Tacoma is a lovely Washington State city located just south of Seattle on the banks of the gorgeous Puget Sound waterway. The city carries on the Pacific Northwest's legacy of amazing coffee roasting, home to locations of renowned coffee shops like Endicott Coffee Roasting and Olympia Roasting Company. Visitors can grab a cup of coffee from these coffee shops on their way to attractions like the Museum of Glass or the Tacoma Art Museum. Many coffee shops in the area offer drive-through service, including popular chain BigFoot Java.
1.Bluebeard Coffee Roasters
Bluebeard Coffee Roasters is a hip independent coffee shop opened in April of 2011, known for its world-class coffees selected from the best growers around the world. The company showcases a wide variety of house-roasted bean options, roasted to emphasize sweetness, depth, and subtleties of flavor profile notes. Unique coffees come from top growing regions, including East Africa, Indonesia, and Latin America. All coffees are roasted on the cafe's 12-kilo Probat, extracted precisely according to the best roasting methods. Diners can select from a wide variety of coffee preparations, ranging from traditional drip coffees to trendy varieties like Aeropress and Chemex pours.
2201 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98403, Phone: 253-272-5600
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Gravity Coffee opened its first cafe location in 2015 in Tacoma. Today, the roasters oversee 18 locations across the United States, including three locations within the greater Tacoma region. The company strives to revolutionize the drive-through cafe experience, prioritizing customer satisfaction and unique offerings of full-flavored, diverse beverages. Signature coffee blends feature beans sourced from Central America, Brazil, and the Pacific Islands, available in medium-light roasts that capture chocolate and hazelnut flavor profile notes. Excellent cafe beverages are available on the coffee shop's menu, ranging from traditional favorites like lattes and Americanos to signature drinks like salted caramel macchiatos.
4918 Center St #2360, Tacoma, WA 98409, Phone: 253-447-8740
3.Red Elm Cafe
Red Elm Cafe is a charming counter-service cafe in Tacoma operated by three siblings from the greater Tacoma region. The family-friendly cafe strives to create an environment where community members can gather for great coffee, conversation, and entertainment, offering a private community room available for use by community groups of five or more. Caravan Coffee supplies the cafe with its beans, emphasizing ethical, fair-trade practices and quality flavor profiles. All coffee selections meet criteria established by groups like the Rainforest Alliance for eco-friendliness and fair business practices. Diners can also enjoy a wide variety of light cafe fare from the cafe's menu, including artisanal Belgian waffles, breakfast egg sandwiches, and Australian-style avocado toasts.
1114 M.L.K. Jr Way, Tacoma, WA 98405, Phone: 253-327-1791
Bertolino's is a lovely local Tacoma coffee shop originally opened in 1994 by Steve Gebauer. The cafe operates two locations throughout the greater Tacoma region today, including a Union Avenue location and a Puyallup location on South Hill. It is named in honor of Gebauer's mother's Italian maiden name and serves up unique delicious varieties of coffee crafted with high-quality beans. Diners can choose from a wide variety of hot and iced drink preparations, ranging from classic drip coffee to lattes, mochas, Americanos, and cappuccinos in more than 40 flavor options. Looseleaf teas are also offered hot or iced, including trendy varieties like chai tea and matcha. Hot chocolates and flavored steamers round out the non-caffeinated beverage selections.
2421 S Union Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405, Phone: 253-383-1867
5.Steele Street BigFoot Java
Steele Street BigFoot Java is a favorite regional Tacoma drive-through coffee chain opened in 2000, offering locations located conveniently near the campuses of Pacific Lutheran University and Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The cafe specializes in signature drinks like its Legendary Latte and Mythical Mocha, striving to create fun, sophisticated specialty drinks for diners on the go. High-quality Arabica coffee beans served at the company are handpicked for flavor and complexity, sourced from top growing regions like Kenya and Ethiopia. All coffees are prepared in small batches on the company's RoastMaster brewing system, meant to maximize bean density, flavor, and moisture content. Fruit smoothies are also served up throughout the day, along with a variety of grab-and-go pastries.
10506 Sales Rd S, Tacoma, WA 98444, Phone: 253-582-2248
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Cafe Elite is a delightful Pacific Northwest coffee chain offering locations in Tacoma, Lakewood, Yelm, and Spanaway. The chain, which was founded in 1991, serves up a wide variety of delicious hot and iced cafe beverages, including favorites like macchiatos, frappes, mochas, lattes, and Americanos. Chai tea beverages, hot chocolates, and steamers are also served up, along with craft lemonades and flavored Italian sodas. Real fruit smoothies come in flavors like orange cream, strawberry, mango, and pina colada. Other unique offerings include the company's Rockstar Energy mimosas, which pair the popular energy drink brand with fruit juices over ice.
