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The 21 Hottest Coffee Shops Across the US: Where to Drink Coffee Right Now

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Here now, Eater National's inaugural Coffee Heatmap from BuzzFeed FWD editor Matt Buchanan. He also makes Vines about coffee.

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Welcome to Eater's very first Coffee Heatmap, a guide to the hot coffeebars of the moment. Rather than feature the perennial favorites — we assume you know which shops sling Stumptown beans — this guide focuses on places that have opened or been significantly updated mostly in the last six months, a year at most.

A few trends emerge in this inaugural Heatmap: The action right now isn't in Seattle or Portland. (Though there are a few sure-to-be-hot places opening in those locales in the next year.) If a shop doesn't roast its own coffee — like even the pocket-square-sized Parlor, stuffed in the back of a Williamsburg barber shop — or furiously rotate between the best coffees from the best roasters all over the country — like both of LA's new joints G&B and Cognoscenti — it isn't hot.

And while for the most intensely focused shops, preparing food was seen as an anathema to perfect coffee, no more: St. Louis's Half & Half serves up fried chicken livers, pork-fat loaded burgers; Houston's Blacksmith features a Vietnamese steak & eggs and housemade yogurt; and while Chicago's Gaslight Coffee Roasters is a Serious Roaster, it deploys house-made syrups for its coffees, dispenses duck eggs in two different breakfast dishes and pickles its own veggies. Also flavored syrups — the Starbucksian kiss of death — are coming back in a big way, but now they're housemade, artsy, and artisanal.

Happy drinking, and as always, feel free to write in with new suggestions. (Many thanks to Sprudge's Jordan Michelman and local Eater editors for the help in putting this list together.)


—Matt Buchanan

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Parlor Coffee

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84 Havemeyer St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
It's the city's smallest coffee shop; it only serves self-roasted espresso; it's in the back of a barbershop; it's in Williamsburg, of course. [Photo]

2. Sweetleaf

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135 Kent Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Perhaps the most metrics-focused shop in the city, baristas here actually *weigh* their espresso shots. It runs through coffees from roasters all over the country (Portland's Heart, SF's Ritual, etc.). The space is somewhat mediocre, but the coffee is not. [Photo]

3. Joe Pro Shop

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131 W 21st St.
New York, NY 10011
(212) 924-7400
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The flagship store of NYC mini-chain Joe, it has what's perhaps the widest range of coffees available in the city prepared by some of its most obsessive baristas. Bonus: It doubles as an official outlet for Espresso Parts, so there's not a better place to find mildly obscure coffee gear either, like Hario's famed coffee scale. [Photo]

4. G&B Coffee at Sqirl

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720 N. Virgil Avenue #4
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(213) 394-6526
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Former U.S. barista champion and ex-Intelligentsia Director of Innovation Kyle Glanville and (also ex-Intelli) Charles Babinski offer up a rotating selection of coffees from all around. Don't ask for espresso to go in a paper cup; you won't get it. Oh and it's using the now very fashionable Kalita Wave four pourover brewing. [Photo]

5. Cognoscenti Coffee Bar

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6114
Culver City, CA 90232
A multi-roaster shop, Yeekai Lim's pop-up coffee bar Cognoscenti now has a permanent home in the office of starchitect Clive Wilkinson. Obsessively brewed coffee, obsessively designed space. [Photo]

6. Gaslight Coffee Roasters

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2385 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
Serious coffee shops aren't often serious about food, but Gaslight tries to have it all: house-roasted beans and house-pickled vegetables in "a space that grandmas and cool kids can both dig on." [Photo]

7. BowTruss Coffee Roasters

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2934 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 857-1361
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On the other end of the Chicago spectrum is Bow Truss Coffee Roasters, which is so focused on the coffee there's no Wi-Fi and or bathroom. Drink your coffee and leave. [Photo]

