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Where to Find a Great Cheap Cup of Coffee Across The Country

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Why pay for expensive Starbucks coffee when your city likely has a righteous and robust coffee house where you can do so much better? Deep, fresh, flavorful drip coffee shouldn't be more than $2 for a cup. Where can you find an affordable cup of Joe somewhere around you that's actually really good? Travel with us to superb little cafes all across America where the locals swear by their brew — which can be enjoyed for two bucks or less — and rave about them on social media and review sites.

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Angel's Coffee Island in Huntsville, Alabama
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Alabama: Angel's Coffee Island

Huntsville
A Tall-sized 16-ounce for $2.61 makes this 'Bama coffee spot a great find. Add to that, Angel's Coffee Island offer two free refills for dine-in customers, and boasts a tempting ice cream frozen drink menu too. Hungry? Try their house-made fresh fruit smoothies, wraps, salads and sandwiches.

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Kaladi Brothers Coffee
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Alaska: Kaladi Brothers Coffee

Anchorage
The hip Kaladi Brothers Coffee on Brayton Drive has a drive-thru and offers a cup of drip coffee made from fresh-roasted beans for $2. If you bring your own cup, you get 25 cents off, though your coffee will be served in a paper cup due to the pandemic. They also sell pastries and smaller noshes as well as bags of their fresh-roasted coffee and loads of home-brewing paraphernalia for the novice or well-appointed home barista.


The Coffee Shop in Gilbert, Arizona
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Arizona: The Coffee Shop

Gilbert
A landmark spot, The Coffee Shop offers a small drip coffee for $1.95, with refills running 50 cents a pour. A full menu for breakfast and lunch is posted daily including vegan options, plus they are well known for their house-made cinnamon rolls, baked treats, and cupcakes. This is considered a top hot spot for Arizona folks in the know.

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2 Twenty 1
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Arkansas: 2 Twenty 1

Little Rock
The signature drip coffee at 2 Twenty 1 is just $1.85 a mug, but get there for your breakfast jolt — it's served from 7 a.m. to noon. If you do show up later in the day, grab a smoothie or a tuna salad sandwich, or get your caffeine cold in an iced brew.

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Simone’s Coffee
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California: Simone's Coffee

Ventura
Beach-adjacent Simone's offers $1.95 fresh-brewed drip coffee plus espresso drinks, loose leaf teas, hand-crafted blends, milk shakes, and real fruit smoothies. They also serve baked goods, house-made granola, hand-crafted sandwiches and wraps and, though not open for indoor dining, the patio is open.

Coffee House 29
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Colorado: Coffee House 29

Windsor
At Coffee House 29, pure fruit smoothies, coffee drinks, and espresso are widely well reviewed as is the fresh roast drip coffee at $1.90 a cup. This cozy yet spacious spot has high-carb (and super tasty) small pastry bites and bagels that can be ordered with your java fix.

Cheshire Coffee in Cheshire, Connecticut
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Connecticut: Cheshire Coffee

Cheshire
The folks at Cheshire Coffee pride themselves on their quality beans, and they roast their own coffee and even bake their own croissants in house. They offer an array of pastries and breakfast foods, too. Their 12-ounce fresh-roasted drip coffee goes for $2.15.

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BrewHaha
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Delaware: BrewHaha

Wilmington
Inspired by Italian coffee houses, BrewHaha roasts their own coffee beans and serves a variety of hot and cold coffees, sandwiches, and salads. People particularly rave about their selection of cold sandwiches, especially the hummus and mozzarella wraps. Breakfast is an array of freshly made pastries and other small bites. Their fresh-brewed small drip coffee is $2.10, and while there's no indoor dining right now, you can order online for pickup.

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Downtown Credo Coffee Shop in Orlando, Florida
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Florida: Downtown Credo Coffee Shop

Orlando
This is the first location of a local "chain" of nonprofit coffee shops where you set the price based on what you can afford. Downtown Credo's beans are high quality and fair-trade sourced from small farms in Central America. The coffee is roasted locally and their reviews for the quality drip coffee served up are superb. No food available, it is a coffee spot only.


