Not all coffee is created equally: There’s the coffee you force down quickly to get that quick jolt and there’s the coffee that’s feels like a magical potion that keeps mankind running. To help you find a cup of joe so fresh and fragrant you hope it never ends, we’ve compiled the best coffee shops in all 50 states. So sip it up, breathe it in, and cheers to the lifeblood of us all—coffee.
1. ALABAMA // TURBO COFFEE
Located in the back of the Greasy Hands Barbershop, Turbo Coffee is quite literally a hidden java gem. Its ultra-hip vibe paired with a rotating list of roasters makes for one of the state’s tastiest coffee experiences, and with its upgrade to full cafe this month, expect the Turbo hype to grow.
2. ALASKA // THE GREEN BEAN COFFEE COMPANY
This cozy, artistic coffee shop attracts Alaskan visitors far and wide. Whether it’s their unusual beans from Costa Rica or a fresh-made pastry for dessert, The Green Bean Coffee Company is a little taste of heaven—with a caffeinated kick.
3. ARIZONA // LUX CENTRAL
If you’re looking for an Instagram-worthy cup of coffee, Lux Central is your place. Their baristas are known for making stunning (and scrumptious) lattes and cappuccinos, and the cafe also serves gorgeous pastries, as well as some dynamite comfort food like biscuits and gravy.
4. ARKANSAS // EUREKA DAILY ROAST
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
There’s a reason Eureka Daily Roast’s lines are out the door—it’s just that good. Go for a purely delicious plain coffee from beans roasted in house, or, to satisfy your sweet tooth, try the fan-favorite frozen latte with whipped cream.
5. CALIFORNIA // VERVE COFFEE ROASTERS
Santa Cruz, California
At Verve Coffee Roasters, nearly every bean can be traced back to its original source—and you can taste the difference. Baristas concoct some beautifully caffeinated formulations (like a delicious mint mocha) as well as a simple, locally sourced good ol’ cup of joe.
6. COLORADO // EVERYDAY JOE'S
Fort Collins, Colorado
Everyday Joe’s is much more than great coffee—it’s a gathering place for the Fort Collins community. Powered by 30 volunteers, Everyday Joe’s features live music, local art, community events, and of course, an appealing menu of java right from Colorado.
7. CONNECTICUT // THE COFFEE PEDALER
New Haven, Connecticut
Locals and visitors alike flock to The Coffee Pedaler for its tasty coffee and beloved Montreal-style bagels. With the shop’s laid-back, relaxed vibe and always-smiling baristas, The Coffee Pedaler has quickly become one of New Haven’s most popular hangout spots, too.
8. DELAWARE // DRIP CAFÉ
9. FLORIDA // PANTHER COFFEE
Panther Coffee has developed a cult following in Florida for its nearly perfect assortment of beans and brews. Owners Joel and Leticia Pollock met at a coffee convention, and the two have turned their love of small-batch beans—which they prepare in a 1927 cast-iron roaster—into a trendy, java-filled paradise in Miami.
10. GEORGIA // AMÉLIE'S FRENCH BAKERY
Amélie’s is a fusion of Paris chic with Mad Hatter vibes, and a cup of joe that’s tres délicieux. Aiming for simplicity, Amelie’s (which also has locations in North and South Carolina) offers quiches, croissants, macarons, and a condensed beverage menu to ensure each item is prepared with tried-and-true perfection.
11. HAWAII // COFFEE GALLERY
Whether you need your jolt of java before or after you hit the waves, it doesn’t get any better than Coffee Gallery, a Haleiwa-based coffee shop for the Hawaii Gourmet Coffee Roasters brand. You can watch the baristas roast the beans on-site, and the snacking fare—like a carrot macadamia nut bread—is locally sourced.
12. IDAHO // SLOW BY SLOW COFFEE BAR
With an array of local and national beans and friendly, knowledgeable baristas, Slow by Slow is a must-visit for coffee fans. It has an expansive, clean seating area and fresh pastries that further add to the Slow by Slow charm.
13. ILLINOIS // THE SOAP CO. COFFEE HOUSE
What started as a soap business has evolved into an iconic Illinois coffeehouse, known for its scrumptious coffees and friendly staff. The Soap Co. Coffee House also offers some of the best desserts and bagel sandwiches around, so don’t visit on a diet!
