Coffee culture is synonymous with the Northwest region. Whether it is because of the rainy climate, damp winters, or misty autumns, there seem to be more days than not when nothing sounds better than cozying up with a hot cup of coffee.

With multiple coffee shops on every neighborhood block, patrons of this region have the luxury of developing a more refined coffee palate and are known to form strong opinions on who makes the best cup of coffee. Everything matters: brewing techniques, temperature, water quality, roasting variety, sourcing, and more.

Some coffee shops appeal because of their neighborhood, familiar feel. Or because the barista knows your name after a few visits.

Others are attractive because they provide an ambiance that is just right for study, meeting up with a friend to talk, or simply people watching and enjoying some time alone.

Most certainly though, people come to coffee shops for the taste. Who makes the perfect pour over, adds the most stunning latte art or brews the choicest drip? What shop makes a specialty drink with the ultimate combination of indulgent ingredients, perfect for a treat?

Some patrons look for shops that roast and source beans from their region of choice, or only use organic and fair trade practices.

Others find taste radically altered by which equipment is used in brewing, so choose their perfect coffee destination based on which roaster they utilize, how high end their espresso machines are, whether or not they offer french press or a pour steady, create their own syrups or roast in-house.

Whatever the metrics you may use to find your perfect cup of coffee, the Rave Reviews has broken down Northwest coffee culture, giving you an inside glimpse.

METHODOLOGY

In this list, we feature the coffee shop of the American Northwest, where some of the most successful and earliest ventures into artisanal brewing can be found in the Pacific and Cascadia subcultures of America.

This list was composed based on triangulated data from recent national lists at Culture Trip, Best of the Northwest, Epicurious, Men’s Journal, Thrillist, HiConsumption, and Only In Your State, plus qualitative details from homesites and Wikipedia, along with the following criteria based on a 20 point Likert scale:

1) Nostalgia factor based on tradition and history in relation to the local region and culture

2) Popularity factor based on sales and recognition

3) Scarcity factor based on demand and hipster credibility

4) Cult factor based on niche following and identity

5) Destination factor based on the coffee shop’s location and vibe

The final score will be reflected in a Rave Meter.

Whether you are a coffee enthusiast or novice, the Northwest will give you ample opportunity to taste the nuances and particular roasts and techniques that each barista brings to their craft and, of course, their coffee.

Hop in the car, plan the trip, and take this list with you as you explore all the coffee that the US Northwest has to offer.

 

The Best Coffee Shops in the NW

1. Heart Coffee Roasters, Portland, OR

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Founded in 2009, Heart Coffee Roasters is a Portland-based company, “aiming to bring people a focused and an exceptional coffee experience.”

With a unique understanding of how to maximize flavor from beans and its own lab where green coffee beans are roasted and carefully cupped for quality, Heart Coffee Roasters leads the industry with their uncompromising, high-quality ingredients and precise execution.

Heart mildly roasts their coffee beans and brews them only at their peak freshness. They also use their house-made cashew-almond milk, syrups, and liquid chocolate in their drinks.

Visiting one of their three retail locations is a coffee fanatics dream. In Heart’s original Eastside location, you will find a beautiful, vintage Probat roaster and a cafe ambiance that gives an exclusive, sophisticated, but welcoming feel.

Heart excels especially in their lattes, artistically presented and velvety rich.

Heart Coffee Roasters is featured on Where to Find the Best Coffee in the Northwest by Best of the Northwest. It is also part of A Coffee Tour of the Pacific Northwest by Culture Trips and listed on Fully Wired: 30 Best Coffee Shops in America by Hi Consumption. Heart Coffee Roasters is named on the Epicurious list of 21 Artisan Coffee Roasters You Need to Try and is listed on the Men’s Journal of The 40 Best Coffee Shops in the U.S. It is also on Thrillist’s 21 Best Coffee Roasters in the Country.

Nostalgia – 17
Popularity – 20
Scarcity – 18
Cult – 20
Destination – 20
Rave Meter: 95

 

2. Espresso Vivace, Seattle, WA

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With a trio of locations within walking distance of each other in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Espresso Vivace strives to not just serve coffee, but elevate coffee as a new culinary art.

Created by David Schomer and Geneva Sullivan in 1988, Espresso Vivace’s industry experience and adherence to the Northern Italian brewing style gives their mild arabica beans a distinct caramelization of sugar, and a lush, full flavor.

Espresso Vivace carries Espresso Vita, Espresso Dolce, and a decaffeinated Espresso Vita, all of which are roasted and tested weekly to assure they meet the company’s high-quality standards. Espresso Vivace is known for being one of the original innovators of latte art, and they also conduct classes for barista education, whether novice or professionals.

All of their espresso drinks are proven winners, but be sure to try their Cafe Nico, a bright and earthy blend of espresso, milk, cinnamon, and orange zest.

Espresso Vivace is part of A Coffee Tour of the Pacific Northwest by Culture Trip and it is listed on the Men’s Journal of The 40 Best Coffee Shops in the U.S. It is also listed #1 on Washington’s Only In Your State’s list of 15 Unique Coffee Shops.

Nostalgia – 19
Popularity – 19
Scarcity – 20
Cult – 20
Destination – 16
Rave Meter: 94

 

3. Stumptown, Portland, OR

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Stumptown Coffee Roasters began in Portland in 1999. Now with locations branching across the US, Stumptown is a leader in the ‘third wave’ coffee movement, where coffee is consciously sourced from the grower and the cup served to the consumer is elevated to an artisanal status.

