|Chinatown Coffee Company|
For some folks a cup of joe is simply a morning eye-opener. Others treat it as an art form, curating the ingredients and crafting the brew using exacting techniques and fancy gadgets. But you don’t need to make major investments in equipment to experience a great drink - there are plenty of low-key spots where you can unload the laptop, or meet up with friends, while enjoying cutting-edge caffeine artistry. Additionally, many area restaurants are upping the ante with their coffee programs, sourcing freshly roasted beans and offering custom blends, French press and more. Here’s a guide to places with high-end coffee cred.