The 30 Best Pacific Northwest Coffee Shops 2021

Coffee has long been an essential provision in the US, but there is little doubt that the heart of American coffee culture lies in the Pacific Northwest. RAVE takes a look at the top cafes and coffee houses in the PNW.

Long before Starbucks opened its first shop at Pike Place Market in Seattle, coffee had been growing ever more popular in this region. In the 1960s, exotic, aromatic, and flavorful beans—specialty coffees from around the world— began to overtake the mass-produced pre-ground coffee in a can that was a staple in every American household. 

PNW startups have undoubtedly taken the lead with coffee in terms of flavor, innovation, and quality. Coffeehouse culture is the norm here, where Portland, Seattle, and all the small towns and hamlets in between are dotted with stands, cafes, and coffee shops of all types. 

There are thousands of coffee houses in the PNW, so narrowing them down to only 30 has been a formidable task. For this review of the best Pacific Northwest Coffee Shops, we’ve looked at the top-rated spots in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska, and we believe we’ve narrowed it down to some worthy contenders. 

The Methodology of Rating the Best Pacific Northwest Coffee Houses

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 Pacific Northwest. 

Once we had the list narrowed 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! 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!

The following factors were used:

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 Pacific Northwest

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 Pacific Northwest coffee drinkers and visitors alike. 

1. Sleepy Monk Coffee Roasters: Cannon Beach, Oregon

For organic, small-batch roasted coffee from all over the world, you can’t beat Sleepy Monk Coffee Roasters in Oregon’s Cannon Beach. This bustling, tiny coffee house is always busy, no matter when you visit. Despite the long lines, however, you’ll be impressed by the fast and friendly service this popular spot is known for.

Visitors can relax in the inviting wood interior and enjoy rich, aromatic brews from Indonesia, Brazil, Columbia, Guatemala, Uganda, and beyond. The shop’s signature drinks include a dark and full-bodied house mix called the Monastery Blend, a sweet and smoky cup of Muddy Waters, a spicey, smooth blend called Gaelic Grounds, and a full menu of other options. 

If you’re looking for something more robust, the friendly baristas are happy to whip you up a northern Italian-style espresso. Enjoy it with one of the shop’s fresh-baked pastries or cookies, and your day will be complete. If you can’t get to Sleepy Monk in person, you can order a one-pound bag of your favorite beans (or have them ground to your specifications) and have it delivered to your doorstep in two days via USPS.

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

2. Stoked Roasters: Hood River, Oregon

Billing itself as “the official coffee of the outdoors,” Stoke Roasters in Hood River is a popular destination for those who want to start their day with some good vibes. The company has also perfected the art of instant coffee for busy adventurers in the form of their Stoked Sticks. Lightweight and compact, you can tuck these babies in your pack and have a delicious cup of joe no matter where you travel.

Visitors to the Portway Avenue cafe can meet Pearl, the shop’s 25-pound San Franscina Roaster that churns out the store’s signature blends week after week. Blends include:

Dawn Patrol: A light-medium, full-bodied, smooth breakfast blend

Soul Session: A balanced and lively medium roast with a rich finish

Bluebird: A hearty, medium-dark blend perfect for a burst of energy

When you do visit, don’t forget to try one of Stoked Roaster’s rotating single-origin espressos. There’s also plenty of gear on hand. They offer a reasonably-priced ESPRO® Glass French Press, plus plenty of camp mugs, tumblers, hats, and t-shirts. 

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

3. Water Avenue Coffee Company: Portland Oregon

In 2009, Water Avenue Coffee Company began building a business around a vintage, French-built 1974 Samiac roaster from Switzerland. Located in the Southeast industrial district of Portland, this community-focused coffee shop is all about supporting its partners, most of whom are located within a 50-mile radius of Water Avenue. 

It is here that customers can experience for themselves the warm brews that won the company the “Best Bean in Portland” award in 2021. Their choices include Mexico Guienashi, Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Brazil, Ethiopia Limmu Kossa, El Salvador Ayutepeque, Indonesia Sumatra Mutu Batak, and plenty of other options. 

WAC employs servers and baristas who want to grow in the coffee industry, choosing only those with the right work ethic and attitude. In return, their employees are offered health insurance, paid volunteer hours, performance bonuses, and much more. Plus, they also get the chance to travel to coffee farms worldwide to see the impact of direct trade on the lives of farmers and their communities.

