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Keep an eye out for these coffee chains when you need a cup of Joe on your next trip abroad

Best Coffee Chains Around the World

Keep an eye out for these coffee chains when you need a cup of Joe on your next trip abroad.

Aroma Espresso Bar

Aroma, opened about 20 years ago, was the first espresso bar in Israel. There are now more than 100 branches around the world, including some in the U.S.,, Canada, and Ukraine. You won’t find crazy coffee concoctions here; Aroma is more about perfecting timeless coffee classics. The chain is also respected for frequently employing special-needs employees in their locations across the globe.

Café Coffee Day

Café Coffee Day is an Indian café chain that started in 1996 in the city of Bangalore (now Bengaluru). There are now more than 1,000 Café Coffee Day locations across India, and it has also made its way to a few other cities around the world, including Karachi, Dubai, Vienna, and Prague. Run as a friendly local neighborhood café, Café Coffee Day has as its stated goal to rival the quality of worldwide chains like Starbucks, but remain affordable, keeping its shops an option for locals even at a lower income level.

Caffebene

Caffebene began in Korea and has had an extremely successful breakthrough year here in the U.S. The first store opened in South Korea in 2008, and today there are 23 in the U.S. and over 1,400 worldwide. Aside from providing quality coffee, Caffebene locations offer guests a respite from the fast-paced lifestyle of major international cities. Across the globe at the various locations, you’ll find unique and seasonal menu offerings, cozy ambiance, and a laid-back style reminiscent of European coffee shops.

Caffè Nero

Based in London, this European-style coffee chain was founded in 1990. There are now over 600 locations worldwide, including Cyprus, Poland, Turkey, Ireland, various parts of the Middle East, and the United States. The chain is known for working mainly with Fair Trade farmers, and for offering a personal touch: the barista who takes your order will always be the one who makes your coffee and then serves it to you.

Cinnzeo

A Canadian chain based in Calgary, Cinnzeo now has locations in 20 countries including Canada, the U.S., Mexico, the U.K., Chile, and throughout the Middle East and Southeast Asia. The brand got its start as a franchise of a cinnamon roll chain and then went on to become its own company, expanding worldwide. Cinnzeo is still known for having awesome cinnamon buns, in addition to an array of coffees and coffee concoctions.

Costa Coffee

Perhaps to the U.K. what Starbucks is to America (and, well, everywhere), Costa has been around since the 1970s, becoming the largest coffee chain in Great Britain and employing the country's only three Italian Master Roasters. There are now Costa locations in 35 countries, where specialized coffee varieties are offered.

Gloria Jean's

This chain was started in Chicago in 1979 as a small coffee and gift shop, but is now owned by a company based in Singapore, making it a truly international effort. Gloria Jean's is now found in 39 international locations worldwide. It is particularly popular in Australia, home to almost half of its 1,000-plus locations.

Juan Valdez Café

Colombian coffee, said to be the richest in the world, is honored by this chain named after a fictional coffee grower invented for use in Columbian coffee commercials in 1958. The chain launched in 2002 in Bogotá. Today, besides Colombia, Juan Valdez may be found in Aruba, Mexico, Spain, Panama, Ecuador, Chile, Peru, and three American cities — Miami, New York City, and Washington, D.C.

Lavazza

Let’s be honest: no one does coffee better than the Italians. Lavazza was founded in Turin in 1895, and the brand, now world-renowned, is still owned by the Lavazza family. Lavazza has locations in eight countries, meanwhile remaining the leading coffee in Italy.

Nairobi Java House

This Kenyan chain is a great local coffee brand that’s been around for over a decade; in fact, it was the first real coffeehouse in that region. Before this brand launched, it was rare for the "good" coffee to be kept in-country; Kenya's famous beans were mostly for export. The chain is not only popular for its variety of Kenyan coffees and teas, but home-baked bread and free wireless Internet access, neither of which are common in the area either.


8 Best Local Coffee Chains Around The World

Chances are you can&rsquot avoid the airport Starbucks run. But once you&rsquove landed at your final destination, there&rsquos no reason to settle for a big box coffee seller if you don't want to. Cities around the world have spawned their own little coffee chains &ndash and chainlets &ndash so that you don&rsquot have to hunt down a decent cup of craft-roasted coffee all day. If you&rsquore headed to any of the following places, it shouldn&rsquot be too hard to find out where the cool kids caffeinate.

Philadelphia: La Colombe Torrefaction
Co-owned by outspoken coffee purist, reality TV star and Food Republic coffee power rankings fixture Todd Carmichael, the Philly-based craft roaster now has more than a dozen locations spread across New York, Chicago, D.C. and even Seoul, Korea. You might recognize Carmichael from his extreme-coffee Travel Channel show Dangerous Grounds. Or, if you&rsquore a real coffee geek, you know that he threw his considerably more mature hat into the ring of younguns competing in the Northeast Brewer&rsquos Cup earlier this year and &mdash to everyone&rsquos surprise &mdash won.

The Bay Area: Blue Bottle Coffee
This cult Bay Area coffee chain and roastery was started just a little over a decade ago by self-proclaimed coffee lunatic James Freeman. He enlisted his pastry chef wife Caitlin to provide edibles for the endeavor and the venture now has a dozen cafés around the Bay Area and New York City, a coffee cookbook and a just-released signature espresso blend by former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy.

