A third wave of coffee has been sweeping over the world in the last decade, with great coffee fast becoming the norm. So, why not see where to find the best coffee shops in the world for 2020? Following on from last year’s list, we have some old favourites and new up-and-comers to get your caffeine fix from.
A whole range of passionate coffee enthusiasts have been redefining our expectations and educating both the consumers and other people entering the coffee industry. Those are the coffee shops we wanted to celebrate today. Some are big, and some are small, but they are all equally passionate about their product.
We looked to our audience for suggestions regarding their favourite coffee shops, as well as contributions from the Big 7 Travel editorial team.
*Editor’s note: due to ongoing lockdowns, please check with individual coffee shops for current opening hours and dine-in restrictions.
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While most roasters use their five senses to cultivate the ephemeral perfect roast, Paul Gallegos uses a sixth sense…his heart. Cutbow Coffee is helmed by Gallegos, who has roasted over 70 million pounds of gourmet coffee over the course of a 30-year career. On top of running their roastery, tasting room, and coffee bar with a passion that is infectious, they also donate a portion of their profits to Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance.
One of the oldest Micro-Roasters in South Africa, Colombo Coffee sources the finest green coffee from growers in Africa, South & Central America and Indonesia. Roasting each bean to its specific flavour profile ensures that perfect cup of coffee every single time. Whether you want a simply perfect espresso or a fancy Aeropress, you’ll find it all here.
Interested in trying some of the highest-quality coffee in Paris? Eventually, you’ll stumble upon Belleville Brûlerie, a specialty roaster in Paris supplying much of the city’s top roasts to hot cafes. At their La Fontaine de Belleville location they’ve combined modern coffee with antique Parisian cafe vibes to craft one superb experience. Tuck into a croque monsieur and a cappuccino for a flavourful morning.
Giyanti Coffee opened its doors in 2012, starting off with only a small space hiding behind a former Beauty Clinic.
Now one of the best coffee stores in the city, with in-house “roast masters” that are hugely experienced and passionate about sourcing only the very best beans. Their iced latte on a hot Jakarta day is one of life’s great pleasures.
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From your own personal favourite to something new and exotic, this Deventer coffee shop notes that they’ve got something to please any palate. They regularly offer 13 different coffees from all over the world for tasting and rotate them often. They roast them in small batches themselves, ensuring that they don’t lose any flavour in the process. The result? A wonderful cup of coffee each time you visit.
With four locations across the city, this dedicated coffee brand has a particularly pretty place in a local art centre. As well as making delicious traditional coffee, you can also order Chemex, V60 and Aeropress pour-overs.
They also hold live music evenings (piano, saxophone, jazz trio), DJ sets, drawing lessons and chess games in their various cafes.
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Their Australian-inspired restaurant, coffee roasting space and bakery makes for a delightful place to spend time. The Sum Of Us brings Aussie coffee to Dubai and it’s downright amazing.
The food is absolutely outstanding (brunch especially) and the coffee is the stuff of your dreams. Each blend and single origin coffee is artfully roasted in their in-house Micro Roastery for a flavourful cup.
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Gumption is an iconic Sydney, Australia coffee spot that recently opened its first US store in Industry City in Sunset Park. They roast their beans on premises in the 6,000 square foot industrial facility using a Loring Kestrel™ 35 kg roaster, for extra freshness.
On tap is their New York spec’d Hammer and Tongs coffee blend for regular drip, as well as milk-based espresso coffees.
It’s easy to see what make Brew Lab Coffee one of the best coffee shops in the UK, and even the world. This Edinburgh cafe has been serving the best coffee in the city since 2012. But, it’s about more than just great coffee here. The vibes are second to none, offering up a space that feels like more of a cocktail bar than a coffee bar. The menu features four rotating single-origin coffees which they’ll prepare at their espresso bar or as pour-overs.
Established Coffee is evidence that with enough passion, dedication, sweat and tears, even the most humble of beginnings can lead you to greatness. This small Belfast cafe is quickly growing; in 2020 they’ll begin to roast their own coffee, which only means that their already delicious offerings are only about to get better. The super local vibes and family environment make this easily one of the best coffee shops in Europe.
St. Ali Coffee Roaster were one of the early pioneers when it comes to great coffee in Melbourne, but just because they started early doesn’t mean they’re not still raising the roof. While they’ve expanded into other sub-brands and areas, it’s the original store down the laneway that still steals the heart most.