Whether stopping into one of their cozy, well-appointed locations for a morning wake-up or afternoon pick-me-up, efficient service is equally matched with the barista’s passion for serving a serious cup of coffee.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters offers seasonal single origin or coffee blends that are sourced with Direct Trade practices. Stumptown’s Green Team works closely with producers and paying fair compensation not only gives transparency but also guarantees a better quality bean.

With a thriving coffee shipping program, wholesale distribution, Stumptown’s signature Cold Brew available in stores nationwide, and coffee cupping and tastings available in-store, Stumptown makes sure to do all the little extra things to keep you coming back.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters is listed on Fully Wired: 30 Best Coffee Shops in America by Hi Consumption and is named on the Epicurious list of 21 Artisan Coffee Roasters You Need to Try. It is also listed as #9 on Oregon’s Only In Your State’s list of 12 Unique Coffee Shops.  It is also on Thrillist’s 21 Best Coffee Roasters in the Country.

Nostalgia – 18
Popularity – 20
Scarcity – 18
Cult – 18
Destination – 18
Rave Meter: 92

 

4. Olympia Coffee Roasting Co., Olympia, WA

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Olympia Coffee Roasting Co. started in 2005 as a wholesale roaster but has expanded now to become a vibrant independent coffee destination, with a trio of locations in the Olympia area.

Under the guidance of one of the original employees of the roasting operation Sam Schroeder and his business partner Oliver Stormshak, Olympia Coffee Roasting Co. consistently ranks high in the United States Brewers Cup and the United States Barista Competition.

Olympia Coffee Roasting prides itself in its direct trade partnerships with coffee growers, allowing access to superb bean quality and allowing for Olympia Coffee Roasting to experiment and brew unique flavors with an artisanal flair.

Lauded for their wildly popular Big Truck Espresso and delicious drip coffee, Olympia Coffee Roasting also hosts weekly cupping events and an array of coffee education opportunities in their bright, welcoming spaces.

With a food science-based approach to brewing the perfect cup, Olympia Coffee will not only serve you stellar coffee but wants to teach you how and why it tastes so great.

Olympia Coffee Roasting was named on the Epicurious list of 21 Artisan Coffee Roasters You Need to Try. It is also listed on the Men’s Journal of The 40 Best Coffee Shops in the U.S. and is noted as #8 on Washington’s Only In Your State’s list of 15 Unique Coffee Shops.

Nostalgia – 18
Popularity – 18
Scarcity – 18
Cult – 18
Destination – 19
Rave Meter: 91

 

5. Coava Coffee Roasters, Portland, OR

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Coava Coffee Roasters in Portland has painstakingly built a business ethos based on honest long-term, sustainable interactions with their coffee suppliers, a high level of attention to detail, and creating a welcoming, familial vibe at their locations.

Coava Coffee Roasters was started in 2008 in the garage of Matt Higgins, a barista and roasting connoisseur. Coava Coffee’s Public Brew Bar & Roastery headquarter location boasts 13,000 square feet of roasting and production, as well as a lab, and cupping room.

Climbing to the top of the coffee scene did not happen overnight, but Coava’s commitment to consistency and proper development in their drum machine roasting process has proven them a top contender.

With coffee beans hailing from Kenya, Columbia, Nicaragua, and many other regions, Coava Coffee Roasters creates drinks that are unique and memorable.

Try their Honey Latte, a subtly sweet favorite or go for one of their drip coffee, which is distinctly brewed to order.

Coava Coffee Roasters is featured on Where to Find the Best Coffee in the Northwest by Best of the Northwest and is a part of A Coffee Tour of the Pacific Northwest by Culture Trip. It is also on Thrillist’s 21 Best Coffee Roasters in the Country.

Nostalgia – 18
Popularity – 18
Scarcity – 18
Cult – 18
Destination – 18
Rave Meter: 90

 

6. Slate Coffee Roasters, Seattle, WA

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Slate Coffee Roasters takes coffee shop culture to the next level. With three locations in Seattle, guests are able to order coffee at the counter, but Slate also offers table service, with a menu and waiter, elevating the experience for patrons.

Started only three years ago, Slate Coffee Roasters is quickly making a dent in the ultra-saturated Seattle coffee scene with its innovation and flavor profiles.

Slate Coffee Roasters takes beans from all over the world and brings them to their peak flavor with their light ‘exposure roasting’ technique.

Seeing coffee as both art and science, Slate wants to be able to share as much information as possible with its guests about the origin of the bean and seeks to responsibly source all elements of their menu.

Well recognized for their innovative deconstructed latte, which is served in three wine glasses, the first two holding the separate steamed milk and espresso, and the third having them combined. This gives guests a chance to slow down and take in each element.

Slate Coffee Roasters placed 2nd in the 2017 Brewer’s Cup and is featured on Where to Find the Best Coffee in the Northwest by Best of the Northwest. It is also on Thrillist’s 21 Best Coffee Roasters in the Country. For an elevated coffee experience, a stop at Slate Coffee Roasters will not disappoint.

