February 21st, 2014
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.

Bad news for all the trazillions of coffee drinkers: It looks like the price of java will soon start climbing.

Thanks–or no thanks–to dry weather in Brazil, coffee beans are about to get pricier.

Which means that if you have to start paying more, you should make sure your cup(s) of coffee are especially great. Here are five new places for an extra good jolt of caffeine.

Joule - Raleigh, North Carolina (@joulecoffee)
At this groovy new spot in an old pawnshop, the seasonally changing coffee menu features drip coffee, cold brew, espresso, pour-over and iced pour-over coffees, which are chilled down with a coffee ice cube made with the same beans as the drink. The house chai is sweetened with sorghum, and espresso-with-milk drinks can have a shot of it added, as well. The place is the brainchild of local hero chef Ashley Christensen, who sells snacks like beer-bacon-and-cheddar muffins and sit-down dishes such as Carolina shrimp and grits.

Bad Wolf Coffee - Chicago, Illinois (@badwolfcoffee)
In this small place with turquoise walls and no chairs, the selection of drinks is small, too: Counter Culture coffee and/or Rishi tea. But the owner, Jonathan Ory, a veteran of Schwa in Chicago and Momofuku in New York, makes the place extra special with superb French pastries, including the over-the-top caramelized croissant called kouign amann. Like all the baked goods, they sell out every day.

Wright Bros Brew & Brew - Austin, Texas
Wright Bros labels itself as a new kind of watering hole, a 50/50 destination coffee shop and bar (smart). The coffee program includes Aeropress (a hand-press coffeemaker that uses air pressure to extract a wide range of flavors from grounds), filtered coffee and espresso from the local roaster Flat Track as well as Bay Area specialists Sightglass and De La Paz. And then there’s the bar: 38 craft beers on tap, plus cider and wine. Depending on what you’re drinking, you can dig into superfood granola with quinoa, flaxseed and coconut oil, or a pressed pastrami Reuben with house-made sauerkraut.

Slate Coffee Bar - Seattle, Washington (@slatecoffee)
What started as an Airstream trailer–based operation is now an honest-to-goodness coffee bar with a menu of drinks and the option of having the barista make the call for you. There’s a wide variety of precisely roasted beans here, but minimal add-ins: only whole milk or soy milk. Don’t look for the sugar or cream or chocolate macadamia nut syrup here because they don’t have any—it’s all about the coffee at Slate.

House Roots Coffee - Valencia, California (@houseroots)
For now, this tiny, super popular, 3-day-a-week pop-up coffee shop operates out of the Valencia House of Prayer. The House Roots folks are raising funds to build a brick-and-mortar place in the San Fernando Valley, and plan to donate the profits from every cup of coffee and pastry to local community programs and disaster relief. The Santa Cruz–based Verve coffee roasters and Portland, Oregon–based Heart and Coava roasters supply the beans.

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  1. Te Mana Cafe

    Great shout outs for some New Spots. We have recently opened in Ocean Beach California in our old house. It is a historical land mark in a 1924 craftsman style house. Check us out next time you are in the neighborhood. We celebrate the island life style at Te Mana Cafe and we make out own Kalua Pork and Island Love Chicken. We Serve organic coffees, Kava, and Manapua. Paradise in a cup! <3 :)

    September 30, 2014 at 5:29 pm |
  2. Marie_Joseph

    you forgot one ;)
    visit http://www.stayroasted.com/ .. for the delivery of top standard coffee.

    May 3, 2014 at 8:14 am |
  3. Sam

    Here's the best spot to find coffee at the lowest price. $2.99 12 oz. bag of Papua New Guinea medium roast. http://www.lowestpricecoffee.com

    April 4, 2014 at 11:58 am |
  4. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    I am actually a huge fan of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf – I know, sort of a chain... But... I just love the ice they used for their iced drinks, LOL!

    February 23, 2014 at 3:14 pm |
  5. Ryan

    J5 Coffee is not mentioned // AMAZING tasting room in Leavenworth, WA. The only thing at all modern in that awesome mountain town!


    February 22, 2014 at 5:44 am |
  6. Barb

    "The Firefly" in Ft. Wayne, IN is hands down, without a doubt, the very best coffee house anywhere! Not only wonderful coffee, but the food/pastries are out of this world!

    February 21, 2014 at 5:55 pm |


      February 22, 2014 at 8:32 pm |
  7. conoclast

    So the Holy Elixir of Tachycardia is going up in price - do we care? Diluting your boutique coffee with Yuban works in a pinch - with detectable loss of flavor - but what the hell, we're Americans; what's another little loss?