The founders set up Kaffeine after being inspired by the coffee culture in Australia and New Zealand. It’s an independently owned cafe and espresso bar with two locations just five-minutes walk from Oxford Circus or Tottenham Court Road. Their customers are all super advocates of the amazing brews they push across the counter on a daily basis.
La Viet is right in the heart of the coffee growing region of Da Lat, in Central Vietnam, so the beans here are fresh as can be. It’s a slick warehouse-style space whose whole bean coffee is made from hand-picked, carefully sorted and processed Arabica beans and comes in three roasting levels.
You can enjoy pourovers, slow drips and creamy lattes – it’s some of the best coffee in Asia.
Dineen Coffee Co. is a bit of a legend in Toronto. The boutique coffee shop feels equal parts upscale and laidback, serving up bright, airy vibes in a polished space that’s hard not snap a few photos of before enjoying your coffee. It’s the perfect place to get away from the madness of the city. Whether you’re enjoying one of their signature blends, a steeped tea, or a refreshing iced mocha, it’s all going to tantalise your taste buds.
Eighthirty is slowly but surely taking over the city with their perfectly roasted coffee. With five stores in Auckland, these espresso bars are a shining light in the city’s coffee scene and never let you down. They take their sourcing seriously and provide guests with some of the finest imported beans in the entire country. Stop by for a morning coffee and relax amongst the laid back settings.
It’s easy to see why Refuge Coffee is consistently one of the best coffee shops in the United States, year after year. In the town where the UN resettles a few thousand refugees every year, it’s uplifting to know that places like Refuge Coffee exist. They make giving back fun and cool. Their funky red coffee trucks serve amazing coffee and specialty drinks all over Atlanta, as well as offering mentorship and job training for refugees.
Fenster Cafe is quite possibly the cutest little coffee hatch in the world, which you’ll find in a small alley way. Despite the miniature set up, the owner also sells beans and is a wealth of knowledge and talent. And, while the coffee here is truly superior to other spots in the city, it’s the real community atmosphere they’ve created that makes it one of the best coffee shops in Europe. Good things come in small sizes.
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With three locations in Orlando, our favourite is still the original CREDO headquarters in College Park. It feels like someone dropped a direct-trade espresso bar into your living room. They operate an interesting name-your-price model, where you decide how much to pay for the coffee. And, they source direct-trade coffee from smaller farms while working hard to go above and beyond for the community, too.
Five Elephant Coffee strives for excellence is everything they do, from their exceptional coffee straight through to their mouthwatering cakes. While they source and ship their coffee worldwide, it’s their cafe and cake shop in Berlin that’s a must if you’re interested in sampling the label. Flavours are innovative and the staff are amongst some of the most knowledgable in the industry.
Petra Roasting Co. is centrally located in Istanbul and is a hip and trendy coffee shop. The coffees here are made with love by the baristas as the beans themselves are hand-roasted.
Come to this lively coffee shop for a morning latte and if you’re hungry, give one of their Turkish treats a try too.
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Equal parts cellar door and coffee shop, Dawn Patrol is a small batch specialty coffee roasters in McLaren Vale that only opens one day a week – but it’s worth the wait. Each Sunday from 9.30am – 4pm, you’ll find the coffee duo behind this unusual space holding free coffee tasting sessions, where you can taste their fresh roasts and listen to some tunes.
What’s not to love about a coffee shop that’s just as well-known for its chocolate as it is for its coffee? Yep, that’s right. At East Van Roasters you can treat yourself to super high-end chocolate as you sip some of the best coffee in Canada. To top off all of the sweetness, this charity-focused coffee shop even roasts its own beans. Is there anything that East Van Roasters doesn’t do well? The answer is no. They’re legends at it all.
This is a small coffee shop that packs in so much passion between their four walls with regards to coffee. Their staff are always open to sharing their passion and educating people. Once you taste a coffee here, it’ll be your go to Budapest coffee shop time and time again.
Run by a team that’s dedicated to always giving you the very best coffee and experience, VCR is a caffeine Mecca in the city. They’ve top-of-the-range coffee equipment and roast their own beans fresh every day. Plus, with two floors and outside seating, you’ll never be stuck for space.
