The 30 Best Coffee Shops in The Northeast

Coffee drinking in the Northeast is practically a religion. And in the pursuit of divine java, RAVE ranks the best coffee shops in the Northeast United States. These shops will seduce even the most discerning of coffee lovers.

From warm shots of espresso in July to iced cappuccinos in February, coffee is king no matter what the weather. As part of our ongoing series on the top coffee shops in the nation, RAVE takes a look at the most popular spots to grab a cup of Joe in the Northeast.

Best Coffee Shops in The Northeast

Coffee shops are more than just a place to grab a cup of joe. Atmosphere is everything in today’s coffeehouse market. From the interior decor to the music flowing through the speakers, customers want a relaxing and comfortable environment to enjoy a cappuccino or freshly brewed specialty tea.

With mecca’s like New York City and Boston, coffee fuels the Northeastern United States, making for what seems like a coffee spot on every corner. Today’s coffee companies are driven not only by serving quality coffee but by missions and ideals to better the world through community donations and fair-trade ethical coffee sourcing.

We’ve listed what we have found to be the best 30 coffee shops across the region, sure to deliver the guest a great product, enjoyable experience, and a sense of well-being.

The Methodology of Rating the Best Coffee Houses in the Northeastern United States

Best Northeastern Coffee Shops

The specialty cafes and shops featured in this article have been chosen out of hundreds of possible candidates, and each has its own features and qualities that make it special. We’ve looked at several other “best of” lists, publications, travel guides, user-based rating sites, and coffee-lovers forums to discover the most-loved places for coffee in the Northeastern United States. 

Once we narrowed the list down to 30 choices, we ranked them using five different factors. Each establishment can get up to 20 points per factor, meaning a 20 in any one of the factors equals a perfect score for that coffee business.

Important Notes!

  • There is no ranking order for these businesses. It would be nearly impossible to rate one over the other since each of them is so unique.
  • If you want a great cup of coffee, all 30 places will be infinitely satisfying. Since so many factors go into the rating scale, you could very likely find a coffee shop halfway down the list that meets the criteria you are looking for better than those at the top.
  • Be sure to read through the whole list before you plan your next coffee-drinking road trip!

Ranking Factors

In order to arrive a the best of the best coffee shops, we evaluated each shop based on the the following factors:

1. Nostalgia factor – how well it reflects the local region’s attributes and culture

2. Popularity factor – how popular is it based on sales and word-of-mouth

3. Scarcity factor – how difficult it is to obtain the particular coffee the shop offers

4. Variety – how many options are available for customers to choose from

5. Destination factor – how guest-friendly it is, and whether its a desirable place to visit

This scale, once tallied, allows you to look through the list by the total score for an overall “best” or break down each score to sort through the coffee shops by the factor most important to you. In addition, they are arranged by state to make it easier to find what you are looking for. 

Best Coffee Shops in the Northeastern U.S.

All of these coffee houses vary in style, atmosphere, size, and number of fans, yet each has something special that keeps people coming back for more. Most importantly, each business represents the best of what their state offers to Northeastern coffee drinkers and visitors alike. 

1. Westmarket Square Artisan Coffeehouse: Bangor, Maine

This coffeehouse in the heart of downtown Bangor, Maine, truly provides an experience.  Westmarket Square Artisan Coffeehouse serves coffee from Portland’s own Tandem Coffee Roaster’s (also on our list). Guests can grab a Lavender and Basil lemonade (available seasonally) or the customer favorite: Dirty Chai Latte.

All of the baked goods, such as the savory bread pudding, are made locally, and ingredients are from local farms. Offering classes on cupping, pour-over, and AeroPress brewing make this a unique coffee shop.

Get there early because the first opening hour of the day, aptly named “Grumpy Hour,” offers the 16-ounce brewed coffee for only $2.  

  • Nostalgia – 17
  • Popularity – 20
  • Scarcity – 17
  • Variety – 19
  • Destination – 20 

2. Tandem Coffee Roasters Coffee + Bakery: Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine’s Tandem Coffee Roasters, is located in a building from the late 1960s that was originally a gas station, then a laundromat, and now an adorable, bustling cafe.

