35+ Places for Great Coffee in Connecticut: 2018 Edition

Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

When temperatures plummet, it’s the perfect time to warm up with a piping hot cup of joe!  These shops, restaurants, and markets serve up some of Connecticut’s best java, from espresso to cups to iced options.  Be sure to check out the pastries and other eats, too!


Shearwater Organic Coffee Roasters, Fairfield: Shearwater Coffee Bar opened in Fairfield's Brick Walk in June of 2017.  In a warm and inviting contemporary environment, coffee enthusiasts enjoy locally roasted, authentic tasting and totally organic coffee, espresso and cold-brew. Shearwater's skilled and passionate baristas are always friendly and ready to prepare your next perfect latte, cappuccino or pour-over coffee. With panoramic windows glowing with warm sunlight on every seat,  Shearwater is your destination to really enjoy coffee! Open 7 days a week at 1215 Post Road, The Brick Walk (next to MilkCraft), Fairfield, CT. Info:203-955-1098


Source Coffeehouse, Bridgeport: Source Coffeehouse blends craft coffee and community in Bridgeport’s Black Rock neighborhood and beyond. In addition to their beloved neighborhood coffee shop, owners Matt and Courtney Hartl have taken the show on the road with Source Coffeebus. New for 2018, Source Coffeebus now offers full espresso service for public and private events throughout Connecticut from April through December. For booking inquiries visit www.sourcecoffeebus.com 


Ada’s Kitchen + Coffee, Greenwich: Ada's Kitchen + Coffee is a chef-driven local eatery offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner to go, tasty treats, locally roasted artisan coffee…and, of course, candy. Located in a historic building in the heart of Riverside, CT, we offer scratch-made seasonal food, featuring fresh ingredients from local farms and purveyors. Our coffee is provided by Path Coffee Roasters in Port Chester, NY who roast their beans in small batches weekly and we grind every cup to order. At Ada's Kitchen + Coffee, you can get your favorite cup of coffee AND your favorite egg sandwich. What's not to love?


Bonjo Coffee, Stamford: BonJo Coffee not just your local coffee roaster but an A+ cup of
coffee made right here in Stamford, CT from start to finish. The cafe
has an array of coffee pairing options as well as the most popular item being coffee by the pound. 


Roost, Darien: The sister-store to Ada's Kitchen + Coffee in Riverside, Roost opened its doors in Darien in late January of 2018. Similar to Ada's, Roost is a chef-driven local eatery offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu also includes tasty sides and a kids menu to satisfy every member of the family. We offer scratch-made seasonal food, featuring fresh ingredients from local farms and purveyors. Our coffee is provided by Path Coffee Roasters in Port Chester, NY who roast their beans in small batches weekly and we grind every cup to order. Roost is a much needed addition to the Darien coffee and food scene and our customers have welcomed us with open arms

Neat, Darien: Espresso Neat has a great espresso program,  they offer cupping classes, and some excellent baked goods and snack. 

Lorca, Stamford, Greenwich: Churros and Coffee? What a fantastic combination! Lorca's in Stamford and Greenwich is the spot for you.

Giv Coffee, Canton: Giv Coffee's Roastery & Cafe is located in Canton, CT, where they make espresso-based drinks in a La Marzocco espresso machine. Light eats and snacks are sold as well.

The Granola Bar, Stamford, Greenwich, Westport: The Granola Bar is famous for their breakfast offerings, but they also serve some delicious java... that is made from a double head purple La Marzocco coffee machine!

Redding Roasters, Bethel: Redding Roasters is located on Greenwood Avenue in Bethel. Patrons are greeted immediately by a carafe of coffee to sample and a chalk board listing the single bean origins available for purchase that day.

Zumbachs Coffee, New Canaan: Zumbach's in New Canaan roasts about 250 pounds of coffee a day! It is both a coffee bar and roaster, selling its coffee by the cup as well as selling beans.

G Café & Bakery, Branford: G Cafe and Bakery, with locations in Branford and New Haven, makes artisanal breads and serves other breakfast items. And what goes better with that than their freshly roasted coffee?

Coffee Barn, Wilton: The java at Coffee Barn Wilton is roasted with 100% renewable energy.

Tusk & Cup, Ridgefield: Tusk & Cup Fine Coffee sits across the street from the Branchville train station in Ridgefield.

Dom’s Coffee, Avon: Dom's Coffee in Avon calls itself "a new, european-style coffee shop in the Farmington Valley."

