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40 Of America’s Most Buzz-Worthy Coffee Shops

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From coffee shops by the beach in Hawaii to Brooklyn coffee destinations to Nashville’s best, we’re trotting the country in search for the best brew in the best space. With all the different ways one can roast a coffee bean or brew a cup of coffee, one thing’s for sure, passion means a latte in this business.
 
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Maman

New York, New York
A New York hotspot for beautiful baked goods, breads and coffees, Maman is French-inspired and has a real familial feel. Plus, the shops in SoHo, Tribeca, Greenpoint, Meatpacking District and Toronto are absolutely gorgeous.
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Sightglass

San Francisco, California
Sightglass has various shops in San Francisco, but a fave of ours is the Affogato Bar at the 7th Street location in SOMA. Really, is there anything better than ice cream in your espresso? We think not.
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The Butcher's Daughter

New York, New York
A gorgeous juice bar and café with locations in LA and New York, The Butcher’s Daughter is known as much for its fresh and modern vibe as it is for its amazing coffees.
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Caffe Streets

Chicago, Illinois
This Chicago coffee hub roasts their own blends and single origin coffees. Their menu is rad, featuring things like seasonal rosemary lattes and thai iced coffee with cayenne and cinnamon. Yum!
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Houndstooth Coffee

Dallas, Texas
With multiple locations in Dallas and Austin, Houndstooth is a Texas coffee shop that’s all about local coffee culture. In fact, they love coffee so much that they’ll bring the coffee to you if you’re hosting a big event.
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Verve Coffee Roasters

Los Angeles, California
Taking the experience all the way from seed to cup, Verve Coffee Roasters has a real good thing going on and quite a huge fan club as well. Their coffee shops throughout California are modern, bright and airy and always full of smiles. Oh, and they even have a shop in Tokyo.
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Blue Bottle

Los Angeles, California
It’s hard to pick a favorite Blue Bottle shop, since every one of them have delicious New Orleans style iced coffees and fresh baked shortbread. But, if we have to choose, we’ll go with the LA Bradbury Building location that’s easy on the eyes, full of Hollywood history and offers a whole library inside.
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Sweetleaf

Long Island City, New York
Long Island City’s best spot to grab a coffee and sit for a while with a good book or good friend, Sweetleaf has even more charm than the sweet floral wallpaper.
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Alfred Coffee

West Hollywood, California
Alfred Coffee is a series of six beautifully designed, vintage-inspired Los Angeles coffee shops. Cool factor? They serve cold brew floats.
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Onyx Coffee Lab

Bentonville, Arkansas
The Arkansas coffee game keeps getting better and better. Onyx Coffee Lab in Bentonville has a stunning interior as well as a phenomenal brew. They even offer professional classes to learn the basics of coffee making and latte art.
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Le Labo

Brooklyn, New York
Le Labo is known around the world for its amazing fragrances, perfumes and candles. But now, it’s also known around Brooklyn for having some amazing coffees too. Check out the Williamsburg shop next time you’re looking for a good pour over.
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Located just across the street from San Diego’s Liberty Station Public Market, Moniker General is part home goods shop and part craft coffee stop. The whole, beautiful space can even be rented out for events.
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Royal Coffee Bar

Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix’s go-to coffee shop, roastery and coffee subscription spot, Royal Coffee has four Valley locations. The takeaway cold brew bottles are a pretty rad find too.
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Upper Left

Portland, Oregon
A Portland roastery and café with single-origin espresso and pour-over coffees, Upper Left is an easy go-to for a daytime meeting with colleagues or with friends. The space is light and bright, and there’s a great menu for open-face sandwiches and fresh baked breads.
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Better Buzz Coffee

San Diego, California
“Life’s better buzzed,” is the motto at this California java stop, and we couldn’t agree more. Roasting all their own coffees, Better Buzz sells premium beans in an easy-going atmosphere.
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Stumptown Coffee

New York, New York
You can find these guys in all the gorgeous Ace Hotels around the country and in their own locations across Portland, Seattle and New York. They’re hipster, they’re cool and they make top-notch coffee too.
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Case Study Coffee

Portland, Oregon
A solid Portland hangout spot, Case Study brews awesome coffees in bright, warm and loft-like spaces.
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Black Star Bakery

Brooklyn, New York
A hip hangout in the heart of Williamsburg, Black Star Bakery is crushing the bakery and café game. Order an espresso con panna and a sriracha egg and cheese for us please.
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Scout Coffee

San Luis Obispo, California
The house made pastries at Scout are no joke, and that wallpaper ain’t too shabby neither.
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Devoción

