Get Your Caffeine Fix at America’s Best Local Coffee Shops
Find local coffee shops that offer pour-over coffee, in-house roasted beans and more.
It’s been a long time since coffee was just about getting a jolt of energy in the morning. These days, we expect to know everything about the brew we’re sipping: where the beans came from, how sustainably they were grown, who harvested them, when the harvest took place, and how the beans were roasted once they were shipped stateside. All this care and concern cropped up during the “third wave” coffee movement, which took off in the mid 2000s and saw young upstart artisans starting to treat beans like seasonal fruits—nurturing, farming, and roasting them with food-nerd precision and an eco-minded concern for the international farm-owning families with whom they now worked. We saw the first big artisan coffee hits come out of Portland, San Francisco, and of course Seattle, but at this point any joe lover can find a carefully crafted cup in independent shops all across the country. Find out how these coffee connoisseurs got into the business, learn what goes into each cup of coffee, and check out some serious coffee shops that should be on your radar.