Addiction Coffee House
New Orleans, Louisiana
In Brief: The coffeehouse is located in the city’s historic French Quarter in a building split split with a hair salon. Addiction, which is beautifully (and rustically) furnished with salvaged wood and copper-welded barstools, offers a host of drip and pour-over coffees, as well as espressos, cortados and cold brews. If you’re feeling adventurous, try Miss Tracy’s Addiction — an espresso with “steamed coconut milk, steamed milk, warm honey and a dash of cayenne.”
The Beans: The coffeehouse gets its beans from French Truck Coffee, a New Orleans-based food truck. These beans are sourced from Colombia, Mexico, Kenya, Guatemala, Ethiopia and Peru.
909 Iberville Street, New Orleans, LA 70112 ⇱ | (504) 475-5900 | addictioncoffee.house
Angry Catfish Bicycle Shop and Coffee Bar
In Brief: Know by locals as ACF, this is a bike shop and coffee bar all in one. In addition to selling and repairing custom bikes, ACF is becoming well known for its coffee. They offer everything from single-origin coffees to espressos, macchiatos and cold brews.
The Beans: Angry Catfish sources beans from Intelligentsia Coffee in Chicago, whose beans come from all around the world.
4208 28th Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55406 ⇱ | (612) 722-1538 | angrycatfishbicycle.com
In Brief: Anthology Coffee is helping cultivate a new coffee culture in Detroit. The coffeehouse, which is located in the Ponyride building (and admittedly tricky to find), offers coffee tastings and home-brewing classes to customers. They sell small-batch drip coffees and espressos. Go here for a personal and delicious coffee education.
The Beans: They are sourced from Guatemala, Nicaragua and Kenya.
1401 Vermont Street, Detroit, MI 48216 ⇱ | (313) 355-4040 | anthologycoffee.com
Black Tap Coffee
Charleston, South Carolina
In Brief: The Black Tap coffee shop first opened in 2012 in the historic neighborhood of Harleston Village. Inside, the small two-story coffeehouse is minimally furnished with custom-built wooden tables, a coffee bar and black-and-white photos. They serve a range of single-origin coffees and an espresso blend.
The Beans: Black Tap Coffee sources beans from Cafe Imports, who gets them from all over the world. Black Tap does, however, roast everything at their roastery, located 10 miles away from their coffee shop, using a 15-kilo Loring Falcon Smart Roaster.
70.5 Beaufain Street, Charleston, SC 29401 ⇱ | (843) 793-4402 | blacktapcoffee.com
Blue Copper Coffee Room
Salt Lake City, Utah
In Brief: Blue Copper Coffee roasts and supplies coffee beans for a number of Salt Lake City’s coffee joints. So why not go to the source? In 2014, according to the Salt Lake City News, Blue Copper merged with the eight-year-old coffee shop No Brow Coffee Werks, and together they launched the Coffee Room. Here, they offer tasting classes and serve what they call “top-shelf” espressos and coffees. All of the beans are roasted nearby.
The Beans: The company says their coffee beans are sustainably farmed and ethically imported. The beans are sourced from Brazil, Ethiopia, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Kenya.
179 West 900 South, Salt Lake City UT 84101 ⇱ | (385) 222-7046 | bluecopperslc.com
Boxcar Coffee Roasters
In Brief: There are two Boxcar Coffee Roasters locations. The flagship location in downtown Boulder opened in 2010, and their second location in Denver opened three years later. Both locations brew their coffee using the “Boilermakr” method, which enables coffee to brew at lower temperatures and at higher elevations. (For more information, read this article on Sprudge.)
The Beans: The beans come from various farmers in Central America, South America and Africa. They are roasted in small batches, near their Denver cafe, at The Source, using a 1929 Ideal Rapid coffee roaster.
1825 B Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302 ⇱ | (303) 527-1300 | boxcarcoffeeroasters.com
Cartel Coffee Lab
In Brief: Visit Cartel’s flagship coffee shop in Tempe. Even though the company has grown, launching five other shops around Arizona, it’s here in Tempe that they roast all their coffee beans. Stop in, grab a cup of whatever you like — we suggest an Atauwauka — and watch how they do it.
The Beans: Their beans come both from “top-notch importers” and straight from the farmers. They are sourced from Central and South America, Africa, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
225 W. University Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281 ⇱ | (480) 225-3899 | cartelcoffeelab.com
Catalina Coffee Shop
In Brief: This coffee shop has paved the way for third wave coffee in Houston. After opening in 2007, owner Max Gonzalez had difficulty finding a reliable coffee bean roaster — so he opened his own. Over eight years later, Catalina Coffee’s sister company Amaya Roasting Co. continues to roast their coffee. If you’re traveling through Houston, this is a must-stop for coffee. Just expect a little bit of a line.
The Beans: Amaya Roasting Co. sources beans from Colombia, Guatemala and Peru.
2201 Washington Avenue, Houston, TX 77007 ⇱ | (713) 861-8448 | Photo: Mayday Garage | catalinacoffeeshop.com
The Coffee Fox
In Brief: Located in downtown Savannah, The Coffee Fox brews delicious pour-over craft coffees. If you’re looking to try something new, this coffee shop can whip up a host of inventive signature drinks, like their affogato (two scoops of ice cream with espresso) and their “Eye Opener,” which combines Left Hand Brewing‘s Nitro Stout with espresso.
The Beans: The Coffee Fox’s coffee beans are sourced from El Salvador, Colombia, Brazil, Kenya and Ethiopia.
102 W Broughton Street, Savannah, GA 31401 ⇱ | (912) 401-0399 | thecoffeefox.com
In Brief: The patio of this husband-and-wife-owned coffee shop is perfect (on a nice day) for sitting down and taking in Nashville’s historic Rutledge Hill neighborhood. Their highly skilled baristas make a variety of excellent traditional coffees and espressos. If you want learn how to brew better coffee at home, or learn how to better appreciate “good coffee,” Crema has tasting and brewing classes available to guests.
The Beans: They source their beans from several farmers in Latin America and Africa. The shop, which has been around since 2008, roasts all their own coffee beans.
15 Hermitage Avenue, Nashville, TN 37210 ⇱ | (615) 255-8311 | crema-coffee.com
Cultivar Coffee Bar
In Brief: Founded in 2009, this Texas coffee bar serves single-origin coffees and shares a space with a taco restaurant. They roast their own coffee, on the lighter side, every Tuesday. Both owners, Jonathan and Nathan, are trained baristas who have no problem making an americano or espresso.
The Beans: Cultivar’s coffee beans are sourced from Guatemala and Colombia.
1146 Peavy Road, Dallas, TX 75218 ⇱ | (972) 677-7895 | cultivarcoffee.com
Dirt Cowboy Cafe
Hanover, New Hampshire
In Brief: The Dirt Cowboy Cafe has been a fixture in Hanover since 1993. Today they claim to serve around 600 customers each day. Even if you’re not looking for coffee, stop by this boutique shop and pick up a croissant or a lemon-and-raspberry granita.
The Beans: They use Arabica beans sourced from all over the world.