Special Report

The Best Independent Coffee Shop in Every State

Colman Andrews

Source: Courtesy of Ali'i Coffee via Facebook

Hawaii: Ali’i Coffee
> Location: Honolulu
> Yelp Rating: 5 out of 5

Roasting “fresh green beans from different countries and local farms,” Ali’i offers an imaginative menu of cold-brew- and espresso-based drinks and a range of “coff-tails” and a few sandwiches and breakfast items.

Source: Courtesy of Slow By Slow Coffee Bar

Idaho: Slow By Slow Coffee Bar
> Location: Boise
> Yelp Rating: 4.5 out of 5

This “great place to get coffee and hang out with friends, or do some work” serves “the best coffee in town!” with “an approachable chic, hipster vibe” (according to Yelp reviewers). A typical coffee selection might include pour-overs from Kenya, Tanzania, and Colombia, espresso from Costa Rica, plus the house Acid Test Espresso Blend.

Source: Courtesy of Rachel A. via Yelp

Illinois: Two Hearted Queen
> Location: Chicago
> Yelp Rating: 5 out of 5

Besides serving good coffee and serving as a kind of community center, Two Hearted Queen helps fund land ownership by coffee growers in various parts of the world. Pour-over, cold brew, espresso, and a number of Royal Signature coffee drinks are among the choices here.

Source: Courtesy of Lauren K. via Yelp

Indiana: Georgia Street Grind
> Location: Indianapolis
> Yelp Rating: 5 out of 5

Coffees here, purchased exclusively from local roasters, include single-origin choices as well as a signature Grindhouse blend. The atmosphere gets high marks, too, with one Yelp commentator enthusing that “you can’t walk into this place in a bad mood and walk back out feeling horrible because well it’s not allowed.”

Source: Courtesy of Morning Bell Coffee Roasters

Iowa: Morning Bell Coffee Roasters
> Location: Ames
> Yelp Rating: 5 out of 5

Advertising “specialty coffee the way we like it,” Morning Bell adds, “We select and roast truly outstanding coffees […] Fresh-roasted coffees are always available, along with pourover service, nitro cold brew and espresso bar options.” Morning Bell is “worth making a special trip for,” one Yelper says.