8. Artifact Coffee

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1500 Union Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21211
(410) 235-1881
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A spinoff from Woodberry Kitchen, the show here is almost as much about the food as it is the coffee, which is roasted by Square One and Counter Culture. [Photo]

9. Réveille Coffee Co.

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200 Columbus
San Francisco, Ca 94133
A coffee truck gone brick-and-mortar, the first location from Tommy and Chris Newbury is a superclean space serving up Four Barrel Coffee. (The food highlight here is the brisket dip sandwich.) [Photo]

10. Half & Half

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8135 Maryland Ave
St Louis, MO 63105
(314) 725-0719
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A progressive coffee menu stocked with twists on classics like the cho-tonic (cold brewed coffee + tonic and orange peel) and tasting menus combos like the sidecar (a cappuccino and a shot), the one & and fun (a macchiato and a shot) or the "one of everything" for serious caffiene deprivation emergencies, this is one of the most exciting shops around, and that's not counting the killer doughnuts. [Photo]

11. Oddly Correct Coffee Bar

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3940 Main St.
Kansas City, MO 64111
(816) 555-5555
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The new location of Kansas City roaster/coffee shop/institution Oddly Correct is a bigger, prettier, better space. Multiple brewing methods for multiple coffees roasted each week and locally supplied milk. [Photo]

12. Black Tap Coffee

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70.5 Beaufain St
Charleston, SC 29401
A food town this hot needs a killer coffee bar or two, and Black Tap supplies it with coffee roasted by NC-based powerhouse Counter Culture — check its Twitter account for when fresh beans arrive — also, mixed coffee drinks with house-made syrups. [Photo]

13. Black Eye Coffee

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3408
Denver, CO 80211
Serving single-origin coffees roasted by Boulder-based Boxcar along with a rotating selection of guest offerings like Ceremony and Ritual, its logo is a mustachioed pugilist which counts for an extra 1000 points. And they're using the slightly less common (and uncommonly beautiful) Bee House variety of dripper for pourover brewing.

14. Coffee & Tea Collective

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2911 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 849-9806
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Billing itself as a "coffee tasting" bar — there is no more twee way to refer to a coffee shop — this San Diego spot roasts its own beans in small batches and blends its own teas in a clean, clean space. [Photo]

15. Southside Espresso

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904-C Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 942-9990
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The coffee bar front for Houston roaster Fusion Beans, it'll also feature rotating guest espresso and coffee offerings from around the country. Naturally, it turns into a real bar at night with craft beer and wine. [Photo]

16. Blacksmith

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1018 Westheimer
Houston, tx 77006
Housed in the former space of iconic gay bar Mary's, Blacksmith's plan to take coffee further is an "enthusiast bar" with a rotating selection of coffee and paired food items. Evidence of super-serialness: a water filtration system that'll take Houston city water from 225TDS to just 5. [Photo]

17. Dwelltime

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364 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02143
(617) 714-5536
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Hotshot Boston-area roaster Barismo's coffee bar/bakeshop just started offering full-on brunch service on Sundays. Otherwise, expect the serious standards of a serious roaster here; I mean, it's called dwelltime, which refers to the amount of time ground coffee is touching water during a brew cycle.

18. 4A Coffee

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419 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446
Yes, it's got an increasingly rarefied (in the States anyway) Slayer espresso machine, but more importantly, 4A's shop in Brookline is the second outpost of this Kazakhstan-based (!) roaster. Worth a visit for that reason alone. [Photo]

19. Tandem Coffee Roasters

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122 Anderson St.
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 899-0235
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Logos don't get much more fucking adorable than Tandem's. The cafe/roastery is run by ex-Blue Bottlers who've gone so far as to crib the original La Marzocco from the coffee micro-giant's Hayes Valley location. And of course, siphon brewing is available, which should pair real nicely with Tandem's au courant super light roasting style. Oh, and no Wi-Fi. [Photo]

