Welcome to back to Eater's Coffee Heatmap, a guide to the hot new coffee bars of the moment across America. Rather than feature the perennial favorites, this guide focuses on places that have opened or been significantly updated over the past year.
It's been just over a year since the last coffee heatmap, and this year has been one of tremendous expansion by some big name roasters. The Portland-based Stumptown made two huge highly anticipated moves into both the New York City and Los Angeles markets, while Chicago's Intelligentsia had a big year in its hometown at the same time as it invaded New York City for the first time. Boxcar Coffee expanded from Boulder to Denver with not one but two buzzy outposts, while Atlanta's beloved Octane Coffee also opened two locations in Birmingham, Alabama. Chicago also welcomed another location of Philadelphia's La Colombe.
It wasn't just cities being taken over by giants of the coffee world, though: independent shops opened as well. San Francisco saw the opening of a collaboration between coffee expert Andrew Barnett and restaurateur Anthony Myint (Linea Caffe) as well as an airy newcomer from United States Barista Championship competitor Kevin "Tex" Bohlin (Saint Frank). Raleigh restaurateur Ashley Christensen opened up her first coffee bar offering an insanely comprehensive menu (Joule Coffee), and restaurateur Brooke Humphries is behind one of the hippest coffee bars in Dallas (Mudsmith).
This list had to end somewhere — no city got more than two entrants — which means Eataly in Chicago, Menotti's in Los Angeles, Tierra Mia in San Francisco, and several other well-loved coffee bars are not to be found. But never fear: just nominate them in the comments.