Santa Cruz: Verve Coffee Roasters
Founded in 2007 by a couple of thirty-something friends, Verve now has three coffee bars in Santa Cruz and another coming to Los Angeles. Colby Barr and Ryan O&rsquoDonovan have earned praise for the traceability, sustainability and quality of their coffees. But among the locals in Santa Cruz, Verve is known as the place to go for a &ldquoone and one,&rdquo a shot of espresso with a macchiato, balanced on a plate and ordered off the menu.

Calgary: Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters
As an early adapter of third-wave coffee culture in Canada, the company was founded by, yes, two friends named Phil and Sebastian. They quit their jobs as engineers to pursue their passion for coffee. The first café opened in 2007 and, since then, they&rsquove added a handful more throughout Calgary. You can also find beans roasted by Phil & Sebastian in cooler coffee bars across Canada.

Chicago: Intelligentsia Coffee
You don&rsquot have to live in Chicago to know this Chicago-based coffee company. Its beans are sold around the country and it now has nearly a dozen locations around the Chicago, Los Angeles and New York areas. Founder Doug Zell was an early pioneer of the direct-trade model and one of the first to bring single-origin beans to American coffee drinkers. But Intelligentsia also has a pretty impressive tea program. It&rsquos called Kilogram and includes house blends of white, green, oolong, black and herbal teas.

New York: Gimme! Coffee
Based in Ithaca, N.Y., this craft roaster now has half a dozen coffee bars around the New York City and Finger Lakes areas, but you are likely to be served Gimme! coffee in a number of other New York establishments. With anti-establishment sounding blends like the Fracktivist organic blend and Leftist espresso, the company has made a name for itself and even earned Roast magazine&rsquos macro roaster of the year title in 2013.

London: Monmouth Coffee
In a nation of tea drinkers, Monmouth made waves as early as 1978 when it started roasting coffee beans in the basement of its shop on Monmouth Street in Covent Garden. Today, it has three locations throughout London, offering carefully sourced coffees from top coffee farms and cooperatives around the world. It also prides itself on serving organic whole Jersey milk from Somerset and organic whole cane sugar from Costa Rica.

Australia: Toby&rsquos Estate Coffee
In Australia, Toby&rsquos Estate is something of an institution. It has been craft roasting beans since 1998, which can be found in dozens of cafés around the country. It also operates four signature coffee bars around Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne that specialize in direct-trade single-origin beans and blends, fancy latte art and beautifully built flat whites, which is sort of like an Australian latte, but better. In the last few years, the company has expanded beyond Oz to Singapore and New York.


8 Best Local Coffee Chains Around The World

Chances are you can&rsquot avoid the airport Starbucks run. But once you&rsquove landed at your final destination, there&rsquos no reason to settle for a big box coffee seller if you don't want to. Cities around the world have spawned their own little coffee chains &ndash and chainlets &ndash so that you don&rsquot have to hunt down a decent cup of craft-roasted coffee all day. If you&rsquore headed to any of the following places, it shouldn&rsquot be too hard to find out where the cool kids caffeinate.

Philadelphia: La Colombe Torrefaction
Co-owned by outspoken coffee purist, reality TV star and Food Republic coffee power rankings fixture Todd Carmichael, the Philly-based craft roaster now has more than a dozen locations spread across New York, Chicago, D.C. and even Seoul, Korea. You might recognize Carmichael from his extreme-coffee Travel Channel show Dangerous Grounds. Or, if you&rsquore a real coffee geek, you know that he threw his considerably more mature hat into the ring of younguns competing in the Northeast Brewer&rsquos Cup earlier this year and &mdash to everyone&rsquos surprise &mdash won.

The Bay Area: Blue Bottle Coffee
This cult Bay Area coffee chain and roastery was started just a little over a decade ago by self-proclaimed coffee lunatic James Freeman. He enlisted his pastry chef wife Caitlin to provide edibles for the endeavor and the venture now has a dozen cafés around the Bay Area and New York City, a coffee cookbook and a just-released signature espresso blend by former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy.

Santa Cruz: Verve Coffee Roasters
Founded in 2007 by a couple of thirty-something friends, Verve now has three coffee bars in Santa Cruz and another coming to Los Angeles. Colby Barr and Ryan O&rsquoDonovan have earned praise for the traceability, sustainability and quality of their coffees. But among the locals in Santa Cruz, Verve is known as the place to go for a &ldquoone and one,&rdquo a shot of espresso with a macchiato, balanced on a plate and ordered off the menu.

Calgary: Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters
As an early adapter of third-wave coffee culture in Canada, the company was founded by, yes, two friends named Phil and Sebastian. They quit their jobs as engineers to pursue their passion for coffee. The first café opened in 2007 and, since then, they&rsquove added a handful more throughout Calgary. You can also find beans roasted by Phil & Sebastian in cooler coffee bars across Canada.

Chicago: Intelligentsia Coffee
You don&rsquot have to live in Chicago to know this Chicago-based coffee company. Its beans are sold around the country and it now has nearly a dozen locations around the Chicago, Los Angeles and New York areas. Founder Doug Zell was an early pioneer of the direct-trade model and one of the first to bring single-origin beans to American coffee drinkers. But Intelligentsia also has a pretty impressive tea program. It&rsquos called Kilogram and includes house blends of white, green, oolong, black and herbal teas.

New York: Gimme! Coffee
Based in Ithaca, N.Y., this craft roaster now has half a dozen coffee bars around the New York City and Finger Lakes areas, but you are likely to be served Gimme! coffee in a number of other New York establishments. With anti-establishment sounding blends like the Fracktivist organic blend and Leftist espresso, the company has made a name for itself and even earned Roast magazine&rsquos macro roaster of the year title in 2013.