Tandem prides itself in having no wifi, promoting guests to take a break from technology while they enjoy a signature beverage such as the delicious Apple Cider. The in-house bakery offers whole pies by order and specialty pastries like the Benne-seed + peanut butter cookie.

This company sources its beans from all over the world, including Columbia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, and Guatemala. Tandem offers its many flavors as whole bean for bulk purchase in addition to its brewed drinks. Order with ease through the website ahead of time and pick up at the online order window.

  • Nostalgia – 19
  • Popularity – 20
  • Scarcity – 18
  • Variety – 17
  • Destination – 19

3. Speckled Axe: Portland, Maine

While the seating space in our next coffeehouse may be small, the quality of the product is not. Portland’s Speckled Axe gives extraordinary attention to sourcing its coffee beans. A quick look at the website shows descriptions of each of their five single-origin coffees in detail, going the extra mile to add location, elevation, drying process, and variety.

Speckled Axe manually roasts their coffee beans using a vintage Italian Petroncini with only local hardwood to fuel it. Signature blends such as Bird Dog and Early Riser head the menu of delectable flavors.

Check out the monthly and quarterly coffee subscriptions offered and get this quality coffee on the regular. Shipping takes place within hours of your beans being dropped into the cooling tray.

  • Nostalgia -18 
  • Popularity – 18
  • Scarcity – 19
  • Variety – 20
  • Destination – 17

4. St. Joe’s Cafe: Scarborough, Maine

This quaint small-town-styled coffee shop located at Eight Corners in Scarborough, Maine, does not disappoint. Unlike the typical modern big city coffee house, St. Joe’s Cafe has a laid-back atmosphere, handwritten menu, and outdoor lawn seating.

The shop’s founder fell in love with Portland’s Seacoast Coffee Company and befriended its owner in hopes of one day opening a coffee shop that served only Seacoast coffee. In 2009, he did just that.

Today, St. Joe’s Cafe specializes in baking “Bennies”; its name for the more commonly known “Beignets.” The offerings consist of 22 breakfast sandwiches and an equally impressive lunch menu, making it the perfect stop for a quick bite and a cup of joe. For an extra kick, order a unique Red Bull Smoothie.

  • Nostalgia – 18
  • Popularity – 17
  • Scarcity – 19
  • Variety – 20
  • Destination – 17

5. Wayfarer Coffee Roasters: Laconia, New Hampshire

The prominently wooden decor and open-space environment of Wayfarer Coffee Roasters make this coffeehouse one to be desired. Located in downtown Laconia, this location is both a coffee shop and a marketplace. Customers can enjoy a cold-brewed iced coffee and a waffle while shopping curated goods from local markets and farmers.

This company started small, selling coffee beans at the Laconia Farmers Market until growing into the delightful coffee shop it is today. Wayfarer Coffee Roasters sources ethically-derived beans from all over the world, serving only the highest quality coffee. Visit the website and peep the wholesale options, subscription plans, and catering information.  

  • Nostalgia – 17
  • Popularity – 20
  • Scarcity -18 
  • Variety – 17
  • Destination – 18

6. Lucky’s Coffee Garage: Lebanon, New Hampshire

Lucky’s Coffee Garage is genuinely like no other. This 1950’s garage building was due to be demolished when the current owners decided to reinvent it into the stylish coffee house that it is today. The interior sports a Gulf Oil-inspired color scheme, tables and chairs made from car parts, and license plate-covered walls.

The garage doors open up on sunny days to extended seating outside. Lucky’s Coffee Garage serves coffee made with beans from Carrier Roasting Company, Coava Coffee Roasters, and Abracadabra Coffee Company.

Guests can devour the community favorite: a spinach feta butter biscuit breakfast sandwich or any of the delicacies from the in-house bakery. And don’t miss the Fuego Del Zorro! In the Spanish translation for Fire of The Fox, this amazing coffee drink is a mocha with a housemate, cayenne syrup, spicy cinnamon, and brown sugar.

