From Baltimore to Hagerstown, here are some of the state's most beloved and unique coffee shops!
To quote Dunkin Donuts' famous adage, America really does run on coffee. Cafes and coffee shops can be found on every street corner, from Starbucks to the local mom-and-pop roastery. While the Pacific Northwest may be the coffee capital of the world, the buzz around Maryland coffee roasters can't be ignored. Need to get your fix? We've compiled a list of the five best coffee shops in Maryland for sustainable roasts, cozy ambiance, and of course, the perfect cup of joe.
Courtesy of Zeke's Coffee's Facebook page
In our opinion, a conversation on craft coffee isn't complete without mentioning Zeke's. They buck industry conventions by air-roasting their beans in small batches—10-30 pounds instead of the typical 150—resulting in the freshest flavor and taste. Swing by their cafe for all-day breakfast or grab some coffee to go. We recommend The Charm City Blend, a hodge-podge of different beans mixed with their signature Italian Roast. Non-Baltimore residents can get their caffeine hit at their Pittsburgh and D.C. cafes.
Address: 4719 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD
Courtesy of Dublin Roasters Coffee's website
Dublin Roasters Coffee
This eclectic cafe offers a peaceful respite from the usual chain coffee shops. They serve organic, fair-trade coffee air-roasted to perfection along with a variety of beverages like espresso, hot tea, and kombucha. Craving caffeine? Patrons can go bottomless with a $3 small or large coffee. Local art adorns the walls for a cozy ambiance, including from countries like Guatemala and Ecuador, where they source their beans. They also welcome meetups, so bring your next book club or sewing circle to their cafe!
Address: 1780 N Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701
Courtesy of Rooster Moon Coffeehouse's Facebook page
Rooster Moon Coffeehouse
Located in the Longmeadow Shopping Center, this artsy coffee shop is a hidden gem. They offer freshly-brewed Raven's Brew Coffee and an assortment of teas, smoothies, tea lattes, and more. They also serve all-day breakfast and lunch—customers rave about their breakfast sandwiches and fresh-baked pastries! While you're there, stop by their gift shop and browse funky artisanal goods, including their lovely selection of Polish pottery.
Address: 1551 Potomac Avenue, Hagerstown, MD 21742
Courtesy of Rise Up Coffee Roasters' Facebook page
Rise Up Coffee Roasters
Former Peace Corp member and coffee addict Tim Cureton started Rise Up in a dilapidated trailer. Now with seven locations across Maryland and Delaware, they've become the go-to ethical coffee roaster. Their St. Michael's location is the OG spot, featuring a double-sided drive-thru and full food/drink menu. Try any of their signature roasts or treat yourself to their coffee smoothie, available in flavors like white mocha and caramel!
Address: 1216 St. Michaels Road, St. Michaels, MD 21663
Courtesy of Vigilante Coffee's Facebook page
Vigilante comes from the Latin word "Vigilare," or "to keep awake," which is a fitting name for this socially-conscious cafe. They infuse this philosophy into their small-batch brews and attractively-minimalist coffee shops across Maryland and D.C. Visit their Hyattsville roastery for perk-you-up coffee standards, like espresso and cold brew, bagels, and antioxidant-packed acai bowls. Their sustainable beans can also be found in College Park and a pop-up at D.C.'s Eastern Market on Sundays.
Address: 4327 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, MD 20781
What are your go-to stops for coffee? Hit us up in the comments with your favorite places!