    February 21, 2014 at 5:54 pm |
  8. Frank Henry

    Starbucks is changing its name to four bucks as that is the average cost of a cup of coffee.

    February 21, 2014 at 4:21 pm |
    • Ideas1234

      Baloney. Venti dark roast is $2.45(incl tax) in NYS.

      February 21, 2014 at 6:44 pm |
      • hal

        Thank you for pointing the truth out. So many knuckle draggers like to bash on Starbucks because it brews a strong dark cup of coffee. Most people who complain about Starbuck's don't really like coffee, what they like is mainly milk and sweetener with a small amount of coffee and call it stupid names like "light and sweet". Some people like guinness and some people like pbr, but a cup at Starbuck's cost less than both of these drinks.

        February 21, 2014 at 8:29 pm |
  9. Java the Nut

    Issaquah Coffee Company, Issaquah, WA in Gilman Village. Original, quaint, funky, relaxed and a place you can bring what ever configuration you are in (self, with kids, with friends, on a date, or on a geeked out cyber binge). They serve from Stumptown Beans

    February 21, 2014 at 4:17 pm |
  10. freeme10

    Recent visit to Phoenix – really liked Cartel. Were even brewing some tasty beer.

    February 21, 2014 at 4:10 pm |
  11. Ronbo

    In Cleveland Tennessee BonLife is the place to go. They buy fair trade beans. They roast the beans, brew, and sell any way the costumer wants it. It's a nice coffee shop to sit and read, or whatever. You can buy bean roasted, or green. The best things though about Bonlife is the people working there provide really good service, and of course there is now way to get fresher product than from a coffee shop that roasts it's own bean. Unless of course you roast your own, and they will gladly sell you fresh green bean, so you can. http://bonlifecoffee.com/

    February 21, 2014 at 3:28 pm |
  12. cindylou

    Do we really need more coffee shops?

    February 21, 2014 at 3:20 pm |
  13. Mo

    If you are ever in the KC area try The Roasterie...it's not a cafe, but they roasts the best dang coffee ever.


    February 21, 2014 at 2:57 pm |
  14. Sami Jones

    The best will be http://www.sweetdonkeycoffee.com in Roanoke VA!

    February 21, 2014 at 2:46 pm |
  15. SilentBoy741

    If you like your coffee with an overpowering hipster aftertaste, these are the places for you.

    February 21, 2014 at 2:45 pm |
    • get realist

      Stick to your Folgers. Everyone will be happier.

      February 21, 2014 at 3:37 pm |
      • Jacksonville Resident

        Unless you find Folgers to be alot like your last girlfriend: weak and tons of bitterness. Maxwell House is SOOO much better. Your grammaw thinks so too.

        February 22, 2014 at 12:33 pm |
      • Carn E. Vore

        Stick your tongue in an electrical socket. Everyone will b happier.

        February 24, 2014 at 12:53 pm |
        • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

          I just lol'd.

          February 24, 2014 at 1:32 pm |
  16. samcaplan

    What, no La Colombe?

    February 21, 2014 at 1:37 pm |
    • Frank Henry

      Stay thirsty my friend!

      February 21, 2014 at 4:30 pm |
  17. webman6

    Since I don't live in any of those places, I won't be buying a cup of coffee there. While we are on the subject of coffee, who told Dunkin Donuts that they serve good coffee? It's putrid. I mean horrible. Seriously.

    February 21, 2014 at 1:37 pm |
    • Sam

      My sentiments exactly! While we are it, I don't care for Starbucks coffee either – the beans smell like they are burnt.

      February 21, 2014 at 2:28 pm |
    • Jacksonville Resident

      Blame New Englanders. They LOVE their DD. Can't blame them for liking it anymore than I can the Folgers guy. It's all about your taste.

      February 22, 2014 at 12:35 pm |
  18. Carn E. Vore

    Thanks for providing a list of places I can avoid so as to not have to deal with trendy hipster d-bags.

    February 21, 2014 at 10:57 am |
    • burnz

      I second the motion.

      February 21, 2014 at 2:29 pm |
  19. Thinking things through

    We are so NOT buying coffee from Indonesia...

    February 21, 2014 at 8:01 am |
    • RC

      Here kitty kitty?

      February 21, 2014 at 10:27 am |
      • AleeD® @ RC

        Ohyespleasedo run my coffee thru a cat's a$$ before brewing it. Thankseversomuch. At least you won't need to add cream. Ewww.

        February 22, 2014 at 12:37 pm |
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