London: Monmouth Coffee
In a nation of tea drinkers, Monmouth made waves as early as 1978 when it started roasting coffee beans in the basement of its shop on Monmouth Street in Covent Garden. Today, it has three locations throughout London, offering carefully sourced coffees from top coffee farms and cooperatives around the world. It also prides itself on serving organic whole Jersey milk from Somerset and organic whole cane sugar from Costa Rica.

Australia: Toby&rsquos Estate Coffee
In Australia, Toby&rsquos Estate is something of an institution. It has been craft roasting beans since 1998, which can be found in dozens of cafés around the country. It also operates four signature coffee bars around Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne that specialize in direct-trade single-origin beans and blends, fancy latte art and beautifully built flat whites, which is sort of like an Australian latte, but better. In the last few years, the company has expanded beyond Oz to Singapore and New York.


8 Best Local Coffee Chains Around The World

Chances are you can&rsquot avoid the airport Starbucks run. But once you&rsquove landed at your final destination, there&rsquos no reason to settle for a big box coffee seller if you don't want to. Cities around the world have spawned their own little coffee chains &ndash and chainlets &ndash so that you don&rsquot have to hunt down a decent cup of craft-roasted coffee all day. If you&rsquore headed to any of the following places, it shouldn&rsquot be too hard to find out where the cool kids caffeinate.

Philadelphia: La Colombe Torrefaction
Co-owned by outspoken coffee purist, reality TV star and Food Republic coffee power rankings fixture Todd Carmichael, the Philly-based craft roaster now has more than a dozen locations spread across New York, Chicago, D.C. and even Seoul, Korea. You might recognize Carmichael from his extreme-coffee Travel Channel show Dangerous Grounds. Or, if you&rsquore a real coffee geek, you know that he threw his considerably more mature hat into the ring of younguns competing in the Northeast Brewer&rsquos Cup earlier this year and &mdash to everyone&rsquos surprise &mdash won.

The Bay Area: Blue Bottle Coffee
This cult Bay Area coffee chain and roastery was started just a little over a decade ago by self-proclaimed coffee lunatic James Freeman. He enlisted his pastry chef wife Caitlin to provide edibles for the endeavor and the venture now has a dozen cafés around the Bay Area and New York City, a coffee cookbook and a just-released signature espresso blend by former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy.

Santa Cruz: Verve Coffee Roasters
Founded in 2007 by a couple of thirty-something friends, Verve now has three coffee bars in Santa Cruz and another coming to Los Angeles. Colby Barr and Ryan O&rsquoDonovan have earned praise for the traceability, sustainability and quality of their coffees. But among the locals in Santa Cruz, Verve is known as the place to go for a &ldquoone and one,&rdquo a shot of espresso with a macchiato, balanced on a plate and ordered off the menu.

Calgary: Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters
As an early adapter of third-wave coffee culture in Canada, the company was founded by, yes, two friends named Phil and Sebastian. They quit their jobs as engineers to pursue their passion for coffee. The first café opened in 2007 and, since then, they&rsquove added a handful more throughout Calgary. You can also find beans roasted by Phil & Sebastian in cooler coffee bars across Canada.

Chicago: Intelligentsia Coffee
You don&rsquot have to live in Chicago to know this Chicago-based coffee company. Its beans are sold around the country and it now has nearly a dozen locations around the Chicago, Los Angeles and New York areas. Founder Doug Zell was an early pioneer of the direct-trade model and one of the first to bring single-origin beans to American coffee drinkers. But Intelligentsia also has a pretty impressive tea program. It&rsquos called Kilogram and includes house blends of white, green, oolong, black and herbal teas.

New York: Gimme! Coffee
Based in Ithaca, N.Y., this craft roaster now has half a dozen coffee bars around the New York City and Finger Lakes areas, but you are likely to be served Gimme! coffee in a number of other New York establishments. With anti-establishment sounding blends like the Fracktivist organic blend and Leftist espresso, the company has made a name for itself and even earned Roast magazine&rsquos macro roaster of the year title in 2013.

London: Monmouth Coffee
In a nation of tea drinkers, Monmouth made waves as early as 1978 when it started roasting coffee beans in the basement of its shop on Monmouth Street in Covent Garden. Today, it has three locations throughout London, offering carefully sourced coffees from top coffee farms and cooperatives around the world. It also prides itself on serving organic whole Jersey milk from Somerset and organic whole cane sugar from Costa Rica.

Australia: Toby&rsquos Estate Coffee
In Australia, Toby&rsquos Estate is something of an institution. It has been craft roasting beans since 1998, which can be found in dozens of cafés around the country. It also operates four signature coffee bars around Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne that specialize in direct-trade single-origin beans and blends, fancy latte art and beautifully built flat whites, which is sort of like an Australian latte, but better. In the last few years, the company has expanded beyond Oz to Singapore and New York.


8 Best Local Coffee Chains Around The World

Chances are you can&rsquot avoid the airport Starbucks run. But once you&rsquove landed at your final destination, there&rsquos no reason to settle for a big box coffee seller if you don't want to. Cities around the world have spawned their own little coffee chains &ndash and chainlets &ndash so that you don&rsquot have to hunt down a decent cup of craft-roasted coffee all day. If you&rsquore headed to any of the following places, it shouldn&rsquot be too hard to find out where the cool kids caffeinate.

