Beau Mollinary and Jennifer Petersen know that kolache aren’t just a great dessert—when ornamented with a dollop of jalapeño cream cheese or a blend of turkey and brie, the Czech pastries become a savory, hunger-sating morsel. At the couple’s bakery and coffee shop, Chaos Kolaches, pastries contain not just sweet fillings, such as peach and banana nutella, but also meaty helpings such as pulled pork and chicken broccoli. The café also wakes up taste buds with gluten-free muffins, housemade oatmeal, and, on Saturdays, aebelskivers, a popover-style pancake. Starting as early as 6 a.m., diners can lounge on the patio and browse free WiFi, or simply admire the café’s red, black, and white interior for five hours straight. Guests can wash down their treats with Cafeto coffee and espresso drinks until the doors close, which happens when the clock ticks to 1 p.m. or a nationwide fire drill takes place.
A drive-up coffee shack, River City Coffee Company brews fresh cups of joe for those on the go. Coffee lovers can also pull up a chair at the outdoor seating area while enjoying views of the hills and a chilled coffee drink made with Andes mints. Besides beverages derived from beans, the staff also blends Red Bull–infused smoothies and serves slow-cooked teriyaki chicken plates.
Grown on the fertile slopes of Hawaii’s islands, Kona coffee beans are known for their distinctive flavor, low acidity, and relatively high value. Many cafés and lemonade stands mix Kona beans with much cheaper beans, but Kick’n Kona Coffee supplies savvy sippers with 100% Kona brews for flavorful drinks that can be served piping hot, iced, or in a blended signature concoction. The baristas pair the caffeine-filled cups with refreshing pours of Italian sodas, fruit smoothies, and a variety of bakery fare, allowing guests to fuel up for the morning or take a breather after a rigorous bout of window shopping.
Much like a shot of espresso, Java Hut proves that something small can have a lot of power. The coffee shop looks like a small, wooden house someone would build up in the mountains, but its location is actually in a parking lot, and its inhabitants serve hot and cool coffee drinks. The menu features iced coffee and espresso drinks like cappuccinos as well as smoothies. To ensure customers receive the best possible cup of joe, Java Hut sources its beans from Cafeto, an Oregon-based company that roasts beans from around the world.