Daddy Cate’s Coffees
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Georgia: Daddy Cate's Coffees

Brunswick
Daddy Cate's Coffees scores with fresh-brewed premium drip coffee at $1.99 for a medium-size cup. They also offer made-to-order breakfast sandwiches and scones, croissants, muffins, cinnamon rolls, biscotti, and bagels. Lunch offerings are traditional sandwich classics including a savory hot dog menu, too.


Rainbeau Jo's in Lihue, Hawaii
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Hawaii: Rainbeau Jo’s

Lihue
This beloved truck, nestled inside a warehouse near Kauai's airport, pours a 12-ounce cup of locally sourced, micro-roasted organic coffee for just $2 — a bargain considering Hawaii's brews can fetch much more. Run by the charming couple Beau and Jo, Rainbeau Jo's also serves up espresso drinks, cold brew, smoothies made with local fruit, granitas that blend espresso, ice cream and other ingredients, plus locally made bagels. And there are plenty of games and hula hoops to keep kids and adults entertained.


Flying M Coffee House in Boise, Idaho
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Idaho: Flying M Coffee House

Boise
A local landmark, the "M" has a 12-ounce cup of fresh-roast drip coffee that runs $1.65 at this small local chain, which boasts in-house roasted coffee beans. The Flying M also has a great selection of fresh juice, small pastries, and bagels, and you can order coffee beans and curated gift packages online for delivery, too.

Damn Fine Coffee Bar in Chicago, Illinois
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Illinois: Damn Fine Coffee Bar

Chicago
Damn Fine serves coffee from the local roaster Halfwit as well as specialty coffees from different roasters from around the country. A small drip coffee is $2. They serve Spirit Tea and fresh-baked pastries from Chicago's Floriole Bakery and vegan donuts from Do Rite Donuts.

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Calvin Fletcher’s Coffee Company
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Indiana: Calvin Fletcher's Coffee Company

Indianapolis
There's a lot to love about this non-profit coffeehouse. Drip coffee from fresh-roasted beans runs $2.50, and their array of coffee drinks is equally lower in cost than the big chains. Small bites, freshly made pastries and even a lunch sandwich of fresh chicken salad on a croissant make Calvin Fletcher's Coffee Company a must-do in Indy.


Magpie Coffeehouse
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Iowa: Magpie Coffeehouse

Decorah
Magpie is a great little cafe in downtown Decorah created by a defecting Californian in 2008. They offer $1.50 cups of freshly brewed house-roast coffee and loads of fresh breakfast items, plus house-made soups and sandwiches and vegan options like black bean burgers dressed with avocado, too.


Arrow Coffee
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Kansas: Arrow Coffee

Manhattan
Arrow Coffee is truly an eclectic hangout cafe with free Wi-Fi that serves freshly brewed drip for $2.50 and features all the fancy coffee trendy drinks you could want to order. They also serve up cocktails and feature small bites. A tasty bonus is their in-house bakery churning out scones, french macarons, muffins and cinnamon rolls from scratch. Order online for pickup or delivery.

Left Bank Coffeehouse
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Kentucky: Left Bank Coffeehouse

Covington
In the historic Licking Riverside district of Covington, the Left Bank Coffeehouse serves $1.50 cups of house brew from the finest locally roasted coffees. There's also an array of coffee drinks, tea selections, and an assortment of breakfast items and baked goods.

Congregation Coffee Roasters
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Louisiana: Congregation Coffee Roasters

New Orleans
Great for coffee, boudin, fresh pastries, and fun merchandise, this local gem roasts in-house. The folks at Congregation Coffee Roasters also support their local community in various charitable ways. House-made rice pudding and butter and cheese baguettes are served up with $2.75 house blend coffee, making Congregation a great NOLA coffee house find. 


Bohemian Coffee House
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Maine: Bohemian Coffee House

Brunswick
Bohemian Coffee House serves freshly roasted coffee and espresso drinks. Pastries are baked in-house daily and a medium 12-ounce house brew drip coffee is under $2. They offer delicious baked goods, soups, smoothies, and highly rated fancier coffee drinks as well.