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

4. Sisters Coffee Company: Sisters, Oregon

Tucked into West Hood Avenue in Sisters, Oregon, Sisters Coffee Company offers one of our route’s coziest and inviting stops. Sisters started in a small wood cabin in 1989, where Joy and Winfield Durham roasted five-pound bags of coffee for Central Oregon Customers. Today, Sisters roasts over 300,000 pounds a year, and that tiny cabin has been remodeled into a 6,000 square foot roastery and cafe.

Despite the company’s phenomenal growth, Sisters has not lost any of its charm. The rustic cafe offers comfortable indoor and outdoor seating, and customers can choose from favorite blends like Black Butte Gold, High Desert Sunrise, Jack Creek Cold Brew, French Roast, and Sister’s Blend. This month’s special is Summer Fling—an Ethiopian single-origin espresso with rhubarb bitters, vanilla syrup, and milk.

If you’re making the trek to Sisters as part of a day trip, you’ll probably want to grab a bite to eat, too. You’re in luck here as well. The cafe has a mouthwatering breakfast, brunch, and lunch menu you won’t want to miss. Choose from light fare like salmon lox toast, a vegetable frittata, or a chicken hummus wrap. 

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

5. Coava Coffee Roasters: Portland, Oregon

Matt Higgins started Coava Coffee Roasters as a bootstrap operation in his garage in 2008. Thirteen short years later, this relatively unknown roaster has four busy locations, and visiting any one of them will be a trip to remember. 

Coava’s flagship cafe is located on Southeast Grand Avenue, while its cozy neighborhood espresso bar is situated off Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard. If you want to watch the crew roast coffee, you can visit the Public Brew Bar and Roastery on Southeast Main Street, where you can experience hospitality and the craft of coffee making in its purest form. You can even arrange a private cupping if you wish.

Finally, Coava on Jefferson is a prominent downtown two-story cafe with a living wall and plenty of seating for large groups. You’re invited to work, study, or take a date and enjoy the bright and cheerful atmosphere here. However, these vibrant spots really shine thanks to the tremendous variety of coffee you’ll find at each. While we don’t have enough space to list all your choices, here are some of Coava’s most popular blends: 

Los Naranjos (Mexico): Orange Zest, Toasted Waffle, and Maple Syrup

Robinson Figueroa (Columbia): Dried Fig, Maple, Allspice

Meaza (Ethiopia): Candied Citrus, Honeydew, Hibiscus Tea

Nathalia Maria: (Brazil): Red Apple, Honey Graham, Roasted Macadamia Nut

Nayo Ovalle (Guatemala): Orange, Almond Butter, Milk Chocolate

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

6. Archive Coffee and Bar: Salem, Oregon

If you prefer to enjoy coffee by day and cocktails by night, Salem’s Archive Coffee and Bar is the perfect destination for you. Located at 102 Liberty Street Northeast, this upscale destination is passionate about combining artistry and science to create lively coffees and drinks made with artisan spirits and fresh ingredients.

The elevated pub food menu at Archive is a delight for the senses as well. Each dish is made with fresh, seasonal ingredients and built from scratch. In fact, everything here is done with thoughtfulness and enthusiasm. So if you’re looking for a quick cup of coffee and a bit to eat on the run, try someplace else. But if you want to sit down and savor a sweet, decadent, multi-flavored delight, Archive is the place to do that. 

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

7. Noble Coffee Roasters: Ashland, Oregon

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At 281 Fourth Street in Ashland’s historic railroad district, you’ll find Noble Coffee Roasters—an eight-time finalist of the Good Food Awards. This iconic Rogue Valley roaster was named after Noble Dukes, the founder’s grandfather, and it definitely has nostalgic appeal. The founders of Noble are entirely devoted to the finer details of brewing, educating both their customers and baristas on the best way to brew Noble coffee.

The coffee is fresh, organic, and sourced from cooperatives and farms all over the world. While not every selection is Fair-Trade certified, Noble is committed to ensuring that farmers stay out of poverty, sometimes paying up to three or four times the fair-trade price. In addition, they have a strong focus on sustainability and building long-term partnerships with their growers.

