Special Report

Best Independent Coffee Shop in Every State

Source: Courtesy of Thinking Cup via Facebook

Massachusetts: Thinking Cup
> Location: Boston

Thinking Cup opened just steps from Boston Common back in 2010, and the welcoming shop has racked up countless awards and accolades since then. They source their coffee beans directly from New York’s acclaimed Stumptown, and are serving everything from $1.50 cups of straight-ahead coffee to single-origin pour-overs. They’re also turning out classic espresso-based drinks as well as specialty drinks including mocha with homemade chocolate sauce, hazelnut latte with fresh-roasted hazelnut paste, and hot chocolate made with 64% Tainori Valhrona Drinking Chocolate. There’s also an expansive menu of breakfast items and sandwiches, with plenty of gluten-free options.

Source: Courtesy of Qahwah House via Facebook

Michigan: Qahwah House
> Location: Dearborn

“Qahwah” is the Arabic word for coffee – which reportedly originated in Yemen in the 14th century. The founder, Ibrahim Alhasbani, also hails from Yemen, and that’s where he’s sourcing all his coffee from; in fact, his family owns the coffee farm. His shop is spacious and decorated with Yemeni relics, and the coffee is available in custom blends as well as medium, dark, and espresso roast. If you stop in, be sure to try the sabaya, a flaky, layered traditional Yemeni pastry.

Source: Courtesy of Five Watt Coffee via Facebook

Minnesota: Five Watt Coffee
> Location: Minneapolis

Founded by Lee Carter and Caleb Garn in 2014, Five Watt Coffee has four Minneapolis locations, and each has become a beloved local gathering place (one location even has what they call “a rent-by-the-hour unicorn stable”). Their lineup of coffee drinks was inspired by craft cocktails. For example, the Busy Beaver is made with maple syrup, blackstrap bitters, espresso, milk, cinnamon, molasses, and black pepper, and the Big Easy has cold-press coffee, chicory nutmeg syrup, black walnut bitters, and cream. They’re also selling a wide variety of whole bean blends.

Source: Courtesy of M7 Coffee House via Facebook

Mississippi: M7 Coffee House
> Location: Ridgeland

This low-key, tin-roofed coffee shop – unpretentious and unassuming – is the centerpiece of an initiative that started in 2014 to revitalize an unoccupied block of tattered buildings and turn them into community gathering places. The coffee here is top-notch, locally sourced, and brewed with love, and it’s also home to the city’s only “toast bar.” Drop by on Wednesdays for live music.

Source: Courtesy of Mudhouse Coffee via Facebook

Missouri: Mudhouse Coffee
> Location: Springfield

Located in the heart of charming downtown Springfield, Mudhouse Coffee roasts all of its beans in-house, fresh weekly. Coffee is made via French press or drip (the drip coffee is generously bottomless), and along with all the classic coffee drinks they’re also getting creative with offerings like blackberry sage lattes, toffee lattes (with vanilla, caramel, and butterscotch), and the Mudskipper (a latte with Ghirardelli chocolate and hazelnut). They also offer plenty of fun frozen coffee options, smoothies, and killer breakfast burritos and sandwiches.

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