Cup O' Joe bears the polish of a well-oiled caffeine machine - yet each of seven local stores has a cozy, neighborhood vibe that the national chains just can't match. The business was born in German Village in 1994 and, according to Alive readers, continues to pour the city's best cup.
All locations have great ambiance and tasty noshes, but the main ingredient in Joe's success is the coffee. Beans are imported from places as far as Kenya and Sumatra and delivered to stores less than 48 hours after being roasted in town.
Runners-up: Stauf's Coffee Roasters, Espresso Yourself Music Caf