The Best Coffee Shops in the U.S. We Can't Stop Buzzing About

From micro-roasters to classic cafes, these java hotspots have serious coffee cred.

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As a nation, we sure do love to drink coffee, and, increasingly, we want to know how the beans were roasted and if they're fair trade. Basically, we're turning into coffee snobs — and that's not a bad thing. Learn about the movement called "third-wave coffee," support coffee farmers, and share your passion for coffee with others. Here are some of the best coffee shops for when you need your caffeine fix.

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Christopher Buerkle
Tandem Coffee + Bakery — Maine

Portland is one of America's hottest foodie cities, so it's no surprise you'll find next-level coffee here. Tandem Coffee has branched out and now has a second location in a former 1960s gas station. Enjoy a cappuccino and freshly baked scone on a picnic table under the station's old awning.

More: Like to Brew at Home? Here Are the Best Coffee Makers on the Market

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La Colombe
La Colombe — Philadelphia

Did you know La Colombe started in Philadelphia? There are now branches in multiple U.S. cities, but the Fishtown coffee shop is its flagship. The industrial-chic space, in a converted warehouse, is where you can try its famous draft latte (on tap and in cans).

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Coffee Commissary
Coffee Commissary — Los Angeles

When you need an espresso to perk yourself up, head to Coffee Commissary, a hip mini-chain of six coffee shops around LA that features a rotating selection of West Coast roasters. You'll find branches in West Hollywood, Santa Monica, and Glendale.

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Flat Black Coffee Company
Flat Black Coffee Company — Boston

Independently owned Flat Black, specializing in single origin coffees from around the world, has several branches around Beantown, including its first shop in Dorchester. In addition to coffee, it also sells herbal, green, and flavored teas.

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Houndstooth Coffee — Austin
Houndstooth Coffee
Houndstooth Coffee — Austin

Free Wi-Fi and delicious pastries at this downtown Austin coffee shop (there's another shop on North Lamar), along with expertly prepared coffees using roasters like Counter Culture Coffee and Tweed Coffee Roasters, make Houndstooth the perfect hangout spot.

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Coava Coffee Roasters — Portland
Coava Coffee Roasters
Coava Coffee Roasters — Portland

Not only does this coffee shop in Portland brew exclusive single-origin coffees, but it shares an industrial-chic space with a woodworking studio, so you can sip your espresso at a workbench-cum-table and rest your macchiato on one of the drill presses.

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Peregrine Espresso — Washington, D.C.
Peregrine Espresso
Peregrine Espresso — Washington, D.C.

Peregrine now has three locations in D.C., including one on 14th Street NW. The friendly baristas can explain everything you need to know about your espresso or flash-brewed iced coffee, and if you still want to know more, the Union Market location offers classes.

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Panther — Miami
Panther — Miami

Panther Coffee has three Miami locations (including the original in Wynwood), and it specializes in small-batch roasting. After checking out the large-scale street murals at the nearby Wynwood Walls, its famous cold brew should satisfy any midafternoon caffeine cravings.

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Devoción — New York
Devoción — New York

It's impossible to settle on just one NYC coffee shop, especially with places like Zibretto Espresso, Black Fox, and Bluestone Lane, but Williamsburg's Devoción definitely has coffee cred — it's an outpost of an organic roaster in Bogota, Colombia. Plus, there's plenty of seating, tropical plants, and a large skylight.

More: Get Your Caffeine Buzz at These Top NYC Coffee Shops

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CREMA — Nashville
CREMA — Nashville

You won't be lacking for a good cup of joe in Nashville, especially at craft coffee shops like CREMA in the SoBro neighborhood. Order your Cuban latte or a cappuccino (nice swirls!) from the helpful baristas, and enjoy it from a seat on the outdoor patio.

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Milstead & Co. — Seattle

Seattle is known for its quality coffee shops, especially Milstead & Co., a multi-roaster ​sought out by coffee purists who appreciate that every cup is brewed individually. Other hotspots include Slate Coffee Roasters and Storyville Coffee.

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Ritual Coffee Roasters — San Francisco

There are plenty of coffee shops in San Francisco in which to order an expertly prepared single-origin espresso, but Ritual, which started in 2005, is considered a pioneer in the city's craft coffee scene. Today, the chain consists of six shops (five in the city and one in Napa).

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Little Owl Coffee — Denver
Little Owl Coffee
Little Owl Coffee — Denver

Located in Denver's trendy LoDo, Little Owl, a postage-stamp sized coffee shop with a clean, modern design, serves up some of the Mile-High City's best specialty coffees (it uses MiddleState roasters). Order drinks like a latte with almond milk and a pastry from artisanal baker Babettes.

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Cafe du Monde — New Orleans
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Cafe du Monde — New Orleans

While small-batch roasters in the Big Easy like Spitfire Coffee and HiVolt Coffee have been garnering buzz (literally and figuratively), there's something to be said about a classic like Cafe du Monde, which has been serving warm beignets and chicory-flavored coffee since 1862.

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