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20 Essential Coffee Shops in Maine

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The coffee shop serves a crucial purpose in the community. Beyond keeping the populace caffeinated, it can be a rendezvous spot, office space for the nomadic, or place to relax and unwind. From the forerunners of coffee roasters in the state like Coffee By Design and Arabica to relative newcomers like Tandem Coffee and 44 North Coffee, Maine has many fine places to go for a cup of joe.

Some are coffee geek wonderlands where it's all about the bean, others are more traditional cafes that happen to pour an excellent latte. Many sell some of the best baked goods in the state, from the eggy crullers at Lil's Cafe to Tandem Coffee's biscuits and pies. From Kittery to Deer Isle, this map of 20 of the best independent coffee shops and roasters in Maine will make sure you're never too far from a quality cup of coffee.

Note: Map points are listed south to north.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Rooster Brother

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29 Main St
Ellsworth, ME 04605
(207) 667-8675
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This culinary goods store and coffee roaster is well-known in the area. The owner sources and roasts the beans and serves up espresso drinks in the cafe.

2. Rock City Coffee

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316 Main St
Rockland, ME 04841
(207) 594-4123
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This popular Midcoast gathering spot garners praise for both the coffee (they roast it themselves) and baked goods.

3. Zoot Coffee

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41 Elm St
Camden, ME 04843
(207) 236-9858
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This little vegetarian cafe and coffee house is a favorite for locals looking for a quick bite and/or caffeinated pick-me-up.

4. Elements

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265 Main St
Biddeford, ME 04005
(207) 710-2011
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A vital piece of Biddeford's food and drink resurgence, this coffee shop/cafe/beer bar/used bookstore gets its beans from Bard and is a perfect spot to meet with others or unwind solo with a drink and book.

5. Lil's Cafe

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7 Wallingford Sq
Kittery, ME 03904
(207) 703-2800
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This cafe brings a community gathering spot to the Kittery Foreside, complete with Tandem Coffee Roasters coffee and a fine array of soups, sandwiches, and baked goods. Don't miss their famous glazed crullers.

6. 3 Dogs Cafe

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309 Marshall Street
Rockport, ME
(207) 230-0955
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This inviting space offers Coffee By Design coffee and espresso drinks at the coffee bar to complement fine baked goods made at the attached Sweet Sensations. Soups, sandwiches, beer, wine, and ice cream are also available.

7. 44 North Coffee

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11 Church St.
Deer Isle, ME 04627
(207) 348-5208
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Small batch, fair trade, organic coffee roasted in small batches in an old school house on an island in Penobscot Bay, served pour-over style in Mason jars. What more needs to be said?

8. Arabica Coffee

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2 Free St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 879-0792
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This longtime Free Street coffee institution roasts its own beans at its newer sister location on Commercial Street, which was previously known as Crema.

9. Bard Coffee

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185 Middle St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 899-4788
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These baristas know what they are doing. Go here for great pourover coffee or a finely crafted latte. Leave the Starbucks across the street to the tourists who don't know any better.

10. Black Cat Coffee

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463 Stevens Ave.
Portland, ME
(207) 956-6686
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This comfortable and welcoming spot in the Deering Center neighborhood serves Matt's Wood Roasted Coffee, along with snacks from locals places like Holy Donut, Union Bagel and Standard Baking Co.

11. Coffee By Design

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1 Diamond St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 874-5400
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This sleek, modern coffee bar on the site of the roasting operation is the newest location in the CBD empire, which now includes five shops.

12. Hilltop Coffee Shop

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100 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 780-0025
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Munjoy Hill's neighborhood coffee shop, owned by Lolita's Guy and Stella Hernandez, serves CBD coffee and is a great spot for a coffee, latte, or snack.

13. Java Joe's Cafe

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98 Central St
Bangor, ME 04401
(207) 990-0500
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For hot coffee, free Wi-Fi, and a quick bite, locals say this is the place to go in downtown Bangor.

14. Little Dog Coffee Shop

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87 Maine St.
Brunswick, ME 04011
(207) 721-9500
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Sandwiches, baked goods, salads, local art, and a sunny, spacious atmosphere complement the Coffee By Design coffee and espresso drinks served here.

15. Maine Roasters Coffee

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82 Portland St
Yarmouth, ME 04096
(207) 846-6866
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This "neighborhood" coffee shop for Yarmouth and surrounding areas has provided a much-needed coffee stop on Route One for 20 years.

16. Speckled Ax

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567 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 660-3333
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Serving Matt's Wood Roasted Organic Coffee, this cool, modern space has offerings to please even the biggest coffee geek, but the menu descriptions and informative staff will help out those with less bean knowledge.

17. St. Joe's Coffee

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220 Gorham Rd
Scarborough, ME 04074
(207) 883-8835
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Original breakfast sandwiches and "Bennies" (fried dough balls doused in powdered sugar) are a great accompaniment to the coffee.

18. Tandem Coffee Roasters

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122 Anderson St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 899-0235
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This clean, well-lighted coffee shop roasts its beans on site in small batches and fosters a communal atmosphere with its cozy set up and lack of Wi-Fi. It recently spawned a second location on Congress Street, which features a damn fine bakery.

19. Yordprom Coffee Shop

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722 Congress St
Portland, ME 04102
(207) 221-2347
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Simple, comfortable, unpretentious, free Wi-Fi—it's easy to see why this is a favorite for folks to set up their "home office." And the Vietnamese coffee is not to be missed.

