Fodor’s Travel, a division of Random House Publishing and “the world’s largest English language publisher of travel and tourism information,” has named its Top 15 Indie Coffee Shops in America. Milwaukee-based writer Kristine Hansen penned the feature, which includes Milwaukee’s very own Colectivo Coffee Roasters on the list. Hansen’s picks all include cafes that either have had barista competitors in the United States Coffee Championships, offer manual pour-over options, or a combination of the two.
There’s no shortage of “top” cafe lists making the rounds these days – most are loosely just thrown together, or draw reference from a hodgepodge of dubiously reputable sources. Hansen’s list seems deliberate, well-informed, and at times surprising – which is why we like it, although you’ll never catch us authoring something similar. We prefer to bait for clicks with cats and nudity, thank you very much.
Chicago, NYC, Los Angeles
Blue Bottle Coffee Company
NYC, San Francisco, Oakland
George Howell Coffee
Stumptown Coffee Roasters
Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, NYC
Brooklyn Roasting Company
Daylight Mind Coffee Company
Zoka Coffee Roasters and Tea Co.
Japan, Seattle, Kirkland
Let’s take a break from this list for a Fodor’s fun fact:
Not only was Eugene Fodor a renowned travel writer, he was also a decorated U.S. Army veteran, and aided in espionage during World War II. According to this article on NBCNews.com, Fodor’s accomplishments included “specializing in psychological warfare for the Americans and later providing cover for CIA operatives masquerading as travel writers for his guides.”
Back to the list:
MADCAP Coffee Company
Grand Rapids and Washington, DC
Handsome Coffee Roasters
Coffee By Design
Parisi Artisan Coffee
Buona Caffe Artisan Roasted Coffee
Read why these cafes were chosen here. Sprudge.com was in no way involved in the selection process, nor do we endorse its findings – we simply find the publication of this particular list to be of general interest. Please direct any and all complaints, angry emails, or threats to the following Sprudge.com staffer.
Photo: Kate Blackman, Parisi Coffee’s director, leads a cupping at their cafe in Kansas City.