Whether you’re traveling for work and need a go-to java spot, or you just moved and need a roaster you can count on, finding a reliably great cup of coffee is an important part of exploring a new place. But while the luxe coffee trend is taking hold across the U.S.—now you can find honey lavender lattes, flavor-infused cold brews, and artisanal flat whites in nearly every state—it can be tough to tell what coffee shops are the true cream of the crop. Here, we've rounded up the 16 best ones in America.
Go Get ‘Em Tiger, Los Angeles
Go Get ‘Em Tiger now has locations in Larchmont and Los Feliz, and intends to establish a presence in the arts district downtown and Highland Park. Said to be a favorite of Dave Franco and Alison Brie, GGET is known for its almond macadamia latte. You can get the smooth almond macadamia milk in any GGET beverage—try it in the turmeric latte or iced chai.
Crema Café, Cambridge, MA
Crema Café, nestled in Harvard Square, is a favorite among Cambridge academics and Boston coffee lovers alike. The café serves coffee from George Howell and other specialty roasters, and infuses concoctions with homemade syrups. In addition to pulling a fierce espresso shot, they serve excellent tea lattes like an almond earl grey latte with foamed milk and fresh almond syrup.
Onyx Coffee Lab, Fayetteville, AR
This year, Onyx baristas took third place in the U.S. Roaster Championship and fifth place in the U.S. Barista Championship. They have four Arkansas locations and serve only coffee they roast. Plus, they'll even teach patrons their brew methods.
Trouble Coffee & Coconut Club, San Francisco
Touted as the shop in Outer Sunset that started the San Francisco toast craze, Trouble is a tiny shop filled with character. Opt for the thick-cut toast with cinnamon, butter, and sugar, coconuts with a straw and spoon, and of course, a strong cup of joe. Order a “Build Your Own Damn House,” which includes a piece of toast, a coconut, and a cup of trouble.
Oddly Correct, Kansas City
Oddly Correct is roasting small batches of “mind-opening specialty coffees” right on the premises. The company sells its coffee wholesale, but the best place to experience it is in its Kansas City tasting room. Between the exposed brick, strong espresso, and house-made biscuits, you’ll be an Oddly Correct convert as soon as you walk in the door.
Daylight Mind Coffee Company, Kona, HI
Daylight Mind has three Hawaii coffee shops, and each serves coffee sourced 100% from Kona, Maui, or Oahu. Hawaii is the only U.S. state that grows a significant amount of coffee beans, and at Daylight, you can taste the best local varieties on offer.
Dogwood Coffee, Minneapolis
This roaster has three locations, all with eclectic décor and beans roasted in Minnesota. From their neon espresso to their cascara cherry tea, Dogwood is a serious innovator on the beverage scene.
Sweet Bloom, Lakewood, CO
Sweet Bloom buys coffee ethically and sustainably through a direct trade model, aiming to connect the producer with consumer by bringing farm representatives to their roastery. They serve only freshly brewed and roasted coffee at their Colorado brick-and-mortar store.
Nossa Familia Coffee, Portland
Nossa Familia Coffee roasts its coffee on-site, and sources beans directly from farmers in Latin America. The company's founder, Augusto Carneiro, grew up in Rio de Janeiro and helped out at his grandfather’s coffee farm in the Brazil highlands during the summers. He founded Nossa Familia Coffee to share his family’s coffee legacy.
Panther Coffee, Miami
The Pewter Spoon, Cazenovia, NY
Come for the cozy upstate New York vibes, stay for the high-quality espresso drinks. Pewter Spoon uses local produce when possible and their breakfast sandwiches are made with eggs sourced from local, humanely-treated chickens. In the evenings, they switch gears and serve up local wine and beer from the Finger Lakes.
Bitty & Beau’s Coffee, Wilmington, NC and Charleston, SC
The Wright family opened Bitty & Beau’s in 2016, and it’s named for their two youngest children, both of whom have down syndrome. Their shop celebrates diversity and their goal is to improve the lives of those living with IDD. Try a steaming cup of Bitty’s blend or Beau’s blend when you stop into their Wilmington or Charleston shops.
Cafecito Coffee, Los Angeles
Second to Cafecito’s drip coffee, which packs a punch, is their mocha, which uses high-quality Mexican chocolate. Their Silver Lake space has a cozy patio, and they’ll sometimes bring in a chef on weekends to serve breakfast. If you’re not in Los Angeles, you can join Cafecito’s subscription program, where they source beans from small-batch producers, roast them in house, and then ship them to you.
The ELK, New York City
The décor of ELK is a nod to founder Claire Chan’s Vancouver roots. Serving single-origin pour-over, green juices, and espresso drinks, the ELK does the near-unthinkable: serving a luxury product at a price that’s low for New York City.
Gimme! Coffee, Brooklyn
Based out of Ithaca, NY, Gimme! Coffee has a home in Williamsburg, serving up their small batch coffee roasted upstate. They recently upgraded the space to accommodate the growing demand for perfect drip coffee and made-with-love espresso drinks.
Artifact Coffee, Baltimore
Serving Counter Culture coffee, Artifact Coffee is a place you can unwind and enjoy a “Chemex to share” with some friends. But you can also take their pour-over on the run—or if you’re trying to ease your caffeine jitters, try their Turmeric Tonic.