20. Coffee Me Up

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221 Cumberland Ave
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 536-1279
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Newcomer Coffee ME Up serves Coffee By Design beans along with housemade baked goods like apple turnovers and spinach byrek (an Armenian version of spanakopita).

1. Rooster Brother

29 Main St, Ellsworth, ME 04605
This culinary goods store and coffee roaster is well-known in the area. The owner sources and roasts the beans and serves up espresso drinks in the cafe.
29 Main St
Ellsworth, ME 04605

2. Rock City Coffee

316 Main St, Rockland, ME 04841
This popular Midcoast gathering spot garners praise for both the coffee (they roast it themselves) and baked goods.
316 Main St
Rockland, ME 04841

3. Zoot Coffee

41 Elm St, Camden, ME 04843
This little vegetarian cafe and coffee house is a favorite for locals looking for a quick bite and/or caffeinated pick-me-up.
41 Elm St
Camden, ME 04843

4. Elements

265 Main St, Biddeford, ME 04005
A vital piece of Biddeford's food and drink resurgence, this coffee shop/cafe/beer bar/used bookstore gets its beans from Bard and is a perfect spot to meet with others or unwind solo with a drink and book.
265 Main St
Biddeford, ME 04005

5. Lil's Cafe

7 Wallingford Sq, Kittery, ME 03904
This cafe brings a community gathering spot to the Kittery Foreside, complete with Tandem Coffee Roasters coffee and a fine array of soups, sandwiches, and baked goods. Don't miss their famous glazed crullers.
7 Wallingford Sq
Kittery, ME 03904

6. 3 Dogs Cafe

309 Marshall Street, Rockport, ME
This inviting space offers Coffee By Design coffee and espresso drinks at the coffee bar to complement fine baked goods made at the attached Sweet Sensations. Soups, sandwiches, beer, wine, and ice cream are also available.
309 Marshall Street
Rockport, ME

7. 44 North Coffee

11 Church St., Deer Isle, ME 04627
Small batch, fair trade, organic coffee roasted in small batches in an old school house on an island in Penobscot Bay, served pour-over style in Mason jars. What more needs to be said?
11 Church St.
Deer Isle, ME 04627

8. Arabica Coffee

2 Free St, Portland, ME 04101
This longtime Free Street coffee institution roasts its own beans at its newer sister location on Commercial Street, which was previously known as Crema.
2 Free St
Portland, ME 04101

9. Bard Coffee

185 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101
These baristas know what they are doing. Go here for great pourover coffee or a finely crafted latte. Leave the Starbucks across the street to the tourists who don't know any better.
185 Middle St
Portland, ME 04101

10. Black Cat Coffee

463 Stevens Ave., Portland, ME
This comfortable and welcoming spot in the Deering Center neighborhood serves Matt's Wood Roasted Coffee, along with snacks from locals places like Holy Donut, Union Bagel and Standard Baking Co.
463 Stevens Ave.
Portland, ME

11. Coffee By Design

1 Diamond St, Portland, ME 04101
This sleek, modern coffee bar on the site of the roasting operation is the newest location in the CBD empire, which now includes five shops.
1 Diamond St
Portland, ME 04101

12. Hilltop Coffee Shop

100 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
Munjoy Hill's neighborhood coffee shop, owned by Lolita's Guy and Stella Hernandez, serves CBD coffee and is a great spot for a coffee, latte, or snack.
100 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101

13. Java Joe's Cafe

98 Central St, Bangor, ME 04401
For hot coffee, free Wi-Fi, and a quick bite, locals say this is the place to go in downtown Bangor.
98 Central St
Bangor, ME 04401

14. Little Dog Coffee Shop

87 Maine St., Brunswick, ME 04011
Sandwiches, baked goods, salads, local art, and a sunny, spacious atmosphere complement the Coffee By Design coffee and espresso drinks served here.
87 Maine St.
Brunswick, ME 04011

15. Maine Roasters Coffee

82 Portland St, Yarmouth, ME 04096
This "neighborhood" coffee shop for Yarmouth and surrounding areas has provided a much-needed coffee stop on Route One for 20 years.
82 Portland St
Yarmouth, ME 04096

16. Speckled Ax

567 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101
Serving Matt's Wood Roasted Organic Coffee, this cool, modern space has offerings to please even the biggest coffee geek, but the menu descriptions and informative staff will help out those with less bean knowledge.
567 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101

17. St. Joe's Coffee

220 Gorham Rd, Scarborough, ME 04074
Original breakfast sandwiches and "Bennies" (fried dough balls doused in powdered sugar) are a great accompaniment to the coffee.
220 Gorham Rd
Scarborough, ME 04074

18. Tandem Coffee Roasters

122 Anderson St, Portland, ME 04101
This clean, well-lighted coffee shop roasts its beans on site in small batches and fosters a communal atmosphere with its cozy set up and lack of Wi-Fi. It recently spawned a second location on Congress Street, which features a damn fine bakery.
122 Anderson St
Portland, ME 04101

19. Yordprom Coffee Shop

722 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102
Simple, comfortable, unpretentious, free Wi-Fi—it's easy to see why this is a favorite for folks to set up their "home office." And the Vietnamese coffee is not to be missed.
722 Congress St
Portland, ME 04102

20. Coffee Me Up

221 Cumberland Ave, Portland, ME 04101
Newcomer Coffee ME Up serves Coffee By Design beans along with housemade baked goods like apple turnovers and spinach byrek (an Armenian version of spanakopita).
221 Cumberland Ave
Portland, ME 04101