Philadelphia: La Colombe Torrefaction
Co-owned by outspoken coffee purist, reality TV star and Food Republic coffee power rankings fixture Todd Carmichael, the Philly-based craft roaster now has more than a dozen locations spread across New York, Chicago, D.C. and even Seoul, Korea. You might recognize Carmichael from his extreme-coffee Travel Channel show Dangerous Grounds. Or, if you&rsquore a real coffee geek, you know that he threw his considerably more mature hat into the ring of younguns competing in the Northeast Brewer&rsquos Cup earlier this year and &mdash to everyone&rsquos surprise &mdash won.

The Bay Area: Blue Bottle Coffee
This cult Bay Area coffee chain and roastery was started just a little over a decade ago by self-proclaimed coffee lunatic James Freeman. He enlisted his pastry chef wife Caitlin to provide edibles for the endeavor and the venture now has a dozen cafés around the Bay Area and New York City, a coffee cookbook and a just-released signature espresso blend by former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy.

Santa Cruz: Verve Coffee Roasters
Founded in 2007 by a couple of thirty-something friends, Verve now has three coffee bars in Santa Cruz and another coming to Los Angeles. Colby Barr and Ryan O&rsquoDonovan have earned praise for the traceability, sustainability and quality of their coffees. But among the locals in Santa Cruz, Verve is known as the place to go for a &ldquoone and one,&rdquo a shot of espresso with a macchiato, balanced on a plate and ordered off the menu.

Calgary: Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters
As an early adapter of third-wave coffee culture in Canada, the company was founded by, yes, two friends named Phil and Sebastian. They quit their jobs as engineers to pursue their passion for coffee. The first café opened in 2007 and, since then, they&rsquove added a handful more throughout Calgary. You can also find beans roasted by Phil & Sebastian in cooler coffee bars across Canada.

Chicago: Intelligentsia Coffee
You don&rsquot have to live in Chicago to know this Chicago-based coffee company. Its beans are sold around the country and it now has nearly a dozen locations around the Chicago, Los Angeles and New York areas. Founder Doug Zell was an early pioneer of the direct-trade model and one of the first to bring single-origin beans to American coffee drinkers. But Intelligentsia also has a pretty impressive tea program. It&rsquos called Kilogram and includes house blends of white, green, oolong, black and herbal teas.

New York: Gimme! Coffee
Based in Ithaca, N.Y., this craft roaster now has half a dozen coffee bars around the New York City and Finger Lakes areas, but you are likely to be served Gimme! coffee in a number of other New York establishments. With anti-establishment sounding blends like the Fracktivist organic blend and Leftist espresso, the company has made a name for itself and even earned Roast magazine&rsquos macro roaster of the year title in 2013.

London: Monmouth Coffee
In a nation of tea drinkers, Monmouth made waves as early as 1978 when it started roasting coffee beans in the basement of its shop on Monmouth Street in Covent Garden. Today, it has three locations throughout London, offering carefully sourced coffees from top coffee farms and cooperatives around the world. It also prides itself on serving organic whole Jersey milk from Somerset and organic whole cane sugar from Costa Rica.

Australia: Toby&rsquos Estate Coffee
In Australia, Toby&rsquos Estate is something of an institution. It has been craft roasting beans since 1998, which can be found in dozens of cafés around the country. It also operates four signature coffee bars around Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne that specialize in direct-trade single-origin beans and blends, fancy latte art and beautifully built flat whites, which is sort of like an Australian latte, but better. In the last few years, the company has expanded beyond Oz to Singapore and New York.


8 Best Local Coffee Chains Around The World

Chances are you can&rsquot avoid the airport Starbucks run. But once you&rsquove landed at your final destination, there&rsquos no reason to settle for a big box coffee seller if you don't want to. Cities around the world have spawned their own little coffee chains &ndash and chainlets &ndash so that you don&rsquot have to hunt down a decent cup of craft-roasted coffee all day. If you&rsquore headed to any of the following places, it shouldn&rsquot be too hard to find out where the cool kids caffeinate.

Philadelphia: La Colombe Torrefaction
Co-owned by outspoken coffee purist, reality TV star and Food Republic coffee power rankings fixture Todd Carmichael, the Philly-based craft roaster now has more than a dozen locations spread across New York, Chicago, D.C. and even Seoul, Korea. You might recognize Carmichael from his extreme-coffee Travel Channel show Dangerous Grounds. Or, if you&rsquore a real coffee geek, you know that he threw his considerably more mature hat into the ring of younguns competing in the Northeast Brewer&rsquos Cup earlier this year and &mdash to everyone&rsquos surprise &mdash won.

The Bay Area: Blue Bottle Coffee
This cult Bay Area coffee chain and roastery was started just a little over a decade ago by self-proclaimed coffee lunatic James Freeman. He enlisted his pastry chef wife Caitlin to provide edibles for the endeavor and the venture now has a dozen cafés around the Bay Area and New York City, a coffee cookbook and a just-released signature espresso blend by former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy.

Santa Cruz: Verve Coffee Roasters
Founded in 2007 by a couple of thirty-something friends, Verve now has three coffee bars in Santa Cruz and another coming to Los Angeles. Colby Barr and Ryan O&rsquoDonovan have earned praise for the traceability, sustainability and quality of their coffees. But among the locals in Santa Cruz, Verve is known as the place to go for a &ldquoone and one,&rdquo a shot of espresso with a macchiato, balanced on a plate and ordered off the menu.