Visitors to Noble’s spacious, airy shop will encounter friendly baristas, fresh pastries, and a large selection of coffee, including Kenyan’ Muiri Estate’ (Peaberry), Ethiopian ‘Jibicho,’ Peruvian ‘Finca Bazul,’ Guatemalan ‘Palo Blanco’, Daydream (Dark-Roast Blend), Mokha Java (Classic Blend), plus several popular espressos. 

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

8. Coffee Girl: Astoria, Oregon

Located on the Columbia River in the West’s oldest cannery building, you’ll find Coffee Girl, where visitors can enjoy a morning or afternoon repose sipping coffee on the pier. This is a favorite spot for the locals and a hidden treasure for travelers driving up the coast. 

Conveniently located off of 100 39th Street, you’ll find a cozy and relaxing spot that is fondly remembered by those who are lucky enough to stop in. Gorgeous views, expert baristas, and a superb selection of coffee drinks are just a few of the perks at Coffee Girl. It is also said that their iced coffee is some of the best!

Along with the fresh, yummy coffee, you can enjoy a bit to eat, too. Homemade granola, paninis, fresh pastries, and made-from-scratch soups and quiches are the most popular options. If you’re bringing along someone who’s not a coffee lover, you can also get a fresh smoothie at Coffee Girl.

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

9. Bluebeard Coffee Roasters, Tacoma, Washington

In April 2011, a new cafe and roastery opened on 2201 6th Avenue in Tacoma. Using beans sourced from Indonesia, East Africa, and Latin America, Bluebeard Coffee Roasters uses a 12-kilo Probat drum roaster to roast them to perfection and serve up perfect cups of coffee to their happy customers.

Their secret lies in their sourcing—they seek out world-class coffees with unique flavor profiles— and on any given day, you can order a cup of coffee from a faraway place like Tanzania, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kenya, Columbia, and more.

Bluebeard describes itself as a “253rd wave” coffee roaster, which is a term synonymous with specialty coffee. It denotes a lighter roast that brings out the toasted flavors of the bean, like caramel, chocolate, and hints of brown sugar. The result is a balance between sweetness, acidity, and boldness, perfect for coffee lovers who want to enjoy a full spectrum of flavors in their brew.

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

10. Arctos Coffee and Roasting Company, Spokane, Washington

Arctos Coffee and Roasting Company started in a small garden shed in Spokane with some beans, determination, and a propane drum roaster. Their mission? To “create the holy grail of espresso blends,” and they have done just that. Their espresso blend is a mix of Central American, African, and Brazilian beans that customers love. 

They’ve since moved to a bigger commercial space on North Hamilton Street, but they still roast by hand in small batches. And their coffee? They offer just one blend— an earthy, nutty, white coffee called Ghost Bear. It’s a higher caffeinated 100 percent Arabica that is also available in decaf.

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

11. Victrola Coffee Roasters, Seattle, Washington

With four popular locations in Seattle, Victrola Coffee Roasters has become one of the city’s most familiar spots for a great cup of mud. Named after the home phonograph of the Jazz era, the founders wanted to infuse a sense of the roaring ’20s into the brand’s personality. From the architecture to the live jazz, each location echoes liveliness and fun. 

Victrola’s single-origin coffee includes: Honduras Finca Las Brisas, Honduras Caracolillo, DR Congo Muungano Cooperative, Nicaragua Pacamara Natural, and Ethiopia YirgZ. The cafe’s blends include: 

Empire Blend: A rich, full-bodied mix of Colombian, Guatemalan, and Honduran coffees with hints of caramel, fresh cedar, baking spices, and orange peel.

Streamline Espresso: Smooth and rich with notes of milk chocolate, pine, brown sugar, and poached pear.

Triborough Organic Espresso: A crowd-pleaser with undertones of cocoa, almond, and juniper berries.

Summerland Trail: Named after a famous local hiking destination, this blend has notes of dried fruit, candied nuts, and cocoa.

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

12. Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse, Poulsbo, Washington

The perfect small-town community hangout, Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse is a local coffee shop with fast and friendly service located on the Kitsap Peninsula in Poulsbo. Also called “little Norway,” Poulsbo is known as a picturesque, Norwegian family-friendly destination with a historic downtown and charming waterfront, and a visit to the Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse is a must if you come to the region.

