wholesaler that specializes in small-batch roasting and selling of coffee beans and serving traditional and specialty coffee drinks. Founded by Joel and Leticia Pollock in 2010, the roastery side of the business ethically-sources coffee beans from farmers and producers around the world and retail the beans and roasted coffee at coffee shops around the country. The Panther Coffee wholesale team provides coffee, barista training, and coffee roasting and brewing equipment to hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, and other retailers. The roastery’s home location is Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood and is a popular gathering spot for local artists and other creatives.
2390 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127, Phone: 305-677-3952
Established in 1996, Peace Coffee is a roastery and retailer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, that sells ethically-sourced, organic, fair-trade coffee. One of 24 fair trade coffee roasters that make up Cooperative Coffees. From their eco-friendly headquarters in South Minneapolis, Peace Coffee sources beans from small-scale grower cooperatives around the world and roasts them to perfection, and dispatches packages of aromatic coffee with bike-riding messengers for delivery to their numerous clients in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Peace Coffee is a macro roaster, roasting over 500,000 pounds of coffee a year, and was a founding member of Cooperative Coffees.
3262 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406, Phone: 612-877-7760
Press Coffee Roasters
Press Coffee Roasters began as a college dream that has grown into a multi-location chain of coffee shops that serves ethically-sourced, organic, fair-trade, and small-batch coffee and light fare in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Based in a 5,600-square-foot building in Northeast Phoenix, the modern coffeehouse is one of eight locations around the city that not only serves excellent coffee drinks and specialty coffee in a contemporary 3,000-square-foot new retail café, but also houses a cold brew factory that produces a few unique concoctions such as peanut butter whiskey and several draft cocktails made with rotating seasonal ingredients. Press Coffee Roasters café is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
1616 N Central Ave #102, Phoenix, AZ 85004, Phone: 602-633-1100
Rook Coffee is a local coffee shop chain that was started by two childhood friends and has grown into a popular chain with several locations around town. Founded nine years ago, Holly Migliaccio and Shawn Kingsley, Rook serves three types of specialty coffees year-round, namely Mocha, New Orleans, and Turkish style, along with limited releases and seasonal flavors, and eight single-origin coffees made from beans sourced from Africa, Central America, and Indonesia. Visitors can pair custom-order cups of coffee with freshly baked pastries and sweet treats, and the café is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
1924 NJ-35, Wall Township, NJ 07719, Phone: 848-469-8340
Cocoa Cinnamon is a locally-owned and operated coffee shop that focuses on serving excellent coffee, tea, and hot chocolate as well as community engagement in an eclectic and relaxed atmosphere. The café has a comfortable interior space with cozy seating, a community book swap station, a large outdoor patio for summer sipping, and complimentary wireless Internet. The coffee shop’s first location opened in downtown Durham in 2013 and the second in Old West Durham two years later, both of which serve signature coffees and specialty drinks, traditional offerings like mochas and lattes, tea, juice, sipping chocolate, beer, and wine. The café offers a small, rotating daily selection of freshly baked goods and Mediterranean fare, also stocks a wide variety of artisan chocolate bars and spreads, along with a small selection of merchandise such as coffee presses, T-shirts, and postcards by local artists.
420 West Geer Street, Durham, NC 27701, Phone: 919-697-8990
Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters
Established in 2009, Dessert Oasis is a family-owned and operated business that had humble beginnings serving simple desserts and hosting live music and has grown into a popular coffee roaster and bustling café. Home to some of the top baristas in the country, the coffee shop has several shops around Michigan that serve their roasted coffee in different ways, from standard coffee and espressos to specialty coffees, teas, juice, and sipping chocolate. The cafés also serve a selection of freshly baked pastries and homemade cheesecake and is open all day from breakfast until closing time, seven days a week.
Griswold and State, 1220 Griswold Street, Detroit, MI 48226
Established in 2011, Ghostlight Coffee is a favorite neighborhood spot for great coffee, light bites, and friendly meetings where locals and visitors alike come to sip on locally roasted espresso and coffee drinks, hot chocolate, and mouthwatering pastries. Ghostlight Coffee is a multi-roaster shop that serves a variety of ethically-sourced and hand-selected coffee from some of the finest roasters across the country, including Deeper Roots Coffee from Cincinnati, Brandywine Coffee Roasters, and Onyx Coffee Lab. The café offers a rotating selection of seasonal blends and single-origin coffees and signature house blends such as the Ghostlight dark roast blend and the Gem City light roast blend.
1201 Wayne Ave, Dayton, OH 45410, Phone: 937-985-2633
Based inside the Dairy Block Market, Huckleberry Roasters is a modern, counter-serve roaster and café and beloved Denver coffee roaster that serves a variety of coffee drinks ranging from espressos to macchiatos. Boasting modern décor, white countertops, and concrete screed floors, the café serves a menu of healthy fare such as toasts topped with hummus, avocado, and spicy-sweet Aleppo pepper butter; and waffles with jam and lemon-thyme ricotta and Noosa yogurt, fruit, and maple syrup. The five-year-old coffee shop has several locations around town, including 1800 Wazee Street, Milk Market, Run for the Roses, and the permanent Denver Flea market. Other delights on the menu include Huckleberry coffee milkshakes made with Frozen Matter ice cream. Huckleberry Roasters is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily.
1800 Wazee St, Denver, CO 80202, Phone: 866-558-2201
Jackson Hole Coffee Roasters
Located one block west of the town square in one of Jackson’s most historic buildings, Jackson Hole Coffee Roasters is a warm, wood-clad neighborhood roaster and coffee shop that serves organic and fair-trade coffee along with healthy breakfast and lunch staples. The spacious café has comfortable indoor and outdoor seating where guests can relax over a newspaper or a magazine, sip fabulous coffee and specialty drinks, and make use of the complimentary Internet. The café serves fresh house-roasted coffee using ethically-sourced coffee beans, along with a menu of healthy fare such as breakfast bagels and sandwiches, house-made chia nut granola, French toast, fresh fruit, and egg dishes. Jackson Hole Coffee Roasters is open for breakfast and lunch, Monday through Saturday.