Calgary: Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters
As an early adapter of third-wave coffee culture in Canada, the company was founded by, yes, two friends named Phil and Sebastian. They quit their jobs as engineers to pursue their passion for coffee. The first café opened in 2007 and, since then, they&rsquove added a handful more throughout Calgary. You can also find beans roasted by Phil & Sebastian in cooler coffee bars across Canada.

Chicago: Intelligentsia Coffee
You don&rsquot have to live in Chicago to know this Chicago-based coffee company. Its beans are sold around the country and it now has nearly a dozen locations around the Chicago, Los Angeles and New York areas. Founder Doug Zell was an early pioneer of the direct-trade model and one of the first to bring single-origin beans to American coffee drinkers. But Intelligentsia also has a pretty impressive tea program. It&rsquos called Kilogram and includes house blends of white, green, oolong, black and herbal teas.

New York: Gimme! Coffee
Based in Ithaca, N.Y., this craft roaster now has half a dozen coffee bars around the New York City and Finger Lakes areas, but you are likely to be served Gimme! coffee in a number of other New York establishments. With anti-establishment sounding blends like the Fracktivist organic blend and Leftist espresso, the company has made a name for itself and even earned Roast magazine&rsquos macro roaster of the year title in 2013.

London: Monmouth Coffee
In a nation of tea drinkers, Monmouth made waves as early as 1978 when it started roasting coffee beans in the basement of its shop on Monmouth Street in Covent Garden. Today, it has three locations throughout London, offering carefully sourced coffees from top coffee farms and cooperatives around the world. It also prides itself on serving organic whole Jersey milk from Somerset and organic whole cane sugar from Costa Rica.

Australia: Toby&rsquos Estate Coffee
In Australia, Toby&rsquos Estate is something of an institution. It has been craft roasting beans since 1998, which can be found in dozens of cafés around the country. It also operates four signature coffee bars around Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne that specialize in direct-trade single-origin beans and blends, fancy latte art and beautifully built flat whites, which is sort of like an Australian latte, but better. In the last few years, the company has expanded beyond Oz to Singapore and New York.


8 Best Local Coffee Chains Around The World

Chances are you can&rsquot avoid the airport Starbucks run. But once you&rsquove landed at your final destination, there&rsquos no reason to settle for a big box coffee seller if you don't want to. Cities around the world have spawned their own little coffee chains &ndash and chainlets &ndash so that you don&rsquot have to hunt down a decent cup of craft-roasted coffee all day. If you&rsquore headed to any of the following places, it shouldn&rsquot be too hard to find out where the cool kids caffeinate.

Philadelphia: La Colombe Torrefaction
Co-owned by outspoken coffee purist, reality TV star and Food Republic coffee power rankings fixture Todd Carmichael, the Philly-based craft roaster now has more than a dozen locations spread across New York, Chicago, D.C. and even Seoul, Korea. You might recognize Carmichael from his extreme-coffee Travel Channel show Dangerous Grounds. Or, if you&rsquore a real coffee geek, you know that he threw his considerably more mature hat into the ring of younguns competing in the Northeast Brewer&rsquos Cup earlier this year and &mdash to everyone&rsquos surprise &mdash won.

The Bay Area: Blue Bottle Coffee
This cult Bay Area coffee chain and roastery was started just a little over a decade ago by self-proclaimed coffee lunatic James Freeman. He enlisted his pastry chef wife Caitlin to provide edibles for the endeavor and the venture now has a dozen cafés around the Bay Area and New York City, a coffee cookbook and a just-released signature espresso blend by former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy.

Santa Cruz: Verve Coffee Roasters
Founded in 2007 by a couple of thirty-something friends, Verve now has three coffee bars in Santa Cruz and another coming to Los Angeles. Colby Barr and Ryan O&rsquoDonovan have earned praise for the traceability, sustainability and quality of their coffees. But among the locals in Santa Cruz, Verve is known as the place to go for a &ldquoone and one,&rdquo a shot of espresso with a macchiato, balanced on a plate and ordered off the menu.

Calgary: Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters
As an early adapter of third-wave coffee culture in Canada, the company was founded by, yes, two friends named Phil and Sebastian. They quit their jobs as engineers to pursue their passion for coffee. The first café opened in 2007 and, since then, they&rsquove added a handful more throughout Calgary. You can also find beans roasted by Phil & Sebastian in cooler coffee bars across Canada.

Chicago: Intelligentsia Coffee
You don&rsquot have to live in Chicago to know this Chicago-based coffee company. Its beans are sold around the country and it now has nearly a dozen locations around the Chicago, Los Angeles and New York areas. Founder Doug Zell was an early pioneer of the direct-trade model and one of the first to bring single-origin beans to American coffee drinkers. But Intelligentsia also has a pretty impressive tea program. It&rsquos called Kilogram and includes house blends of white, green, oolong, black and herbal teas.

New York: Gimme! Coffee
Based in Ithaca, N.Y., this craft roaster now has half a dozen coffee bars around the New York City and Finger Lakes areas, but you are likely to be served Gimme! coffee in a number of other New York establishments. With anti-establishment sounding blends like the Fracktivist organic blend and Leftist espresso, the company has made a name for itself and even earned Roast magazine&rsquos macro roaster of the year title in 2013.

London: Monmouth Coffee
In a nation of tea drinkers, Monmouth made waves as early as 1978 when it started roasting coffee beans in the basement of its shop on Monmouth Street in Covent Garden. Today, it has three locations throughout London, offering carefully sourced coffees from top coffee farms and cooperatives around the world. It also prides itself on serving organic whole Jersey milk from Somerset and organic whole cane sugar from Costa Rica.

