There’s grabbing a quick box-brand coffee and there’s a morning cup o’ joe from a place that roasts their own beans. It could be the difference between a so-so cup and an exceptional one. Over the years I’ve found myself drawn to local spots that feature in-house roasting. That being said, I’m thrilled to loop you in on some splendid RI ones I’ve bean to.
Stopping in to pick up coffee at this popular shop means you’ll probably catch a glimpse of the owner and proprietor Don roasting beans by hand and in small batches. Coastal also has Insta-worthy water views to enjoy while you’re sipping. Tiverton
Their carefully crafted java – made from organic, sustainable beans roasted in house – has such a dedicated following that former Rhode Islanders proudly post about going out of their way to grab coffee here on return trips. Also ethically sourced, the owners set up nonprofit Coffee Kids, and more recently The Coffee Trust, after seeing the extreme poverty faced by coffee farmers in Central America to help better the lives of hard-working growers. Providence
With origins as the charming coffee shop on the first floor of Galapagos Boutique in Charlestown, which CEO David Lanning’s wife owns, now Dave’s Coffee is a ubiquitous Rhode Island name, with their signature Coffee Syrup found across the state. The business boasts a Narragansett roastery, two espresso bars, and wholesale operations. Charlestown & Providence
These roasters emphasize building connections with coffee cooperatives and smaller farms in Central America, as well as single-origin roasts sourced from a specific grower, crop, or region – all practices that have garnered a passionate Rhody fan base. Over the last 20 years, New Harvest has evolved from a humble set up in Rumford to a roastery at Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket and coffee bar at the Arcade to an upcoming space at the Farm Fresh Food Hub in Providence. Pawtucket & Providence
Maybe you’ve passed their roasting shed on the way inside for a hot or iced coffee, where they famously have over 21 different flavors on tap. I have, but only recently learned that TLC has a master roaster on the premises who sources their beans from organic, sustainable growers around the globe and even developed a special process that allows both their lighter and heavier notes to shine through. West Kingston
Specializing in ethically sourced coffees from around the world, Newtowne is a favorite among neighborhood locals and coffee aficionados alike. Tucked away in a plaza on Post Road, this shop is known for consistently delicious java, an extensive selection of freshly roasted beans, and a knowledgeable staff. North Kingstown
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