Brooklyn, New York
These guys are truly devoted to producing great coffee and they know more than most in the biz, sharing that info freely to anyone willing to listen. Plus, their Brooklyn space gets a 10 out of 10 for presentation. You can expect and all-around awesome coffee nerd experience at this spot.
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Holsem Coffee

San Diego, California
These guys don’t just look fancy. They make fancy things too. Check out the Nutella cold brew and homemade apricot pop tarts.
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4121 Main

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Stop by this Pittsburgh beaut for a handful of fresh flowers, a browse through the gift shop or a solid cup of Heart Coffee.
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Spyhouse

Minneapolis, Minnesota
A hip hangout spot for the Minneapolis set, Spyhouse feels oh-so-Americana. The passion for coffee at this place is something you feel as soon as you walk in the door.
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Intelligentsia

Los Angeles, California
With locations in Chicago, LA, New York and Boston, Intelligentsia is more like a coffee empire than a sweet little café these days, but don’t let that fool you. While you can certainly take cool roasting classes with the team, you can still pop into any one of their locations for a solid cup of joe.
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Tatte Bakery

Boston, Massachusettes
A collection of Massachusetts bakeries, Tatte serves up some of the state’s best coffees, homemade jams and breads in the most beautiful and brightly lit spaces.
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Colada Shop

Washington, D.C.
With shops in Virginia and DC, Colada Shop is a Cuban inspired café that serves up a delicious café con leche alongside fresh empanadas and Cuban sandwiches.
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Black Eye Coffee

Denver, Colorado
This Denver coffee shop is a go-to for amazing single-origin coffees and a quick bite to eat. Check the menu for quiches, beignets and bottomless coffee.
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Reveille Coffee

San Francisco, California
With a handful of Bay Area coffee shops, Reveille Coffee always offers a good cup of coffee in a clean and modern SF space.
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Barista Parlor

Nashville, Tennessee
A Nashville staple, Barista Parlor roasts their own coffee blends and is a bit of a bustling local hub. They even offer weekly yoga classes just outside their coffee shop in the summertime.
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Olive & Oliver at The Surfjack Hotel

Honolulu, Hawaii
Part of the Waikiki Surfjack Hotel, this little coffee spot is the perfect place to pop in for a cold brew on your way to the beach.
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Methodical

Greenville, South Carolina
A pretty, modern space in Greenville, SC, Methodical serves up many cups of delicious brew daily. And the gorgeous space is also available to rent out for things like pop-up shops, brand launches, birthdays, cocktail parties, and the like.
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Saturdays

New York, New York
With locations in NYC, Japan and Australia, Saturdays NYC are cooler than cool. A retail shop that caters to mens surf and skate style, each location has its own espresso bar so you can get caffeine-buzzed while you shop.
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James Coffee Co.

San Diego, California
Located in The Space in San Diego, you can grab a yummy James Coffee Co. single origin and wander off to browse sweet little boutiques or go for a shave at the barber.
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Dancing Goats

Atlanta, Georgia
Coffee fanatics, you have to check out this Ponce Market haunt that’s located inside an old, historic Atlanta building. Grab a pour over and settle in with a good read or go for a wander around the food hall.
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Passenger Coffee

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
A Lancaster must-see, Passenger Coffee makes all kinds of amazing coffee roasts and delightful tea blends too. The shop is all sorts of heart-eye emoji inducing!
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Sweatshop Coffee

Brooklyn, New York
A cool Brooklyn coffee shop on Metropolitan Ave, Sweatshop is all about coffee culture. Doing it up Aussie style, you can order a flat white and a Brekkie Bun and feel more like you’re in Melbourne than NYC.
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Kith

Brooklyn, New York
Shopping is exhausting, and Kith knows what’s up. So, they offer coffee (like really, really good coffee) in their cool retail shops in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Miami.
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Bump Coffee Truck

San Diego, California
Based in sunny San Diego, you can usually find these guys rolling through the Little Italy farmer’s market on Saturdays and La Jolla farmer’s market on Sundays. During the week they set up shop at Pipes, and they’re available for party rentals too. Because coffee is definitely a cool party trick.
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One Shot

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
A Philly coffee shop and kitchen, One Shot serves tasty bagels and great coffee in a place cozy enough to call your home away from home.
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Cartel Coffee Lab

Phoenix, Arizona
A Phoenix coffee lab, Cartel is all about the process of making and serving amazing coffee and they sure don’t leave a great experience out of the mix. This little shop is gem in the Arizona scene.
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