  • Nostalgia – 20
  • Popularity – 19
  • Scarcity – 18
  • Variety – 19
  • Destination – 20

7. Bonhoeffer’s Cafe & Espresso: Nashua, New Hampshire

In downtown Nashua—adjacent to Gate City Church—you’ll find Bonhoeffer’s Cafe & Espresso. One of the most relaxing coffee house interiors on our list, Bonhoeffer’s dons a stone-hearth fireplace and keeps its decor in brown and black hues. The coffee beans are roasted in-house and sourced as Direct Trade from Papua New Guinea, Uganda, and Ethiopia.

The real beauty of Bonhoeffer’s is that it is a not-for-profit business giving proceeds to the Hope and Life for Kids foundation. The foundation provides housing, nutrition, medical supplies, and education for orphans and refugees from impoverished nations.

Profits from Bonhoeffer’s Cafe also go to other non-profit organizations in the local community, such as the Nashua Soup Kitchen. The menu at this coffee shop is impressive, with waffles, crepes, breakfast burritos, lunch wraps, salads, and panini. While visiting, be sure to try a signature drink like the “Milky Way” or the “Peppermint Opatty.”

  • Nostalgia – 18
  • Popularity – 20
  • Scarcity – 18
  • Variety – 17
  • Destination – 19

8. Ashlawn Farm Coffee: Old Saybrook, Connecticut

Our next coffee shop defines hometown coffee.  Ashlawn Farm Coffee, nestled in Old Saybrook next door to the old train station, began in an old farm milk room in 2002. It has become a huge success, and the store has grown into the welcoming coffeehouse it is today. With its rustic barn-themed decor and friendly baristas, Ashlawn Farm Coffee is a delightful spot to start the day or take a break from it.

The coffee beans are sourced from every coffee planting country globally and are proudly offered at grocery stores, restaurants, and cafes in the region.

With thirty-five blends and flavors to choose from, the beans are roasted in-house and available by the cup, in bulk, or wholesale. Arrive early enough to grab their famous breakfast biscuit with sausage, egg, and the coveted Melville cheese.

  • Nostalgia – 20
  • Popularity – 19
  • Scarcity – 20
  • Variety – 18
  • Destination – 19

9. Giv Coffee: Canton, Connecticut

Giv Coffee out of Canton, Connecticut is true coffee with a Mission. Their statement: “initiative that seeks to utilize coffee’s global influence to bring about positive change in the international coffee communities, coffee consumers, and the lives of those in need.” is evident.

This company ensures that farmers receive a fair wage through their Direct Trade standards. Giv lives up to its name by giving to those in need from the proceeds of each bag.

This small and cozy spot is unique in its full- transparency approach to making coffee. Guests can look through the glass into the roasting room and watch the process from green bean to cup, where the barista uses a ‘La Marzocco’ espresso machine. Choose from unique blends like Starbreather Espresso, Torres Natural, and Perspective.

  • Nostalgia – 19
  • Popularity – 18
  • Scarcity – 18
  • Variety – 18
  • Destination – 18

10. Koffee?: New Haven, Connecticut

This New Haven coffee shop is next-to-none with its hip Boho-styled interior of red-bricked walls. The building that houses Koffee? was a wild bar in the 1970s, but in 1993, it opened as the coffee house it is today. Office and coworking space rentals are available in the Koffee Annex. Organic and fairly traded coffee is proudly served, and specialty drinks rule the menu.

The “747” is seven espresso shots with four shots of cream and seven teaspoons of sugar! On the frozen drink side is the “Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough” made with espresso, whole milk, blended ice, and actual cookie dough.

The nut-free kitchen is sure to delight with its extensive menu of gluten-free bakes. Visit after 3 pm during Koffee After Dark and order a wine or beer.

  • Nostalgia – 19
  • Popularity – 20
  • Scarcity – 18
  • Variety – 20
  • Destination – 18
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11. Daily Planet Coffee Company: Buffalo, New York

Next on our list is Daily Planet Coffee Company in Buffalo, New York. This modern-looking corner store makes for a pleasurable setting, complete with a fireplace. With menu items like the “Cat Woman” and the “Bruce Wayne,” this coffee shop’s name fits. A further play on the name is the company’s mission: “do something nice for the planet daily.”

