There’s a new trend cropping up in Baltimore: craft coffee shops. Small-batch, artisanal coffee roasters are the new craze around town. Craft coffee shops roast their own beans (usually on site), and perfect the brewing process while taking pride in sourcing beans from top growers.
Think of enjoying a cup of craft coffee like a glass of fine wine. These cups of joe are full of flavors and nuances that you won’t find in your typical on-the-go coffee shop. Coffee descriptions read like something you’d find in Wine Spectator, with notes of plum, chocolate, caramel, and even lemongrass. Coffee from a craft shop is an experience, not merely a liquid wake-up call.
And, since your daily joe has proven health benefits (according to the NIH, coffee is a top source of antioxidant polyphenols), it’s time to visit one of the Baltimore area’s best craft brewers to get your daily dose of health and flavor.
Artifact Coffee – 1500 Union Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21211
Located in the Union Mills neighborhood of Baltimore serves up a variety of craft coffee and locally sourced foods. Weekend brunch is served every Saturday & Sunday from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Coffee tastings are frequently held on Thursdays from 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM.
3 Bean Coffee – 209 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230
Named for the 3 beans featured: coffee, cacao, and vanilla, is one of the best coffee shops in South Baltimore. You’re encouraged to relax while there, or come to one of their events.
Spro Coffee – 851 West 56th Street, Baltimore, MD 21211
Located in the kitschy Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore, Spro coffee is a great place to relax with a made-to-order cup of coffee. Indoor and outdoor seating are available at the shop and you can also grab a cup of coffee at the Hampden Farmers Market.
Coffee Coffee – 5 Bel Air South Parkway (located in the Festival at Bel Air), Bel Air, MD 21015
Coffee Coffee is a local, family-owned business that has been serving coffee and tea to Bel Air residents since 1993. 5-6 coffees are featured daily and a variety of local pastries are available to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Hunt Valley / Cockeysville Area
The Filling Station – 14910 York Road, Sparks, MD
Located just north of Hunt Valley on York Road, the Filling Station has been providing small batch, organic coffee to the Worthington Valley and Sparks areas for years. During the warmer months, local area food trucks serve up items such as wood fired pizza on Fridays.
Baltimore Coffee & Tea – 9 West Aylesbury Road, Timonium, MD 21093
The Timonium store of Baltimore Coffee & Tea is home to the brand’s own roasting plant. With 120 different varieties of coffee on hand and even more varieties of artisanal teas, you’re sure to find your favorite roast here. 8 roasts are brewed daily so you can sample varieites before choosing which pound (or two) to bring home. Breafast & lunch are also served daily.
Did your favorite local coffee shop make the list? Comment below, we’d love to know where your favorite neighborhood coffee is!