14. INDIANA // BEE COFFEE ROASTERS
sees heavy foot traffic from its proximity to the Indiana Convention Center, but this is not your average convention center coffee. Bee’s baristas use local beans to create some of the state’s most artistic and delicious caffeine drinks.
15. IOWA // BOOK CELLAR AND COFFEE ATTIC
Iowa Falls, Iowa
The Book Cellar & Coffee Attic combines two of life’s greatest pleasures—coffee and novels—under one roof. Opened in 2001 in a converted 1800s building downtown, the shop features a generous assortment of books that patrons can read while leisurely sipping a latte.
16. KANSAS // KANSAS COFFEE CAFE
Kansas Coffee Cafe plays up its commitment to locally sourced products not just through its coffee beans and artwork by area artists—the beloved family owned coffee shop even named most of their sandwiches after local sports mascots (like the Chief, Royal, Wizard, Wildcat, and Jayhawk).
17. KENTUCKY // A CUP OF COMMON WEALTH
COURTESY OF A CUP OF COMMON WEALTH
Coffee shops are known to bring communities together, and nowhere is this more evident than Lexington's A Cup of Common Wealth. Through its "Pay-It-Forward Board," patrons can buy a drink for a stranger, with redemption requirements such as "cold brew for a marine vet" or "coffee for a sexy firefighter." Given the fact their coffee is delicious, I’d say that’s a pretty good gift.
18. LOUISIANA // HEY! CAFÉ
New Orleans, Louisiana
Hey! Café promises that a "tremendous coffee geek" will be the one who nano-roasts the beans and prepares your beverage, and its knowledgeable baristas enjoy a measure of creative control over the entire crafting and brewing process. Plus, the cafe is dog friendly, and has Wi-Fi and occasional live music.
19. MAINE // BARD COFFEE
Whether you’re grabbing a cup to go or posting up for the day, Bard Coffee is a must-visit for coffee fans in Maine. Ambiance-wise, the large, bright interior has a sweeping street view for people watching, and you'll never be far from a vase of fresh flowers. And for the coffee, Bard favors an environmentally conscious flavor-lock roast that reduces their energy consumption by up to 80 percent.
20. MARYLAND // ZEKE'S COFFEE
Zeke’s Coffee is a small batch roaster known for dark, delicious blends and a bright, friendly staff. The Baltimore icon has developed a cult following among locals; their beans are sold throughout the region and have even been turned into a beer, the Zeke’s Coffee Porter.
21. MASSACHUSETTS // WIRED PUPPY
Nestled amongst charming brownstones along the tree-lined Newbury Street, Wired Puppy not only has all the specialty drinks you'd expect, but also features a "Single Cup Brew Bar" with five different pour-over and pressing options. And, true to its name, Wired Puppy is pup-friendly—a rare bonus for lovers of all things coffee and canines.
22. MICHIGAN // J.L. BEANERY
Mackinac Island, Michigan
J.L. Beanery combines a mouthwatering menu with gorgeous views of Lake Huron. For the ultimate Mackinac Island experience, grab a to-go cup and stroll up to the beautiful Fort Mackinac park, where you can peacefully enjoy your coffee under the Michigan sun.
23. MINNESOTA // MOJO COFFEE GALLERY
Mojo Coffee Gallery sells more than just coffee—it’s home to a unique collection of paintings and ceramics from Minneapolis-area artists. But that doesn’t mean it’s all art. Mojo also attracts java lovers from near and fair with its scrumptious offering of brews and creative coffee shop vibes.
24. MISSISSIPPI // STEAMPUNK COFFEE ROASTERS
Steampunk Coffee Roasters serves up its caffeinated creations in perhaps the coolest venue of them all—a restored brick cabin from the 1800s. With mind-blowing espresso, mouthwatering muffins, and a simple, good old’ cup of "Go Joe," Steampunk is a popular brew spot for locals and visitors alike.
25. MISSOURI // SUMP COFFEE
St. Louis, Missouri
Sump is no ordinary coffee shop. With unusual brewing equipment and minimalist decor, Sump is like a trendier (and more highly caffeinated) version of your high school science lab. The shop’s staff pay close attention to the brewing process, taking risks when necessary or following tried-and-true tactics, all to get you the best possible taste and jolt.
