Special Report

The Best Independent Coffee Shop in Every State

Source: Courtesy of Thinking Cup via Facebook

Massachusetts: Thinking Cup
> Location: Boston
> Yelp Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Sourcing its beans from Seattle’s Stumptown Coffee Roasters and Chicago’s Third Wave Coffee House & Roasters, Thinking Cup is also “very welcoming.” It serves drip coffee that’s “fresh and very good on its own” (per Yelp), as well as numerous other coffee choices, including a vanilla ginger latte with homemade syrup. Breakfast items, some of them gluten-free, and a few sandwiches fill out the menu.

Source: Courtesy of Qahwah House via Facebook

Michigan: Qahwah House
> Location: Dearborn
> Yelp Rating: 5 out of 5

“Qahwah” is the Arabic word for “coffee,” and the Yemeni owners of this coffee shop cite Yemen as the birthplace of the drink. (While most authorities give credit to Ethiopia, on the other side of the Bab al-Mandab Strait, it is generally agreed that the first place coffee was exported to — and is eventually from — was the Yemeni port of Mocha.) Yemeni beans are the basis for the selection here, which includes espresso, Yemeni latte, traditional Yemeni flavored coffee variations (one with cardamom and another with ginger, for instance), and both Turkish and Saudi interpretations of the drink.

Source: Courtesy of Five Watt Coffee

Minnesota: Five Watt Coffee
> Location: Minneapolis
> Yelp Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Five Watt has been described on Yelp as “a great coffee shop” with employees who are “incredibly friendly but in a very unassuming way,” serving “very good brewed coffee.” That coffee can be “strong and does the job but [with] subtle flavors that are game changing.” There are also “specialty drinks [that] are so inventive and better yet scrumptious” — including those flavored with lavender, grapefruit bitters, coriander, or honey.

Source: Courtesy of M7 Coffee House

Mississippi: M7 Coffeehouse
> Location: Ridgeland
> Yelp Rating: 4.5 out of 5

A range of espresso-based drinks, specialty lattes (for instance a Spanish version with sweet condensed milk and a Hazy Baby, made with Nutella), and several kinds of brewed coffee (including nitro draft and pour-over) are on the menu at this coffee house in the Jackson metropolitan area. “This place is 5 star indeed!” according to one reviewer on Yelp.

Source: Courtesy of Thou Mayest - River Quay via Facebook

Missouri: Thou Mayest – River Quay
> Location: Kansas City
> Yelp Rating: 4.5 out of 5

According to this coffee shop’s website, “Thou Mayest means ‘the way is open’ and is seeing your life as a vast, glowing, empty page.” Well, all right. Luckily, the site goes on to propose that “The first and most important thing we can do is get a most excellent drink into your hands.” They apparently succeed, according to Yelp reviews like “one of those places that serves REALLY good coffee and in any form” and “Amazing coffee found here!”