The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America
Barista is one of The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America.

1. Barista

9.3
539 NW 13th Ave (at NW Hoyt St), Portland, OR
Coffee Shop · Pearl · 112 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Called a “revolutionary shop” by Feast Portland co-founder Mike Thelin, this trio of coffee shops not surprisingly also has some of the “best baristas around.” Read more.

Barista Parlor is one of The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America.

2. Barista Parlor

8.7
519B Gallatin Ave (Calvin Ave), Nashville, TN
Coffee Shop · Lockeland Springs · 137 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Barista Parlor uses beans from a variety of roasters in a variety of brewing methods. Accompanying the coffees are plenty of eats like housemade biscuits, sandwiches and a bourbon buttermilk waffle. Read more.

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters is one of The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America.

3. Bird Rock Coffee Roasters

9.5
5627 La Jolla Blvd (btwn Chelsea & Bird Rock Ave), La Jolla, CA
Coffee Shop · Bird Rock · 89 tips and reviews

EaterEater: While the highlight is their dedication to sourcing the best beans in the most ethical of ways, they also have a quaint shop in which to drink it. Read more.

Blacksmith is one of The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America.

4. Blacksmith

9.2
1018 Westheimer Rd (at Waugh Dr), Houston, TX
Coffee Shop · Neartown - Montrose · 106 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The fluffy homemade biscuits, Vietnamese steak and eggs, and plenty of parking makes this coffeeshop the gold standard in Houston. Read more.

Blue Bottle Coffee is one of The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America.

5. Blue Bottle Coffee

9.4
315 Linden St (btwn Gough & Octavia St), San Francisco, CA
Coffee Shop · Hayes Valley · 243 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Hugh Acheson says that it’s one of the best, noting the “line is long, but the coffee is worth it.” He also gives “mega props to a growing empire” where all coffee is sold at the peak of freshness. Read more.

Boxcar Coffee Roasters is one of The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America.

6. Boxcar Coffee Roasters

9.3
1825 Pearl St, Boulder, CO
Coffee Shop · Central Boulder · 80 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Beans are roasted in small batches using a 1929 German-built roaster that resides in one of the Denver cafes. Boxcar developed a special method of brewing called Boilermakr.

Cafe Grumpy is one of The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America.

7. Cafe Grumpy

8.9
193 Meserole Ave (at Diamond St), Brooklyn, NY
Coffee Shop · Greenpoint · 107 tips and reviews

EaterEater: This coffee shop eventually grew to include several locations as well as an in­house roastery as of 2009—plus its own role in HBO’s Girls. The staff includes three certified Q Graders. Read more.

Caffe Streets is one of The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America.

8. Caffe Streets

9.0
1750 W Division St (btwn Wood St. & Hermitage Ave.), Chicago, IL
Coffee Shop · Wicker Park · 69 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Here you'll find single­-origin espressos from a Synesso Hydra machine, pour overs, Syphon and Eva Solo­ prepared cups with various cold brew options that emerge from their multi­roaster format. Read more.

Ceremony Coffee Roasters is one of The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America.

9. Ceremony Coffee Roasters

8.4
90 Russell St, Annapolis, MD
Coffee Shop · 16 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The descriptions of coffees from Ceremony are more nuanced than any wine tasting notes using terms like “soft pear acidity” and “nougat aromatics” to convey the subtleties in each varietal. Read more.

Cognoscenti Coffee Bar is one of The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America.

10. Cognoscenti Coffee Bar

8.5
6114 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA
Coffee Shop · McManus · 41 tips and reviews

EaterEater: “The sleepy coffee hollow of Culver City is now awake,” says coffeetographer Chérmelle Edwards. And that it is after a visit to this modern, minimal space brought to life by a former architect. Read more.

Colectivo Coffee is one of The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America.

11. Colectivo Coffee

9.0
2999 N Humboldt Blvd (at E Chambers St), Milwaukee, WI
Coffee Shop · Riverwest · 70 tips and reviews

EaterEater: This local roaster has been commended for their commitment to quality sourcing, environmentally friendly practices, and onsite roasting at their new headquarters which is part roastery and part cafe. Read more.

Cultivar Coffee Bar & Roaster is one of The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America.

12. Cultivar Coffee Bar & Roaster

8.6
1155 Peavy Rd (Garland Rd & Peavy Rd), Dallas, TX
Coffee Shop · East Dallas · 26 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The owners are self-proclaimed “OCD” about the preparation of their carefully selected and roasted beans, making for plenty of single-origin coffees and consistently well-pulled espressos. Read more.

Dichotomy Coffee & Spirits is one of The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America.

13. Dichotomy Coffee & Spirits

8.6
508 Austin Ave, Waco, TX
Coffee Shop · Brazos · 21 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Sprudge calls it “nothing short of extraordinary." The titular dichotomy comes in when the added elements of liquor, beer & wine enter the equation, making for a double throw down of excellent drinks. Read more.

