There’s nothing like the savory taste of a smooth sip of coffee— or breathing in the sharp aroma of freshly roasted beans. Earthy, bright, mellow, nutty: whatever your palate, Nantucket’s roasters have got you covered.
Whether you are a coffee connoisseur or just someone who appreciates a well-crafted cup of coffee, these cafes have enough options to delight every kind of caffeine fiend.
Explore some of the best coffee shops on the island and find your brew that’s perfect for you:
In any place called The Bean, it’s fair to assume coffee is their specialty. The Bean on Nantucket is no exception. Not only does this India Street mainstay roast their own beans, they carefully curate their selection from diverse sources around the world, including Costa Rica, Africa, and Columbia.
From classic drip coffee to modern nitro cold brews, their baristas aim to create the perfect flavor for both lovers of classic coffee and seasoned connoisseurs. In fact, this premier artisan roaster is known for a long beverage menu, with hot, cold, blended and steamed drinks, lattes and seasonal beverages like summertime favorite lime rickeys.
Wake up to a warm Americano, or cool down and perk up on a hot summer’s day with a frozen mocha to-go. You can even take home a growler filled with your favorite brew or purchase a bag of freshly roasted beans by the pound in many flavors.
The Bean serves more than java, including breakfast sandwiches, salads, flatbreads, sandwiches, and even a lobster roll. Try their Foggy Island tuna salad on your choice of bread or build your own creation to pair with their hand-crafted drinks. Open year-round with a steady signal of free Wifi, The Bean is a popular hang-out for both locals and visitors alike.
Handlebar Cafe is a community space disguised as a coffee shop, as one happy customer put it. The founders of this cafe, year-round island residents and Nantucket Bike Tour owners Courtney and Jason Bridges, wanted to create a place for coffee or tea lovers to connect with friends and loved ones.
In fact, they proudly claim to hire staff based on personality, not necessarily experience, taking time to teach them how to make a mean cup of your favorite java. Their coffee list sticks to roasted staples, such as a traditional macchiato or cappuccino, served with the warmth and personality this caffeine stop is known for.
Find a quiet space under their leafy patio pergola with your best four-legged friend as you catch up on emails, dig into a book or play a game of chess over hot and iced coffee drinks, exotic teas, quick snacks, and lite bites.
Island Coffee is located right off of Broad Street, where freshly brewed favorites await those coming into town straight from the ferry. This hole-in-the-wall style shop offers an intimate experience, where “good things come in small packages,” as one happy customer put it.
Stop by this walk-in for a mocha or a quick shot of espresso to-go. Their baristas are praised for their expert knowledge of their locally perfected beans, compliments of Nantucket Coffee Roasters.
The shop’s selections include dark roasts, espresso and over a dozen creative blends used to create both hot and cold coffee beverages. Non-coffee drinkers can try their iced teas and favorites like hot cocoa, or a treat from their small but delicious selection of pastries, such as their best-selling muffins.
Less than a minute walk down the street from us at C & C sits Lemon Press, one of the island’s many healthy and organic stops. Known by locals as the best place to get a fresh-pressed juice, it also boasts quite the collection of cafe classics.
Lemon Press serves Mocha Joe’s beans, a seven-staffed, Vermont-based roaster known for their variety of high-quality, certified organic, fair trade, and Rainforest Alliance coffees from regions such as Africa, Indonesia, and Guatemala. This coffee is often paired with organic ingredients, such as The Lemon Press’s milks, flavors, and sweeteners.
Wake up with a classic Red Eye with a shot of espresso or try one of their creative specialty blends, such as their Unicorn tea with lavender, hibiscus and butterfly pea. It’s so good, you might just keep coming back, so be sure to grab their punch card to get your 10th coffee on the house.
In addition to their house-made smoothies, juices, and roasts, pair your beverage with one of their organic acai bowls, avocado toasts or gourmet sandwiches. View their full menu here.
Why not try them all during your trip? These specialty roasts and flavors could surely turn any amateur coffee drinker into a refined maven— and travelers always come back wanting more.
If you are looking for the best of the best, we’ve got the perfect guide for you. The Complete Guide To Nantucket Restaurants details many of the island’s favorite dining options, including more cafes and alike.
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