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.
One of the original boutique coffee roasters, Stumptown has been leading the coffee revolution in Portland since 1999 and now operates nine locations coast-to-coast. The lofty Division Street café in Portland features an in-house roaster for small batches of coffee, bar seating and a garage door that opens out onto the sidewalk in warm weather. Baristas extract the house blend Hair Bender using several methods, from traditional press pots and espresso machines to the latest vacuum pots, pour-overs and Chemex devices. stumptowncoffee.com