Nostalgia – 17
Popularity – 17
Scarcity – 17
Cult – 18
Destination – 19
Rave Meter: 88

 

7. Archive Coffee & Bar, Salem, OR

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Archive Coffee & Bar in Salem combines the highest quality and most delicious coffee with a bar, well-appointed menu, and relaxing, trendy ambiance. Archive Coffee & Bar seeks out the best coffee growers around the world to source from and then purchases only coffees that score an 85 or higher in their evaluations.

Emphasizing collaboration with farmers who are paid fairly and able to pay their employees a just wage, Archive Coffee & Bar runs a sustainable business, focused on genuine relationships and integrity.

At Archive Coffee & Bar expect to taste coffee that has the distinctive flavor that only their Scandinavian roasting style can achieve, which is a clean, sweet coffee.

Their speciality drinks are popular choices – try the Bee’s Knees, a rich combination of espresso, milk, honey, rosemary, lavender, black pepper, & simple syrup which has a strong legion of devotees. Also, a favorite is the Espresso Flight or their delicious Affogato, made of creamy vanilla gelato and complemented with a hot shot of espresso.

Table service elevates the experience for patrons, and the variety of small plates and eclectic food and bar offerings differentiates Archive from the rest of the coffee scene.

Archive Coffee & Bar is featured on Where to Find the Best Coffee in the Northwest by Best of the Northwest. It is listed as #7 on Oregon’s Only In Your State’s list of 12 Unique Coffee Shops.

Nostalgia – 17
Popularity – 17
Scarcity – 16
Cult – 17
Destination – 20
Rave Meter: 87

 

8. Sleepy Monk Coffee Roasters, Cannon Beach, OR

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Nestled in eclectic Cannon Beach is Sleepy Monk Coffee Roasters, a local legend that roasts and brews only organic coffee “of the highest order.”

A no wi-fi location, where cell phone service is notoriously intermittent, Sleepy Monk Coffee Roaster is a haven for those who want a rich, well-developed cup of coffee and a chance to converse, read, or just absorb small-town life without distraction.

Small batch roasted, Sleepy Monk gathers beans from around the world. Their well-loved Monastery Blend, Espresso, or Cannon Beach Brackish Brew are top quality and able to be shipped directly to your home.

Sleepy Monk Coffee is a wildly popular destination for coffee in Cannon Beach, so plan for a lineup on peak days and times.

Don’t forget to try their special chocolate whipped cream that is made in-house for an added sweet treat, or the Monks Decadence, an espresso and steamed milk drink with Irish cream, hazelnut, chocolate, and topped with chocolate whipped cream.

Sleepy Monk Coffee Roasters is featured on Where to Find the Best Coffee in the Northwest by Best of the Northwest and it is listed as #2 on Oregon’s Only In Your State’s list of 12 Unique Coffee Shops.

Nostalgia – 19
Popularity – 16
Scarcity – 16
Cult – 18
Destination – 17
Rave Meter: 86

 

9. The District Coffee House, Boise, ID

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“Freshly roasted, carefully crafted, made possible by love” is the mantra of The District Coffee House in downtown Boise, ID.

The District specializes in locally roasted, fire roasted micro-batches of coffee, that are produced twice a week from 100% Arabica beans sourced from around the world.

In addition to delicious drinks, the District Coffee House is a non-profit that takes community initiatives seriously, whether through their work supporting the orphanage system Send Hope or through their company refugee internship program, which helps newly landed people learn the skills to navigate a new county and gain successful employment.

The District Coffee House also has a unique Pending Coffee board, where patrons can donate cups of coffee to other patrons, and depending on availability, can be claimed by those needing a helping hand.

When stopping by the modern, airy cafe space, don’t be afraid to try their addicting Nutella latte, a Dublin fog, or the District’s Mexican mocha for a tasty treat not soon forgotten.

The District Coffee House is featured on Where to Find the Best Coffee in the Northwest by Best of the Northwest and it is listed as #1 on Idaho’s Only In Your State’s list of 10 Unique Coffee Shops.

Nostalgia – 18
Popularity – 16
Scarcity – 17
Cult – 17
Destination – 17
Rave Meter: 85

 

10. Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse, Poulsbo, WA

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With an incredible view of stunning Liberty Bay, the Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse in Poulsbo, WA is the perfect spot to grab a book, choose a drink, and settle into the funky, eclectic decor which features a rotating schedule of local artist’s work.

Established in 1993, this neighborhood, gathering space feels familiar, unpretentious, and has the full support of the local community who often organize handiwork get-togethers, meet for conversation, join in poetry readings, or use the cozy space to study.

The drinks offered at the Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse are made with great care. Whether it be the Mexican Mocha, Doppio Espresso, their signature drip coffee (that comes with a free refill!) or an indulgent Breve, the Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse is one of those unique hidden gems that makes you feel like you are welcomed into the neighborhood, whether you are from Poulsbo or not.

The Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse was featured on Where to Find the Best Coffee in the Northwest by Best of the Northwest and it is listed in the #3 spot on Washington’s Only In Your State’s list of 15 Unique Coffee Shops.

When you are looking for a place with unbeatable water views and drinks to match, the Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse should be your small town destination.

Nostalgia – 18
Popularity – 16
Scarcity – 17
Cult – 17
Destination – 16
Rave Meter: 84

 

11. Strada Caffe, Coeur d’Alene, ID

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Finding fresh life in a converted oil change garage is Coeur d’Alene’s cozy Strada Caffe, a perfect place to stop for a drink and linger.

