Special Report

Best Independent Coffee Shop in Every State

Source: Courtesy of Ebon Coffee Collective via Facebook

Montana: Ebon Coffee Collective
> Location: Billings

Ebon Coffee Collective has a cool, mellow vibe with white walls and plenty of greenery, and it sources its coffee exclusively from Montana-based roasters. The place also bakes a lineup of pastries, including plenty of gluten-free options. Other scratch-made offerings include homemade kombucha, hibiscus lime iced tea, and espresso and elderflower tonic, and there are weekly and monthly coffee bean subscriptions.

Source: Courtesy of Doug D. via Yelp

Nebraska: Howlin’ Hounds Coffee
> Location: Omaha

Howlin’ Hounds proudly claims to serve “the best cup of coffee in Omaha,” and it’s hard to argue with that. Owned and operated by Greg Sechser and named after his two dogs (with whom he lives upstairs), the cozy shop boasts hardwood floors, brick walls, and a long bar with soda fountain stools. Sechser brews coffee from Gimme! Coffee, based near Ithaca, New York. If there’s a coffee drink, they’ll make it; their offerings are expansive and each is made with care. Oatmeal and pastries from local bakeries are also offered, and art from local artists lines the walls.

Source: Courtesy of Clyde's Coffee Roasting Company via Facebook

Nevada: Clyde’s Coffee Roasting Company
> Location: Stateline

This Lake Tahoe favorite, founded by Craig & Marlo Quillin and named after their son Clyde, is on a mission to provide the highest quality coffee available, from farm to cup. They’ve partnered with Vournas Coffee Trading, a boutique coffee firm, in order to provide direct-sourced, hand-picked organic and fair-trade coffee beans from fine specialty estates and co-ops. Their website goes into exquisite detail on each type of coffee they offer, from growing region to bean type to processing technique to tasting notes, and single estate coffees include Costa Rica “El Tigre,” Guatemala Huehuetenango SHB “Dulce Leonarda,” and Mexico Rancho San Francisco. You might have heard that drinking a good cup of coffee is like sipping a fine wine, and after a visit to Clyde’s, you’ll understand why.

Source: Courtesy of Adelle's Coffeehouse via Facebook

New Hampshire: Adelle’s Coffeehouse
> Location: Dover

Located in the heart of Dover, Adelle’s is a hip hangout serving coffee from Seacoast Coffee Company in Portland, Maine. They brew drip coffee in small batches so it’s always super-fresh, and their espresso is bright, deep, and bold. To make their signature cold brew, organic Mexican coffee is steeped for six hours, and it’s dark and smooth. They pride themselves on expert baristas, great coffee, fresh pastries, signature bagel sandwiches, and a wide array of teas from White Heron in portsmouth. On a hot day, be sure to order a made-to-order lemonade.

Source: Courtesy of Roast'd Coffee (Fort Lee, NJ) via Facebook

New Jersey: Roast’d
> Location: Hasbrouck Heights, Fort Lee, and Franklin Lakes

Roast’d sources the finest beans from around the world, roasting them on-site in small batches, and serving them in a warm and inviting atmosphere. The well-trained baristas measure out exactly the right amount of beans for each serving, grind them fresh, and brew each cup to order. It takes a little extra time, but the end result is a cup of coffee that’s essentially perfect. Eight to ten single-origin coffees are on offer at any time, with something for everyone; the baristas will be happy to talk you through their selection, like sommeliers.

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