Special Report

Best Independent Coffee Shop in Every State

Source: Courtesy of Story Coffee via Facebook

Colorado: Story Coffee
> Location: Colorado Springs

Story Coffee Co. is located inside a ridiculously charming “tiny house,” and unlike most coffee shops, offers no wifi or places to plug in – so customers are encouraged to engage in conversation instead of burying their faces in a screen. Founded by Don and Carissa Niemyer in 2015 after they visited more than 200 coffee shops in 45 states, Story Coffee roasts all its own coffee and turns them into delicious blends that the locals can’t get enough of. Even better, 5% of all revenues go toward feeding the local homeless population.

Source: Courtesy of Allora Coffee & Bites via Facebook

Connecticut: Allora Coffee & Bites
> Location: Norwalk

Allora Coffee & Bites founder Kim Steinberg grew up in a coffee-loving Italian-American household, and while studying abroad in Florence, the neighborhood caffé became her home away from home. Allora is her interpretation of that quintessential Italian institution, and it serves up spot-on versions of classic Italian coffee drinks, from cappuccino to macchiato, along with single-origin espresso, mushroom mocha, and plenty of teas. There are also a variety of toasts and panini on offer.

Source: Courtesy of The House of Coffi via Facebook

Delaware: The House of Coffi
> Location: Dover

Located inside a historic old house in the heart of downtown Dover, The House of Coffi (that’s the Welsh spelling, reflecting the origin of the founder) is a beloved local gathering place with a charming interior and a sunny porch outside. The coffee beans are roasted just hours before brewing, vinyl records are always spinning, and walls are decorated with artwork from local artists. It’s inviting and unpretentious, with a simple lineup of drip and cold brew coffee drinks and teas, along with bagels, pastries, and a rotating selection of sandwiches.

Source: Courtesy of Wells Coffee Company via Facebook

Florida: Wells Coffee Company
> Location: Fort Lauderdale

The husband and wife duo of Brandon and Nicole Wells grew up loving coffee, and after being gifted with a small coffee roaster, they became obsessed. Coffee boot camp, an origin trip to Colombia, and a successful Kickstarter campaign soon followed, and Wells Coffee Company was born in 2013. They source their beans from the best growing regions on earth, roast them daily on-premises, and sell both single origin coffees and expertly-crafted blends. The café itself is cute and welcoming with plenty of seating, and one sip of their coffee will tell you how seriously they take it.

Source: Courtesy of Rev Coffee via Facebook

Georgia: Rev Coffee
> Location: Smyrna

Located in a converted garage, theRev Coffee has been sourcing and roasting their own beans since 2010. It’s become a beloved local gathering place since then, serving cult-favorite choices like the best-selling Consensus Blend, a chocolatey, dark-roasted combination of Brazilian Cerrado and Colombian Antioquia. They supply coffee to lots of local cafés and restaurants, and turn them into expertly-crafted coffee drinks in-store. And on a hot day, nothing beats their frozen hot chocolate.

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