The remodeled space offers a welcoming vibe with a mixture of modern furnishings, cordial baristas who are engaging and helpful, and baked goods that taste more like you are visiting a family member’s kitchen.

Classic movies are often playing in the background, adding to this Idaho gem’s charm and ‘stay a little longer’ appeal.

Strada Caffe features a host of signature drinks that are creative, flavorful, and addictive. The Star Anise Latte combines the richness of caramel and the bite of licorice and the Cubano Latte combines a tasty Cuban espresso with smooth vanilla.

Strada Caffe also has a beer and wine menu, adding bandwidth to its beverage options and a rotation of lighter fare menu items.

Strada Caffe is featured on Where to Find the Best Coffee in the Northwest by Best of the Northwest and it is listed as #6 on Idaho’s Only In Your State’s list of 10 Unique Coffee Shops. When looking for an atmosphere that matches the quality of your latte, try the Strada Caffe.

Nostalgia – 17
Popularity – 17
Scarcity – 16
Cult – 16
Destination – 17
Rave Meter: 83

 

12. Victrola Coffee Roasters, Seattle, WA

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Victrola Coffee Roasters in Seattle evolved from a quaint neighborhood hang out in 2000, to a mighty contender in the independent coffee scene in the Northwest.

Victrola Coffee Roasters has three locations, with its showcase Capitol Hill location housing a roasting facility, cupping room, and training space. Victrola exemplifies what a perfect coffee house can be – a beautiful, diverse space with tedious respect for the coffee.

Victrola Coffee Roasters locations are known for their warm ambiance and their team of hospitable baristas who the take time to accommodate their guests.

With quirky, community-oriented locations dotting the Seattle area, Victrola plays on, much to the delight of those looking for a well sourced, well prepared single origin or blended cups of coffee.

A latte at Victrola is somewhat of a pilgrimage destination on any Seattle coffee tour, but don’t be afraid to order delightful pour-overs, cappuccinos or an array of baked goods, with a nice assortment of gluten-free options to boot.

Victrola Coffee Roasters a part of A Coffee Tour of the Pacific Northwest by Culture Trip and are listed on Fully Wired: 30 Best Coffee Shops in America by Hi Consumption. For the quintessential, independent coffee shop in Seattle, try Victrola Coffee Roasters.

Nostalgia – 16
Popularity – 16
Scarcity – 16
Cult – 19
Destination – 17
Rave Meter: 82

 

13. Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room, Seattle, WA

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For those wanting to see the prize jewel of the Starbucks corporation, don’t miss an opportunity to visit the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room in Seattle, WA.

An elevated, visually popping experience from your usual Starbucks location, this mecca houses wall to wall displays of their specialty, freshly roasted small batch coffees and gives patrons an up-close view of the full roasting production.

Viewing a fully functioning roasting facility is a great way to learn more about coffee, but don’t forget to also stop at the informative experience bar, where visitors will be educated in the Starbucks roasting and coffee development process.

Relax with all of your new Starbucks knowledge and relax in the hip atmosphere with one of their reserve specialty drinks or one of your Starbucks favorites, impeccably prepared.

The roasts available at Starbucks Reserve are limited and often exclusive to this location, so picking up some of the reserve stash to take home is often part of the visit.

With a private tasting room, coffee library, and a wood toned, warm ambiance, the entire aesthetic of the building feels cozy, upscale, and a bit dramatic.

Watching baristas use the siphon brewing method, creating latte art or demonstrating a brewing product creates a visually appealing, lab feel to the Starbucks Reserve.

Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room is part of A Coffee Tour of the Pacific Northwest by Culture Trip and it is listed on Fully Wired: 30 Best Coffee Shops in America by Hi Consumption.

Nostalgia – 19
Popularity – 19
Scarcity – 10
Cult – 15
Destination – 18
Rave Meter: 81

 

14. Atticus Coffee & Gifts, Spokane, WA

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A nod to Atticus Finch’s resting stop at a local coffee shop in To Kill A Mockingbird, is Spokane, WA’s Atticus Coffee & Gifts.

Featuring a plethora of coffee roasted by regional brands (Doma Coffee, 4 Seasons and more), attentive baristas, and an eclectic array of unique gifts and merchandise to peruse, Atticus Coffee & Gifts is the perfect place to stop, wander, and return to.

High ceilings, exposed brick, and a warm tone welcome patrons into the old storefront on N Howard Street, where antique and modern mix with ease.

Choose a coffee or tea from their simple, traditional menu, and enjoy baked goods and lighter fare sourced from local favorites.

This neighborhood favorite gathering spot is perfect for work, studying, or visiting with friends. Atticus Coffee & Gifts also offers bins of whole beans by the roasters they support which are ready to be brought home and enjoyed.

Whether in the store at one of their expansive wood tables or outside on the back patio, a stop at Atticus Coffee & Gifts is a treat.

Atticus Coffee & Gifts is featured on Where to Find the Best Coffee in the Northwest by Best of the Northwest and it is listed #12 on Washington’s Only In Your State’s list of 15 Unique Coffee Shops.

Nostalgia – 16
Popularity – 17
Scarcity – 14
Cult – 17
Destination – 16
Rave Meter: 80

 

15. Case Study Coffee Roasters, Portland, OR

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Case Study Coffee Roasters in Portland welcomes patrons to one of their three bright and smartly laid out locations with the enticing smell of their freshly roasted coffee beans.