Barismo is one of The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America.

14. Barismo

7.5
364 Broadway, Cambridge, MA
Coffee Shop · Mid-Cambridge · 63 tips and reviews

EaterEater: This coffee shop is owned and operated by local coffee roaster, Barismo, which focuses on small batches of sustainably sourced coffees for both wholesale accounts as well as brewing in dwelltime. Read more.

Elemental Coffee Roasters is one of The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America.

15. Elemental Coffee Roasters

9.1
815 N Hudson Ave (at 8th), Oklahoma City, OK
Coffee Shop · Downtown Oklahoma City · 57 tips and reviews

EaterEater: In conjunction with their retail outlet is Elemental’s coffeeshop which serves the full array of espresso-based drinks made with their roasts, plus food and chocolate from local purveyors. Read more.

Espresso Vivace is one of The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America.

16. Espresso Vivace

9.1
532 Broadway E (at E Republican St), Seattle, WA
Coffee Shop · Capitol Hill · 156 tips and reviews

EaterEater: This 1988-established coffee legend is “sweet espresso perfection with the most beautiful foam,” according to Atlas Coffee Importers’ Karen Kazmierzcak. Read more.

Everyman Espresso is one of The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America.

17. Everyman Espresso

8.6
136 E 13th St (at 3rd Ave), New York, NY
Coffee Shop · Greenwich Village · 205 tips and reviews

EaterEater: "I love this place,” says Hugh Acheson, adding “They’re total pros. No BS. Just great coffee.” Serving Counter Culture roasts paired with local dairy, it’s a simple shop with simply great coffee. Read more.

Filter Coffeehouse & Espresso Bar is one of The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America.

18. Filter Coffeehouse & Espresso Bar

8.9
1726 20th St NW (btwn R & S St NW), Washington, D.C.
Coffee Shop · Dupont Circle · 128 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The intimate atmosphere, the roasted beans from Annapolis neighbors, Ceremony, and an array of preparations make it essential to the D.C. coffee scene. Read more.

Four Barrel Coffee is one of The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America.

19. Four Barrel Coffee

9.3
375 Valencia St (btwn 14th St & 15th St), San Francisco, CA
Coffee Shop · Mission District · 506 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The quality begins with Four Barrel’s commitment to sourcing beans in a sustainable, ethical manner. It comes to fruition in their cozy cafes, which are sans Wi-Fi, electrical outlets and soy milk. Read more.

George Howell Coffee Co. is one of The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America.

20. George Howell Coffee Co.

8.6
311 Walnut St (Madison Ave), Newtonville, MA
Café · Newtonville · 39 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The highly revered coffee can be found at their fairly new cafe/coffee lab just outside of Boston and in fine establishments across the country, including Hugh Acheson’s Empire State South in Atlanta. Read more.

Go Get Em Tiger is one of The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America.

21. Go Get Em Tiger

8.7
230 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Coffee Shop · Windsor Square · 84 tips and reviews

EaterEater: If you’d like to order your coffee like you order your cocktails, belly up to the bar at Go Get Em Tiger. The coffee is made with quality beans from roasters like Heart, 49th Parallel & George Howell. Read more.

Heart Coffee Roasters is one of The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America.

22. Heart Coffee Roasters

8.7
2211 E Burnside St (at NE 22nd Ave), Portland, OR
Coffee Shop · Kerns · 82 tips and reviews

EaterEater: This Portland roaster/duo of cafes is one by which many others are measured. Why is that? Because they have a primary “focus on taste, quality, & clarity” where one-size-fits-all labels don’t apply. Read more.

Houndstooth Coffee is one of The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America.

23. Houndstooth Coffee

9.0
4200 N Lamar Blvd Ste 120 (at 43rd St), Austin, TX
Coffee Shop · Rosedale · 114 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Sprudge “humbly” considers Houndstooth to be among the “the best multiroaster cafes in the United States." Excellent baristas & great service round out the argument that all the fawning is warranted. Read more.

Intelligentsia Coffee is one of The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America.

24. Intelligentsia Coffee

9.3
3123 N Broadway St (at W Barry Ave), Chicago, IL
Coffee Shop · Lake View East · 112 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Erin Meister said it best: “You don't have to be intelligent to love this coffee, but you definitely are intelligent if you do." Read more.

Joule Coffee & Table is one of The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America.

25. Joule Coffee & Table

223 S Wilmington St (Btwn E Hargett St and E Martin St), Raleigh, NC
Coffee Shop · Central Raleigh · 75 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The food menu is just as exciting as the coffee with poutine, roasted tomato BLTs and twice-cooked grits among the intriguing selections. The cocktail, wine and beer list ensures its well-roundedness. Read more.

Madcap Coffee is one of The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America.

