Special Report

The Best Independent Coffee Shop in Every State

Source: Courtesy of Espresso Fino

New Mexico: Espresso Fino
> Location: Albuquerque
> Yelp Rating: 5 out of 5

This espresso bar uses only certified organic fair trade coffee. Beans are roasted in nearby Santa Fe. As its name suggests, while drip coffee and a selection of teas are available, espresso and espresso-based drinks are the specialty.

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New York: Urban Backyard
> Location: New York City
> Yelp Rating: 5 out of 5

The order of business at this coffee shop in Lower Manhattan’s Nolita neighborhood, according to its website, is “coffee. tea. treats. sustainability.” Besides the usual espresso and drip coffee, there are a number of latte, mocha, and chai specials, including ube (purple yam) latte and peppermint mocha. One Yelp reviewer calls the place “Earthy and hippy” and the “yummy bites” that are “cute as hell, but even better is the pricing and the taste.”

Source: Courtesy of The Beehive Coffee Bar

North Carolina: The Beehive Coffee Bar
> Location: Arden
> Yelp Rating: 5 out of 5

In addition to “almost any standard coffee or espresso creation,” promises the Beehive’s website, the other possibilities include everything from European-style macchiato to a Hot Hive Latte (blended with local honey, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper). Baked goods are made daily in-house. “Kudos to the owner!,” wrote one Yelper. “Sometimes in life you just get it right.”

Source: Courtesy of Young Blood Coffee Co. via Facebook

North Dakota: Young Blood Coffee
> Location: Fargo
> Yelp Rating: 5 out of 5

In bright, minimalist surroundings, this West Coast-inspired coffee shop brews a variety of beans, including those sourced from Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Peru. The shop gets high marks on Yelp for baking its own bread — the toast variations are popular — and for playing music on vinyl.

Source: Courtesy of John A. via Yelp

Ohio: Cafe de Nook
> Location: Columbus
> Yelp Rating: 5 out of 5

Meant to evoke a 1920s-style Parisian café, this downtown Columbus establishment — also known as Hemingway’s Coffee Nook — uses beans sourced from Ohio’s Luck Bros. Coffee, roasted in small batches. As befits its theme, the place features Paris-themed specialty drinks with names like the Gertrude Stein, the Eiffel Tower, and the Café Bon Bon. All the usual regular coffee shop options are available too.