Customers at Poulsbohemian can relax for a while on the deck with a cup of locally roasted farm-direct Mukilteo coffee. Just sip slowly and take in the view of the harbor. Thanks to the chill vibe, it’s the perfect setting to read a book, knit, or play a game with friends. You can even order some delicious locally-made pastries, sandwiches, or bagels. 

As a side note, don’t miss the cafe’s rotating art show, featuring work by local artists. 

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

13. Milstead & Co.: Seattle, Washington

Open every day from seven am to four pm, Milstead & Co. in Seattle is one of Seattle’s foremost coffee destinations. Located near the waterfront in the Fremont neighborhood, this rustic-chic cafe serves coffee from well-known roasters like Stumptown, Intelligentsia, and Coava. 

With an enormous outdoor patio and a spacious interior, there is plenty of room to gather here with friends, and the service is excellent. Depending on when you go, you’ll have your choice of several impressive beverages— the Ethiopian brewed via Aeropress is a popular option.

There is a nice view of the Aurora bridge from underneath, and you can also order some tasty pastries like scones and croissants. Although it’s generally regarded as a little pricey, Milstead & Co. is also described by connoisseurs as having the best coffee in Seattle. 

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

14. Tougo Coffee Co.: Seattle, Washington

Few places in the US are more synonymous with coffee than Seattle, and Tougo Coffee Company is one of the oldest roasters in the city. If you love coffee but don’t consider yourself a coffee snob, you’ll love this unassuming cafe, whose motto is “We welcome you to our neighborhood cafe & bakery without pretense, just respect and love.”

This is a community spot where people get to know each other, and you can expect excellent service along with the many beverage selections. Ask your barista what’s on deck and get an expertly-prepared cup of coffee, or choose from a terrific menu with choices like:

Choc-Oat-Latte: Espresso, Chocolate Aromatic Bitters

Salted Caramel Mocha Espresso: Salted Caramel, Aromatic Bitters

The French Quarter: House Roasted Chicory, Espresso, Aromatic Bitters

Honey Goat Latte: Espresso, Terroir Honey Blossom Honey

Lavender Good Good: Espresso, Lavender Aromatic Bitters

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

15. Sound and Fog: West Seattle, Washington

Sound and Fog is a place that is obsessed with coffee. Each month, their goal is to introduce patrons to various international and domestic roasters that they can also take home and enjoy. However, they have a favorite: Heart Coffee Roasters is always available no matter what month.

This is one of Seattle’s best—consistently garnering five-star reviews year after year. Thanks to their unique selections and personable and knowledgeable staff, few patrons don’t fall in love with this staple of the West Seattle area. Additionally, the place is immaculate.

Sound and Fog doubles as a chic wine bar by night, with an ever-changing selection to try out. Or, if you prefer, you can enjoy a beer from one of a handful of select local breweries, including Holy Mountain Brewing, Cloudburst Brewing, and Best of Hands. 

  • Nostalgia -19
  • Popularity – 20
  • Scarcity – 18
  • Variety – 17
  • Destination – 29

16. Big City Coffee and Cafe: Boise, Idaho

Another popular coffee shop in the Northwest is Big City Coffee and Cafe in Boise. Located in the Linen District in West Boise, Big City is famous for its delicious coffee drinks and brunch menu, and visitors hail the service and the range of selections available. Big City really does not describe the place too accurately, though, as this shop has a decidedly small-town feel.

Open seven days a week, Big City specializes in old-fashioned coffee flavors, like Gingerbread Man, Bit-O-Honey, Irish Buttercream, Orange Crush, Peppermint Patty, Almond Joy, and a host of others. In addition to the delightful flavor combinations, you can choose from various sizes and options to make your java truly yours. 

On top of the nostalgic flavors, Big City also serves terrific comfort food, like BLT’s, Belgian Waffles, Biscuits and Gravy, Quiches, Loaded Potatoes, and even Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches. 

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

17. The District Coffee House: Boise, Idaho

Peaceful, open, and inviting, The District Coffee House in downtown Boise is a place that takes coffee crafting seriously. Open seven days a week, this North Roth Street cafe serves up steaming mugs of house blends, vanilla-lavender lattes, hot chocolate, and rich, flavorful espressos.

