The Best Coffee Shops in the Midwest

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Ruby Coffee Roasters
> Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Back in 2013, Jared Linzmeier started roasting coffee beans at his family home in rural Wisconsin and shipping them to cafés and individuals nationwide, and the endeavor proved to be so successful that two years later he converted a nearby warehouse into a roastery and tasting room; a full café and restaurant opened in nearby Stevens Point in 2019. It’s comfortable and thoughtfully-designed, and along with superb coffee guests can buy house-made scones, sweet and savory crêpes, salads, soups, and more. Their coffees rotate frequently and there are always plenty of whole beans on offer; the current single-cup brew is a single origin Gesha Village from Ethiopia.

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Two Hearted Queen
> Chicago, Illinois

Making the Windy City swoon since 2015, Two Hearted Queen was founded by Cassandra Andrewson and Cely Garcia on the first floor of an old house. Each room is filled with quirky furniture, making the place fun and comfortable for hanging out. The enterprise was founded with a mission to support sustainable coffee farms, and they roast signature blends in-house with fun names including Love Potion #222 (juicy and velvety) and Witchcraft (dark chocolate with a nutty finish). A variety of pastries and teas round out the menu.

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Wesley Andrews
> Minneapolis, Minnesota

Wesley Andrews is a minimalist, brick-walled coffee shop and roastery that serves fresh-roasted coffee in direct partnership with upstanding farmers and co-ops and tea imported directly from China’s Yunnan Province. Their offerings rotate regularly, but examples include Othaya Chinga from Kenya and Chelbesa from Ethiopia,. Most of their coffees are processed anaerobically, meaning that oxygen is removed for a period of time during fermentation to bring out more fruity and nuanced flavors in the cup.

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Wilson’s Coffee & Tea
> Racine, Wisconsin

Wilson’s sources the best coffee from around the world and experiments with a variety of roasting techniques before settling on the perfect style that brings out the best characteristics of each. All of their coffees are sold by the pound or the cup, and there’s also a full espresso bar serving cappuccinos, lattes, and mochas, blended drinks, and more, along with fresh, made-from-scratch baked goods. The coffee selection is massive, with more than 20 single-origins and custom blends usually available at any time.

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Youngblood Coffee Roasters
> Fargo, North Dakota

Youngblood was founded as a grassroots operation in 2016, serving house-roasted coffee in a cool, modern, white-walled space. They offer ethically-sourced, fully-washed Arabica beans, which are roasted in a top-of-the-line Probat roaster to accentuate each coffee’s unique character and flavor. Coffees on offer include Cajamarca from Peru, Yirgacheffe Adado from Ethiopia, and San Agustí­n from Colombia.