Since 2010, Case Study Coffee Roasters has been taking beans sourced from Columbia, Ethiopia, Kenya, and beyond and bringing them right to the Portland area, much to the delight of patrons who have tasted Case Study Coffee’s distinct offerings.

Stop into Case Study Coffee Roasters and sample their daily rotating single origin, house blend, or decaf options, which are all robust and packed with fresh flavor.

Rounding out their menu are cold brew options and colorful specialty drinks like the rich bourbon caramel latte or orange blossom latte.

With communal tables, a pleasant selection of vegan and gluten-free bakery offerings, and a music playlist that adds a feel to the shops, it is no wonder that Case Study Coffee Roasters is a Portland destination, welcoming both coffee connoisseurs and novices in.

Case Study Coffee beans can also be received in the mail, with a promise of being roasted to order on a Tuesday and then mailed on Thursday, guaranteeing the highest level of freshness.

Case Study Coffee Roasters is listed as #1 on Oregon’s Only In Your State’s list of 12 Unique Coffee Shops.

Nostalgia – 14
Popularity – 17
Scarcity – 15
Cult – 15
Destination – 18
Rave Meter: 79

 

16. Mela Coffee Roasting Co., Wenatchee, WA

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Mela Coffee Roasting Co. has been serving high level, specialty coffee to the Wenatchee area in their Cafe since 2007.

The recent addition of The Roastery, Mela’s new roasting facility, complete with lab and production facilities, allows Mela Coffee Roasting Co.’s continuing quest to perfect small batch (20 pounds or less) roasting, expounding on the best flavors each bean offers to a level of “obnoxious perfectionism.”

Mela Coffee Roasting offers a full array of standard and specialty drinks, along with breakfast, Sunday brunch, sandwiches, desserts and baked goods at their Cafe location.

Hosting live music in the evenings, this is the place to get to converse, relax, and enjoy the slower paced Wenatchee life and enjoy one of their delightful single origin, fair trade organic, custom blends or full line up of teas.

Mela Coffee Roasting is listed #2 on Washington’s Only In Your State’s list of 15 Unique Coffee Shops and has experienced steady growth.

With whole beans available to take home or for wholesale distribution, small-batch roasting could reach you no matter how far you are from the Northwest, which after tasting Mela Coffee Roasting expertly curated beans, is a very good option to have.

Nostalgia – 15
Popularity – 15
Scarcity – 16
Cult – 16
Destination – 15
Rave Meter: 77

 

17. Bucer’s Coffeehouse Pub, Moscow, ID

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Bucer’s Coffeehouse Pub in Moscow, Idaho has been community melting pot for 18 years.

Serving 100% Arabica coffee roasted in-house weekly and primarily sourced from Latin America, Africa, and Papau New Guinea, as well as a beer, wine, baked goods, and sandwiches, Bucer’s Coffeehouse pub brings together patrons who enjoy live music, lively conversation, great eats, and delicious coffee drinks.

Try Bucer’s flagship blends, the Bucer Blend – a handcrafted blend of beans from all around the world, perfectly peaked with nutty, sweet, and earthy tones by the Roastmaster Chris Krueger or their water processed and chemical-free Incognito Decaf.

Ristretto-style espresso is pulled for patrons and baristas are willing and able to recreate any coffee drink a patron can describe.

Bucer’s Coffeehouse Pub has no air of snobbery, rather a welcoming energy, that makes patrons friends and strangers feel at ease.

Listed as #2 on Idaho’s Only In Your State’s list of 10 Unique Coffee Shops, Bucer’s Coffeehouse Pub is a destination worth visiting.

Grab a Mexican mocha, Himalayan chai latte, or Flyboy Frappe for a specialty drink that pops with bold flavor peruse the selection of whole beans that can be brought home that day or sent directly to your home via their convenient online shop.

Nostalgia – 18
Popularity – 14
Scarcity – 14
Cult – 14
Destination – 15
Rave Meter: 75

 

18. Ballard Coffee Works, Seattle, WA

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Ballard Coffee Works is the Ballard neighborhood location of the Seattle Coffee Works brand.

Created by Sebastian Simsch and Pipo Bui, Ballard Coffee Works was originally conceived as a shop that sought out and used only the best beans roasted by other local Seattle shops, which proved to be a successful venture until Seattle Coffee was ready to begin their own roasting adventure in 2008, which changed their business model, but kept the high-quality standards intact.

Ballard Coffee Works is now one of the most established specialty coffee roasting operations in the Seattle coffee scene, with an accessible Espresso Bar, where patrons can order and access top quality single origin, drip coffees, and blends.

Happily found at Ballard Coffee Works is their unique Slow Bar, a hands-on, interactive learning space where coffee enthusiasts hang out and watch as baristas showcase the best manual brewed coffee options available and provide a bit of a visual feast for those ranging from the coffee curious to coffee connoisseurs.

Ballard Coffee Works is listed on the Men’s Journal of The 40 Best Coffee Shops in the U.S.

With its open, light-saturated ambiance, family-friendly appeal and coffee served in Chemex, Aeropress, Vacuum pot, French Press or pour over styles, there is a little something for everyone at Ballard Coffee Works.

