America's Best Coffee Bars
It’s been more than two decades since Starbucks started serving designer lattes in Seattle, and America’s obsession with coffee continues to grow as a new wave of independent, boutique cafés opens across the country. The mark of a great café isn’t just about a well-poured cup. Coffee snobs might not adore the chicory-spiced coffee at Café du Monde in New Orleans, but the atmosphere and location of the open-air café overlooking Jackson Square—and the powdered-sugar-covered beignets—are incredible.
There is stainless steel throughout the space, but chartreuse accents and a fun sculpture built out of bicycle rims prevent this "lab" from feeling sterile. Plus, approachable baristas are happy to explain different brewing techniques. The café, which has four more locations in the Phoenix-area, also sells "roaster’s choice" subscriptions, with hand-picked selections from roaster Paul Haworth home-delivered weekly, monthly or bi-monthly. cartelcoffeelab.com