Terrain, Westport: Terrain Home, Garden, and Café is a beautiful spot to grab a cup of coffee. They make use of local, organic ingredients and are known for their seasonal menu.

Steam, Westport: Steam Coffee Bar is convenient for commuters. They can be found at the Greens Farms train station.

SoNo Baking Company, Various: SoNo Baking Company is famous for their fresh breads and baked goods, but they also brew tasty coffee.

Cafe Dolce, Norwalk: Cafe Dolce in Norwalk views coffee beverages as an artisanal foodstuff and aspires to the highest culinary appreciation of coffee.

Donut Crazy, Multiple locations: Coffee and Donuts are a match made in heaven! Donut Crazy, with multiple locations in Connecticut, serves up outrageous donuts and tasty java.

Stew Leonard’s, multiple locations: Stew Leonard's has coffee available by the cup, iced and hot. They also sell their beans in whole or ground form and in fun flavors like Chocolate Truffle, Cookie Dough, and Hazelnut.

Raus CoffeeVictoria Station, Putnam: Raus coffee, founded by Donny Raus, is inspired by Café Vita in Seattle. They offer quality iced coffee that will even impress coffee purists.

J. Rene Coffee, West Hartford: J. Rene in West Hartford is meant to be a "Third Space," or a space beyond the workplace and home where people can socialize and build community. They have an espresso bar, coffee by the cup, and an assortment of pastries. 

Tisane, Hartford: Tisane in Hartford has an entire section of their drinks menu devoted to "Coffee Cordials." Try their traditional java with touches of Kahlua, Bailey's, rum, tequila, and more.

Coffee Pedaler, New Haven: The Coffee Pedaler, located on East Street in New Haven, is open for breakfast and lunch. From cold brew to espresso to cups of joe, they have something for all kinds of coffee lover.

Blue State, New Haven: Blue State Coffee has three locations in New Haven and one in Hartford. They strive to donate to give back to the community, minimize environmental impact, and serve premium coffee.

Willoughby’s, Branford: Willoughby's in Branford has always enjoyed a great reputation, but recently two of their coffees made the CoffeeReview.com Top 30 Coffees of 2017!

Common Grounds, Branford: The coffee beans at Common Grounds in Branford are sourced from around the world and roasted fresh every day.

Hartford Baking Company, Hartford: he new Hartford Baking Company location, on Farmington Avenue in West Hartford Center, offers artisanal bread, sandwiches, pastries, and a really excellent coffee program. Stumptown Coffee is used for all the brews and Giv Coffee Roasters provides all the espresso beans. 

Klekolo World Coffee, Middletown: Klekolo, a Woman-Owned and independently operated coffeehouse, has been serving Organic Coffee since 1994. In addition to their storefront in Middletown, their coffee and gear is available for purchase online.

Koffee?, New Haven: In addition to offering coffee, Koffee? in New Haven has "kocktails!" Try classics like the Irish Coffee or Espresso Martini, or spring for something more festive like the "Bourbon Squishee" or "Fireside Tea."

Vault Coffee Roasters, Mystic: Vault Coffee Roasters is located in Old Mystic Village. Purchase their coffee to make at home, or order hand-pulled espressos, cappuccinos, specialty lattes, drip coffees and chai from the cafe.

Fussy Coffee, New Haven: Beautiful single source coffee, alongside seasonal specialty coffees, and a great breakfast menu including crepes, breakfast burritos and more. These guys seriously care about what they do here.

Arethusa a Mano, Bantam: Arethusa is known for their dairy products and they opened Arethusa a Mano, a coffee shop, as another way to highlight their ingredients. They use java from Stumptown Coffee Roasters.

Ashlawn, Old Saybrook: Ashlawn Farm Coffee in Old Saybrook started with the focus of saving a family farm. Today, they are known for their coffee, but also for their mouth-watering pastries, salads, soups, sandwiches.

Rebel Dog, Plainville: Rebel Dog Coffee is a strong advocate for direct trade coffee and their mission is to support the local community and its vendors. They just celebrated 1 year! 

Winfield Street Coffee & Deli: This deli known for outrageous sandwiches, recently added a  marzocco espresso machine to their Westport store. They partnered with Counter Culture Coffee and their new coffee director, Konstantin, has a great new coffee program as well as specialty coffee drinks and coffee mocktails.