The Best Coffee Shops in the Midwest

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Georgia Street Grind
> Indianapolis, Indiana

This cozy coffee shop only offers coffee to-go, but it’s worth seeking out while strolling through downtown Indianapolis. Founded by Justin Jones in 2016 (the lines haven’t let up since), Georgia Street Grind serves only coffee from local roasters, blended in-house and turned into some truly stunning coffee creations, including Café Miel (with honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla), Blended Caramello (mocha, espresso, and caramel sauce), and Honey Lavender Latte. Justin also recently opened a larger place, Bovaconti Coffee, nearby.

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Howlin’ Hounds Coffee
> Omaha, Nebraska

Howlin’ Hounds proudly claims to serve “the best cup of coffee in Omaha,” and it’s hard to argue with that. Owned and operated by Greg Sechser and named after his two dogs (with whom he lives upstairs), the shop boasts hardwood floors, brick walls, and a long bar with soda fountain stools. Sechser brews coffee from Gimme! Coffee, based near Ithaca, New York. If there’s a coffee drink, they’ll make it; their offerings are expansive and each is made with care. Oatmeal and pastries from local bakeries are also offered, and art from local artists lines the walls.

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Josiah’s Coffeehouse & Café
> Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Josiah’s isn’t just a place to duck into for a coffee to-go; it’s also a bright and cheery gathering place for the Sioux Falls community and a full bakery and restaurant serving house-made baked goods as well as flatbreads, hot focaccia sandwiches, soups, salads, wraps, breakfast items, and even scratch-made biscuits and gravy. Their coffee drinks are all made to order with freshly-ground coffee.

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Leslie Coffee Co.
> Wichita, Kansas

With large windows, a relaxed vibe, and plenty of greenery, Leslie Coffee Co. is exactly the type of place where you’ll be perfectly comfortable whiling away an afternoon with a good book or a good friend. Coffee comes from Oakland, California-Based Mother Tongue and espresso from New York-based Gimme! Coffee, and they’re being made into all the classics. If you’re hungry, don’t miss their variety of creative toasts as well as eggs, oats, and salads.

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Madcap Coffee
> Grand Rapids and Detroit, Michigan

Roasting coffee in small batches since 2008, Madcap Coffee was founded by longtime friends and coffee lovers Trevor Corlett and Ryan Knapp. The duo spend more than a third of their time traveling the world, tasting more than 3,000 coffees every year and selecting only a few that they find truly special. They pay premium prices for the beans, roast them in their own facility, and brew or ship them within 24 hours of roasting. The end result is some truly great blends as well as single origins including ones grown by Samuel Degelo in Ethiopia and Nelson Moreno in Honduras.