Best Coffeehouses In Pittsburgh

April 24, 2011 3:05 PM

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Looking to go beyond your usual morning pick-me-up from the coffee chain around the corner? Pittsburgh’s got some great locally-owned coffee shops that are worth a taste test. Check out these five shops that, according to Pop City Media, “meet the crème-de-la crème standard:”

Tazza D’Oro

1125 North Highland Avenue (Highland Park)
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

A café filled with locally sourced and vegetarian food, free Wi-Fi and plenty of seating makes this European-style espresso bar a Highland Park neighborhood hot-spot. Their coffee menu boasts a selection of single origin coffees from places as far as Kenya and Costa Rica, with new additions to the menu each month. The highly-successful Tazza D’Oro now has a second location on Carnegie Mellon University’s campus in the Gates/Hillman center.

21st Street Coffee

50 21st St (The Strip District)
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

225 5th Ave (Downtown)
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

21st Street Coffee’s philosophy: one cup at a time. With its notable state-of-the-art Clover machine and intelligentsia coffee beans ground to order, expertly trained baristas brew each cup with the individual attention gourmet coffee deserves. For a personal coffee experience, check out their two locations in The Strip District and downtown.

Aldo Coffee

675 Washington Road (Mt. Lebanon)
Pittsburgh, PA 15228

For an aesthetically-pleasing latte, look no further than Aldo Coffee. They’re about more than coffee – they also have an impressive menu. Aldo also offers coffee tasting classes and home barista classes for anyone wanting to expand their coffee knowledge, as well as professional classes for those already in the coffee business.

Simpatico Espresso

425 Sixth Ave (Downtown)
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Simpatico Espresso wants downtown Pittsburghers to come in and enjoy a good cup of Joe. Take a break from work to enjoy the locally roasted Prima coffee or a Harney & Sons gourmet tea and an Enrico’s pastry. Their 200 calorie-version of a “frappacino” is a highlight of the menu, compared to other places where the same drink could be 300 calories more. Simpatico joins the ranks of other establishments that consider coffee a “culinary art.”

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