Daily Planet Coffee Company fulfills this by recycling, reusing, composting, using only local ingredients and roasters, and supporting the arts. Musicians fill the calendar each weekend for an entertaining experience. This coffeehouse rates as fairly inexpensive in comparison to others. Order breakfast any time of the day with a fully open menu.

  • Nostalgia – 20
  • Popularity – 18
  • Scarcity – 17
  • Variety – 18
  • Destination – 20 

12. Gregory’s Coffee: New York, New York

Founded in 2006, this Manhattan coffee shop pays close attention to serving food and beverages that ensure wellness. Gregory’s Coffee is roasted in their Long Island City location, ensuring freshness in every cup or bag.

Guests can choose one of several blends or limited edition single-origin coffees. An in-house Registered Dietician curates the pastries and packaged foods that are prepared from scratch daily.

Live plants line the walls of this quaint coffeehouse, and dark interiors make for a warm setting. Though the seating area is small, the quality of the product is not. Gregulars (the term coined for their loyal customers) can use the app to skip the line and earn rewards. Order the novel cold brew box for your refrigerator and pour coffee like wine.

  • Nostalgia – 18
  • Popularity – 20
  • Scarcity – 17
  • Variety – 18
  • Destination – 18 

13. Birch Coffee: New York, New York

With 12 New York City locations, Birch’s Coffee is a staple NYC coffee shop. Recently, this coffee company has joined the new wave of no wifi shops, encouraging its guests to communicate like the old days before laptops and smartphones.

Birch gives back to the community by supplying the New York’s Bowery Mission’s morning breakfast service. They also give one hundred percent of the profits from the “Bully Blend” coffee sales to pitbull rescues. Don’t leave without trying Birch Coffee’s legendary cold-brew coffee, reportedly taking twenty-four hours to make! 

  • Nostalgia – 17
  • Popularity – 19
  • Scarcity – 18
  • Variety – 18
  • Destination – 17

14. Oslo Coffee Roasters: Brooklyn, New York

This tiny coffee shop packs a big punch. Oslo Coffee Roasters of Brooklyn has an artsy and colorful interior and skilled baristas. The care that goes into growing, shipping, and finally roasting these coffees is reflected in the finished product’s flavor. Oslo uses a small-batch Probat to roast their beans. Named after Norse figures like Freya, Odin, and Thor, the blends and single-origin coffees are as tasteful as they are original.

Like many of the coffee shops on our list, Oslo Coffee Roasters supports local businesses by utilizing their products and donating to local causes. Stock up with a bag of their insatiable instant coffee for those coffee-in-a-hurry moments.

  • Nostalgia – 20
  • Popularity – 19
  • Scarcity – 18
  • Variety – 17
  • Destination – 18 

15. Lenox Coffee: Harlem, New York

The atmosphere is cool and relaxed at Lenox Coffee in central Harlem, but the coffee is taken seriously. This vintage-looking, low-lit cafe is always busy and full of Harlem artists and freelancers. Brick interior walls and ornate mirrors make this coffeehouse representative of Harlem’s style.

Serving Stumptown Coffee and using only Battenkill Valley Creamery milk, Lennox Coffee also proudly serves pastries from Davidovich Bakery. Guests can indulge in a Rishi Tea or order from a select beer and wine list. Be sure to taste the House Made Greek Tuna Spread on one of Lenox’s fresh bagels.  

  • Nostalgia – 20
  • Popularity – 20
  • Scarcity – 18
  • Variety – 18
  • Destination – 20

16. Vigilante Coffee: Hyattsville, Maryland

Just over the Washington DC Stateline in Hyattsville is Vigilant Coffee. Located in the rear of an old Ford Model T dealership, passers-by cannot miss the signage outside the building. This industrial-style coffee house with bare white walls seats a maximum of 35 guests.

However, this coffee shop does not feel small. The open space floor plan gives plenty of room to breathe and still dedicate a significant portion to its bean roasting area. Guests can step up to the skateboard-decorated coffee bar and take a short quiz to help them choose the coffee that will suit them best.

