Coffee Shops Worth Traveling For

Roasters and brewers that make you want to book a flight


Area Daily caught up with barista Louis Poore, of Urnex, in search of the country’s perfect cups of coffee. Great coffee starts with fresh, locally roasted, quality beans and some basic gear. Here’s where to recharge when you’re on the road.

Northwestern U.S.: Seattle loves Stumptown Roasters, but we suggest you also try Caffé Vita. In Portland, check out Heart Roasters and Coava Coffee.

California: San Francisco brings you Blue Bottle and Four Barrel, and while in LA, chill out at Intelligentsia.

Midwest: Chicago is home to Intelligenstia, but don’t leave out Metropolis. Grab a cup at MadCap in Michigan, Kaldi’s in St. Louis, and PT’s in Kansas City.

South: Batdorf & Bronson wakes up Atlanta, and Counter Culture keeps Durham, N.C., hopping (they’re also in Atlanta).

New York City: You can find outposts of Stumptown, Blue Bottle, Intelligentsia, and Counter Culture in Manhattan, but don’t miss Joe and Café Grumpy, which are local spots only.

Europe: We chose a few winners throughout Europe that are home to World Barista Champions — Tim Wendelboe in Oslo, Norway; Square Mile and Prufrock in London; and Coffee Collective in Copenhagen.

For more insiders tips on the best in modern travel, head to Area Daily.


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