Happy National Espresso Day!

photo: The Coffee Compass

November 23 is national espresso day here in the US. Glad tidings to all who celebrate.

If you’re looking to joyfully slug back some of that dark brown nectar today, here are some cafés I highly recommend (basically, all those places that have received The Coveted Asterisk of Quality from my guide):

Ozo Coffee Company, Boulder, CO
Corvus Coffee Roasters, Denver, CO
Crema Coffee House, Denver, CO (Larimer Street)
Huckleberry Roasters, Denver, CO (Dairy Block)
Pablo’s Coffee, Denver, CO (13th & Pennsylvania)

Arethusa a mano, Bantam, CT
Coffee Pedaler, New Haven, CT
J. Rene Coffee Roasters, West Hartford, CT

The Station on Kings, Lewes, DE

Baked & Wired, Washington, DC
Blue Bottle Coffee, Washington, DC (Georgetown, Union Market, and Union Station)
Bluestone Lane, Washington, DC (West End)
Café Unido, Washington, DC
The Coffee Bar, Washington, DC (Shaw; Downtown)
The Coupe, Washington, DC
Culture Coffee Too, Washington, DC
Dolcezza Gelato & Coffee, Bethesda, MD and Washington, DC (Dupont)
Doubles (formerly Colony Club), Washington, DC
Dua Coffee DC, Washington, DC
Emissary, Washington, DC (both locations)
Filter, Washington, DC
Grace Street Coffee, Washington, DC
La Colombe (NYC Tribeca; Philadelphia, Dilworth Plaza; Washington DC, Farragut)
Little Red Fox, Washington, DC (also at Politics & Prose bookstore’s cafe)
Lost Sock Roasters, Washington, DC
Open City, Washington, DC
Peregrine Espresso, Washington, DC (Eastern Market and Union Market)
Qualia Coffee, Washington, DC (Petworth)
Royal, Washington, DC
Sami’s Coffee Kiosk, Washington, DC relocated to pop-up at Sol Mexican Grill
Sweet Science Coffee, Washington, DC and Arlington, VA
Swings Coffee Roasters, Washington, DC (G St coffee house) & Alexandria, VA
Tryst, Washington, DC
The Wydown, Washington, DC (14th Street)

Chattahoochee Coffee, Atlanta, GA (Westside)

Bee Coffee Roasters, Indianapolis, IN (Downtown Cafe)


Brown Mustache Coffee, Annapolis, MD
Curate, Annapolis, MD
Greenmount Coffee Lab, Baltimore, MD
Basecamp Coffee Company, Cumberland, MD
Weather Gage Coffee, Easton, MD
Whole Note Coffee, Easton, MD
Ibiza Cafe, Frederick, MD
Vigilante Coffee Company, Hyattsville and College Park, MD
La Gelatteria, Kensington, MD
The Patio, Glenstone, Potomac, MD
Bump ‘n Grind, Silver Spring, MD, & roastery Kensington, MD
Kaldi’s Social House, Silver Spring, MD & Arlington, VA
The Blue Crab, St. Michaels, MD
Takoma Bev Co, Takoma Park, MD

Turnstile Coffee Roasters, Belmar, NJ
La Tabatiere, Closter, NJ
Crema, Jersey City, NJ

Hungry Ghost Coffee, Brooklyn, NY (Prospect Heights)
Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Brooklyn, NY (Cobble Hill) and Portland, OR (Ace Hotel Portland)
Otto’s Market, Germantown, NY
Culture Espresso, New York, NY (72 W 38th St)
La Casa del Caffe, The Bronx, NY (my top choice)

High Five, Asheville, NC (both locations)

Kittie’s Cafe, Bexley, OH
Fox in the Snow Cafe, Columbus, OH (Italian Village, German Village)
Global Gallery, Columbus, OH
The Roosevelt Coffeehouse, Columbus, OH

Vero Espresso House, Eugene, OR
Wandering Goat Coffee Co, Eugene, OR
Dog River Coffee, Hood River, OR
Coava Coffee Roasters, Portland, OR (Coava on Jefferson)
Good Coffee, Portland, OR (Woodlark)
Heart Coffee Roasters, Portland, OR (Westside)
Kainos Coffee, Portland, OR
Proud Mary Coffee, Portland, OR
Espresso 101, Waldport, OR

Elixr, Philadelphia, PA (Center City)
ReAnimator Coffee, Philadelphia, PA (Garden Court; Kensington; South Philly)
Rival Bros. Coffee Roasters, Philadelphia, PA (2400 Lombard)
Ultimo Coffee, Philadelphia, PA (Rittenhouse)
Redhawk Coffee, Pittsburgh, PA (120 Meyran Ave)
Tazza D’Oro, Pittsburgh, PA (Highland Park)

Bolt Coffee Company, Providence, RI (College Hill)
The Coffee Exchange, Providence, RI

The Rise Coffee Bar, Charleston, SC

Mocha Joe’s Roasters, Brattleboro, VT
The Cosmic Grind, Burlington, VT
PK Coffee, Waterbury, VT
Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea Co., Waterbury, VT

Northside Social, Arlington and Falls Church, VA
The Lab by Alchemy Coffee, Richmond, VA
Hopscotch Coffee & Records, Winchester, VA

Fremont Coffee Company, Seattle, WA
Monorail Espresso, Seattle, WA (Pike St)
Victrola Coffee Roasters, Seattle, WA (3rd & Pine)

Sibling Coffee Roasters, Charles Town, WV
Lost Dog Coffee and Tea, Shepherdstown, WV

Wonderstate Coffee (formerly Kickapoo Coffee), Milwaukee, WI (Third Ward)

Quantum Coffee, Toronto, Canada (King Street West)

Coco Espresso, Hong Kong (Wan Chai, Stanley Street Central) 
Cova, Hong Kong (Pacific Place mall, Alexandria House, Prince’s Building)

3fe, Dublin, Ireland (Grand Canal Street)
Coffeeangel, Dublin, Ireland (TCD)
The Fumbally, Dublin, Ireland
Nomad Mobile Cafe, Dublin, Ireland

Raw Coffee Company, Dubai, UAE

and if you’re in Australia or Italy, go pretty much anywhere with an espresso machine

One thought on “Happy National Espresso Day!”

  1. What a fantastic resource! Thanks for doing the hard work of drinking all that great coffee.

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