Coffee culture has swept across America in the last couple of decades, to the point where every mall, street corner and small town has some sort of caffeinated outlet.
1. Turbo Coffee – Florence – Alabama
Tucked away in the back of Florence’s Greasy Hands Barbershop, you’ll find Alabama’s hippest coffee coven.
Not only do they make insanely good coffee, they serve fresh, made in-house cold-pressed juices, acai bowls and superfood smoothies, as well as making their own paleo treats and tasty granola.
Turbo Coffee features a new roaster every three months, so there’s always something new to try. Don’t visit Florence without getting your caffeine kick here
2. SteamDot Coffee & Espresso Lab – Anchorage – Alaska
Pull up seat at the ‘pour over’ bar in SteamDot coffee for the hands down best espresso you’ll get in Alaska.
They specialist in single cup, artisan coffee that goes back to the basics – freshly roasted and absolutely delicious. Don’t be alarmed by all the fancy glass Chemex methods, as staff will helpfully guide you towards the perfect cup.
Even the filter coffee is made to order. Perfect.
3. Peixoto Coffee Roasters – Chandler – Arizona
Coffee here comes from the owner’s family farm in Brazil, Fazenda Sao José da Boa Vista.
At Peixoto (pronounced pay-sho-tow), they grow their own coffee, import it and roast it especially for the store. A true crop-to-cup experience that tastes incredible. It’s a sustainable family business that is an absolute delight.
You can also buy bags to take home, but with the coffee store looking as good as it is, you’ll be tempted to take a seat.
4. Blue Sail Coffee – Conway – Arkansas
Blue Sail Coffee founder, Kyle Tabor, created this store with the idea that “coffee connects community.” It certainly rings true here, as cosy leather sofas heave with locals while chatting to the friendly baristas.
Their coffee is ethically sourced from around the world – think the Congo, Burundi, Colombia and Brazil. Word to the wise: their cold brew is STRONG. In the best possible way.
5. Sightglass – San Francisco – California
Located in San Francisco’s SoMA neighborhood, Sightglass is a production roastery, dynamic open coffee bar, and community gathering space all in one.
Their flagship store on 7th Street has a fun Affogato bar, for when you want something sweet with a kick. Stylish and reliable, it’s a true SF staple.