Cream or Sugar? Our Favorite Local Coffee Spots

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Peaberry's Cafe
Manager Cindy Rowland says that Simsbury's independent local coffee shop is the perfect place to meet for lunch or curl up by the fireplace. Gourmet coffee and espresso drinks, fresh-squeezed lemonade, all-natural smoothies. For breakfast try a lox plate or a variety of breakfast sandwiches and pastries.
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Fresh, wholesome lunch menu includes sandwiches, panini, salads and soups. They offer a variety of homemade cookies and other desserts, free high-speed WiFi if you're the type to work with your coffee, and sandwich & dessert platters delivered. Home of Nitro Coffee! Check out their website here.
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Dom's Coffee
Dom's Coffee considers itself a new, European-style coffee shop in the Farmington Valley providing high-quality beverages and world-class customer service in a gorgeous atmosphere. If you're looking to enjoy a great cup of coffee while relaxing inside a bright, cheery cafe, this is your kind of place.
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Dom's Coffee
Their beans are provided by another local spot - j rené coffee roasters in West Hartford. As the wall at Dom's says "You can't buy happiness, but you can buy coffee, and that's pretty close." Learn more here.
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Blue State Coffee
Blue State Coffee is a socially conscious family business with eight cafés in Boston, Providence, New Haven, and Hartford. They roast their own coffee and offer house-made baked goods, sandwiches, breakfast items, soups, and salads.
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Blue State Coffee
As part of their mission, they donate 2 percent of our sales to local non-profit organizations. Every six months, they choose four local non-profits to support at each of the cafes, based on customer suggestions. Each time you make a purchase, you may vote for one of the non-profits sponsored at that time, and Blue State then divides up the proceeds based on the overall votes. They've donated over $750,000 to more than 250 local non-profit organizations. Click here for their website.
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Common Grounds
Common Grounds is a local coffee shop chain providing premium coffee and delivering the highest quality customer experience while supporting the local community. Their coffee beans are carefully sourced from all around the world, roasted locally and served to you fresh every day. They consider themselves a culture, not just a business - focused on motivated coffee lovers who strive every day to exceed expectations and bring the authentic coffee flavors right in your cup.
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Common Grounds
Common Grounds puts a huge focus on the quality of their beans and offers a great variety of options. George Panagopoulos tells NBC Connecticut, "Taking raw green coffee beans and turning them into delectable roasted coffee is both an art and a science. The difference between perfectly roasted coffee and a mediocre coffee can be a matter of seconds. It takes years to become an expert roaster with the ability to “read” the beans and make decisions with split-second timing." Learn more about Common Grounds on their website.
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Klekolo World Coffee
Klekolo World Coffee opened in 1994, and has been a women-owned business serving organic fair-trade coffee since the beginning. Owner Yvette Elliot says their love of coffee makes them "extremely picky" and they put great thought into trying new coffees and roasts. The shop currently offers six roasts and specialty latte’ drinks with ingredients like dark chocolate, lavender and names like purple dragon or witches brew.
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Klekolo World Coffee
Klekolo is the kind of shop you head to if you're craving great coffee, great food, a great community and great conversation. "What I find beautiful about it all is that everyone talks to each other," Elliott explains. "People with not much in common communicate here and we love it. Klekolo has grown in the last 23 years into its Middletown home and fell in love with the people." Visit their website by clicking here.
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Daybreak Coffee Roasters
Daybreak Coffee Roasters is a farm to table coffee roaster that has been offering the finest Arabica coffee since 1989. "Every decision we make is about taste and quality. We buy the finest, highest grade coffee beans available and roast all our coffees in-house to achieve maximum development of unique flavors and characteristics dependent on their regions," Heather Short tells NBC Connecticut.
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Daybreak Coffee Roasters
The coffee is roasted in small batches to ensure peak flavor and freshnes. Daybreak offers a wide selection of gourmet coffee, tea, and gift baskets. The shop is owned by a brother-sister duo who ai to treat staff and customers like family. Check them out online here.
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Willoughby's Coffee & Tea
Willoughby's Coffee & Tea was founded in 1985 by Bob Williams and Barry Levine and was one of the first specialty coffee micro-roasters in the US. They are all about the roasting of premium and super-premium coffees, many of which they directly source and import and cannot be found elsewhere. The primary focus is upon freshly roasting these great coffees, getting them quickly to their retail stores, mail order and wholesale customers.
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Willoughby's Coffee & Tea
Williams passed away in 2013, but Levine continues to run the company consistent with the vision they both created. Their four retail stores in New Haven, Madison and at the roasting plant in Branford offer a wide variety of coffee beverages, baked goods, tea, accessories and, of course, all of their coffee in bulk. Learn more on their website.
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NBC Connecticut
Sarah's Coffee House sells coffee with a cause. The company sources their coffee beans directly from farm families and co-ops that produce small crops. Sarah's focuses on negotiating fair prices and working with their suppliers to improve their resources. A percentage of their profits are donated to non-profits for charity work.
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The menu includes delicious coffee drinks hot and iced, smoothies, pastries and lunch options. The store recently started offering breakfast sandwiches as well. Drop in and grab something to go, or sit down and stay a while. Click here to check out their website.
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