There is no wifi or board games at this shop. Vigilante Coffee is no-frills coffee at its best. The beans are sourced from small-scale farmers and are also available online and by subscription. For their part in making the world a better place, this company donates to the Anacostia Watershed Society, Wounded Warrior Project, and Families Against Mandatory Minimums. Order ahead of time from the Creme De La Creme list and pick up via curbside pickup.

  • Nostalgia – 20
  • Popularity – 19
  • Scarcity – 18
  • Variety – 17
  • Destination – 20

17. Rooster Moon Coffeehouse: Hagerstown, Maryland

A Hagerstown, Maryland favorite is the Rooster Moon Coffeehouse.  This establishment dons a colorful art deco interior, and unlike some of the other shops on our list, they serve indoors and via a drive-through window. In addition to the cozy indoor seating, guests can bring their canine best friend and have a squat on the outdoor patio.

Rooster Moon serves globally artisan-roasted coffee from Raven Brew Coffee and artisan loose leaf teas. Breakfast is served all day, the pastries are baked in-house, and the panini is to die for. Choose any of the many flavored syrups to add to a milkshake and shop the collection of polish pottery, stoneware, and local artwork.

  • Nostalgia – 20 
  • Popularity – 19
  • Scarcity – 17
  • Variety – 17
  • Destination – 19 

18. The Coffee Exchange: Providence, Rhode Island

Among Rhode Island’s most mentionable coffee shops is The Coffee Exchange in Providence. This small shop inside an old Victorian-style house is reminiscent of a coffeehouse in the 1960s. With its announcements and ads on paper pinned along the walls and its crammed tables, The Coffee Exchange delivers style and quality coffee to the college scene and visitors alike.

Opened in 1991, this shop now serves 14 coffee blends, breakfast, and dinner. A unique feature is a free-standing cabinet with a glass countertop that puts the beans and their nomenclatures in plain view. Order a bag of chocolate-covered espresso beans online and pick them up at the window on the deck.

  • Nostalgia – 18
  • Popularity – 20
  • Scarcity – 17
  • Variety – 18
  • Destination – 17 

19. White Electric Coffee Co-op: Providence, Rhode Island

Worker-owned cooperative cafes are a rare breed, with only one in the state of Rhode Island. However, the next coffee shop on our list, White Electric Coffee Co-op, is just that.

This 1920s decorated shop was bought by six workers after they formed CUPS (Collaborative Union of Providence Service-workers) and were subsequently faced with the intended sale of the business. They raised $25,000 through GoFundMe, held fundraisers at farmers’ markets, and raffled off merchandise to make the $55,000 down payment.

Today, this bustling coffee hub swiftly serves coffee from New Harvest Coffee Roasters, bagels, salads, sandwiches, and pastries. While visiting, add a shot of wheatgrass to an Organic Fruit Smoothie to refresh your body.  

  • Nostalgia – 19
  • Popularity – 19
  • Scarcity – 20
  • Variety – 18
  • Destination – 18
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20. Bolt Coffee Company: Providence, Rhode Island

Bolt Coffee Company started serving coffee from a single cart at weddings and a downtown pop-up. This impressive coffee company now serves Providence folks from three retail locations and runs a production facility.

Ethically sourced single-origin coffee from Kenya, Honduras, Ethiopia, and Columbia is proudly served in-house, wholesale, and subscription. The word “FINE” in huge neon letters along the main wall at the Dean Hotel location describes the menu to a tee.

The fine-dining style gourmet menu selections are unrivaled, such as the Carrot Bowl (roasted carrots, pickled red cabbage, jasmine rice, scallions, and spicy mayo) and the Komorebi (honey, matcha, grapefruit soda, and citrus). Hop onto the website and choose your coffee from the Bolt Bean Guide: a chart of available coffees based on light to dark and chocolatey to fruity. 

  • Nostalgia – 20 
  • Popularity – 19
  • Scarcity – 20
  • Variety – 20
  • Destination – 18

21. Liquid Art Coffeehouse & Eatery: Killington, Vermont

In the beautiful mountain ski town of Killington, Rhode Island stands the blue post-and-beam style building that houses Liquid Art Coffeehouse & Eatery.

