Special Report

The Best Independent Coffee Shop in Every State

Colman Andrews

Source: Courtesy of Idido Coffee and Social House

Virginia: Idido Coffee and Social House
> Location: Arlington
> Yelp Rating: 5 out of 5

This place offers “an endless variety of perfectly brewed and crafted coffee,” along with light meals. This is a “[v]ery cozy hipster coffee shop run by Ethiopians” with “great customer service. […] Imagine coming to a friend of a friend’s house party,” according to reports on Yelp. One visitor tried the draft latte, which turned out to be “super fantastic […] Creamy, dreamy and you could still taste the espresso in it.

Source: Courtesy of Cafe Makario

Washington: Cafe Makario
> Location: Everett
> Yelp Rating: 5 out of 5

“Makario” is Greek for “blessed,” and this coffee shop’s proprietor, David Jung, is Korean, but the specialty here is Dutch coffee, made through a kind of cold-brewing method dating back 300 years or so, and available here in 10 variations. Also on the menu, such specialties as Einspänner, a Viennese favorite of espresso with lots of whipped cream, and a dozen variations on latte.

Source: Courtesy of Mea Cuppa Coffee via Facebook

West Virginia: Mea Cuppa Coffeebar
> Location: Charleston
> Yelp Rating: 5 out of 5

This “nice modern coffee bar with friendly staff and good coffee,” as a Yelp reviewer put it, has been hailed by more than one visitor for having the best coffee in Charleston. The variety of coffees available, from roasters like Intelligentsia and Klatch, has been praised, and one Yelper calls the house coffee “fresh and well-brewed” and the cappuccino “well-made and delicious.”

Source: Courtesy of Wilson's Coffee & Tea via Facebook

Wisconsin: Wilson’s Coffee & Tea
> Location: Racine
> Yelp Rating: 5 out of 5

Wilson’s buys beans from all over the coffee-growing world and roasts them on-site. The shop’s current list includes four choices each from Africa and the Pacific, nine from the Americas (including decafs from Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico), and nine house blends and roasts. “If I lived here,” Yelped one Illinois resident, “this might be the only coffee shop I’d visit on the regular.”

Source: Courtesy of The Paramount Cafe

Wyoming: Paramount Cafe
> Location: Cheyenne
> Yelp Rating: 4.5 out of 5

The Paramount owners describe this as a “Locally owned and operated coffee shop featuring coffee, espresso, lattes, teas including chai and mate […] Only place in Cheyenne to get a bubble tea!” Besides the usual coffee drinks, signature coffee-based beverages include the Casa Bonita (a honey, cinnamon, and vanilla latte) and the Mary Poppins (flavored with white chocolate, salted caramel, almond, and “a spoonful of sugar”).