Despite limited space on Aquidneck Island, there are several independent local cafes here, offering locals and tourists a buffet of caffeine sources to choose from.
For those looking to explore beyond Newport County’s 10 Dunkin Donuts, here’s a list of places to grab your next cup of coffee.
Coffee grinder, Newport
This tiny cafe on Bannister’s Wharf has been an iconic feature of downtown Newport since it opened in 1997. Owner Alyssa Galdchun herself serves espresso drinks and Italian baked goods, and she stocks up in roasted coffee beans in a small roaster. in central Massachusetts.
Empire Tea and Coffee, Newport
Another popular destination for tourists and locals alike, Empire Tea & Coffee has several locations in downtown Newport. Additionally, customers can also order coffee, tea, and pastries through their mobile app to be picked up from any of their locations.
Cafe Mokka, Newport
Tucked away on Thames Street’s Spring Wharf, Mokka is an old-style cafe that serves fair trade coffee and baked goods. Beyond the standard espresso drinks, the shop also serves a special Lebanese lemonade.
Simple merchant cafe, Newport
Simple Merchant began serving craft coffee on a tricycle cart around Newport before moving to the renovated Sheffield School building, now Innovate Newport, last year. The shop specializes in serving blends from different roasters.
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The Nitro Bar, Newport
Like Simple Merchant, The Nitro Bar also started out as a coffee cart. Now with two locations in Newport, the boutiques at Nitro Bar serve cold draft coffee and a full menu of savory and sweet treats. Nitro Bar’s cold brew is also available on tap at cafes in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Custom Cafe, Middletown
Custom Coffee House, owned by veterans, takes pride in roasting its own coffee in small batches and supplying it in bulk to local hotels, markets, restaurants and other businesses. His brand, Veteran Coffee Roasters, donates $ 1 per pound of wholesale beans to benefit veterans organizations.
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Kaffeologie, Newport and Portsmouth
The original Kaffeology can be found on Thames Street in Newport and the cafe opened in Portsmouth last year. While the cafe is famous for its huge gourmet milkshakes, topped with everything from smores and Poptarts to cupcakes, the shop also offers a unique range of coffee drinks like the Queen Bee, the whipped espresso with honey from clover and garnished with milk and bee pollen.
Coastal Roasters, Tiverton
Coastal Roasters is a micro-roaster with a full-service coffee shop operating in a small waterfront space in Tiverton. The store offers whole or specialty ground coffee beans from sources around the world and sells its beans in a few local grocery stores.