Nostalgia – 13
Popularity – 15
Scarcity – 17
Cult – 15
Destination – 14
Rave Meter: 74

 

19. Mystic Cafe, Lewiston, ID

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Located in a beautiful historic building that in 1926 was the location of Morgan Bros. Coffee Roasters is Mystic Cafe in Lewiston, Idaho.

Mystic carries on the coffee tradition today, not only by showcasing their 1910 Jabez Burns & Sons roaster in their coffee shop but also by continuing to brew outstanding coffee for its town.

Now a winning combination of coffee shop, full restaurant (serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and lounge with live music and a full bar, Mystic Cafe has evolved and kept pace with the demands of the neighborhood but doesn’t fail to consistently produce exceptionally full-flavored and high-quality coffee.

With coffee roasted in-house, Mystic delivers an incredible caramel macchiato, a creamy, but punchy vanilla cardamom latte, seasonal rose lattes, and homemade baked goods (think bacon sticky buns) that satisfy.

With the warm, rich tones from the hardwood floors, exposed piping, and modern industrial detail, spending an hour sipping a doppio, enjoying a mocha with your meal or while taking in some local sounds, is a relaxing and pleasant atmosphere.

Mystic Cafe is listed as #3 on Idaho’s Only In Your State’s list of 10 Unique Coffee Shops and a definite stop on any tour of Idaho coffee drinking destinations.

Nostalgia – 18
Popularity – 14
Scarcity – 14
Cult – 14
Destination – 13
Rave Meter: 73

 

20. Coffee Girl, Astoria, OR

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A favorite local secret in Astoria, Oregon is Coffee Girl, a quaint coffee shop housed in the former over 140-year-old Bumble Bee Tuna Cannery, right from the bar in the cannery break room that used to serve the employees.

A nod to the ‘Coffee Girls’ who were tasked with taking urns of coffee and food items in rowboats to the fishing crews on the Columbia River and surrounding waterways, visitors might be surprised to realize Coffee Girl is actually about 100 feet from the shore, which gives drivers the option of driving along a wooden dock to the parking lot or taking a scenic stroll in on foot.

Upon arrival at the cannery and Coffee Girl shop, huge windows and a lovely patio give you ample access to a view that showcases freighters, sea lions, and plenty of beautiful blue water.

Coffee Girl serves a basic breakfast and sandwich menu along with house-made baked goods. It specializes in lattes, bold drip coffees, and perfectly appointed mochas using Caffe d’Arte artisanally roasted beans.

For a unique destination, that combines history, charm, and tasty coffee, try Astoria’s hidden gem, Coffee Girl. It is listed as #3 on Oregon’s Only In Your State’s list of 12 Unique Coffee Shops.

Nostalgia – 18
Popularity – 12
Scarcity – 13
Cult – 13
Destination – 14
Rave Meter: 72

 

21. The Black Drop, Bellingham, WA

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A slight buzz began in Seattle a few years ago, telling coffee connoisseurs to make a little road trip North to The Black Drop in Bellingham, a place that has an authentic, independent roasting feel and also happens to brew incredibly precise coffee.

Now one of the most popular coffee spots in the area and functioning uniquely as an employee-owned cooperative, The Black Drop is often filled to the brim with an eclectic mix of patrons, who are being incredibly well tended to by a committed staff.

Known for its incredible espresso – try a doppio macchiato for a true European experience in Washington state, The Black Drop uses local neighbor Maniac Roasting’s beans in their drinks.

The Black Drop is meticulous with their preparation methods – all drinks are ground to order, steamed to order, and artistically curated.

With whimsy specialty drinks like Monkey in a Tree (a banana coconut mocha) Level 10 Fireball (a chipotle breve mocha) balancing out their well-appointed lattes and americanos, there is a drink to suit all tastes at The Black Drop.

The Black Drop is listed #4 on Washington’s Only In Your State’s list of 15 Unique Coffee Shops. For a true community coffeehouse that doesn’t lack bold flavors and incredible taste profiles, stop by this hidden gem.

Nostalgia – 14
Popularity – 13
Scarcity – 13
Cult – 14
Destination – 17
Rave Meter: 71

 

22. Anchorhead Coffee, Seattle, WA

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A coffee lover’s oasis in a trendy, traffic heavy area of downtown Seattle, Anchorhead Coffee beckons patrons in with their upscale, elegant space to grab their cult following nitro cold brew and delicious whole bean coffees.

Anchorhead Coffee began as a wholesale operation but opened a cafe in 2016 to serve their non-GMO, ethically sourced, fair trade, organic beans to patrons in the same location where they do their roasting.

Offering house-made syrups (vanilla and seasonal spiced options) and addictive baked goods (think savory bacon scones and a “quaffle” creation that is part croissant, part waffle, part cinnamon roll), Anchorhead Coffee is a perfect place to stop, people watch, work, or chat while listening to an eclectic, upbeat selection of music.

Switching to beer, wine, small plates and even offering a Happy Hour in the evening, Anchorhead Coffee accommodates whatever mood you are in and is a great place to bring visitors to show off a slightly edgier, sexier side of Seattle coffee culture.

Anchorhead Coffee is listed on Fully Wired: 30 Best Coffee Shops in America by Hi Consumption.

At Anchorhead Coffee, drinks are made with incredible attention to detail (beans weighed before preparation) and consistency never seems to be an issue. Try their unique pistachio matcha latte or a pour over and see for yourself.

