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Finding a coffee shop is easy, but finding a good coffee shop can be something of a challenge. So we’ve put together a quick list of things to look for when you’re on a mission to get the best coffee in town.

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Constant Grinding

Nobody wants to sit in a noisy coffee shop, but you should still be able to hear the coffee grinder working every couple of minutes.

If a coffee shop is too silent and you can’t hear the sound of a coffee grinder in the background, then chances are they are using pre-ground coffee instead of coffee beans. There is nothing wrong with using ground coffee at home, but we think coffee shops should always strive to serve the best-tasting coffee, and the only way to achieve that is using freshly ground coffee beans.



You want to see everything the cafe staffs are doing from grinding and brewing the beans, all the way until your drink reaches your hand.

If you can see everything going on, you’re probably in good hands. If you can’t then you should be concerned. Part of what makes going to a coffee shop fun is watching the barista artfully prepare your beverage, and if they have chosen to hide that from their customers then customers should definitely ask themselves “why?”.


Well Educated Barista

Just as a mixologist should know their spirits, a barista should be well educated about their coffee beans along with their coffee brewing skills.

If they don’t know the effect that ground size can have on a coffee or can’t even tell you where their coffee comes from, they probably aren’t the best barista in town.

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Menu Options

While coffee shops ought to always put coffee first, they should also make sure that there are other things to eat and drink on the menu. Breakfast items or snacks such as croissants, bread, muffins, and doughnuts are always popular, but toasted sandwiches or salads that can be enjoyed throughout the day never go amiss either.

The best coffee shops not only offer these things but make them fresh each day too, instead of having them delivered.



No one likes having to queue for their coffee, but having to wait a little while for your drink because there are a bunch of people in front of you can be a sign that where you’re drinking serves great coffee.

It shows that the place is very popular, meaning the product is most likely pretty amazing. As they always said, the more the merrier!


Community Interaction

This is a big thing for those out there who see coffee shops the same way others see pubs.

Good coffee shops become community hubs, where people meet, form friendship, exchange ideas, and maybe even fall in love. This kind of coffee shop can usually be identified by the signs outside their doors with upcoming events, weekly activities, or even sometimes a ‘joke of the day’ to grab your attention or just make passersby smile.

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Quality Coffee Machine

Considering their business is built around it, you’d think that coffee shops would want to invest in the best commercial coffee machine possible. Unfortunately, this is not the case and many businesses try to cut costs by relying on old or unsuitable coffee machines to prepare their customers’ coffee.

Coffee shop coffee machines need to be able to prepare great tasting beverages quickly. If it cannot do that then it’s bad for everyone involved. Espresso coffee machines are the most commonly seen coffee machines in coffee shops, but it’s not too uncommon to see bean to cup coffee machines being used also. In the end, so long as they get the job done, no one’s complaining.

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This really should go without saying, but one of the main things to look at is how clean a coffee shop. If the employees take good care of their working area, they will surely take care of you.

No one likes to drink from a lipstick-stained mug or wade across sticky floors when they are in severe need of a latte. Coffee shops that realise these fundamental truths are sure to go far!

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Friendly Staff

If you get treated with respect, it makes the experience all the more enjoyable and you’re far more likely to come back.

Who doesn’t like to walk into a coffee shop and see friendly baristas peering over their espresso machines to give a sweet smile and a nice “hello”? A warm welcome may not seem like much, but it shows they care about their customer’s happiness and makes the experience that little bit more personal.

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Relaxing Environment

Thousands of people go to coffee shops to do some personal tasks or just get some time away from the kids. I know I do!

A good coffee shop helps you feel relaxed and takes some of the weight off your back. A great coffee shop helps you relax, takes some weight off your back, and lets you hang out with alpacas.

These are just a few of the important things to look for when coffee shop hunting. If you have any additional tips to add, please feel free to comment on them! Don’t forget to share this with your friends so they can find the best coffee around!