Special Report

The Best Independent Coffee Shop in Every State

Colman Andrews

Source: Courtesy of Reverie Coffee Roasters

Kansas: Reverie Coffee Roasters
> Location: Wichita
> Yelp Rating: 4.5 out of 5

“We make coffee for everyone,” says Reverie. The shop’s head roaster and “director of coffee,” Beau Harris, explains “I roast coffee to modify the unique origin characteristics, attempting to highlight flavors I find interesting.” This philosophy obviously pays off. As one Yelp reviewer put it, “The coffee is outstanding (even the decaf)” at this “little gem.”

Source: Courtesy of Carabello Coffee via Facebook

Kentucky: Carabello Coffee
> Location: Newport
> Yelp Rating: 5 out of 5

This coffee shop could just as easily be listed under Ohio, since it serves the Cincinnati area, but it’s actually located across from that city on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River, just over the Taylor Southgate Bridge. Besides offering (according to Yelp) a “chill atmosphere and amazing coffee selection,” Carabello supports coffee-related social programs in Kenya, Rwanda, Nicaragua, and other coffee-producing places.

Source: Courtesy of Darin W. via Yelp

Louisiana: Spitfire Coffee
> Location: New Orleans
> Yelp Rating: 4.5 out of 5

One of the Crescent City’s first specialty coffee shops when it opened in 2013, Spitfire serves what it calls “a smattering of the greatest coffees the country has to offer.” The selection is “seriously epic,” says one Yelp reviewer, who singled out the vanilla lavender latte with rose petals and the brown butter mocha. According to another reviewer, “they make world class cappuccinos and other specialty coffee creations including a great flat white.”

Source: Courtesy of Bard Coffee

Maine: Bard Coffee
> Location: Portland
> Yelp Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Bard showcases Central American coffee farmers as among its favorite regular sources and utilizes “the best technology available to ensure best practices” when roasting the beans. This “really great coffee shop nestled into downtown Portland” serves brews that are “smokey and deep” in flavor, says one Yelper.

Source: Courtesy of Vigilante Coffee Company

Maryland: Vigilante Coffee
> Location: Hyattsville
> Yelp Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Some Yelp comments on this Maryland favorite: “Such a pleasant environment!,” “Great coffee and great ambiance,” “I love that they bring the coffee to you with an index card of the region, varietals, and processing method,” and “Giving Starbucks a run for its money!!!” On the food side, the açaí­ bowl gets frequent praise.