If you’re a total grump who eschews human contact before you’ve had that first morning cup, Café X comes to the rescue. Billed as the first robotic café in the United States when it opened in San Francisco’s Metreon in 2017, it is manned by “Gordon,’’ the nickname for the Mitsubishi assembly-line robot arm that can prepare everything from an espresso macchiato to a flat white—all with premium, fresh-ground beans. Use the app to place your order, and it will be ready within 10 seconds of your arrival. Just don’t expect any foam art, as Gordon hasn’t mastered that yet.
There are many reasons to love Kona Coffee Purveyors. First, it specializes in roasting single-estate, high-elevation premium Kona coffee beans. Second, its café is conveniently located at the front of the International Market Place in Waikiki in Honolulu. Third, its café opened in partnership with San Francisco’s B. Patisserie. That means you can enjoy that nutty, smooth cup of java with a freshly baked, flaky kouign-amann. Nirvana.
You can feel oh so good about a steaming Cuban latte or cup of frothy matcha at District Coffee House, a non-profit coffeehouse that supports 12 orphanages across India. Add on a sweet treat like a carrot cake muffin or pay it forward—spread the love right in Boise with a donation to the “pending coffee” tally to anonymously pick up the tab for someone else.
In the beach town of Yachats, Green Salmon Coffee is sure to make you feel good inside and out. Socially and environmentally conscious, it composts all coffee and tea waste and sends it to local farms to enrich their soil; it collects rainwater to mop its floors; and it uses solar energy to power its lights, register, and music system. Moreover, part of the proceeds from the sale of certain coffee blends is donated to organizations—sip on Campfire Blend (Colombian and Guatemalan beans) and help support the endeavors of Oregon Wild, which works to restore wildlands, wildlife, and waters.