50 W Broadway, Jackson, WY 83001, Phone: 307-200-6099
Lantern Coffeehouse & Roastery
Slightly south of the Minnesota border in beautiful Sibley, Northwest Iowa, the Lantern is a family-owned and operated neighborhood coffee house and roastery that serves a range of traditional and specialty coffee drinks, tea, fresh fruit juices, and soft drinks, along with light bites and healthy fare. Boasting a warm and welcoming atmosphere with comfortable seating, the café also serves gourmet sandwiches, freshly baked pastries, and other light snacks. The roastery’s coffee can be enjoyed in the restaurant or bought by the pound to be brewed at home, and the café is open for breakfast and lunch, Monday through Saturday.
304 9th St, Sibley, IA 51249, Phone: 712-754-4594
Morning Glass Coffee + Café
Morning Glass Coffee Cafe is a bright coffee shop that offers a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of city life with easy-going, relaxing vibes and spectacular mountainous views. The dog-friendly, counter-service café serves house-roasted Stumptown® brews with handcrafted syrups, specialty coffee drinks, and a range of comfort foods such as oatmeal brûlée, mac ’n’ cheese pancakes, fried rice omelets, and gourmet sandwiches for breakfast and lunch. Guests can sit at the casual counter or on the patio at the Manoa location. Morning Glass Coffee Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch, breakfast and lunch, Monday through Friday.
2955 E Manoa Rd, Honolulu, HI 96822, Phone: 808-673-006
Bourgeois Pig Café
Established in 1993, the Bourgeois Pig Café is a charming little café and coffee shop that serves breakfast and lunch dishes, inventive sandwiches, freshly brewed coffee, and loose-leaf tea in an old row house setting. The restaurant is spread over two levels with plenty of indoor seating and a lovely front patio and deck on both levels with outdoor seating. The old-world style coffeehouse features warm wood accents and antiques, and exudes an intimate and inviting atmosphere in which guests can enjoy breakfast dishes like granola and yogurt, homemade quiche, breakfast burritos and health bowls, and gourmet sandwiches, fresh soups and salads, paninis, combination plates, and sweet desserts. The Bourgeois Pig Café is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily.
738 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60614, Phone: 773-883-5282
Brew Ha Ha
Located in the Wycliff West Shopping Center, just south of National American University, Brew Ha Ha is a casual espresso bar that serves a range of coffee and specialty coffee drinks and light meals in a relaxed and laid-back setting. Named for the word that describes a noisy and overexcited reaction or response to something, the family-owned and operated coffee shop features warm décor and comfy armchairs in front of a crackling fire, where guests can enjoy great coffee, freshly baked pastries, and scones and good conversation. Brew Ha Ha is open for is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Monday through Sunday.
10332 Mastin St, Overland Park, KS 66212, Phone: 913-904-2099
Café Du Monde
Café du Monde is a world-famous open-air coffee shop and New Orleans landmark on Decateur Street in the heart of the French Quarter that has been serving freshly brewed coffee and warm, crispy beignets since 1862. Located at the end of the French Market directly across from Jackson Square, the popular tourist destination serves the original beignet, the state doughnut of Louisiana, and a variety of coffees, including the New Orleans favorite of creamy café au lasts. In addition to coffee and beignets, the iconic eatery’s menu also features hot chocolate, freshly-squeezed orange juice, iced coffee, and sodas. Café du Monde is open Monday to Friday.
800 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70116, Phone: 504-581-2914
Cafe Volan is a rustic-chic coffee shop in the historic beach town of Asbury Park that serves creative coffee and specialty coffee drinks, freshly baked goods and delicious pastries and other simple café fare in a warm and welcoming ambiance. Owners Paul Cali and Doug Parent have created a spot where neighborhood locals and visitors alike can come to enjoy great coffee and light bites in a relaxed, laid back setting. The café serves a variety of regular coffee and specialty drinks, along with fresh juices, tea, and soft drinks, light bites and pastries and other snacks. Cafe Volan is open all day, seven days a week.
510 Bangs Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712, Phone: 732-455-3399
Capitol Coffee Works
Capitol Coffee Works is a charming, cozy, and chic coffee shop on Pike Street in the heart of Seattle that offers a lovely spot for enjoying great coffee, freshly baked pastries, and other light fare, and friendly conversation. Offering complimentary wireless Internet, the coffee shop attracts digital nomads who come to work in a comfortable environment with large windows that flood the space with natural light. Professional baristas create inventive coffee drinks which can be sipped at personal tables, comfy sofas, and even a swing suspended from the ceiling. Capitol Coffee Works is all day, seven days a week.
907 E Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98122, Phone: 206-340-8867
Coava Coffee Roasters
Coava Coffee Roasters is a hip Portland-made java joint with an industrial, workday vibe. Serious coffee aficionados will love this spot, not only for the Chemex pots on the counter or the single-origin menu at the bar but also for the fact that Coava has produced its metal filter, which can be purchased at the store. The coffee menu boasts all kinds of java from standard americanos and cappuccinos to smooth nitro brews, and other specialty espresso drinks, along with freshly baked pastries from local bakery, Little T. Coava Coffee Roasters has four locations around the city with open seating and modern, Portland décor and are open for breakfast and lunch, daily.
1300 SE Grand Ave a, Portland, OR 97214, Phone: 503-894-8134