4401 S 19th St, Tacoma, WA 98405, Phone: 253-752-6607
7.Cutters Point Coffee
Cutters Point Coffee is a relaxed local Tacoma coffee chain originally founded as Austin Chase Coffee, rebranded to its current name and branding in 1995. The company is named in honor of Pacific Northwest explorers Joseph Whidbey and Peter Puget, who charted the waterways of the Puget Sound in 1792 in cutter boats. Artisan-roasted coffees are served up throughout the day, crafted at the company's own roasting facility. 12 locations are offered throughout the Tacoma area, including a flagship Gig Harbor location. Delicious coffee beverages include the company's signature double-tall white chocolate mochas, which can be paired with fresh-baked pastries from local Alki Bakery.
5104 6th Ave #100, Tacoma, WA 98406, Phone: 253-761-3113
8.Endicott Coffee Roasters
Endicott Coffee Roasters are one of the Pacific Northwest's most elite coffee roasters, known for their European-style coffee classics crafted with master roasting techniques perfected for generations. The cafe was originally founded in Seattle in 1997 and offers several locations throughout the Washington region today, including a location in Tacoma. All coffees are made to exacting standards, producing unique, gratifying coffee beverages for all customers. Single-origin and blend coffees are served up throughout the week, available in preparations like French press, siphon, and Aeropress. Since 2011, the cafe has been operated by local chain owner Terry Myers, who has continued the chain's commitment to quality coffee production and excellent customer service.
3829 S M St, Tacoma, WA 98418, Phone: 253-589-1060
Bostwick Cafe is a lovely coffee shop housed in one of downtown Tacoma's most gorgeous historic buildings, located at the intersection of the city's Broadway, 9th Street, and Saint Helens Avenue. The cafe opened to the public in April of 2018, occupying the 130-year-old building that formerly housed longtime favorite Tully's Coffee. New decor touches include historic photo memorabilia outlining the building's past and the city's historic downtown architecture. Caffe D'arte coffee beans are roasted for delicious cafe beverages, ranging from traditional favorites like Americanos to flavored mochas, lattes, and nitro cold brews. Alki Bakery supplies high-quality cafe fare, including pastries and sandwiches.
764 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402, Phone: 253-292-1569
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Coffee Buzz is a charming coffee shop within Tacoma's Community Health Care Hilltop Regional Health Center, serving as a training site for Goodwill's Barista Training Program, which helps establish at-risk and underserved youth with professional training. The cafe serves Starbucks coffees within a variety of clever coffee shop beverages, ranging from traditional drip coffee to favorites like mochas, lattes, and cappuccinos. Iced teas, lemonades, and steamers are also served, along with gourmet hot chocolate and chai beverages. Goodwill's Neighborhood Bistro provides light cafe fare, including grilled paninis, sandwiches, and health-conscious salads. Weekly events include Trivia Tuesday nights.
714 S 27th St, Tacoma, WA 98409, Phone: 253-627-4930
Manifesto Coffee is a favorite small-batch coffee roasting company in Tacoma's Hilltop neighborhood, originally opened to the public in October of 2016. The cafe, which is helmed by master roaster Israel Hickey, serves up organic, fair-trade single-origin coffees crafted with top-notch coffee preparation and roasting equipment. A simple, elegant menu eschews flavor-heavy sugary drinks for rich roasted beans with unique flavor profiles. Simple coffee syrup flavors available in beverages include housemade white chocolate and cola syrups. Minimalist coffee beverages strive to please coffee enthusiasts, made from beans sourced from top growing regions like Mexico, Papua New Guinea, and Ethiopia.
1003 S 11th St, Tacoma, WA 98405, Phone: 253-503-7161
12.Valhalla Coffee Co.
Valhalla Coffee Co. is a sleek java housed in Tacoma's 6th Avenue District, owned and operated by master roaster A.J. Anderson since 2004. The cafe is a family-oriented neighborhood coffee house that focuses on no-frills preparations, selling coffee to visitors by the cup or by the pound. Signature roasts are available in traditional or organic varieties, crafted with beans sourced from top growing regions. Coffees include the company's French roast, espresso blend, and signature Viking and Valkyrie roasts, which blend earthy, low acidity varietals. Single-origin coffees include Sumatran and Ethiopian Harrar varieties. Diners can also choose from a variety of Swiss water decaffeinated coffees, including decaffeinated blends of the cafe's signature roasts.
3918 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98406, Phone: 253-761-5116
13.Anthem Coffee and Tea
Anthem Coffee and Tea offers eight locations throughout the South Puget Sound region, including a location in Tacoma. The hip coffee shop is known for its delicious espresso-based beverages, ranging from classics like Americanos and macchiatos to unique signature drinks, including Grown-Up Chocolate Milk marbled cold brew infusions. A wide variety of unique cafe fare is served up throughout the day to complement coffee beverages, including naan bread pizzas topped with unique ingredients like feta cheese, artichoke hearts, pears, prosciutto, salami, and buffalo sauce. Live music performances throughout the week showcase the talents of local and regional artists.