Nostalgia – 11
Popularity – 14
Scarcity – 14
Cult – 15
Destination – 14
Rave Meter: 68

 

23. La Marzocco Cafe, Seattle, WA

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La Marzocco Cafe in Seattle showcases the La Marzocco espresso machine dynasty’s top tier equipment doing what it does best – creating unbelievable coffee drinks for appreciative patrons.

A true industry leader, La Marzocco has given baristas of specialty coffee the proper tools and equipment to create consistent, sophisticated drinks that truly bring to life the flavor potential in each bean.

La Marzocco Cafe is not a roasting house, rather they host a Roaster in Residence each month, which allows them to showcase the beans of one of their coffee partner’s for patrons to enjoy.

Enjoy they will, as the La Marzocco Cafe is beautifully appointed with expansive windows, lounge seating, and also shares space with KEXP, Seattle’s nationally regarded Indie music station, which assures patrons that they will sip while listening to the best Indie artists or be able to take in a live show in the performance area.

Free weekly tasting events, coffee art classes, and brewing basics are also offered for patrons to partake in.

La Marzocco Cafe is listed on Fully Wired: 30 Best Coffee Shops in America by Hi Consumption.

When visiting, be sure to sample some of the baked goods they supply, in partnership with London Plane, one of Seattle’s hottest creators of superior, locally sourced baked treats.

Nostalgia – 11
Popularity – 14
Scarcity – 13
Cult – 13
Destination – 15
Rave Meter: 66

 

24. Thump Coffee, Bend, OR

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Bend, Oregon’s much loved third wave brewer Thump Coffee juxtaposes a familiar, unpretentious shop vibe with their serious dedication to creating perfect, “life-changing,” coffee.

Maintaining two locations in Bend, their own roastery, and with expansion beyond the Northwest, Thump Coffee painstakingly works to take each bean and bring out all its distinct nuances, giving you a fantastic drink or as their mantra goes, “Genuine Coffee.”

Named to embody the ‘thump’ of a hammer hitting wood or a pair of ski’s hitting the slope and the hard work ethic indicative of it, Thump knows that every interaction, every cup matters.

Try Thump Coffee’s pour over, full espresso, and drip service at their shop locations, eclectically decorated with customer tile art hanging from the ceiling, expressing their ‘greatest wish.’

Plan your visit to take a peek behind the scenes at their “appointment only” roastery nearby, where head roaster and company owner Bobby Grover takes you under his wing and shows the ethos of the Thump brand with cupping events and casual tours.

Thump Coffee is featured on Where to Find the Best Coffee in the Northwest by Best of the Northwest. When stopping by, try one of their always well-done cortados, cold brews, or Belgian mochas.

Nostalgia – 12
Popularity – 12
Scarcity – 13
Cult – 15
Destination – 13
Rave Meter: 65

 

25. Craftworks Coffee, Seattle, WA

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If you see anyone walking around Seattle’s Lower Queen Anne neighborhood carrying a cup with an origami rhino on it, you know they have visited Craftworks Coffee, a sleek, modern, and clean coffeehouse without any air of pretension – a natural choice for exceptional single origin coffees featuring local Pacific Northwest roasters.

Stepping inside, you will see Craftworks Coffee’s unique central coffee bar with seating options around the perimeter, making watching the baristas creating pour overs on their PourSteady, chatting, and learning from the coffee pros an easy accompaniment to your drink.

Craftworks Coffee light-laden space houses striking modern art, often from local artists, and nice views of the space needle from its expansive windows.

Specialty and seasonal drinks dazzle with flavor combinations like a hazelnut caramel latte, white chocolate mocha, masala chai espresso, or a Ponce de Leon (an orange and cinnamon espresso wonder).

Craftworks Coffee also has a nitro cold brew that has earned it plenty of neighborhood accolades, and a staff of baristas that work extra hard to give you a pleasant experience with your delicious drink.

Craftworks Coffee is featured on Where to Find the Best Coffee in the Northwest by Best of the Northwest and is a perfect independent Seattle shop.

Nostalgia – 12
Popularity – 12
Scarcity – 13
Cult – 13
Destination – 13
Rave Meter: 63

 

26. Milstead & Co., Seattle, WA

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Milstead & Co. is in no rush to send you out the door with your coffee. Rather in a Seattle coffee market inundated with good coffee options, Milstead & Co. differentiates itself by choosing the very best coffee available, taking the time to share their knowledge of the product with their customers, and preparing each drink with a bit more custom fanfare and attention to detail than normal.

Milstead & Co. takes coffee slowly. From the velvet ropes which guide the lines to order, to the unhurried preparation, there is a sort of reverence for the product, that the true connoisseur of perfectly prepared coffee won’t mind waiting for.

Known by some as the ‘coffee shop under the bridge’ due to its unique location by the Fremont Bridge, Milstead & Co. uses the best beans from local purveyors, meaning their flavors are always changing, adding an excitement and variety that patrons look forward to.

Try their signature Theo Mocha, a velvety dark chocolate drink, or a simple Americano, for at Milstead & Co. even the simplest drink is brewed with pinpoint perfection.

Milstead & Co. is part of A Coffee Tour of the Pacific Northwest by Culture Trip. For AeroPress coffee done at its finest – seek out Milstead & Co.

