Baltimore’s Best Coffee and Tea Shops
Charm City takes its caffeine intake seriously. Pour yourself a cup and get the grind on the best places to experience our coffee culture.
A good cup of joe can do a whole lot more than satisfy your taste buds, especially in Baltimore—a city that values local roasting, hand-crafted creations and coming together over a freshly brewed beverage. Whether you’re looking for a community hub, a workshop or simply a coffee to-go, these locally-owned businesses have just what you need.
At the sister spot to well-known restaurant Woodberry Kitchen, it’s no surprise Artifact Coffee serves up unique breakfast and lunch meals like veggie Bahn Mi or seasonal frittatas, all easily paired with a coffee of your choice. The menu features options like cold brew, pour over or Chai latte, as well as spiked apple cider, come fall. The concept is known for straying from the norm, even offering CBD add-ons for hot and cold beverages and also rotating the menu options every single day.
Aveley Farms Coffee Roasters
This Fell’s Point café was born with the sole goal of bringing sustainable, high-quality coffee to the Baltimore community. Since officially opening its doors in the spring of 2019, Aveley Farms staff members have been giving customers an educational experience through in-depth roast profiles, online blog posts and attentive in-person customer service. Fans of the brew can take a piece of the brand with them on the way out, as materials like mugs, T-shirts and water bottles are always available for purchase.
Baby’s On Fire
Music lovers will delight in Baby’s On Fire. This husband-and-wife-owned business features dozens of bins of vinyl to flip through while enjoying your morning dose of caffeine at this Mount Vernon café. After browsing the musical selection, you can enjoy local roasts from Open Seas Coffee, breakfast pastries and lunch sandwiches on the front patio. Want to expand your own record collection? Join their Record of the Month Club.
Bird in Hand
Bird in Hand has a lot more than just coffee to offer, as it’s recognized for its collection of books and records, locally-sourced meal options and bar as a collaboration between Artifact Coffee and The Ivy Bookshop. All of the coffee is sourced from Thread Coffee Roasters—a women- and queer-owned cooperative focused on sustainable farming practices. Plus, the owners of the Charles Village-based shop pride themselves on keeping the community connected, typically offering in-house events, featured books and daily shared specials.
Discover local personalities, learn from in-house workshops and taste hand-crafted food and drink offerings at Dovecote Café. This Black-owned business near Druid Hill Park typically serves as a gathering place for creatives and makers alike. Sit down, try upside down cake or a breakfast burger and endure the welcoming space full of colorful murals made by Baltimoreans.
OneDo Coffee Roasters
Though relatively new to the scene, Canton’s OneDo Coffee Roasters is making a name for itself with its very own, ethically sourced coffee that’s roasted in-house. The beans are sourced globally from places like El Salvador and Ethiopia, ultimately making their way into the shop’s recyclable or compostable coffee bags. While you’re in the green-filled space, try out baked goods and lunch options brought in from other Baltimore businesses.
This worker cooperative has served primarily as a resource for movements of social justice in the city of Baltimore since 2004, yet it also provides delicious vegan meals, coffee from Thread Coffee Roasters and books that are bound to start a conversation. The Mount Vernon space hosts events weekly, including virtual affairs like author-led book readings, live music and poetry sessions. Most recently, Red Emma’s debuted its weekly bar night, where staff bartenders serve up creative cocktails and craft beer for all on the aesthetically pleasing back patio.
Spoons Café and Coffee Roasters
Famous biscuits, a scratch kitchen and in-house roasted coffee make the Federal Hill-based Spoons a standout of the dining scene in Baltimore. Every season, the roasting team gets experimental and creates unique brews worth trying, such as the pumpkin maple foam cold brew or the salted caramel latte. If you’re craving something more, make a reservation and enjoy all-day brunch options like various egg scrambles or the out-of-the-box cinnamon roll pancakes.
Located in eclectic Hampden, Spro Coffee has been a staple of the neighborhood since it opened its doors over 10 years ago. Indoor and outdoor seating provide a comfortable atmosphere to catch up with friends or meet new personalities, all while you sip on locally roasted brews that are creatively worked on every day by Spro staff. The hand-crafted beans are also available for purchase online, delivered right to your door.
Named a favorite neighborhood café for more than a decade, Teavolve provides flavorful creations that stray way beyond its more-than 30 loose-leaf tea selection. The Harbor East restaurant is recognized for its innovation found both on the food menus and the drink menu, noticeable in staples like the Dirty Red Dress—a red velvet latte with espresso—and the breakfast crêpe. There are also dozens of plant-based options for vegetarian and vegan diners too, available inside, on the patio or for takeout. And if you’re lucky, you may catch an open mic night performance.
Vent Coffee Roasters
Housed in a large, industrial space at Union Collective in Hampden, Vent Coffee Roasters provides freshly baked donuts, coffee tastings and specialty creations like CBD coffee. Owner Sarah Walker and her team roast beans on-site, giving customers the chance to learn exactly what it took to create the coffee in their cup. In addition to a walk-up window, the shop provides same-day delivery to locals, as well as shipping for visiting coffee lovers who can’t get enough.
3 Bean Coffee
3 Bean Coffee’s goal is to bring you the best cup o’ joe in the South Baltimore area. The cozy coffee shop offers a relaxed atmosphere, great views of the Inner Harbor, and of course, coffee from the Baltimore-based roasters at Vagrant Coffee. In addition to specialty lattes and cappuccinos made right in front of you, you’ll find breakfast pastries, fresh sandwiches and smoothies, too. Had a taste of Vagrant Coffee’s fresh beans and want more? They’re also served at Milk & Honey Market in Station North or M&H in Pigtown.