Australia: Toby&rsquos Estate Coffee
In Australia, Toby&rsquos Estate is something of an institution. It has been craft roasting beans since 1998, which can be found in dozens of cafés around the country. It also operates four signature coffee bars around Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne that specialize in direct-trade single-origin beans and blends, fancy latte art and beautifully built flat whites, which is sort of like an Australian latte, but better. In the last few years, the company has expanded beyond Oz to Singapore and New York.


8 Best Local Coffee Chains Around The World

Chances are you can&rsquot avoid the airport Starbucks run. But once you&rsquove landed at your final destination, there&rsquos no reason to settle for a big box coffee seller if you don't want to. Cities around the world have spawned their own little coffee chains &ndash and chainlets &ndash so that you don&rsquot have to hunt down a decent cup of craft-roasted coffee all day. If you&rsquore headed to any of the following places, it shouldn&rsquot be too hard to find out where the cool kids caffeinate.

Philadelphia: La Colombe Torrefaction
Co-owned by outspoken coffee purist, reality TV star and Food Republic coffee power rankings fixture Todd Carmichael, the Philly-based craft roaster now has more than a dozen locations spread across New York, Chicago, D.C. and even Seoul, Korea. You might recognize Carmichael from his extreme-coffee Travel Channel show Dangerous Grounds. Or, if you&rsquore a real coffee geek, you know that he threw his considerably more mature hat into the ring of younguns competing in the Northeast Brewer&rsquos Cup earlier this year and &mdash to everyone&rsquos surprise &mdash won.

The Bay Area: Blue Bottle Coffee
This cult Bay Area coffee chain and roastery was started just a little over a decade ago by self-proclaimed coffee lunatic James Freeman. He enlisted his pastry chef wife Caitlin to provide edibles for the endeavor and the venture now has a dozen cafés around the Bay Area and New York City, a coffee cookbook and a just-released signature espresso blend by former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy.

Santa Cruz: Verve Coffee Roasters
Founded in 2007 by a couple of thirty-something friends, Verve now has three coffee bars in Santa Cruz and another coming to Los Angeles. Colby Barr and Ryan O&rsquoDonovan have earned praise for the traceability, sustainability and quality of their coffees. But among the locals in Santa Cruz, Verve is known as the place to go for a &ldquoone and one,&rdquo a shot of espresso with a macchiato, balanced on a plate and ordered off the menu.

Calgary: Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters
As an early adapter of third-wave coffee culture in Canada, the company was founded by, yes, two friends named Phil and Sebastian. They quit their jobs as engineers to pursue their passion for coffee. The first café opened in 2007 and, since then, they&rsquove added a handful more throughout Calgary. You can also find beans roasted by Phil & Sebastian in cooler coffee bars across Canada.

Chicago: Intelligentsia Coffee
You don&rsquot have to live in Chicago to know this Chicago-based coffee company. Its beans are sold around the country and it now has nearly a dozen locations around the Chicago, Los Angeles and New York areas. Founder Doug Zell was an early pioneer of the direct-trade model and one of the first to bring single-origin beans to American coffee drinkers. But Intelligentsia also has a pretty impressive tea program. It&rsquos called Kilogram and includes house blends of white, green, oolong, black and herbal teas.

New York: Gimme! Coffee
Based in Ithaca, N.Y., this craft roaster now has half a dozen coffee bars around the New York City and Finger Lakes areas, but you are likely to be served Gimme! coffee in a number of other New York establishments. With anti-establishment sounding blends like the Fracktivist organic blend and Leftist espresso, the company has made a name for itself and even earned Roast magazine&rsquos macro roaster of the year title in 2013.

London: Monmouth Coffee
In a nation of tea drinkers, Monmouth made waves as early as 1978 when it started roasting coffee beans in the basement of its shop on Monmouth Street in Covent Garden. Today, it has three locations throughout London, offering carefully sourced coffees from top coffee farms and cooperatives around the world. It also prides itself on serving organic whole Jersey milk from Somerset and organic whole cane sugar from Costa Rica.

Australia: Toby&rsquos Estate Coffee
In Australia, Toby&rsquos Estate is something of an institution. It has been craft roasting beans since 1998, which can be found in dozens of cafés around the country. It also operates four signature coffee bars around Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne that specialize in direct-trade single-origin beans and blends, fancy latte art and beautifully built flat whites, which is sort of like an Australian latte, but better. In the last few years, the company has expanded beyond Oz to Singapore and New York.


8 Best Local Coffee Chains Around The World

Chances are you can&rsquot avoid the airport Starbucks run. But once you&rsquove landed at your final destination, there&rsquos no reason to settle for a big box coffee seller if you don't want to. Cities around the world have spawned their own little coffee chains &ndash and chainlets &ndash so that you don&rsquot have to hunt down a decent cup of craft-roasted coffee all day. If you&rsquore headed to any of the following places, it shouldn&rsquot be too hard to find out where the cool kids caffeinate.

Philadelphia: La Colombe Torrefaction
Co-owned by outspoken coffee purist, reality TV star and Food Republic coffee power rankings fixture Todd Carmichael, the Philly-based craft roaster now has more than a dozen locations spread across New York, Chicago, D.C. and even Seoul, Korea. You might recognize Carmichael from his extreme-coffee Travel Channel show Dangerous Grounds. Or, if you&rsquore a real coffee geek, you know that he threw his considerably more mature hat into the ring of younguns competing in the Northeast Brewer&rsquos Cup earlier this year and &mdash to everyone&rsquos surprise &mdash won.

