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21 New Coffee Shops This Year: Western United States

Coffee shop openings West

Top left: Hello Em Việt Coffee & Roastery in Seattle. Right: Matte Black Coffee in Los Angeles. Bottom Left: Felix Roasting Co. in Aspen.

Independent specialty coffee shops that celebrate the coffees or cultures of an individual coffee-growing country may not be a new phenomenon, but their numbers grew significantly in 2021.

Taking place throughout the American coffee landscape, the trend was most prevalent in the Western United States. New shops bucked the Scandanavian-style minimalist interior aesthetics and neo-Italian drink menus in favor of designs and drinks that better reflect the diversity and heritage of their owners, bringing a welcome dose of cultural authenticity and intimacy to the service of coffee.

Along with three pioneering shops celebrating the beans and brewing traditions of Vietnam — in Portland, Seattle and Denver, respectively — our 2021 roundup of 21 new coffee shops in the American West includes coffee houses focused on the flavors and traditions of the Philippines, China, Mexico and Costa Rica.

Casting a wider net over the rest of the country, we also find new retail companies exclusively showcasing high-quality coffees from Honduras, Yemen, Brazil, Colombia and others.

The year also saw some exercises in design maximalism, creative reuses of historic buildings and vehicles, a cafe inspired by a cartoon drawing, and much more.

Here are 21 of 2021’s biggest coffee shop openings in the American West (in roughly chronological order):


[Editor’s note: This feature is part of our ongoing 2021 year-end coverage. Click here for additional stories, updated daily through Dec. 31. You can also tell our editors about your new coffee shop or coffee roastery here.]


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Photo by Calista Porter, courtesy of Steep.

Steep Brewing & Coffee Brings Quality to New Heights in Keystone, Colorado

Though retail businesses in the COVID-19 era are facing an uphill battle, Steep Brewing & Coffee Company has the benefit of launching near the top. The craft brewery and coffee roaster opened its doors earlier this winter in Keystone, Colorado, among the peaks in one of the highest elevation areas in the United States.

Xanadu Coffee Company Rolls Into First Cafe in Downtown Phoenix

The downtown shop is not particularly reflective of the “stately pleasure dome” as decreed by Kubla Khan in romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s vision of Xanadu; it’s more in the spirit of the 1980 roller disco musical fantasy movie starring Olivia Newton-John.

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Image courtesy of Hello Em Việt Coffee & Roastery.

Hello Em Việt Coffee Offers a Warm Greeting in Seattle

Opened last month, the coffee shop features a fluid-bed coffee roaster that kicks out Vietnamese robusta coffees for use in modern and traditional Vietnamese iced and hot coffee drinks served alongside banh mi sandwiches and sweet mochi treats.

Stoble Coffee Roasters Opens Inspired Roastery Cafe and Co-Working Space in Chico

Drawing upon inspiration on design and service from numerous other California coffee companies, Stoble Coffee Roasters has opened a multi-level coffee mecca in Chico. A four-year buildout on a four-level downtown building led to Stoble’s first brick-and-mortar cafe, its new roastery and production headquarters, and a forthcoming co-working facility.

Robusta in Rose City Comes By Way of New Portland Cà Phê

A new coffee company called Portland Cà Phê opened its first brick-and-mortar shop in Portland, Oregon, this month, with a distinct focus on coffees from Vietnam.

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Image courtesy of Kafiex.

Kafiex Roasters Opens ‘Gastro Café’ in Vancouver, Washington

With its second coffee shop now open on the banks of the Columbia River across from Portland in Vancouver, Washington, Kafiex Roasters has taken a more culinary direction while borrowing a term not often applied in the coffee industry.

Red Bay Coffee Opens Big Beautiful Flagship Cafe at Oakland HQ

Two years after relocating its headquarters into a three-story, 11,000-square-foot former bank building on a busy corner in Oakland, California, Red Bay Coffee Roasters this month celebrated the opening of a spacious and sun-filled retail coffee bar and kitchen that greets the public on the ground floor.

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Image courtesy of Felix Roasting Co.

