Anchorage, Alaska was ranked as the second most caffeinated city in the country by NBC. With so many cold days, it’s not exactly a surprise that Alaska takes their coffee seriously. There is no shortage of drive-in coffee shacks and cozy cafés sprinkled all across the state.
With fair trade, single origin beans, pour-over coffees, and espresso drinks available almost any time of day, these are our top 10 picks for the coolest coffee shops in the state.
Get your buzz on, a quick fix of art, and great company. Jitters has the perfect low-key feel with art from different local artists hanging on the walls each month. The ham and cheese croissant and a cappuccino to start a slow weekend morning is highly recommended.
Sophisticated and minimalist, Steamdot specializes in pour-over, single origin coffees. Some of the most accomplished baristas in the state have cut their teeth in the various locations around Anchorage, and they can design your latte as easily as they can explain the differences between Rwanda and Costa Rican beans.
Set in what was once a small church in the coastal town of Seward, the cloudy weather that the coast sees for so much of the year is complemented perfectly by the high frosted windows of this beautiful coffee shop. Shop the beautiful art, hung floor-to-ceiling, and settle into the pew-style benches and learn how beautiful a cloudy day can be.
Located right near the Chena River banks in Fairbanks, bask in the midnight sun while sipping great espresso under the brightly-colored walls. For coffee lovers traveling through the arctic, this cafe is not to be missed!
Once known as Cafe Del Mundo, but rebranded as Black Cup in 2015, this is a true original in the thriving Alaska coffee scene. Doug, head roaster, hand picks single origin coffees from around the world, and lovingly concocts incredible espresso blends for their state-of-the-art espresso bar. Sidle up and chat with the friendly baristas while they pull the best espresso you can get in Alaska.
Positive vibes, great coffee, and organic growth in the heart of Alaska. Homer’s famous K Bay Caffé does everything they can to support fair trade practices, and to spread the word of great coffee in the last frontier. By far the best roasted beans in the state, you can enjoy their coffees both in Homer at their flagship cafe, or at Middle Way Café in Anchorage, if you’re visiting but can’t make the drive. It’s a must-hit on the Alaska coffee tour.
The undisputed King of Alaska Coffee, the Kaladi brand has even spread beyond the borders of the last frontier to open locations in Seattle and Colorado. They supply the largest numbers of independent coffee shops in Alaska with high quality freshly-roasted beans, and it’s almost impossible to roll into one of their many cafes without seeing a line. They specialize in lattes, and they do it beautifully.
A hip cafe located in the center of the sleepy ski town of Girdwood, grab a latte after hitting the slopes. And you’ll get absolutely lost among the kitsch, classic video games, hilarious comics and photos plastering the walls.
Juneau might not be known for its coffee culture, but Heritage Coffee Roasting is at the center of the city, and a must-stop for any caffeine junky stopping by the state’s capitol. Hand-roasted beans sourced from around the world make this stop in Juneau not only the only option, but one to be sought out.
Vegan baked goods and single origin roasted coffee? Sign me up! The hip culture is flooding its way in to Alaska at last, and Vagabond Blues is its largest bastion outside of Anchorage! The Portobello panini paired with a vanilla latte is highly recommended, but there’s plenty of gourmet treats to choose from.