Nostalgia – 11
Popularity – 11
Scarcity – 12
Cult – 16
Destination – 12
Rave Meter: 62

 

27. 1012 Coffee Bar, Port Townsend, WA

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Located in the uptown area of Port Townsend, Washington is 1012 Coffee Bar, a homey, warm neighborhood favorite gathering place that is a part of many locals morning ritual.

A cozy spot to walk into, visitors instantly feel welcome and at ease. Baristas are ultra engaging and amicable, especially owner Susie Webb, who is locally famous for her hospitality, gregarious banter, and supreme coffee making skills – don’t be surprised if you are being called goodbye by name as you exit the store.

Featuring an array well executed, consistent lattes, drip coffee, and other standard coffeehouse fares, 1012 Coffee Bar use only organic coffee and dairy products, differentiating them from the pack.

The focus at 1012 Coffee Bar is firmly on the drinks themselves, but patrons may be lucky enough to nab some of their delicious, homemade and often organic pastries, scones, and other baked goods.

An ambiance filled with current magazines, newspapers, local shop talk, a community guitar, and plenty of dogs around on the sidewalk, the 1012 Coffee Bar is one of the more pleasant, small-town coffee shops in the Northwest region.

1012 Coffee Bar is featured on Where to Find the Best Coffee in the Northwest by Best of the Northwest.

Nostalgia – 14
Popularity – 12
Scarcity – 11
Cult – 12
Destination – 12
Rave Meter: 61

 

28. Big City Coffee & Cafe, Boise, ID

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Big City Coffee & Cafe welcomes your right in with their friendly greeting and attentive, smiling service.

Filled with vintage farm memorabilia, bright metal signs, and quirky trinkets, Big City Coffee & Cafe is the spot in town for rich, bold coffee and espresso drinks, enormous homemade baked goods with a twist, and also serves a full breakfast and lunch menu.

Big City is a place you may come to for coffee but leave with a full stomach after being enticed by their display cases featuring towers of baked goods and full platters of food.

Large farm style tables meant for sharing is the seating arrangement at Big City Coffee & Cafe, meaning that you may get to know your new neighbors, as the atmosphere leans toward a conversation and ‘get to know you’ vibes.

Try one of their indulgent Mexican chocolate mochas, bit o’honey lattes or Irish buttercreams for a sweet, drinkable treat or support their breast cancer fundraising initiatives by bringing home one of their Joe Cans – featuring their classic Ogar Strong Limited Edition or Double D Decaf.

Big City Coffee & Cafe is featured on Where to Find the Best Coffee in the Northwest by Best of the Northwest. For a ‘down home’ and indulgent drink and cafe menu, Big City Coffee & Cafe is a must try.

Nostalgia – 12
Popularity – 12
Scarcity – 11
Cult – 12
Destination – 12
Rave Meter: 59

 

29. Anthem Coffee & Tea, Tacoma, WA

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“Heroic Hospitality” reigns at Anthem Coffee & Tea, with locations dotting Washington state. Started in 2011, Anthem Coffee & Tea is that lively, mood lifting coffee stop, where people may be serious about coffee, but aren’t afraid to laugh, be kind, and cultivate relationships.

Locations have an industrial tone with high tops and modern tables and seating but also mix in couches, instruments, and lounge chairs, which warm up the vibe and give it a welcoming feel.

Anthem Coffee & Tea is known for its dedicated team of baristas, who really try to add memorable moments to your Anthem experience.

Whether creating your dirty chai, brown sugar latte or pouring your nitro cold brew from the tap, expect a top-notch drink from Anthem, utilizing the best beans from local roasters.

Sandwiches, flatbreads, appetizers (their fries have a big following), local beer and wine, and an array of dessert with gluten-free options round out the Anthem Coffee & Tea offerings – making it a solid stop any time of the day.

Anthem Coffee & Tea is listed as #5 on Washington’s Only In Your State’s list of 15 Unique Coffee Shops. “Live Loud” at Anthem and be a part of the collective of creatives that Anthem draws in.

Nostalgia – 11
Popularity – 11
Scarcity – 12
Cult – 12
Destination – 11
Rave Meter: 57

 

30. Happy Cup Coffee Company, Portland, OR

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With the mantra “Coffee roasted by people with potential,” Happy Cup Coffee was created in 2012 in Portland as a social enterprise roaster, supporting adults who are living with disabilities by employing them to perform tasks like sorting, bussing tables, and measuring out coffee beans.

Through offering a competitive wage to their workers as well as donating a portion of their profits to support other programs that benefit the disabled community, Happy Cup Coffee Company creates and offers a unique experience and brews sustainably sourced and delicious coffee at the same time.

Conveniently located inside Portland’s City Hall, Happy Cup serves standard coffeehouse favorites, lattes, and breakfast and lunch items, all in a cheerful space.

Happy Cup’s chief roaster perfects over 30,000 pounds of green beans each year, offering customers and wholesalers a taste of their best selling Buzz blend, Rwandan sourced Gorilla Rose, and Boom Boom dark roast.

Happy Cup Coffee Company is listed #4 on Oregon’s Only In Your State’s list of 12 Unique Coffee Shops and is a welcoming stop with a community commitment that can’t be beaten.

Try one of their great drinks or look for it in your grocery stores in the Portland area.

Nostalgia – 12
Popularity – 10
Scarcity – 10
Cult – 11
Destination – 12
Rave Meter: 55

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