Procuring quality java while in an unfamiliar city can be a challenge. But even outside of coffee meccas like Seattle and Portland, there are micro-roaster-operated cafes serving up delicious brews from coast-to-coast. Expect to see award-winning baristas tamping espresso, and even the occasional in-store roaster. Whether brewed with a French press or a laboratory-style pour-over, this coffee is worth getting out of bed for. Here are 15 of America's best indie coffee shops—where you may just be sipping the next Big Thing.
By Kristine Hansen