Order & Chaos Coffee in Baltimore, Maryland
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Maryland: Order & Chaos Coffee

Baltimore
Order & Chaos is a quirky fun coffee shop that offers quality coffee and a cup of fresh-brewed drip for $2.10. They also offer oat milk as a milk substitute, plus muffins, pastries, breakfast sandwiches, and their famous "walking waffles." and healthier small snacks. 

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Marylou's Coffee in Quincy, Massachusetts
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Massachusetts: Marylou’s Coffee

Quincy
Pretty in pink, Marylou's excels in an area of the country absolutely dominated by Dunkin' Donuts. Their basic cup of house brew is $1.80 and they offer an extensive array of coffee drinks — hot and cold — plus Red Bull frozen blends. Also for sale are fresh, locally made pastries and treats, and you can buy a bag of fresh-roasted beans to take home, too.

Live Oak Coffeehouse
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Michigan: Live Oak Coffeehouse

Midland
They offer French-press coffees and all the usual suspects. A fresh cup of house brew runs $2.40. At Live Oak, well-reviewed, locally-roasted coffee is also for sale by the bag. Renowned for their freshly baked treats like quiche, chocolate chip cookies, and you can get smaller noshes, too, like housemade granola bars called No Nonsense bars that are vegan and gluten free.

The Goodness Coffee House
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Minnesota: The Goodness Coffee House

Willmar
The Goodness Coffee House brews up local roaster Peace Coffee's fair trade, organic coffee, and a cup of medium roast, dark roast, or decaf starts under $2. You can score a grilled cheese sandwich, a piled-high bagel with lox and all the fixings, grilled Cuban sandwich or just have a giant fresh muffin with your bargain Joe.

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Finest Grind Coffee House in Ocean Springs, Mississippi
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Mississippi: Finest Grind Coffee House

Ocean Springs
Finest Grind Coffee House serves up a cup of fresh-brewed drip coffee for $1.95. They also sell artisan baked goods and fresh sandwiches, salads, and desserts. There are Mighty Leaf teas and other non-coffee drinks, too.

Bean Counter Cafe
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Missouri: Bean Counter Cafe

Blue Springs
The food menu at Bean Counter Cafe goes from biscuits and sausage gravy and thick Belgian waffles to a ham and cheese quiche. Local produce and home-grown vegetables and herbs are used in their eclectic breakfast and big lunch menu along with their popular roasted coffee selections. A cup of freshly-brewed drip coffee starts at $2.75.


Zocalo Coffee House in Bozeman, Montana
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Montana: Zocalo Coffee House

Bozeman
An artsy establishment, Zocalo Coffee House offers up a 12-ounce cup of freshly brewed drip coffee for $1.50. The inviting brick-walled cafe serves basic coffee drinks, teas, scones, baked goods, and fresh cookies. Recenlty re-opened with pandemic protocols in place, they also serve craft beer and, when permitted, have Wi-Fi for their guests along with cribbage and other games.


The Mill Coffee and Tea
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Nebraska: The Mill Coffee and Tea

Lincoln
Freshly brewed selections of the day, whether it is flavored, regular, or a decaf cup, are $2.52, and an extra shot of espresso to add to any drink at The Mill is just 69 cents. Also offered are a selection of locally made, fresh croissants, muffins, scones, sandwiches, parfaits, wraps, chocolates, and more.


The World Famous Coffee Cup Café in Boulder City, Nevada
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Nevada: The World Famous Coffee Cup Café

Boulder City
For a thrifty $2, you get a refillable cup of fresh-roasted drip coffee at The World Famous Coffee Cup Café, which is beloved for its Americana decor and cultural memorabilia. This family-owned establishment has a huge egg-centric breakfast menu and a belt-popping lunch menu that covers all the favorites. Come hungry.

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White Mountain Gourmet Coffee
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New Hampshire: White Mountain Gourmet Coffee

Concord
White Mountain has a wide coffee-drink selection, Numi teas, and small bites including homemade affordable slices of quiche, baked goodies, and other treats. The brewed drip coffee comes in small, medium, or a large cup at prices a flinty frugal New Englander can appreciate.

