Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Top 5 Coffee Shops in the U.S.

Cheers to our top five favorite U.S. coffee shops on National Coffee Day 2015.

Victrola, Seattle
411 15th Avenue E (and other locations), www.victrolacoffee.com
Seattle takes its coffee seriously and there are many great coffees in this city, but I'll go ahead and say it...imho, Victrola is the standard against which all other coffees are judged. It's dark, strong coffee, not for the faint of heart, but always perfect.

Blue Bottle, San Francisco
Mint Plaza, 66 Mint Street (and other locations), www.bluebottlecoffee.com
Blue Bottle is where I go at every opportunity whenever I'm in San Francisco. And I end up walking out with a bag of anise cookies, some granola, another double latte, a bag of house blend beans...
Photo courtesy of Blue Bottle Coffee

Stumptown, Portland
4525 SE Division Street, 503-230-7702, www.stumptowncoffee.com
One of the pioneers of the coffee revolution (at least in Portland), Stumptown has stood out with their own roasted beans in a city that loves its coffee. If you aren't going to be near Portland any time soon, you can still find their beans across the country in quality cafes. Be sure to try their cold brew too.
Photo courtesy of Stumptown Coffee Roasters

Intelligentsia, Chicago
Monadnock Building, 53 West Jackson Blvd., www.intelligentsiacoffee.com
Known for top-tier baristas and a strong commitment to creating the perfect shot, Intelligentsia brings a crop-to-cup approach to making excellent coffee. Behind the scenes, Intelligentsia works directly with producers too ensure that only the best beans make it into your drink. The baristas also seem to know how to be hip and still be nice to customers while pulling a consistently beautiful shot. Try the Black Cat beans, a sweeter but balanced blend made specifically for espresso.

Joe The Art of Coffee, New York 
141 Waverly Place (and other locations), www.joetheartofcoffee.com
Joe’s is one, if not the best, example of a meticulous coffee shop with talented baristas that serve every latte with a perfectly designed leaf or heart in the expertly steamed milk.  If you like your cuppa joe (pun intended) as much as we do, the pictures on their website will make your mouth water. Seriously. 

For more great coffee from Singapore to Sydney, check out our previous posts Top Coffee Shops around the World and Back to the Grind: 5 More Top Coffee Shops around the World. And keep an eye out for our upcoming review of The Coffee Book for International Coffee Day coming up on October 1st.

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