The Bay Area: Blue Bottle Coffee
This cult Bay Area coffee chain and roastery was started just a little over a decade ago by self-proclaimed coffee lunatic James Freeman. He enlisted his pastry chef wife Caitlin to provide edibles for the endeavor and the venture now has a dozen cafés around the Bay Area and New York City, a coffee cookbook and a just-released signature espresso blend by former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy.

Santa Cruz: Verve Coffee Roasters
Founded in 2007 by a couple of thirty-something friends, Verve now has three coffee bars in Santa Cruz and another coming to Los Angeles. Colby Barr and Ryan O&rsquoDonovan have earned praise for the traceability, sustainability and quality of their coffees. But among the locals in Santa Cruz, Verve is known as the place to go for a &ldquoone and one,&rdquo a shot of espresso with a macchiato, balanced on a plate and ordered off the menu.

Calgary: Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters
As an early adapter of third-wave coffee culture in Canada, the company was founded by, yes, two friends named Phil and Sebastian. They quit their jobs as engineers to pursue their passion for coffee. The first café opened in 2007 and, since then, they&rsquove added a handful more throughout Calgary. You can also find beans roasted by Phil & Sebastian in cooler coffee bars across Canada.

Chicago: Intelligentsia Coffee
You don&rsquot have to live in Chicago to know this Chicago-based coffee company. Its beans are sold around the country and it now has nearly a dozen locations around the Chicago, Los Angeles and New York areas. Founder Doug Zell was an early pioneer of the direct-trade model and one of the first to bring single-origin beans to American coffee drinkers. But Intelligentsia also has a pretty impressive tea program. It&rsquos called Kilogram and includes house blends of white, green, oolong, black and herbal teas.

New York: Gimme! Coffee
Based in Ithaca, N.Y., this craft roaster now has half a dozen coffee bars around the New York City and Finger Lakes areas, but you are likely to be served Gimme! coffee in a number of other New York establishments. With anti-establishment sounding blends like the Fracktivist organic blend and Leftist espresso, the company has made a name for itself and even earned Roast magazine&rsquos macro roaster of the year title in 2013.

London: Monmouth Coffee
In a nation of tea drinkers, Monmouth made waves as early as 1978 when it started roasting coffee beans in the basement of its shop on Monmouth Street in Covent Garden. Today, it has three locations throughout London, offering carefully sourced coffees from top coffee farms and cooperatives around the world. It also prides itself on serving organic whole Jersey milk from Somerset and organic whole cane sugar from Costa Rica.

Australia: Toby&rsquos Estate Coffee
In Australia, Toby&rsquos Estate is something of an institution. It has been craft roasting beans since 1998, which can be found in dozens of cafés around the country. It also operates four signature coffee bars around Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne that specialize in direct-trade single-origin beans and blends, fancy latte art and beautifully built flat whites, which is sort of like an Australian latte, but better. In the last few years, the company has expanded beyond Oz to Singapore and New York.


8 Best Local Coffee Chains Around The World

Chances are you can&rsquot avoid the airport Starbucks run. But once you&rsquove landed at your final destination, there&rsquos no reason to settle for a big box coffee seller if you don't want to. Cities around the world have spawned their own little coffee chains &ndash and chainlets &ndash so that you don&rsquot have to hunt down a decent cup of craft-roasted coffee all day. If you&rsquore headed to any of the following places, it shouldn&rsquot be too hard to find out where the cool kids caffeinate.

Philadelphia: La Colombe Torrefaction
Co-owned by outspoken coffee purist, reality TV star and Food Republic coffee power rankings fixture Todd Carmichael, the Philly-based craft roaster now has more than a dozen locations spread across New York, Chicago, D.C. and even Seoul, Korea. You might recognize Carmichael from his extreme-coffee Travel Channel show Dangerous Grounds. Or, if you&rsquore a real coffee geek, you know that he threw his considerably more mature hat into the ring of younguns competing in the Northeast Brewer&rsquos Cup earlier this year and &mdash to everyone&rsquos surprise &mdash won.

The Bay Area: Blue Bottle Coffee
This cult Bay Area coffee chain and roastery was started just a little over a decade ago by self-proclaimed coffee lunatic James Freeman. He enlisted his pastry chef wife Caitlin to provide edibles for the endeavor and the venture now has a dozen cafés around the Bay Area and New York City, a coffee cookbook and a just-released signature espresso blend by former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy.

Santa Cruz: Verve Coffee Roasters
Founded in 2007 by a couple of thirty-something friends, Verve now has three coffee bars in Santa Cruz and another coming to Los Angeles. Colby Barr and Ryan O&rsquoDonovan have earned praise for the traceability, sustainability and quality of their coffees. But among the locals in Santa Cruz, Verve is known as the place to go for a &ldquoone and one,&rdquo a shot of espresso with a macchiato, balanced on a plate and ordered off the menu.

Calgary: Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters
As an early adapter of third-wave coffee culture in Canada, the company was founded by, yes, two friends named Phil and Sebastian. They quit their jobs as engineers to pursue their passion for coffee. The first café opened in 2007 and, since then, they&rsquove added a handful more throughout Calgary. You can also find beans roasted by Phil & Sebastian in cooler coffee bars across Canada.

