Special Report

The Best Independent Coffee Shop in Every State

Colman Andrews

Source: Courtesy of Ebon Coffee Collective

Montana: Ebon Coffee Collective
> Location: Billings
> Yelp Rating: 5 out of 5

Using coffees from various Montana roasters and offering homemade pastries to go with the brews, Ebon describes itself as “A hub for rad people to collaborate, pushing the edge for both coffee quality and socially responsible operations.” A visiting Californian took to Yelp to report, “Their single origin coffees are super tasty […] The espresso is always well balanced,” while Ebon serves the “best latte in Billings.”

Source: Courtesy of Howlin' Hounds Coffee

Nebraska: Howlin’ Hounds Coffee
> Location: Omaha
> Yelp Rating: 5 out of 5

The coffee here, roasted by Gimme! Coffee in New York state, is available simply brewed, as espresso (and its elaborations), or made Kalita Wave-style pour-over (named for the highly regarded apparatus used) or with a French press. Local art is always on display.

Source: Courtesy of Clyde's Coffee Roasting

Nevada: Clyde’s Coffee Roasting
> Location: Stateline
> Yelp Rating: 5 out of 5

This Lake Tahoe area coffee shop roasts beans daily, sourced from farmers all over the coffee-growing world via the socially and environmentally responsible California-based distributor Vournas Coffee Trading. The place has a cozy Western mountain vibe and a menu ranging from cappuccino to fresh brew to blended mocha.

Source: Courtesy of Adelle's Coffee House via Facebook

New Hampshire: Adelle’s Coffeehouse
> Location: Dover
> Yelp Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Specialty drinks and breakfast foods fill out a menu offering. There is drip coffee hot or iced, espresso drinks, and organic Mexican coffee cold brew, including a 24-ounce version called A Darkness, consisting of concentrated cold brew cut with iced coffee with two shots of espresso, described as “more caffeine than you can handle.” The coffee is sourced from Seacoast Coffee Company, a small-batch artisan roaster from Portland, Maine.

Source: Courtesy of Roast'd Coffee via Facebook

New Jersey: Roast’d Coffee
> Location: Hasbrouck Heights
> Yelp Rating: 5 out of 5

Formerly known as Koffeewagon Roasters (confusingly, since it was a brick-and-mortar shop and not a truck or wagon), Roast’d serves a selection of pour-over, cold brew, and espresso coffees. A variety of beans is available. The selection changes periodically but might include choices from Colombia, Brazil, Ethiopia, and Tanzania, among other places. Beans are roasted in-house.