20. Speckled Ax

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567 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 660-3333
From Matt Bolinder of Matt's Wood Roasted Coffee, you can expect a variety of single-origin coffees brewed via siphon or the increasingly popular alternative to the V60 pourover, the Kalita Wave. [Photo]

21. AscensionCoffee

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1621 Oak Lawn Ave., Suite A
Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 741-3211
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A restaurant/coffee/wine bar hybrid with tables that in a former life were bowling alley laid out with a heavy dose of feng sui (seriously), the coffee is available via five different brew methods (siphon is probably the way to go) and it's all roasted by Coffee Eiland, who's closely collaborating with Ascension.[Photo]

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1. Parlor Coffee

84 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
It's the city's smallest coffee shop; it only serves self-roasted espresso; it's in the back of a barbershop; it's in Williamsburg, of course. [Photo]
84 Havemeyer St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

2. Sweetleaf

135 Kent Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211
Perhaps the most metrics-focused shop in the city, baristas here actually *weigh* their espresso shots. It runs through coffees from roasters all over the country (Portland's Heart, SF's Ritual, etc.). The space is somewhat mediocre, but the coffee is not. [Photo]
135 Kent Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

3. Joe Pro Shop

131 W 21st St., New York, NY 10011
The flagship store of NYC mini-chain Joe, it has what's perhaps the widest range of coffees available in the city prepared by some of its most obsessive baristas. Bonus: It doubles as an official outlet for Espresso Parts, so there's not a better place to find mildly obscure coffee gear either, like Hario's famed coffee scale. [Photo]
131 W 21st St.
New York, NY 10011

4. G&B Coffee at Sqirl

720 N. Virgil Avenue #4, Los Angeles, CA 90029
Former U.S. barista champion and ex-Intelligentsia Director of Innovation Kyle Glanville and (also ex-Intelli) Charles Babinski offer up a rotating selection of coffees from all around. Don't ask for espresso to go in a paper cup; you won't get it. Oh and it's using the now very fashionable Kalita Wave four pourover brewing. [Photo]
720 N. Virgil Avenue #4
Los Angeles, CA 90029

5. Cognoscenti Coffee Bar

6114, Culver City, CA 90232
A multi-roaster shop, Yeekai Lim's pop-up coffee bar Cognoscenti now has a permanent home in the office of starchitect Clive Wilkinson. Obsessively brewed coffee, obsessively designed space. [Photo]
6114
Culver City, CA 90232

6. Gaslight Coffee Roasters

2385 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Serious coffee shops aren't often serious about food, but Gaslight tries to have it all: house-roasted beans and house-pickled vegetables in "a space that grandmas and cool kids can both dig on." [Photo]
2385 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

7. BowTruss Coffee Roasters

2934 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657
On the other end of the Chicago spectrum is Bow Truss Coffee Roasters, which is so focused on the coffee there's no Wi-Fi and or bathroom. Drink your coffee and leave. [Photo]
2934 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657

8. Artifact Coffee

1500 Union Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21211
A spinoff from Woodberry Kitchen, the show here is almost as much about the food as it is the coffee, which is roasted by Square One and Counter Culture. [Photo]
1500 Union Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21211

9. Réveille Coffee Co.

200 Columbus, San Francisco, Ca 94133
A coffee truck gone brick-and-mortar, the first location from Tommy and Chris Newbury is a superclean space serving up Four Barrel Coffee. (The food highlight here is the brisket dip sandwich.) [Photo]
200 Columbus
San Francisco, Ca 94133

10. Half & Half

8135 Maryland Ave, St Louis, MO 63105
A progressive coffee menu stocked with twists on classics like the cho-tonic (cold brewed coffee + tonic and orange peel) and tasting menus combos like the sidecar (a cappuccino and a shot), the one & and fun (a macchiato and a shot) or the "one of everything" for serious caffiene deprivation emergencies, this is one of the most exciting shops around, and that's not counting the killer doughnuts. [Photo]
8135 Maryland Ave
St Louis, MO 63105

