When, exactly, did coffee shops become cool? Nobody can pinpoint an exact date — but when Viennese coffee houses in the 1700s became hubs for discussing politics and culture, coffee became more than just a pick-me-up drink; it became a way of socializing. There are some places in the world where it is way cooler to be seen engaged in this kind of activity than others. We’ve rounded up what we think are the 11 coolest.
Limestone Coffee Co. (Medford, Ore., USA)
Limestone Coffee Co. in Medford, Oregon, looks like a spacious living room with lots of natural sunlight that just happens to have an Ambex micro roaster. The bar is made of reclaimed wood from a shuttered mill (which just makes the pour-over kettles on it look even cooler), and a curved (blue!) staircase that leads to more seating above makes it a great place to while away an afternoon. The coolest thing about it? Its lack of pretension.