Felix Roasting’s Aspen Cafe Raises the Bar at High Elevation

With San Francisco-based designer Ken Fulk on board yet again, Felix is presenting its hallmark opulence alongside the 132-year-old architectural details on the ground floor of the historic Hotel Jerome.

Hinterland Empire Plants its Flag in Portland, and All Are Welcome

Coffee roaster, design and apparel company Hinterland Empire has brought a welcome dose of rogue “old Portland” vibes back to the current-day Rose City with the opening of its Montavilla neighborhood store.

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Photo by Torey Hayden, courtesy of Presta Coffee.

Presta Coffee Roasters Pulls Into Former Gas Station in Tucson

The 100-year-old building that was originally used to gas up motor vehicles now provides a different kind of fuel to the humans passing through on four wheels, two wheels or by foot.

Abanico Coffee Roasters is Right at Home in The Mission

Coffee roaster and Q Grader Ana Valle’s childhood memories of her family sipping cafecitos in El Salvador have come full circle as her company, Abanico Coffee Roasters, has opened its first retail brick-and-mortar coffee shop in San Francisco’s Mission district.

Frankly Coffee Gets Right to the Point in Colorado Springs

Great coffee and a bit of fun. That’s what you get in the compact and colorful Colorado Springs, Colorado, location recently opened by Frankly Coffee, where baristas are ready to give it to you straight — or with milk.

Vertically Integrated Moon Mountain Coffee Makes Long Beach Landing

After years of selling its own Costa Rica-grown, California-roasted beans online and at Southern California farmers markets, vertically integrated Moon Mountain Coffee has opened its first brick-and-mortar cafe in the Belmont Shore neighborhood of Long Beach.

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Image courtesy of Blackwood Coffee Bar.

Blackwood Coffee Lights Up West Hollywood With Second Bar and Gallery

An array of colored triangular tiles back the wood-clad bar that anchors the shop and serves as a kind of art installation all its own against the adjoining white-walled gallery space. Like specialty coffee, the art on display within the new Blackwood spot is intended to be an accessible luxury.

Now Brewing in Phoenix: Kähvi Coffee + Cafe

It’s a long way from Scandinavia to the Yucatán, and yet inspiration from both regions can be found at a new shop in Phoenix, Arizona, called Kähvi Coffee + Cafe.

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Image courtesy of Farm Cup Coffee.

It’s Always Sunny at Farm Cup Coffee’s New West Hollywood Shop

The van known as Sunny is now permanently parked inside the new 550-square-foot West Hollywood Farm Cup retail shop, where customers can order drinks with coffees that were roasted at their country of origin.

In Southern California, Teofilo Coffee Shines a Light on Beans from the Philippines

Dizon oversees a Coffee Crafters Artisan 3-E fluid-bed roaster that propels beans from green to brown, showcasing the quality of various Filipino coffees while recognizing the efforts of the people who produced them.

Fetch Coffee Roasters Plans to Stay with New Portland Roastery Cafe

The first brick-and-mortar retail location of the canine-themed roasting company, which had been building up through animal-supportive popup events and farmers markets, is also the site of Fetch’s new roastery.

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Image courtesy of Matte Black Coffee.

Enter the Surreal Cartoon World of Matte Black Coffee in LA

Matte Black Coffee captures the aesthetic of Southern California-based pop art illustrator Joshua Vides inside its first location, where walls, furniture and other surfaces engulf visitors like the pages of a graphic novel.

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Image courtesy of Super Joy Coffee.

Portland is Now Jumping for Super Joy Coffee

The new branding bursts with proud and playful Chinese cultural references, while Yang keeps at least one China-grown coffee available for sale at all times. A variety of distinctly Chinese ingredients are being incorporated into the inventive espresso drink menu at both Super Joy retail bars.

Now Brewing Vietnamese Coffee in Denver: Tí Cafe

While new shops have been offering delightfully modern takes on Vietnamese coffee in coffee hubs like New York, Seattle and Portland, Vietnamese robusta has perhaps never been so dressed up in the United States as it is in Denver at the new Tí Cafe.

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