Chicago: Intelligentsia Coffee
You don&rsquot have to live in Chicago to know this Chicago-based coffee company. Its beans are sold around the country and it now has nearly a dozen locations around the Chicago, Los Angeles and New York areas. Founder Doug Zell was an early pioneer of the direct-trade model and one of the first to bring single-origin beans to American coffee drinkers. But Intelligentsia also has a pretty impressive tea program. It&rsquos called Kilogram and includes house blends of white, green, oolong, black and herbal teas.

New York: Gimme! Coffee
Based in Ithaca, N.Y., this craft roaster now has half a dozen coffee bars around the New York City and Finger Lakes areas, but you are likely to be served Gimme! coffee in a number of other New York establishments. With anti-establishment sounding blends like the Fracktivist organic blend and Leftist espresso, the company has made a name for itself and even earned Roast magazine&rsquos macro roaster of the year title in 2013.

London: Monmouth Coffee
In a nation of tea drinkers, Monmouth made waves as early as 1978 when it started roasting coffee beans in the basement of its shop on Monmouth Street in Covent Garden. Today, it has three locations throughout London, offering carefully sourced coffees from top coffee farms and cooperatives around the world. It also prides itself on serving organic whole Jersey milk from Somerset and organic whole cane sugar from Costa Rica.

Australia: Toby&rsquos Estate Coffee
In Australia, Toby&rsquos Estate is something of an institution. It has been craft roasting beans since 1998, which can be found in dozens of cafés around the country. It also operates four signature coffee bars around Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne that specialize in direct-trade single-origin beans and blends, fancy latte art and beautifully built flat whites, which is sort of like an Australian latte, but better. In the last few years, the company has expanded beyond Oz to Singapore and New York.


8 Best Local Coffee Chains Around The World

Chances are you can&rsquot avoid the airport Starbucks run. But once you&rsquove landed at your final destination, there&rsquos no reason to settle for a big box coffee seller if you don't want to. Cities around the world have spawned their own little coffee chains &ndash and chainlets &ndash so that you don&rsquot have to hunt down a decent cup of craft-roasted coffee all day. If you&rsquore headed to any of the following places, it shouldn&rsquot be too hard to find out where the cool kids caffeinate.

Philadelphia: La Colombe Torrefaction
Co-owned by outspoken coffee purist, reality TV star and Food Republic coffee power rankings fixture Todd Carmichael, the Philly-based craft roaster now has more than a dozen locations spread across New York, Chicago, D.C. and even Seoul, Korea. You might recognize Carmichael from his extreme-coffee Travel Channel show Dangerous Grounds. Or, if you&rsquore a real coffee geek, you know that he threw his considerably more mature hat into the ring of younguns competing in the Northeast Brewer&rsquos Cup earlier this year and &mdash to everyone&rsquos surprise &mdash won.

The Bay Area: Blue Bottle Coffee
This cult Bay Area coffee chain and roastery was started just a little over a decade ago by self-proclaimed coffee lunatic James Freeman. He enlisted his pastry chef wife Caitlin to provide edibles for the endeavor and the venture now has a dozen cafés around the Bay Area and New York City, a coffee cookbook and a just-released signature espresso blend by former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy.

Santa Cruz: Verve Coffee Roasters
Founded in 2007 by a couple of thirty-something friends, Verve now has three coffee bars in Santa Cruz and another coming to Los Angeles. Colby Barr and Ryan O&rsquoDonovan have earned praise for the traceability, sustainability and quality of their coffees. But among the locals in Santa Cruz, Verve is known as the place to go for a &ldquoone and one,&rdquo a shot of espresso with a macchiato, balanced on a plate and ordered off the menu.

Calgary: Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters
As an early adapter of third-wave coffee culture in Canada, the company was founded by, yes, two friends named Phil and Sebastian. They quit their jobs as engineers to pursue their passion for coffee. The first café opened in 2007 and, since then, they&rsquove added a handful more throughout Calgary. You can also find beans roasted by Phil & Sebastian in cooler coffee bars across Canada.

Chicago: Intelligentsia Coffee
You don&rsquot have to live in Chicago to know this Chicago-based coffee company. Its beans are sold around the country and it now has nearly a dozen locations around the Chicago, Los Angeles and New York areas. Founder Doug Zell was an early pioneer of the direct-trade model and one of the first to bring single-origin beans to American coffee drinkers. But Intelligentsia also has a pretty impressive tea program. It&rsquos called Kilogram and includes house blends of white, green, oolong, black and herbal teas.

New York: Gimme! Coffee
Based in Ithaca, N.Y., this craft roaster now has half a dozen coffee bars around the New York City and Finger Lakes areas, but you are likely to be served Gimme! coffee in a number of other New York establishments. With anti-establishment sounding blends like the Fracktivist organic blend and Leftist espresso, the company has made a name for itself and even earned Roast magazine&rsquos macro roaster of the year title in 2013.

London: Monmouth Coffee
In a nation of tea drinkers, Monmouth made waves as early as 1978 when it started roasting coffee beans in the basement of its shop on Monmouth Street in Covent Garden. Today, it has three locations throughout London, offering carefully sourced coffees from top coffee farms and cooperatives around the world. It also prides itself on serving organic whole Jersey milk from Somerset and organic whole cane sugar from Costa Rica.

Australia: Toby&rsquos Estate Coffee
In Australia, Toby&rsquos Estate is something of an institution. It has been craft roasting beans since 1998, which can be found in dozens of cafés around the country. It also operates four signature coffee bars around Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne that specialize in direct-trade single-origin beans and blends, fancy latte art and beautifully built flat whites, which is sort of like an Australian latte, but better. In the last few years, the company has expanded beyond Oz to Singapore and New York.