The area is spacious and cozy, with plenty of comfortable places to sit and relax; plus, they have an outdoor patio to soak up the sun on warm days. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and there is a rotating display of art from local artists adorning the walls. 

If you’re looking to make your coffee at home, District Coffee House has you covered there, too. They carry an excellent selection of carafes, pour-over kettles, and grinders, plus some t-shirts, mugs, and other gear. So if you know a coffee-lover that lives in Boise, a gift card from The District Coffee House makes the perfect gift.

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

18. Java-Hyde Park: Boise, Idaho

Hyde Park is a historic neighborhood in Boise’s North End, well known for its specialty shops and restaurants. Plus, it’s the unofficial headquarters of cyclists in the region (this is where the Boise foothills trails end). Weary travelers in need of a hot cup of joe have come to rely on Java-Hyde Park for a reliable pick-me-up all year round.

Although Java has five other locations around Boise, Hyde Park is arguably the most charming. Cute and cheerful, it has a neighborhood feel and offers single-origin and organic fair-trade blends along with specialty cappuccinos, lattes, mochas, espressos, and cafe mochas. In addition to coffee, Java visitors will discover an excellent selection of teas like:

Oregon Chai Tea: A sweet and spicy blend of black tea, honey, vanilla bean, and spices steamed with your choice of milk.

Bhakti Chai Tea: An Infusion of fresh-pressed organic ginger, fiery spices, and Fair Trade certified black tea steamed with your choice of milk.

Zen Matcha: Japanese green tea powder steamed with your choice of milk with vanilla or white chocolate.

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

19. Flying M Coffeehouse: Boise Idaho

Flying M Coffeehouse was opened in 1992 by a small group of friends who had gone to college in Seattle together. Witnessing the start of the coffee craze in the Pacific Northwest, they decided to get in on the action. This popular and beloved destination is known for its eclectic collection of locally-made gifts, homemade goodies, and specialty coffee drinks.

Sit and relax in their cozy shop located on the corner of 5th and Idaho in Downtown Boise. It’s a great family spot that has been voted the Best of Boise in the Boise Weekly for over ten years. 

Alternatively, you can check out their other location in Nampa called the Flying M Coffeegarage. This 6,000 square-foot space features a quirky gift shop, espresso, and pasty bar, event stage, conference room, and a roasting room.

Flying M roasts its own signature blends and features single-origin coffees from across the globe. You can check out the roasting action at the Coffeegarage every Monday through Friday, and the company hosts popular events, including regular public cupping classes.

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

20. Push and Pour: Garden City, Idaho

Located across the river from Quinn’s Pond, Push and Pour is the perfect spot to stop and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee and a bite to eat from their locally sourced menu. The shop serves its own house blends plus signature Columbian, Guatemalan, and Ethiopian coffee.

If you’re looking for a place near the Greenbelt to order a premium espresso, americano, or cappuccino, this laid-back cafe is worth the visit. The creative, artsy atmosphere and location directly on the water (and, of course, the amazing coffee) is what brings visitors back again and again.

Push and Pour also offers catered coffee for your next business meeting or event. You can order brewed coffee from 12 to 60 guests or one to five gallons of cold brew. Additionally, you can even order an inexpensive “Barista Box” that includes everything you need to go with your coffee, including milk, sugar, cups, lids, and stir sticks.

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

21. The Perks of Life Coffee House and Bakery: Eagle, Idaho

Perks of Life is a family-operated coffee and pastry shop in the quaint and friendly suburb of Eagle, Idaho, in the foothills of Boise. This unassuming and cozy spot is owned by Heather Andrade and her sister Andrea, who opened the shop in 2007.

You can always count on the perfect cup of coffee at Perks of Life, which carries coffee from local roasters like Dawson Taylor, Catalogue Coffee, and Identity Coffee Roasters. Highly reviewed, the shop’s customers only have fabulous things to say about this warm and welcoming business.

While you’re there, you won’t want to miss the scrumptious homemade foods and pastries. Bread, cookies, muffins, and scones are made fresh daily, and the quiche, breakfast burritos, oatmeal, and granola are the talk of the town. The cafe’s menu items are made from natural ingredients and contain no trans-fats, MSG, rBST, GMOs, corn syrup, or artificial sweeteners.