26. MONTANA // FIRETOWER COFFEE HOUSE
Everyone’s family at FireTower Coffee House. Whether you’re a regular face or first-time customer, the baristas will cheerily greet and converse with you, ensuring you feel right at home. FireTower roasts its beans on-site, and serves artistic, mouthwatering lattes in Helena’s historic Last Chance Gulch district.
27. NEBRASKA // HOWLIN' HOUNDS
Locals rave about Howlin’ Hounds and its personable owner, Greg, who chats up the shop's patrons on a regular basis. But Greg and his team (which includes the cafe's namesake hounds, Lady and Buddy) are more than just greeters; they’re java geniuses who serve up a wide variety of espresso, cold brews, and teas.
28. NEVADA // WALDEN'S COFFEEHOUSE
Walden’s Coffeehouse is Reno’s go-to breakfast spot, serving a variety of coffee and teas, and a full menu of eggs, bagels, and oatmeal. At night, Walden’s transforms into a beer and wine happy hour with live music featuring up-and-coming local talent.
29. NEW HAMPSHIRE // A&E COFFEE ROASTERY
Amherst, New Hampshire
A&E Coffee Roastery has everything you love about New Hampshire—laid-back vibes, charming scenery—in one deliciously caffeinated setting. Try the cappuccino, or a cortado if you need an extra espresso shot, and feel free to ask the baristas for recommendations on the best beans to take home.
30. NEW JERSEY // EMPIRE COFFEE & TEA CO.
Hoboken, New Jersey
Ask any Hoboken resident for a coffee recommendation, and nine times out of 10 they’ll point you to a bright-green caffeine haven known as Empire Coffee & Tea Co. With fresh, aromatic coffees and an assortment of unusual tea options (like a licorice spice or a flowery orange pekoe), it’s no wonder people line up at Empire each and every morning.
31. NEW MEXICO // ESPRESSO FINO
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Espresso Fino has a five-star Yelp rating, heavily based on the cheery, unpretentious baristas who whip up beautiful lattes and cappuccinos for you to sip in their cozy space. And, on your way out, you can pick up some free coffee grounds for your home composting needs!
32. NEW YORK // BIRCH COFFEE
New York, New York
COURTESY OF BIRCH COFFEE
When lines are out the door, you know there’s something good inside. Such is the case with Birch Coffee, a small, hip set of shops in Manhattan known for their high-quality coffee, and correspondingly long lines of New Yorkers clamoring for a cup. Try the signature Kyoto-drip iced coffee, a fan favorite among regular Birch-goers.
33. NORTH CAROLINA // BEYÙ CAFFÈ
Durham, North Carolina
Come for the coffee and stay for the jazz at at Beyù Caffè—a coffee shop, restaurant, bar, and jazz club all mixed into one. Coffee-wise, Beyù’s locally roasted beans are on point, with fan-favorite drinks like the Oprah Mocha, Caramello Macchiato and, of course, a simply delicious cup of java.
34. NORTH DAKOTA // URBAN STAMPEDE
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Set in a 19th century saloon complete with chandeliers and tin ceilings, Urban Stampede has been pairing flavorful coffee with impeccable pastries since 1992. With an ample seating area and relaxed vibe, coffee lovers flock to this spot to read, study, and catch live performances and art shows.
35. OHIO // COFFEE EMPORIUM
There’s a reason Coffee Emporium is packed at all hours of the day—its drinks and dining options are unbelievably delicious. Plus, this Over-the-Rhine staple even has growlers of their bourbon barrel-aged cold brew for purchase, for any necessary pick-me-ups between visits.
36. OKLAHOMA // CUPPIES AND JOE
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City’s Cuppies and Joe puts its specialties right in its name: cupcakes and coffee. The dessert cafe also carries pies, cookies, and a delicious plate of biscuits and gravy, but if you want a side of chocolate buttercream with your mocha, this is the sweet spot for that.