The blue walls, celestial decor, bay-style windows, built-in fireplace, and saltwater reef aquarium make the perfect setting for enjoying amazing coffee and deliciously healthy food. Serving Vermont Artisan Coffee and Tea locally roasted in Waterbury, Liquid Art uses a La Marzocco espresso machine. The motto “everything we serve is art” stands true from the London Fog tea to specialty lattes like the “Butterfinger.”

A free book exchange and gallery featuring local artists are available all day as the coffee bar transforms into a martini bar at night. Additionally, five-course wine dinners are held monthly. Feel free to ask for customized items as Liquid Art Coffeehouse & Eatery is more than happy to fulfill.

  • Nostalgia – 19
  • Popularity – 18
  • Scarcity – 19
  • Variety – 18
  • Destination – 20

22. Mocha Joe’s Roasting Company: Brattleboro, Vermont

Mocha Joe’s Roasting Company sits in an original old downtown building in Brattleboro, Vermont. Inside this old shoe repair shop, the brick walls and dark interior gives it a classic coffeehouse feel. Serving coffee since 1991, Mocha Joe’s carries Organic Fair-Trade Coffee selections and Farmer Direct-Trade coffee from Africa, Latin America, and Indonesia.

Their coffee is sold and served in-house as well as to many food cooperatives, stores, restaurants and cafés all over New England. While visiting, indulge in a Hibiscus Berry Lemonade or the Parisian-style hot chocolate called Rococoa.

  • Nostalgia – 18 
  • Popularity – 20
  • Scarcity – 18
  • Variety – 18
  • Destination – 18

23. Small World Coffee: Princeton, New Jersey

Our next coffee shop is in downtown Princeton, just a short walk from Princeton University.  Small World Coffee began in 1993 and today serves thousands of beverages daily. Its lime green interior and exterior walls with light wood furniture and minimalist decor promote a light and friendly atmosphere. This coffeehouse is rarely empty and has musicians scheduled for Saturday nights.

Small World roasts its own beans and wholesales its coffee at competitive prices. They serve only the highest quality Arabica coffees—blends like Grumpy Monkey, Joker Poker, and Rocket Blend that may comprise coffee from as many as seven countries of origin.

Though limited, the breakfast and lunch menu is packed with flavor. Stop here to enjoy the unrivaled “Loxed & Loaded Bagel” with smoked salmon, red onion, capers, and cream cheese on a plain bagel.

  • Nostalgia – 18
  • Popularity – 20
  • Scarcity – 17
  • Variety – 19
  • Destination – 18

24. Empire Coffee & Tea Company: Hoboken, New Jersey

Upon stepping up to the vibrant, chalky green corner store in old downtown Hoboken, one is reminded of the silent movie era. From the vintage font on the sign reading Empire Coffee & Tea Company to the large gunny sacks of coffee beans lining the wall, the ambiance in this coffeehouse is unforgettable. Empire Coffee & Tea Company curates and sells an expansive collection of various mugs and famous sauces from Hoboken Eddie’s.

With over 40 coffee flavors, blends, and single-origin beans, guests can try something new during every visit. Take a gander at the website and choose from an array of coffee makers, grinders, and tea kettles.

  • Nostalgia – 20
  • Popularity – 19
  • Scarcity – 18
  • Variety – 19
  • Destination – 20

25. Polcari’s Coffee: Boston, Massachusetts

Located on Boston’s historic Salem Street is the oldest coffee shop on our list. Opened in 1932, Polcari’s Coffee is like walking into an old-time convenience store. The narrow space is packed with goods, and there are only a few seats at a bar along the shop window. Glass jars line the shelves and countertops, packed with everything from dried fruits to cinnamon sticks and real vanilla beans.

The original (and now antique) scale is still used for customers to measure their goods before purchasing. With 19 flavored, 23 regular, and a handful of specialty coffees, Polcari’s is guaranteed to have something for everyone. Invest in some loose leaf bulk and grab some old-time Italian candy too.

