Special Report

Best Independent Coffee Shop in Every State

Source: Courtesy of Reverie Coffee Roasters

Kansas: Reverie Coffee Roasters
> Location: Wichita

Reverie roasts a variety of small-batch coffees, led by expert coffee roaster Oscar Pineda. Coffee is sourced from around the world and, after roasting, brewed with care, and served in this charming coffee bar or sold wholesale to local businesses and restaurants. Popular blends include Bone Shaker (orange zest, chocolate, and caramel notes), Moonless Midnight (dark chocolate, dates, and pecan notes), and 24K Goat (with notes of chocolate, baking spices, and nuts), and lots of single origin options are available, too.

Source: Courtesy of John R. via Yelp

Kentucky: Quill’s Coffee
> Location: Louisville

This Louisville specialty coffee roaster was founded by Nathan Quillo in 2007, and coffee enthusiasts from across the city soon fell in love with its carefully sourced, expertly roasted, and thoughtfully brewed coffee. Coffee shops around the country are also buying their beans wholesale, a testament to just how great this coffee is. Single-origin coffees come from El Salvador, Honduras, Colombia, and Mexico, and they’re constantly on the lookout for intriguing new coffees, including one from Tolima, Colombia, processed using anaerobic fermentation.

Source: Courtesy of Spitfire Coffee via Facebook

Louisiana: Spitfire Coffee
> Location: New Orleans

When the tiny Spitfire Coffee opened in 2013, it was one of the first specialty coffee shops in New Orleans, and it remains the best. They’re sourcing a constantly rotating selection of the best-quality single origin beans they can find, and four to five of them at a time are brewed via pour-over. The beans are also turned into classic espresso-based drinks as well as specialty offerings including a Brown Butter Mocha and Las Tres Flores with lavender milk, orange blossom syrup, and rose petals.

Source: Courtesy of Bard Coffee via Facebook

Maine: Bard Coffee
> Location: Portland

Located in the heart of downtown Portland’s Old Port neighborhood, Bard Coffee is an airy and inviting coffee house that specializes in single-origin coffees roasted in-house. Opened in 2009, Bard has made it their mission to tell the story of the people and places their coffee comes from in each cup, and they’ve built relationships with each of their growers, including Francisca and Oscar Chacon in Costa Rica and Olvin Rivera in Honduras (their website also offers photos and bios of each). Beans are roasted using a top-of-the-line Loring Smart Roast by head roaster Bill Guddeck.

Source: Courtesy of Maria O. via Yelp

Maryland: Vigilante Coffee Company
> Location: Hyattsville and College Park

Vigilante Coffee Company’s founder, Chris Vigilante, fell in love with coffee as a barista in Honolulu, and he launched his first business with a small roaster on his back porch in D.C. in 2012. After selling his beans wholesale and at farmers markets, he opened a café and roastery in Hyattsville two years later with the help of co-owner Ashley Bodine and master roaster Franklin Ventura. They roast carefully sourced coffees from around the world, and serve single-origin masterpieces as well as wildly delicious blends. They also donate 1% of all annual sales to local charities.

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