37. OREGON // EITHER/OR
offers a new twist on the popular beer flight with a sampler of its own—the espresso flight. Whether you try the assortment of espressos, stick to a standard cup of joe, or try one of their coffee mocktails, you’ll instantly see why Portland natives flock to Either/Or for an early morning jolt or an afternoon pick-me-up.
38. PENNSYLVANIA // BIDDLE'S ESCAPE
In a town adjacent to Pittsburgh, Biddle’s Escape is filled with funky, eccentric décor from around the world. But beyond its decorative conversation starters, you’ll find a relaxing outdoor seating area, an assortment of vegan and gluten-free items to complement their coffee drinks, and, if you visit on Wednesdays, a host of the area's most popular food trucks.
39. RHODE ISLAND // THE SHOP
Providence, Rhode Island
Obsessed with iced coffee? The Shop takes iced coffee to a new level with its cold brews on nitro. And with those beloved beans from Stumptown Coffee Roasters, it’s no surprise their hot brews are a caffeine lover’s dream, too.
40. SOUTH CAROLINA // BLACK TAP COFFEE
Charleston, South Carolina
COURTESY OF BLACK TAP COFFEE
With unique beverage choices like a lavender latte, Black Tap Coffee knows how to keep it interesting—and keep its customers coming back for more. The coffee shop’s minimalist vibe (they aimed for a "serene, almost colorless space") is soothing, and the brews, which come from their house roastery on nearby James Island, are the definition of southern comfort.
41. SOUTH DAKOTA // JOSIAH'S COFFEEHOUSE AND CAFÉ
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
What Josiah’s lacks in frills it makes up for in flavor, with simple, tasty brews, high-quality espressos, and, for pastry aficionados, a mean caramel sticky bun. After four successful years, Josiah’s has become a staple in the community with Sioux Falls locals singing its praises across social media.
42. TENNESSEE // BARISTA PARLOR
This hip Nashville establishment is still relatively new, but it’s quickly becoming the hottest coffee shop in town. While its wide-open seating area feels more brewery than coffee shop, the unassuming vibe and locally sourced beans and ingredients are among the many reasons Barista Parlor is packed day in and day out.
43. TEXAS // PATIKA
By day, Patika is a trendy coffee shop filled with locals on laptops. At night, it transforms into a lively wine and beer bar, with jazz nights and happy hours—and, a particular favorite, "yappy hour," for your four-legged friends.
44. UTAH // DEEP CREEK COFFEE COMPANY
45. VERMONT // UNCOMMON GROUNDS
For more than 20 years, Uncommon Grounds has kept the city of Burlington happily caffeinated. They roast their beans right at the front of the shop, and the downtown cafe puts an emphasis on supporting local business, serving baked goods and other products from area vendors.
46. VIRGINIA // BAD ASS COFFEE
Virginia Beach, Virginia
With a name like Bad Ass Coffee, you know your java will be anything but ordinary. This Hawaiian brand's Virginia Beach outpost is located on the ocean, serving up a taste of the Pacific right along the Atlantic.
47. WASHINGTON // POULSBOHEMIAN COFFEEHOUSE
Instead of fancy artwork or rare woodwork, Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse is decorated with stunning views of Liberty Bay. Locals come here to work, chat and relax over a cup of fresh, flavorful coffee while taking in some of the state’s most beautiful scenery.
48. WEST VIRGINIA // THE BLUE MOOSE CAFÉ
Morgantown, West Virginia
From flavored lattes to espresso milkshakes, the Blue Moose Cafe caters to the daytime laptop crowd as well as the lively locals who show up at night for the frequent live music.
49. WISCONSIN // THE COFFEE HOUSE AT CHESTNUT & PINE
With all-day caffeine and specialty dishes and treats, The Coffee House at Chestnut & Pine is one of Burlington’s most popular cafés. It sources beans from Milwaukee’s Anodyne Coffee Roasting Company, and the baked goods became so popular that The Coffee House now accepts bakery orders in bulk. (A dozen double chocolate chip muffins for one, please!)
50. WYOMING // COWBOY COFFEE CO.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
What pairs well with the great outdoors? A good old cup of coffee. Jackson Hole's Cowboy Coffee Co. has a charming, laid-back vibe with out-of-this-world views. Perfect for staring at snowcapped mountains while sipping a flat white.