1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402, Phone: 253-572-9705
14.Honey at Alma Mater
© Honey at Alma Mater
Honey at Alma Mater is an all-day cafe and community gathering space located on the first floor of Tacoma's Alma Mater, offering nonprofit performance venues and event spaces for community organizations. The unique cafe and kitchen serves up specialty coffees from Heart Coffee Roasters, prepared in traditional brewing formats and espresso-based beverage favorites like signature brown butter and honey lattes. Teas, chais, and juices are also served up throughout the day, along with kid-friendly options like less-hot hot chocolate. Cocktails are served up at the cafe's Matriarch cocktail lounge, which also offers a menu of wines, beers, and ciders. Cafe fare ranges from breakfast concoctions like barbacoa huevos rancheros to vegetarian selections like shakshukas and miso-creamed kale and rice with white truffle oil.
1322 Fawcett Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402, Phone: 253-507-7289
15.Coffee and Cream Cafe
Coffee and Cream Cafe is a charming coffee shop and drive-through cafe in Tacoma's lovely Browns Point region, offering relaxing community spaces and a delicious menu of food and beverages available throughout the day. The family-owned coffee shop serves up high-quality products with passion and excellent customer service. Visitors can relax to the sounds of light jazz and pop music in a comfortable coffee shop atmosphere, which features laid-back seating and free copies of books and local newspapers. Hot and iced coffee drinks range from simple drip and Cubano preparations to unique specialties like London Fog beverages, which blend coffee with Earl Grey tea and flavor syrups.
1100 Mana-Wana Pl NE, Tacoma, WA 98422, Phone: 253-952-0554
© Coffeezaun Espresso
Coffeezaun Espresso is a neighborhood coffee shop in North Tacoma, known for its high-quality hot, iced, and frozen coffee beverages. Diners can choose from a wide variety of specialty espresso-based beverages, including the company's signature Zaun, which blends Kahlua, vanilla beans, and cinnamon into high-quality coffee. Unique flavored coffee options include selections like caramel macchiatos, Almond Joy lattes, and Reese's Cup mochas. Frappes are available in a wide variety of flavors, including creamsicle and coconut cream. Non-caffeinated options include Italian sodas, steamers, fruit smoothies, and milkshakes. Menu options include gourmet hot paninis, Little Rae muffins, and parfait fruit bowls.
4518 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407
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17.Olympia Coffee Roasting
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Olympia Coffee Roasting was originally founded in 2005 as a wholesale coffee roaster, opening its first public cafe location two years later. Today, the cafe operates several locations throughout the Pacific Northwest region, including a location in Tacoma's Proctor neighborhood that was opened to the public in 2018. Quality small-batch coffees are brewed by the company, including favorites like the company's single-origin Espresso Kanzu and Decaf Asterisk Blend. Coffee beans are sourced from top growing regions around the world, including Rwanda, Kenya, and Colombia. Hip crowds flock to the coffee shop for its simple, elegant coffee preparations, which eschew sugary flavored syrups in favor of emphasizing the unique flavor profiles of each roast or blend.
2601 N Proctor St #5225, Tacoma, WA 98407, Phone: 253-433-3279
17 Best Tacoma Coffee Shops
- Bluebeard Coffee Roasters, Photo: Chatchawarn/stock.adobe.com
- Gravity Coffee, Photo: Gravity Coffee
- Red Elm Cafe, Photo: Suriyo/stock.adobe.com
- Bertolino's, Photo: Dmitry_Evs/stock.adobe.com
- Steele Street BigFoot Java, Photo: dontree/stock.adobe.com
- Cafe Elite, Photo: Cafe Elite
- Cutters Point Coffee, Photo: pressmaster/stock.adobe.com
- Endicott Coffee Roasters, Photo: SOMPETCH/stock.adobe.com
- Bostwick Cafe, Photo: Katerina/stock.adobe.com
- Coffee Buzz, Photo: blackday/stock.adobe.com
- Manifesto Coffee, Photo: NORN/stock.adobe.com
- Valhalla Coffee Co., Photo: Watcharin/stock.adobe.com
- Anthem Coffee and Tea, Photo: SUPERMAO/stock.adobe.com
- Honey at Alma Mater, Photo: Honey at Alma Mater
- Coffee and Cream Cafe, Photo: stock.adobe.com
- Coffeezaun Espresso, Photo: Coffeezaun Espresso
- Olympia Coffee Roasting, Photo: Viacheslav Iakobchuk/stock.adobe.com
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