Ah, imagine starting your day the right way with the proverbial steaming hot cup of joe. Whether you're new to the coffee game or not, there's no denying this booming mega-industry. Trendy coffee shops clutter nearly every corner, from local cafes to big chains.
Whether you're a novice coffee drinker or an expert at ordering a complicated drink to make your barista sweat, you've surely been curious about where to go to get a good latte. Or an extra-foam-non-fat cappuccino, if you like it. Grab your beverage, and let's have a look at 10 upscale cafe chains that aren't Starbucks.
10 Dunkin Donuts
Long considered one of Starbucks' biggest rivals, Dunkin Donuts is the East Coast alternative to eat a great pastry and quaff a nice cup of coffee. The franchise is found in major cities worldwide. In recent years, Dunkin Donuts has done some rebranding and joined the upscale coffee market with new beverages like a nitro-infused cold brew on tap, and symbolically dropping the "donut" out of its name. Grab your favorite donut, from classic to glazed to filled, muffin, bagel or breakfast sandwich and snuggle up with a great cup of brewed coffee.
9 Intelligentsia Coffee
Intelligentsia Coffee is known for its direct trade policy and excellent craftsmanship of a perfectly balanced cup of coffee. They roast their beans in-house and are dedicated to making a delicious blend from start to finish.
8 Stumptown Coffee Roasters
This gourmet roastery and cafe is based out of Portland, Oregon. Stumptown Coffee has been taking the United States by force. You can currently find Stumptown cafes in major cities like Portland, Seattle, New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Chicago. This conscious coffee roaster can also be found in a partner cafe brewing their beans or even in some grocery stores. Stumptown Coffee serves nice flaky and tasty pastries, a rich and full espresso, and more than anything, they serve a delicious medium roast coffee they care about.
7 Blue Bottle Coffee
They're so dedicated to making sure customers have their perfect cup, that they maintain their history of matching customers with their ideal coffee through online quizzes and recommendations. With locations in the US, and abroad, you will have many opportunities to see what Blue Bottle fans are raving about.
6 Peets Coffee
Originally founded in Berkeley, California in 1966 by a Dutchman raised in the coffee industry, Peet's Coffee was first a whole-bean store, but eventually grew to become a cafe. Peet's was bought by a former Starbucks owner in the 1990s, and can now be found in many states across North America. Peet's Coffee beans are also sold in supermarkets and can be bought online. This mega-chain also sells Mighty Leaf Tea, frozen coffee beverages and many food items to ensure anyone hungry or thirsty can find something they will enjoy.
5 The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
This cozy cafe was got its start in Southern California in the 1960s but has since blossomed into a global company with locations in 32 countries around the world.
Whether you're in North America, South America, Asia, Europe or Africa, you can find a Coffee Bean cafe serving hot and iced coffee beverages, teas, and iced blended drinks to fit anyone's needs. The Coffee Bean also has a large food menu that varies from country to country. Stop in a location today and see what this mega-chain is all about.
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3 Philz Coffee
Founded in San Francisco's Mission District, Philz Coffee has been dedicated to making great coffee for its customers since the 1970s. Philz is credited as having taken part in the third wave coffee movement, that is to say, bringing a more artisanal vibe to coffee production and enjoyment. Philz coffee can be found in California, as well as Washington D.C. and Chicago. What you're sure to find at Philz is a quality beverage made with care from start to finish, and a company that cares about its coffee drinkers.
2 PJ's Coffee Of New Orleans
PJ's Coffee was founded in 1978 in New Orleans, by Phyllis Jordan, who is described as a coffee pioneer. This cafe can be found in many locations across the U.S., and also internationally in Vietnam and Kuwait. PJ's has an extensive menu with standard espresso drinks, as well as smoothies and other blended bevies.
They also have a cold-drip process for their iced coffees that they're very proud of. If you're in Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Maryland, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Texas, find a location to sample a tasty coffee.