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Montana: Black Coffee Roasting Co., Missoula

Occupying a vintage Quonset hut on an out-of-the-way block in the state’s coolest town right now, this all-organic, sustainable, small-batch setup brings a lot of passion to the table; Montana has more than a couple of great roasters (see below) and an outsized number of destinations for a great cup coffee, but coming up on nearly a decade in business, this is the place that feels like the whole package, the all-in-one.

Also try Not far from Missoula, don’t miss out on Hamilton’s Big Creek Coffee Roasters, a top-shelf operation with the awards to prove it; over in Billings, the coffee scene is kind of on fire, right now—start with a visit to moAV Coffee.

Nebraska: Archetype Coffee, Omaha

Nebraska‘s most impressive roaster at the moment occupies a deceptively simple (but also pleasingly modern) storefront on a block shared with a brewery, a wine bar and Omaha’s most talked about ice cream shop—it’s clearly a new day for the once-forlorn Blackstone District. There’s a lot of this sort of positive change happening around Omaha lately, some of it down to young and talented entrepreneurs like Isaiah Sheese, who moved here to roast coffee, just a few years ago. Things appear to be working out okay—Archetype is now opening a second shop, in another up-and-coming area of town.

Also try In the university town of Lincoln, also the state capital, look for Cultiva Coffee, which operates two cafes and an open-to-the-public Roasting Lab, featuring an espresso bar and their in-house, bean-to-bar chocolate operation (first in the state).

Nevada: Vesta Coffee Roasters, Las Vegas

Finding good coffee in this part of the world has become less of a chore in recent years, but with the addition of former DJ Jerad Howard’s roaster/café (he’s done other things, but that’s the most fun part of his resume), one can’t help but feel as if the Las Vegas scene has turned that all-important corner toward greatness.

Also try In a particularly charming corner of Reno (they exist, honest), right along the Truckee River but away from the neon glow, Hub Coffee Roasters is a pleasant reminder that you’re not all that far away from Northern California, and that generations-old coffee scene.

New HampshireWayfarer Coffee Roasters, Laconia

Lake Winnipesaukee might be next door, but the historic center of Laconia, an old mill town, isn’t exactly a thriving tourist destination—at least not yet. This cheerful micro-roaster and café, across from the shuttered (apparently, not forever) Colonial Theatre, is one in a small group of businesses—including a proper butcher shop, just next door—helping to invigorate the old town center.

Also try Just across the Merrimack River from Manchester, Bedford’s Flight Coffee Co. has pulled some top-shelf awards for its roasts; a lab setup (open to the public, with somewhat limited hours) is complemented by a full-on café in nearby Dover.

New Jersey: OQ Coffee Co., Highland Park

Ben and Jessica Schellack bootstrapped their way to building one of the best roasting operations in the state, this year bringing home a Good Food Award—not their first, either. That’s quite the climb from their early days in the rented basement of a New Brunswick non-profit. Today, a lively café, just across the river from Rutgers’ Old Queens campus, hence the name, is a hub of creativity.

Also try Long content with convenience coffee (rhymes with Schmunkin up north, and Schwawa down south), New Jersey is suddenly fascinated with the good stuff. In downtown Newark, friendly Black Swan Espresso is just one of many new arrivals along once-blighted Halsey Street, while in the rough-and-tumble state capital, micro-roaster Trenton Coffee House & Records began life as a coffee bike. The product here is thoroughly modern, but the vibe is nearly mid-1990’s punk. (Don’t miss this place.)

New Mexico: Cutbow Coffee, Albuquerque

After roughly thirty years of experience in the business—this is a guy who roasted something like 70 million pounds of coffee for Peet’s, which is a lot—Paul Gallegos is back home and in business for himself with this much-anticipated roaster/café in Albuquerque‘s atmospheric Old Town. Expect this to be a complete game changer in a town that’s been waiting for someone to take things to the next level for quite some time now.

Also try Santa Fe, another town that’s been slow to move forward, has seen some changes of late—most promising is the sparkling Sky Coffee, a smart, multi-roaster operation that’s well worth a look.

New York: Parlor Coffee, Brooklyn

Relatively late to the good coffee game, it’s hard to tell just where New York excels most—convincing the world it knows what it’s doing when it comes to coffee, or actually setting a damn trend. Amid so much noise and a whole lot of colonization, here is a very good roaster, created by a Stumptown grad. (Remember when those West Coasters had to come to town to teach us how coffee was done, just a few short years ago? We sure do.) Not the newest game in town, and slightly off the beaten path, over near Brooklyn’s Navy Yard, Parlor, which began life as a pop-up bar in the back of a Williamsburg barber shop, is in every way a gem, and it knows it—their tasting room keeps catch-them-if-you-can, Sunday-only opening hours.

Also try One of New York‘s (we’re talking about the state now) closely guarded secrets: its less sought-after cities can be pretty great, and certainly for coffee. The gorgeous Tipico would be the envy of any town, but it belongs to an up-and-coming Buffalo neighborhood; in Rochester, the pop-up gone brick and mortar Ugly Duck is just one bright star on that city’s long-running scene. Meanwhile, in Utica, perhaps the last place you’d expect to find something so up to date, Character Coffee is a multi-roasting outfit with a whole lot of appeal.

North Carolina: Counter Culture, Durham

Having one of the East Coast’s best roasters representing your state is very nice, and we’re super happy for North Carolina and everything, but it’s fascinating to see that decades on, Counter Culture, now every bit a national brand, still pretty much dominates the regional scene. Apart from Friday cuppings—always open to the public—at training centers in Durham and Asheville, you won’t find Counter Culture coffee bars, which is okay, because it turns out that some of the state’s top shops—for instance, the twin locations of Jubala Coffee, next door in Raleigh—act as terrific brand ambassadors.

Also try In Raleigh-adjacent Garner, Full Bloom Coffee—one of the state’s more talked about roasters—has opened Full Bloom Coffee & Craft, a coffee and beer bar; down in Charlotte, a growing scene includes a few must-stops, but start with HEX Espresso Bar, a roaster café that began life as a pop-up.

North Dakota: Young Blood Coffee, Fargo

When Four Barrel veterans Tim & Elisha Griffin opted out of San Francisco, they landed in Fargo, where their small shop (handed over from a previous owner) quickly rose through the ranks in a city already mindful of the benefits of a solid cup of coffee. Right now, they’re working with Heart, out of Portland, but rumor has it they’ll be roasting their own soon, not to mention moving to a larger location in Fargo’s happening downtown.

Also try Turn your Fargo stop into a coffee crawl—around the way from Young Blood, Twenty Below Coffee Co. is a regional standout.

Ohio: Press Coffee, Dayton

Industry vet Brett Barker launched this near-perfect spot in Dayton’s historic Oregon neighborhood as a showcase for his favorite roasters, eventually bringing things in-house, with the founding of Wood Burl Coffee. The switchover made a terrific café a proper destination—one of the most studiously attentive to detail you will find in the state.

Also try For the best Ohio morning ever, in any weather, stop at Heartwood Coffee Roastery in Cleveland-adjacent Hudson, then disappear onto the trails of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, next door. As if you needed more proof that incredible coffee can happen anywhere, nowadays, Branch Street Coffee Roasters, in a strip mall outside of hardscrabble Youngstown, offers more. Down in Columbus, seek out the sleek, twin locations of Fox in the Snow, while in Cincinnati, Ferrari Bros. Barber & Coffee is a vintage family business, now being nudged (ever so sensitively) into the present day.

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