11. Oddly Correct Coffee Bar

3940 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64111
The new location of Kansas City roaster/coffee shop/institution Oddly Correct is a bigger, prettier, better space. Multiple brewing methods for multiple coffees roasted each week and locally supplied milk. [Photo]
3940 Main St.
Kansas City, MO 64111

12. Black Tap Coffee

70.5 Beaufain St, Charleston, SC 29401
A food town this hot needs a killer coffee bar or two, and Black Tap supplies it with coffee roasted by NC-based powerhouse Counter Culture — check its Twitter account for when fresh beans arrive — also, mixed coffee drinks with house-made syrups. [Photo]
70.5 Beaufain St
Charleston, SC 29401

13. Black Eye Coffee

3408, Denver, CO 80211
Serving single-origin coffees roasted by Boulder-based Boxcar along with a rotating selection of guest offerings like Ceremony and Ritual, its logo is a mustachioed pugilist which counts for an extra 1000 points. And they're using the slightly less common (and uncommonly beautiful) Bee House variety of dripper for pourover brewing.
3408
Denver, CO 80211

14. Coffee & Tea Collective

2911 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104
Billing itself as a "coffee tasting" bar — there is no more twee way to refer to a coffee shop — this San Diego spot roasts its own beans in small batches and blends its own teas in a clean, clean space. [Photo]
2911 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92104

15. Southside Espresso

904-C Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
The coffee bar front for Houston roaster Fusion Beans, it'll also feature rotating guest espresso and coffee offerings from around the country. Naturally, it turns into a real bar at night with craft beer and wine. [Photo]
904-C Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006

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16. Blacksmith

1018 Westheimer, Houston, tx 77006
Housed in the former space of iconic gay bar Mary's, Blacksmith's plan to take coffee further is an "enthusiast bar" with a rotating selection of coffee and paired food items. Evidence of super-serialness: a water filtration system that'll take Houston city water from 225TDS to just 5. [Photo]
1018 Westheimer
Houston, tx 77006

17. Dwelltime

364 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02143
Hotshot Boston-area roaster Barismo's coffee bar/bakeshop just started offering full-on brunch service on Sundays. Otherwise, expect the serious standards of a serious roaster here; I mean, it's called dwelltime, which refers to the amount of time ground coffee is touching water during a brew cycle.
364 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02143

18. 4A Coffee

419 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446
Yes, it's got an increasingly rarefied (in the States anyway) Slayer espresso machine, but more importantly, 4A's shop in Brookline is the second outpost of this Kazakhstan-based (!) roaster. Worth a visit for that reason alone. [Photo]
419 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446

19. Tandem Coffee Roasters

122 Anderson St., Portland, ME 04101
Logos don't get much more fucking adorable than Tandem's. The cafe/roastery is run by ex-Blue Bottlers who've gone so far as to crib the original La Marzocco from the coffee micro-giant's Hayes Valley location. And of course, siphon brewing is available, which should pair real nicely with Tandem's au courant super light roasting style. Oh, and no Wi-Fi. [Photo]
122 Anderson St.
Portland, ME 04101

20. Speckled Ax

567 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101
From Matt Bolinder of Matt's Wood Roasted Coffee, you can expect a variety of single-origin coffees brewed via siphon or the increasingly popular alternative to the V60 pourover, the Kalita Wave. [Photo]
567 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101

21. AscensionCoffee

1621 Oak Lawn Ave., Suite A, Dallas, TX 75207
A restaurant/coffee/wine bar hybrid with tables that in a former life were bowling alley laid out with a heavy dose of feng sui (seriously), the coffee is available via five different brew methods (siphon is probably the way to go) and it's all roasted by Coffee Eiland, who's closely collaborating with Ascension.[Photo]
1621 Oak Lawn Ave., Suite A
Dallas, TX 75207

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