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On a list dominated by independent coffee stores, many will be surprised to see Starbucks feature. Even more surprising is that it would be in Italy where coffee is like religion and a huge American interloper might not have been welcome. The trust is that this new “Starbucks Reserve” venue is so spectacular, so forward thinking and such an homage to coffee, that it’s quite simply one of the best coffee shops in Europe.
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Have you ever had espresso served in a champagne glass before? Yeah, didn’t think so. Well, you can try that elegant glass of espresso here in one of Tokyo’s hippest coffee joints.
For something lighter, try their americano or lattes. Grab your coffee and enjoy it on the go, as this coffee shop is located on the infamous Cat Street in Harajuku.
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They’ve gained international coverage as one of the best coffee shops in the world. Walking into the building is an experience in itself and each coffee blend is better than the next. The quality of the coffee here shines through in each and every drip of caffeinated goodness they produce.
Go Get Em Tiger (GGET) and G&B Coffee is a collection of baristas and roasters who now have four stores across LA. Each of the two owners have a United States Barista Championship title, so you know these guys are gonna make great coffee.
Their signature blend of coffee is rich and chocolatey, and is roasted to go perfectly in a cortado or flat white. Order a coffee flight if you’re feeling indecisive.
While you’re enjoying the panoramic views of the city from Cerro de Monserrate, pay a visit to La Varietale, one of the most colourful cafes in all of Colombia.
Along with being extremely warm and inviting, the coffee shop boasts the most extensive range of brewing methods that we’ve found in Bogotá. Immerse yourself in coffee culture and ask them to brew your coffee with an Aeropress, Chemex, V60, Syphon, or a variety of other methods.
With a rise in micro-roasters all around the state of Washington, it’s hard to make sense of where to get the perfect pour. However, the team at Camber Coffee will take good care of you; it’s made up of industry experts who’ve won awards at the Roasters Choice Competition and US Cup Tasters Championship. The focus is on bringing out the sweetness, balance, and flavours that are unique to each particular coffee. The result? Divine beyond belief. The trendy nature of the shop itself is just the cherry on top.
They have several locations across the city and a dedication to delivering pure perfection in a cup. Their name ties back to a mission to produce high quality coffee (read more here) and they’re certainly doing that in Bangalore via their brilliant staff.
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Artisanal, small-batch coffees are the specialty at George Howell Coffee. Owner George and his daughter Jenny work directly with coffee farms that share their interest in social responsibility and environmental sustainability. So, the beans are as ethical as they are tasty. They’ve got a few locations all over Boston, but the location inside of the Godfrey Hotel is particularly upscale and charming.
Satan’s Coffee Corner sure is modern and trendy for a place that evokes images of the depths of hell. Barcelona’s cool culture seeps into the corners of each and every one of this coffee shop’s locations and combined with “hellishly good coffee” to create a fantastic caffeine-filled experience. They’re brewing some of the best coffee in Spain, too, Right Side Coffee. So, it’s just spectacular from beginning to end.
Ask any European coffee expert where to get some of the world’s best coffee and they’ll absolutely drop Tim Wendelboe’s name. He’s single-handedly revolutionised Oslo’s coffee scene and helped drive the entire culture to a new level. Online ordering for take-home beans is a huge part of what they do here. But, it’s impossible to resist visiting the Oslo coffee shop. They’ve even got a unique on-site micro-roastery.
Ever heard the phrase that “coffee is like a warm hug in a cup?” At Never Coffee in Portland, you can truly taste a hug. Literally, it’s one of their signature drinks, featuring spicy cacao, smoked chillies, and cinnamon. As for the coffee shop itself, it looks as pretty as all of their drinks taste. Everything here is eccentric, inventive, and oh-so-trendy that it almost hurts. You’re going to want to order two of everything for sure.
You won’t find people more passionate about coffee and improving the whole coffee scene in the city than the folks in Yardstick. There’s some wonderful treats too, like their famous Salted Caramel and Lemon Curd waffles.
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Reuben Hills is a boutique micro roastery based in Surry Hills that’s been serving up outstanding coffee since 2012. They travel around the world to producing countries (origin), meeting the farmers, cupping their coffees and selecting beans so you can taste only the very best.
Plus, every Saturday (in ‘normal’ times!) at 10am you can join in for coffee cupping and tasting sessions at their Coffee Lab!
