Coffee Talk: Where to Find Great Cups Across the Country
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San Francisco: Philz Coffee
Philadelphia: La Colombe
Los Angeles: Caffe Luxxe
Mike Salvatore didn't grow up wanting to open a bike store and coffee shop, but we're happy he did. Heritage, which he owns with his wife, Melissa, seamlessly integrates the biking and coffee cultures. That means you can come to Heritage to buy a custom-designed, hand-welded, made-in-Chicago bike; to fix a flat; to grab freshly brewed pour-over or a cold-brewed Stumptown iced coffee; or to try on a new Yakkay helmet. To eat, enjoy sweet and savory treats from some of Chicago's finest kitchens, including Southport Grocery, and then bike away the calories!
New Orleans: Pulp and Grind
New York City and Philadelphia: Joe, The Art of Coffee
Seattle: Lighthouse Roasters
Austin: Flitch Coffee
Washington, D.C.: Baked and Wired
Durham, NC: Cocoa Cinnamon
Great coffee, a super-mellow vibe and awesome sweets are on the menu at Cocoa Cinnamon, an institution for the coffee-loving set in Durham. Owners Leon and Areli Barrera de Grodski are fascinated by the origins of everything — from the beans to the chocolate used to make drinks like their Almoka, a riff on the classic mocha featuring Kallari chocolate from Ecuador. In addition, the cafe serves two choices of espresso; three single-origin, hand-poured coffees; and monthly drink specials.
West Stockbridge, Mass.: No. Six Depot Roastery and Cafe
This small-batch roastery and cafe located in the oldest train station in the Berkshires is so sweet you may want to move to West Stockbridge after one visit. Mornings begin with eggs and thick-cut smokehouse bacon on grilled Berkshire Mountain bread or Belgian waffles with Nutella, bananas and berries. Inside the little shop, you can stock your pantry with locally made items like The Hudson Standard Shrubs & Bitters, Fire Cider, Bizalion Olive Oil and bags of No. Six Depot Coffee, in case you want to make some at home. There's also a "scoop & shake" window on the front porch serving local ice cream, using their single-origin coffee in milk shakes.
San Diego: Dark Horse Roasters
At Dark Horse Roasters, beans are roasted in-house and then ground for French-press, cold-brewed and pour-over coffees, which are served alongside treats like vegan doughnuts. This impossibly popular spot — with three locations in San Diego and another in Truckee, Calif. — also has a subscription club, through which fans can sign up and have bags of house-roasted beans delivered weekly or monthly, depending on their level of caffeine addiction.
Denver: Black Eye Coffee
This is a coffee shop with a serious chef attached to it — Alex Figura of Lower 48 Kitchen serves Pho-Braised Pork Belly Sandwiches, folks — but that doesn’t take away from the quality of the brew. The coffee is carefully curated in single-origin options and available in drip, pour-over and espresso-based styles. The cafe is also beautiful, more a restaurant than a coffee shop, with an elegant modern art deco interior and warm lighting that makes you feel like you should be drinking a Manhattan, not a latte. That might explain why the shop undergoes a “change” at 5 p.m. every day: The pastries are put away. The shelves behind the bar spin around, revealing a wide range of spirits. The cafe gets a little darker and a little cozier, and the cocktails come out to play, with Leopold’s American Small Batch Whiskey on tap.
Cincinnati: Coffee Emporium
Grand Rapids: Madcap
Paso Robles, Calif.: Spearhead
Joseph Gerardis, Matt Klomp and Jeremy Sizemore opened Spearhead Coffee in Paso Robles in 2015 with a dedication to farm-to-cup coffee and a focus on traceability and quality of its coffee beans from places such as Costa Rica, Haiti and Guatemala. You choose your roast (coffee is roasted by Sizemore daily), then the owners weigh the beans before grinding and making your coffee; they use a Hario V60 for pour-overs, backed up by a Fetco tower for a quick grab-and-go drip. The 2,200-square-foot cafe and roastery is flooded with light and adorned with lovely found-object decor. It also features outdoor seating and a cozy back patio. Klomp’s wife, Sabrina, is a baker and serves a menu of quiches, muffins, scones and more.
New York City: 71 Irving
Portland, Ore.: Case Study
Minneapolis: Five Watt Coffee
Five Watt roasts its coffees — such as Line Check Espresso and The Residency Houseblend — in-house, but it also shares the love, featuring roasts from some of the owners' favorite coffee geeks, such as Wisconsin-based Kickapoo. While you’ll find espresso, cold-press and pour-overs, Five Watt prides itself on specialty drinks like The Big Easy (cold press, chicory and nutmeg simple syrup, black walnut bitters and cream) and The Kingfield (vanilla, Big Watt coriander bitters, espresso, milk and black Hawaiian sea salt). The menu includes bakery items made fresh every morning by Patisserie 46, and there's an oatmeal bar on weekends and Sweet Science ice cream in the summertime.