Beans Beyond Compare
Let's get one thing out of the way: There is nothing really wrong with Starbucks coffee. They brought good beans to the masses. But if you care — truly care — about brewing a great cup of coffee, there are so many great roasters out there you could be trying instead. Many are far from the big coastal coffee cities like Seattle, San Francisco, and New York, but all of them sell freshly roasted beans online, making it easy to discover varieties you may never otherwise taste. For the devout drinker, most also offer subscription services as well. And all of them operate hometown coffee shops where you can sit, sip, and savor — and maybe get the chance to learn from the roaster themselves. Our list is by no means exhaustive, but according to coffee pros and travel experts we consulted, these 10 coffee roasters are brew up something good.