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

22. Bright Eyes Coffee Shop: Meridian, Idaho

Nestled amidst the friendly neighborhoods of the third-largest city in Idaho, you’ll find Bright Eyes Coffee Shop. Owned by Jessica Maschmann, the goal of Bright Eyes is to “serve delicious goodness and sunshine in a cup to every customer they meet, “and they’re doing a great job of it! The cafe serves up locally sourced, organic coffee and homemade food made either on the premises or sourced from other local bakeries. They even have locally crafted beer, wine, and cider.

Bright Eyes is not just a coffee shop—it’s a gathering place where families, students, retirees, and friends get together, and newcomers are always welcome here. They are deeply rooted in the community, feature local artists’ work, and host frequent fundraisers.

Customers can stop in for a plain brewed coffee or opt for a basic or flavored latte, mocha, cappuccino, Americana, macchiato, and much more. Of course, there are plenty of decaffeinated options, too—smoothies, kombucha, Italian cream soda, frappes, and hot chocolate are just some of your choices. 

Bright Eyes also offers an irresistible menu full of treats like breakfast bowls, sugar cookies, banana bread, bagels, chicken salad, and more!

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

23. Royal Coffee Company: Meridian, Idaho

Tucked among the upscale retail stores and restaurants at the Village at Meridian, you’ll discover Royal Coffee Company’s welcoming cafe. Royal Coffee Company is a local, family-owned business with deep roots in Las Vegas, and this shop in Meridian is the only one of its kind in Idaho. This is also a company with a conscience—proceeds from every pound they roast are donated to worthy organizations like Odell Beckham Jr.’s charity, Kids Unlimited.

Royal offers specialty drinks like white caramel, salted caramel, and hazelnut mochas, along with smoothies, shakes, lattes, hot chocolate, and chai tea. And, of course, customers can order a plain cup of the company’s legendary drip coffee.

The cafe in the Village at Meridian offers indoor and outdoor seating, and you can even phone in your order in advance for pickup.

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

24. The Kobuk: Anchorage, Alaska

Located in the circa 1915 Kimball building, The Kobuk is an eclectic coffee shop housed in a former general mercantile for Alaskans needing provisions for frontier life. Now, it’s a coffee shop that also serves as a gift shop specializing in items with a decidedly Victorian flare. You can find lace, linens, candy, tea, teapots, and fine china from Russia and England, along with Alaskan-made items such as bath salts and soaps.

Shoppers in need of a warm cup of coffee can choose from unique flavors like Seville Orange, Snickerdoodle, Golden Pecan, and more. You can also enjoy a cup of tea, one of Kobuk’s award-winning donuts, a sandwich, a cup of soup, or a fresh-baked pastry.

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

25. South Restaurant and Coffeehouse: Anchorage, Alaska

As you might have guessed, South Restaurant and Coffeehouse is on the south side of Anchorage off Old Seward Highway. Housed in a bright and modern space, its decor is reminiscent of the area’s industrial past. There are two sides to the restaurant—On one side, you can enjoy full breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. The other side, of course, is the coffeehouse.

Customers can have a freshly brewed cup of locally roasted Kaladi Brothers Coffee at the coffeehouse, among other fabulous beverages. However, you can also sip on a milkshake or espresso and have a bite to eat too. The menu features paninis, salads, and homemade baked treats.

The focus at South is on fresh-caught and locally grown foods, and much of the flavor comes from the restaurant’s own herb garden. So whether you need to relax after a long hike or you’re getting ready to head out for a day of Alaskan adventure, South is a great place to stop in for a bit of refreshment. 

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

26. Kaladi Brothers Coffee: Anchorage Alaska

Kaladi Brothers had its humble beginnings in 1986 as a simple coffee cart. Now, they are a recognized coffee distributor across the American West. Sourcing organic, fair-trade coffee from around the world. They have several locations all over Anchorage, and they are one of the most popular spots in the state when you’re craving a truly great cup of coffee.