With so many choices for coffee shops in New York, it’s hard to cut through the noise and find a truly quality brew. Partner’s Coffee (formerly Toby’s Estate Coffee) is a small-batch roaster located in Brooklyn. Toby’s travelled the world sourcing coffee all while celebrating quality and complexity. They also believe in sourcing incredible single-origin coffee from farmers they respect. The result? A cup of coffee that’s as sustainable as it is tasty.
Anthracite Coffee is a favourite among the locals because of the great coffee and even better shop atmosphere. It has an industrial-type of feel inside the shop and there is plenty of seating to enjoy your coffee.
Order a regular cup of coffee here or go for one of their lattes that are known to be smooth, nutty, and a bit spicy.
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What’s not to love about the Coffee Collective? First of all, they’re a B Corporation. But, they also craft some of the most unique roasts in the country, if not the world. Selling filter coffee, equipment and espresso online, we suggest just going in to their Copenhagen location to sample all of their fine flavours. They’ll pull the perfect shot and top it off with just the right amount of creamy milk to create one hell of a latte.
A roastery and coffee shop where the owner Paul displays and conveys his pure passion for coffee on a daily basis. The sort of place that you come for a simple flat white and leave wanting to preach the coffee gospel to everybody you meet.
In short, it’s hands down the place to go for the best coffee in Eastern Europe.
There’s a lot that sets Workshop Coffee apart from the rest of the cafes in London. And, it begins with the fact that they’re quality-focused coffee roasters. From sourcing to roasting and finally brewing in one of their four brewshops, they truly take care of the details in everything they do. Add on the fact that their cafes are uber-trendy and it’s easy to see why they’re so popular amongst both locals and travellers alike.
Named after the legendary merchant Baba Budan who smuggled seven coffee seeds out of Yemen, this cute little coffee shop comes from the superb roastery Seven Seeds. The best experimental coffee brewers, micro roasters, green bean traders and country of origin specialists – Brother has it all.
Single-origin coffees, outstanding latte art and some retro-industrial vibes lure you into Pikolo Espresso Bar, without a doubt one of the best coffee shops in Canada. The trendy coffee bar is home to some of the friendliest staff you will ever come across. They work with local roasters, pairing their world-class beans with some of the tastiest homemade pastries. In short, they’re perfected the delightful pairing of superb coffee with delicious eats.
With multiple locations they are known for their motto of blending the perfect science and art, to create coffee drinks that are simply out of this world.
Coming to drink coffee here is like a semi-religious experience; it’s gonna make you never be able to look at another cup in the same way again. Absolutely world-class – it’s hands down the home of the best coffee in South America.
Mel Coffee Roasters is a specialty coffee shop in Shinmachi who serve Melbourne-inspired brews that are freshly roasted on a vintage 5kg Probat Roaster. The coffee itself is rich and comes in a variety of blends, and you can also attend coffee classes to learn all about the craft.
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Peixoto Coffee Roasters is one of the spots that made our list of the best coffee shops in the United States last year. And, it seems like people still can’t get enough of the beans here. Why? The coffee here comes from the owner’s family farm in Brazil, Fazenda Sao José da Boa Vista. At Peixoto (pronounced pay-sho-tow), they grow their own coffee, import it and roast it especially for the store. A true crop-to-cup experience that tastes incredible. It’s a sustainable family business that is an absolute delight.
Coffee experts around the world agree, The Barn is one of the best coffee shops in Europe, if not the entire world. They’ve been driving the specialty coffee movement in Berlin and beyond since 2010, pioneering what third-wave coffee means to producers and consumers. And, we still can’t stress enough…drinking coffee in their shop at the source is one of the greatest culinary experiences you’ll have in Berlin.
Fika culture is alive and well in Sweden, and if you’re interested in seeing what it’s all about, head to Drop Coffee Roasters. Upon entering the cafe, you’ll be welcomed by the delectable aroma of freshly-brewed coffee. They sell beans on-site here and run courses as well, so there’s no doubt that the baristas know exactly what they’re doing when they’re pulling your shots. Consistent quality across the board ensures they’re easily amongst the best of the best.
Simple Kaffa is the creation of a former Taiwan and World Barista Champion and they are famous in Taipei for their cappuccinos. We’re calling it for the 2nd year in a row: this coffee shop is world-class.
Its flagship store on bustling Zhongxiao East Road is a design dream, where art and coffee are combined. Get their Dark Brown Sugar Latte or their Cappuccino. Can’t go wrong with either!
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