The Treehouse Coffee Shop & Cafe in Audubon, New Jersey
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New Jersey: The Treehouse Coffee Shop & Cafe

Audubon
All the beans at this mom-and-pop cafe are roasted weekly by a local roaster in South Jersey who sources from organic, fair-trade farms. A cup of drip, fresh-roasted coffee runs $2 for 12 oz. up to $2.75 for a 24 oz. cup. Homemade baked goods, ice cream, and other desserts are also served up at the Treehouse Cafe

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Piñon Coffee House
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New Mexico: Piñon Coffee House

Albuquerque
A regular-sized drip coffee is just $1.95, but locals often pick up a breakfast burrito (you can choose between red or green chile and bacon, sausage, or vegetarian). Best of all, due to the pandemic there's a delivery option, though the drive-thru is still open.

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Undergrounds Coffee House and Roastery
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New York: Undergrounds Coffee House and Roastery

Buffalo
Undergrounds is an old funeral home converted into a coffee shop with a, wait for it, "creamation station," and they sell a rich cup of fresh-roasted brew for $2.20. Boasting an all-day breakfast menu and a lunch and salad plate menu plus gluten-free and vegan choices makes this cafe a great find. Open for outdoor seating and pickup, online ordering is suggested.

Moji Coffee and More
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North Carolina: Moji Coffee and More

Winston-Salem 
Moji Coffee and More is a non-profit coffee shop offering jobs to neurodiverse members of the community so you can feel good about your caffeine jolt. A small coffee is $2.25, and the smoothies, lattes, and baked goods get raves. Customers also enjoy the fun interior, art on the walls, coloring sheets, and colored pencils, but right now the coffee spot is currently only offering outdoor seating and curbside service. 


The Boneshaker Coffee Co.
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North Dakota: The Boneshaker Coffee Co.

Bismarck
The Boneshaker has drive-thru where you can order a fresh-roasted drip coffee for $1.85. Fresh pastries and treats are available as are grab-and-go lunches and breakfast sandwiches. Inside is a cozy atmosphere with Wi-Fi available.

Kafe Kerouac
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Ohio: Kafe Kerouac

Columbus
Kafe Kerouac is an alternative Wi-Fi cafe space selling thousands of records and books. They make and sell an assortment of coffee, baked goods, imported beer, wine by the glass or bottle and more. Their house coffee is locally roasted with fair-trade beans and ranges from $1.50 to $2 for a large cup. They also have whiskey and beer tastings.

The Red Cup in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Oklahoma: The Red Cup

Oklahoma City
The Red Cup has a solid vegan breakfast and lunch menu with simple things like freshly baked pastries and handcrafted oats to hummus dips, vegan chorizo mac and vegetable jambalaya. Their fair trade organic cup of fresh drip brew costs a mere $1.38.


The Governor's Cup Coffee Roasters in Salem, Oregon
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Oregon: The Governor’s Cup Coffee Roasters

Salem
The Governor's Cup coffee shop is known for its in-house roasted java, fresh pastries, and also features local art. Their cup of fresh-roasted drip brew costs $1.75. Indoor seating is available and masks are required.

Mean Cup in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Pennsylvania: Mean Cup

Lancaster
A small drip coffee at Mean Cup is $2. Mean Cup offers "grab & go" food options too, including seasonal sandwiches, salads, baked goods and desserts supplied by The Goodie Shoppe. Gluten-free options are provided by Amaranth Bakery. Croissants are baked by Ric's Bread.

Related: Where to Find a Good, Cheap Sandwich in Every State

The Shop in Providence, Rhode Island
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Rhode Island: The Shop

Providence
At The Shop, avocado toast is served with lime, chili flake, celtic sea salt, and durum or seeded multi-grain bread. Freshly baked muffins and breakfast breads including gluten-free options add to the eclectic smaller menu, and a rotating selection of single-origin, direct-trade coffees start at $2.25 a mug.


Drip Coffee
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South Carolina: Drip Coffee

Columbia
Drip is an independently owned local coffee shop that has vinyl records in the back room. A truly detailed and eclectic epicurean menu selection is complemented by a variety of local and international coffees and teas. A cup of drip coffee starts at $2.15. 