  • Nostalgia – 20
  • Popularity – 20
  • Scarcity – 19
  • Variety – 20
  • Destination – 19

26. Thinking Cup: Boston, Massachusetts

Boston’s Thinking Cup is located steps away from the Boston Common. Streamlined decor with low ceilings and dim lights makes for a laid-back and chilled-out atmosphere. This coffeeshop has an impressive menu spanning five billboards behind the barista’s counter. Serving breakfast and lunch is a specialty of Thinking Cup, which offers its own Patisserie.

The first coffee shop in Downtown Boston to exclusively serve “Third Wave Coffee” and “Stumptown Coffee,” Thinking Cup has a cult-like following. Patrons can enjoy specialty drinks like the Honey Cinnamon Latte and fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice any time of day. Take a load off in the comfortable lounge area and try the Smoked Salmon on Bagel or Roasted Chicken sandwich. 

  • Nostalgia – 18
  • Popularity – 19
  • Scarcity – 17
  • Variety – 18
  • Destination – 18

27. Nirvana Coffee Company: Barnstable, Massachusetts

Barnstable’s Nirvana Coffee Company is perfectly indicative of the Cape Cod-style and way of life. Outside, oversized Adirondack chairs and a flowing American flag greet guests. Inside, one can feel cozy warming up next to the homey fireplace or relaxing in a stuffed lounge chair.

Nirvana serves only certified Fair Trade organic coffee roasted in small batches at their local beanery. There is a wide selection of sachet and organic loose leaf teas, plus an assortment of breakfast and lunch items. If it’s hot during your visit, cool off with a Dragonfruit Refresher, or if it’s cold, a classic Flat White.

  • Nostalgia – 20
  • Popularity – 18
  • Scarcity – 19
  • Variety – 17
  • Destination – 19

28. Biddle’s Escape, Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

On a residential corner in the Regent Square neighborhood of Pittsburgh is Biddle’s Escape. Its impressive patio seating makes this coffeeshop one of the top on our list. The 100% boho interior displays several Buddha statues, a wall lined with masks from around the globe, and mosaic tabletops.

While Biddle’s has an array of coffee choices, the myriad of tea offerings may be even more impressive. From Oolong teas to Green teas, Biddle’s Escape seems to have it all. Medicinal Teas blends like Allergy Alleviator and Congestion Cure-all are available in-store and online. Join other happy folks on the patio and sip on a Lavender Latte if you have a few minutes to spare. 

  • Nostalgia – 20
  • Popularity – 19
  • Scarcity – 19
  • Variety – 20
  • Destination – 19
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29. Northern Light Espresso Bar & Cafe: Scranton, Pennsylvania

Scranton, Pennsylvania’s Northern Light Espresso Bar & Cafe is a delightful place to grab some quality coffee. Located on Northhouse Square, the high ceilings and airy floorspace make for an excellent spot to wake up. This coffeehouse brews Diamani Coffee Roasters brand coffee to perfection.

Additionally, they serve smoothies, teas, chai lattes, and tisanes, and Northern Light Espresso Bar & Cafe even bakes their pastries in-house. Look over the local artwork lining the walls after enjoying a signature Pumpkin Mac N Cheese.  

  • Nostalgia – 18
  • Popularity – 19
  • Scarcity – 18
  • Variety – 19
  • Destination – 17

30. Old City Coffee: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Though last on our list, Old City Coffee in Philadelphia is one of our favorites. Established in 1985 and aptly named, this large-space coffee shop is located in the Reading Terminal area. The exposed ceiling and product-packed counter space feel like a coffeehouse should.

An active member of the Specialty Coffee Association of America since its founding Old City Coffee roasts high-grown Arabica in tiny batches. The unrivaled six-bean espresso blend can be ordered by the cup or in bulk. Order a Cappuccino Milkshake or an Iced Oat Milk Matcha ahead of time and pick it up within 20 minutes.

  • Nostalgia – 18
  • Popularity – 19
  • Scarcity – 17
  • Variety – 18
  • Destination – 18

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Heather Ryerson is a freelance writer who enjoys creating content across a broad range of industries, including travel, education, cannabis, and more. An iced coffee addict and Maine native, she is happiest when she is fully caffeinated, working near any body of water, and hanging out with the fam.