Customers can choose from popular options like Adventure Fuel 49th Roast Coffee or try something else, primarily:

Big Wild Life: Smoky with notes of toffee and milk chocolate

French Roast: Smoky and roasty with hints of baker’s chocolate

Italian Blend: Smoky with hints of burnt sugar and spruce

Kaladi Cafe Blend: Nutty with a bittersweet chocolate flavor

Red Goat Blend: Hints of molasses, wine, nuts, and chocolate

House Espresso Blend (Trieste Cafe): Smoky with notes of caramel and dark chocolate

If you’re feeling a bit peckish, there is also no shortage of quick and tasty snacks to choose from. This is also a favorite local spot to get a little work done, thanks to free WiFi at Kaladi’s various locations. 

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27. The Green Bean Coffee Company: Ketchikan, Alaska

Established in 2002, The Green Bean Coffee Company sources specialty gourmet coffees and teas from all over the world. They are a wholesale distributor of coffee to shops all over the country, but they also have their own online retails shop and a cafe in Ketchikan.

Green Bean’s cafe customers love this off-the-beaten-path shop, which has plenty of space and cozy seating for all. It’s a wonderful spot to while away the morning or an afternoon staying warm and dry from the sometimes harsh Ketchikan climate.

The variety here is incredible, so if you’re looking for something unique, you’ll definitely find it at Green Bean. The feature 22 creatively-named blends like Witches Brew, Tongass Rainforest, Alaska Sasquatch, Killer Whale, Dude Mountain Trail, Alaska Black Wolf, and many others. They also have single-origin options from El Salvador, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, and several other countries. 

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28. Heritage Coffee Roasting Company, Juneau, Alaska

With a fierce commitment to Alaska’s roots, it’s no surprise that Juneau’s Heritage Coffee Roasting Company has often been called “the best coffee in Alaska.” This 1974-born roaster brings fresh coffee from all over the world to the state, and they hand roast their beans in a vintage Probat drum roaster before begging it up and shipping it out all over the country.

Heritage has a solid commitment to the community, too, and they provide hundreds of donations every year to local causes, especially those that support the young people and artists of Alaska. In keeping with their values, they source their green coffee responsibly and have long-standing relationships with coffee farmers worldwide. The majority of their coffee comes from these direct-trade relationships.

Constantly striving to improve upon their product, they collaborate with other coffee professionals, and some of their employees are involved with the Coffee Roaster’s Guild and the Specialty Coffee Association. At Heritage Coffee Roasters, you can find over 20 different coffees, each with its own unique flavor profile. 

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29. Sacred Grounds: Juneau, Alaska

Juneau residents will go out of their way for a cup of joe at Sacred Grounds Coffee. Luckily, they don’t have to travel far—the company has three busy Juneau locations. Their success lies in their brew—it’s astonishingly good. And along with the terrific coffee, visitors will never go away hungry. They have an impressive menu full of mouthwatering items like Sockeye Lox and Bagels, Alaskan Amber Chili, and locally-caught Fish & Chips.

What makes Sacred Ground unique? The enterprise is owned and operated by the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. The Tribe’s Business & Economic Development department has a mission to develop and promote economic opportunities and sustainable business for the Tribe, providing lots of training and employment opportunities to its members.

At Sacred Grounds’ locations, patrons enjoy relaxing and inviting spaces that combine culture, conversation, and coffee to all who enter. Beverages here include all the usual drinks coffee lovers might expect—latte, cappuccino, breve, doppio, americano, mocha, and more. Plus, they have a large selection of teas, smoothies, and some fantastic espressos. 

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30. Bucko’s Coffee: Fairbanks, Alaska

Just because a coffee shop doesn’t have a fancy website doesn’t mean it isn’t less popular. This Fairbanks coffee shack can get pretty crowded, but customers say the wait is 100 percent worth it!. Located at 281 Bentley Trust Rd in Fairbanks, Bucko’s Coffee has become a community staple.

Their menu is creative and tempting. How about a Maple Cinnamon White Chocolate Mocha or an Iced Caramel Americano with Cream? Bucko’s talented baristas can make you pretty much anything your little heart desires. You can also get sparkling lemonade, kombucha, matcha, and other specialty beverages. 

If you need to grab a quick bite to eat, Bucko’s has you covered there, too. Choose from breakfast burritos, sandwiches, cupcakes, donuts, and other delicious snacks. One last word—the staff here is amazingly friendly. If you’re looking for a place where you can get real, old-fashioned service with a smile, you’ve just found it. 

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Heather Ryerson

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.