26. Madcap Coffee

8.8
98 Monroe Center St NW (at Ottawa Ave NW), Grand Rapids, MI
Coffee Shop · Heartside-Downtown Grand Rapids · 105 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Madcap is a big deal. The majority of their coffee focus is on roasting & fostering relationships with coffee growers around the world, which is done by visiting farms, no matter how remote. Read more.

Milstead & Co. is one of The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America.

27. Milstead & Co.

9.3
754 N 34th St (btwn Fremont & Troll Ave), Seattle, WA
Coffee Shop · Fremont · 131 tips and reviews

EaterEater: “They’re serious about extraction,” says Atlas Coffee Importers’ Karen Kazmierzcak. In those extractions are what Kazmierzcak thinks are the “best coffees from multiple roasters." Read more.

Octane Coffee is one of The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America.

28. Octane Coffee

9.1
1009 Marietta St NW (at Howell Mill Rd. NW), Atlanta, GA
Coffee Shop · Marietta Street Artery · 240 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Their selections include the full array of espresso-based drinks - some of them sweetened with housemade chocolate, caramel and vanilla syrups, plus single-origin French press and pour overs. Read more.

Oddly Correct Coffee Bar is one of The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America.

29. Oddly Correct Coffee Bar

8.2
3940 Main St (at Westport Rd), Kansas City, MO
Coffee Shop · Old Westport · 48 tips and reviews

EaterEater: They deliver fresh coffee of the week to subscribers via bicycle inside their hometown of Kansas City. Read more.

Panther Coffee is one of The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America.

30. Panther Coffee

9.3
2390 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL
Coffee Shop · Wynwood Arts District · 296 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Competition-level baristas—including Camila Ramos, who recently won first place in the Big Eastern SE Barista Competition—and great house-roasted coffees are hallmarks at this duo of Miami shops. Read more.

Parlor Coffee is one of The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America.

31. Parlor Coffee

84 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY
Coffee Shop · Williamsburg · 25 tips and reviews

EaterEater: It’s in the back of a barbershop in Williamsburg, so there’s that; but consider the fact that Adam Goldberg of A Life Worth Eating calls it the “most promising micro-roaster in NYC” at the moment. Read more.

Peace Coffee Shop is one of The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America.

32. Peace Coffee Shop

9.2
3262 Minnehaha Ave (at E 33rd St), Minneapolis, MN
Coffee Shop · Longfellow · 50 tips and reviews

EaterEater: What started in 1996 as an import arm of the IATP has blossomed into a full blown roasting operation and coffeeshop also run by the non-profit organization.

Ritual Coffee Roasters is one of The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America.

33. Ritual Coffee Roasters

9.1
1026 Valencia St (btwn 21st & Hill St), San Francisco, CA
Coffee Shop · Mission District · 311 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Coffee professional Erin Meister wrote, “Their focus on the beans rather than the roast or even necessarily the barista were a sort of turning-point for a lot of other coffee companies.” Read more.

Spitfire Coffee is one of The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America.

34. Spitfire Coffee

9.0
627 Saint Peter St, New Orleans, LA
Coffee Shop · French Quarter · 105 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Hugh Acheson was happy to find “really great coffee in a coffee desert.” The French Quarter makes for a charming locale to enjoy a pour over from Orleans Coffee Exchange, Conundrum or Panther Coffee. Read more.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters is one of The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America.

35. Stumptown Coffee Roasters

9.2
4525 SE Division St (at SE 45th Ave), Portland, OR
Coffee Shop · Richmond · 43 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Hugh Acheson refers to it as “ground zero,” and coffee professional Erin Meister insists it “was definitely one of the leaders among roasters elevating the craft of coffee to a new level.” Read more.

Ultimo Coffee @ Brew is one of The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America.

36. Ultimo Coffee @ Brew

8.9
1900 S 15th St (at Mifflin St.), Philadelphia, PA
Coffee Shop · Point Breeze · 51 tips and reviews

EaterEater: “This is hands-down one of my favorite coffee shops in the country,” says coffee professional/writer, Erin Meister. “Aaron Ultimo's shop was definitely a turning-point in the Philly coffee scene...” Read more.

Verve Coffee Roasters is one of The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America.

37. Verve Coffee Roasters

9.5
104 Bronson St #19 (Hall), Santa Cruz, CA
Coffee Shop · Eastside · 26 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Verve is known for sourcing some of the highest quality coffee beans from around the world & roasting them to coax the nuances out of each one. Magic happens in their 1965 German-made Probat roaster. Read more.

Victrola Cafe and Roastery is one of The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America.

38. Victrola Cafe and Roastery

9.1
310 E Pike St (at Minor Ave), Seattle, WA
Coffee Shop · Capitol Hill · 117 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The mix of comfortable 1920s-inspired cafes and carefully roasted beans have proven a successful combination. Atlas Coffee Importers’ Karen Kazmierczak says the coffee is “well sourced & prepared.” Read more.