The Best Coffee Shops in All 50 States
A good cup of coffee not only benefits your body and brain, it can soothe your soul. Here’s where to find the best of the best in every state
Alabama: Turbo Coffee
The hiking’s great in Alabama and so is the coffee, especially if you make your way to Florence. That’s the home of Turbo Coffee, which is the coffee shop that got the highest ratings in Alabama.com’s recent survey. It has a speakeasy kind of vibe thanks to its location in the back of Florence’s Greasy Hands Barbershop, but don’t let that intimidate you—the coffee’s worth the trip.
Alaska: Talkeetna Roadhouse
Talkeetna Roadhouse is the top pick of Espresso Gurus, a coffee/espresso-centric blog from a self-described coffeeholic who has visited some of the best coffee houses in the world. The place combines excellent coffee with huge portions of great-tasting food in a historic building (dating back to 1917) with a traditional roadhouse atmosphere—customers sit together at huge tables. Make sure to heed these 9 rules of coffee shop etiquette.
Arizona: Bisbee Coffee Company
Bisbee Coffee Company is the only coffee house in Bisbee, Arizona and one of just a few in southeastern Arizona. “Walk down here after taking the Queen mine tour on a cold day and order the Mexican Mocha,” one Yelp reviewer suggests. Plus they roast their own beans right on the premises. If you love a good cup of coffee, be sure to check out these 8 health myths about coffee.
Arkansas: The Depot
The Espresso Gurus say that The Depot in Fayetteville is the best coffee shop in Arkansas. Part of that is about the coffee, but part is about the atmosphere: It’s in a former train freight building (OK, more of a freight train junkyard) that was built at the turn of the 20th century. Fully refurbished a century later, it now has a “comfortable, cozy, and lived-in feel you get immediately.” Find out if you’re a true java junkie: Do you know these 10 weird coffee facts?
California: Klatch Coffee
Klatch Coffee in San Dimas is on Thrillist’s top ten list of coffee roasters in the country. For the past 20 years, this family-owned business has been sourcing beans from all over the world. It’s roastmaster, Mike Perry, who has a degree in chemical engineering, somehow manages to turn science into art as he chooses the best beans and then oversees their roasting in his signature style whereby “each individual coffee varietal is roasted to its unique peak flavor profile.” Here are 11 ways to make your coffee habit healthier.
Colorado: Hive Co-Op at Front Tea & Art Shop
It’s difficult to narrow down the best coffee shop in a state where amazing coffee shops are virtually everywhere you turn. Instead, we’re going with the most unique—the Hive Co-Op in Lafayette, Colorado’s first cannabis-friendly coffee bar (it’s strictly BYO, however—you can’t buy cannabis on the premises). The Hive isn’t for the daytime coffee-drinker as it’s open only at night—in the space where the Front Tea & Art Shop sells its handmade wares alongside teas and coffees.
There’s a special place in Norwalk where “Coffee is king” and “Chocolate is his queen.” Considering how much we love chocolate, and how good for you chocolate can be, that makes Chocopologie our top choice for coffee shops in Connecticut. In the words of CBS Connecticut, “Pastry chefs and chocolatiers work in full view of the patrons, who can sip their premium Cafés do Brasil while browsing the gallery where owner and creator Fritz Knipschildt displays his chocolate art, which includes dresses decorated with chocolates that have been worn at the Chocolate Show in New York.”
Delaware: Brew Ha Ha
Delaware’s local chain, Brew Ha Ha, has nine locations around Delaware and has been keeping locals in a happy Italian-inspired espresso buzz for more than two decades. Founder Alisa Morkides got the idea for her shop on a trip to Tuscany; she has the beans roasted locally (the only coffee shop in Delaware to use locally-roasted beans). That may help explain why Brew Ha Ha has been rated “Best In Delaware” for 23 years in a row. Check out these 13 surprising marriage laws, one of which is on the books in Delaware.
Florida: Panther Coffee
Panther Coffee in Miami has “truly changed the way Miami drinks coffee,” according to the Miami New Times. The owners do their own roasting of beans curated from tiny farms. They post origin details on each variety they brew so that your experience isn’t just the pleasure of drinking delicious coffee, but also learning how it came to you. The place has a “convivial” atmosphere, says one reviewer—so much so that this person advises you’ll need a second cup to get on with your day. Did you know the three best places to retire are all in Florida?
Georgia: Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee
There’s a lot of turnover in the Georgia coffee house business, but it’s a safe bet that Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee (Roswell) will be around for a while longer, and let’s hope so because it’s known as a place to have a “high-quality cup of coffee that provides a living wage to coffee growers,” and its self-described mission is to “do good, and doing good means we get to help people and champion dignity.” Here’s an ingredient you may want to add to your coffee.