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Sweet Grass Eatery
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South Dakota: Sweet Grass Eatery

Wessington Springs
Located in a historic 100-year old building, Sweet Grass offers a great selection of fresh made-to order breakfast items, lunch offerings and even steak and seafood dinners at night make this eatery a well-rounded all day destination. Their premium drip coffee ranges from a 12-ounce cup for $1.35 to a 20-ounce cup for $1.85.

The Celtic Cup Coffee House
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Tennessee: The Celtic Cup Coffee House

Tullahoma
The Celtic Cup serves up "Auld World" scones, quiches, traditional breakfast breads and house-made soups and a variety of hot and cold sandwiches. The menu is larger than at most coffee spots. You can get a cup of freshly brewed coffee made with fair trade roasted beans direct from their roasters for $1.75.


Bennu Coffee
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Texas: Bennu Coffee

Austin
An independent cafe, Bennu Coffee is a 24-hour shop with locations in east and central Austin. Fair-trade coffee is served, and a cup of fresh brew begins at $1.90. They serve locally sourced food, and currently offer pickup and delivery. Fancier coffees include a personal French press service, seven signature gourmet mochas (including the Moby Dick, The Raven, and Great Gatsby mochas), espresso drinks, and trendy cold brew coffee.


Sunset Coffee Company in Sandy, Utah
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Utah: Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii

Salt Lake City
This Utah location was the first mainland location for the Hawaiian chain more than 20 years ago. Customers rave about everything from the coffee ice cubes used in cold drinks to the wide array of coffee blends and the signature lattes ranging from Monkey Mocha to Snickerlicious. A cup of coffee starts under $2, but you can also upgrade to Kona blend for slightly more.

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The Traveled Cup in St. Albans City, Vermont
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Vermont: Kestrel Coffee Roasters

Burlington
Kestrel Coffee Roasters serves up ethically sourced beans and drip coffee starts at $2.50, but don't overlook the homemade goodies like the egg sammie and the cinnamon rolls, which often have to be preordered. 


Lucky Cup
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Virginia: Lucky Cup

Virginia Beach 
At Lucky Cup a cup of freshly roasted brew coffee starts at $1.59, but you may not want to stop at a simple cup of joe. The shop also sells CBD-infused coffee beans as well as cupcakes, lemon bites, bagels, and more. 

North Town Coffeehouse
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Washington: North Town Coffeehouse

Yakima
Located in an old train station, the house drip coffee starts at $2.15 a cup, and they also have lots of non-coffee drinks and creamy, house-made gelato, too. North Town offers curbside seating, delivery, online ordering, and pickup. 

Almost Heaven Desserts & Coffee Shop
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West Virginia: Almost Heaven Desserts & Coffee Shop

Bridgeport
Almost Heaven is a quaint cafe with hot and cold lunch sandwiches and salads plus Italian-themed cookies and desserts like cannoli and freshly made layer cakes and cheesecakes. Their menu offers a wide selection of coffee and teas. A cup of fresh drip coffee starts at $2. Order online for pickup or delivery.


Colectivo
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Wisconsin: Colectivo

Madison
Colectivo's large sidewalk patio and second-level mezzanine is a spacious area to enjoy your coffee or sip Letterbox Fine Tea, sample treats from nearby Troubadour or order all-day breakfast, sandwiches, soups, salads while people watching. A freshly brewed 8-ounce drip coffee at this small chain costs $1.85. You can get your order for pickup or outdoor seating.

Paramount Cafe
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Wyoming: Paramount Cafe

Cheyenne
The Paramount Building is a former theater in downtown Cheyenne. The Paramount Cafe's fresh drip coffee is locally roasted and costs $1.95 for a 16-ounce cup. They also serve non-caffeinated drinks and small bites. The cafe offers pickup, online ordering, and carryout.


Soho Tea and Coffee
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Washington D.C.: Soho Tea and Coffee

A cup of coffee is just $1.95 at Soho Tea and Coffee, but you can also order lunch or breakfast, which get raves from customers for both generous sizing and tastiness. Straws are also biodegradable and they make the lox for their bagels themselves. Order either delivery, pickup, or dine on the outside patio if the weather permits.