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Coffee Heatmap: Where to Get Third Wave in Nola Now

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There are plenty of places to get good coffee in New Orleans, with tons of great established cafes and also awesome new breakfast joints opening around town seemingly nonstop. However, let's turn our attention to a rising and intriguing trend here in New Orleans. That of third wave coffee. It's kind of like the craft cocktail trend, but with small batch coffee and groovy Chemex coffeemakers instead of small batch booze and blowtorches.

All of these independent coffee shops care about/are producing quality coffee via exceptional (albeit kind of pricey) micro-roasted beans, fancy brewing techniques like pour overs and slow drip, and elevating coffee to a truly transformative experience.With that in mind, here now is a guide to where to drink coffee in New Orleans now.

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1. Church Alley Cafe

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1228 Oretha Castle Hallie Ave
New Orleans, LA 70113
This gorgeously eccentric gem in Central City does it right, from pour overs to espresso, featuring micro roasters French Truck Coffee and Tandem out of Portland. They also have great local pastries on hand including Windowsill Pies and other 'small bites'.

2. Spitfire Coffee

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627 St. Peter
New Orleans, LA 70116
(334) 444-0532
Folks in the Quarter can get their pour over fix at this tiny joint (seats about 2 comfortably) with a sleek modern vibe and pour over bar. Miami's Panther and SF's Ritual roasters are featured prominently. They also have legit espresso drinks.

3. HiVolt Coffee

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1829 Sophie Wright Pl
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 324-8818
Rock N Roller/Saint owner/third wave enthusiast Benji Lee brings the only Oji Japanese slow drip to town in the LGD. HiVolt has a five station pour over bar, serving Counter Culture coffee out of North Carolina. Lee's wife, Laura, creates a slew of breakfast/lunch small plates that are on the local and healthy side, and lots of vegan pastry are available.

4. Solo Espresso

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1301 Poland Ave
New Orleans, LA
(504) 408-1377
You may not have heard of Solo yet, but the secret is out in the Bywater, where this cute little pour over/espresso hideout resides. Panther and French Truck are both served at insanely reasonable prices (also, Solo delivers in the neighborhood). On top of that, they often feature food pop ups, including Wandering Buddah and Sugarmans bagels, and they sell all sorts of local pastries as well as other retail coffee/coffee-related items.

5. Cherry Coffee

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2207 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(985) 250-0466
Former Mojo barista Lauren Fink runs her Cherry Coffee pop up out of Stein's Deli, and features a selection of roasters she rotates weekly, including NOVO and Gimme! Coffee, in all forms of drinks from pour overs to cappuccino.

6. District

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2209 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
What best accompanies a decadent Tastee-on-steroids donut than an amazing cup of coffee? 1000 Faces Coffee is served at this new LGD fave, and drink offerings include espresso, drip, pour overs, and an on-tap nitro cold brew that comes out frothy and frigid (no ice needed) and takes 30 hours to brew.

7. Velvet

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5637 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 450-2129
BGA certified bartista Tamara Muro was one of the first people to bring third wave to New Orleans, with her tiny espresso bar on Magazine. Intellegentsia and Stumptown are served here, and 'slow bar' offerings include the very science-lab-like siphon as well as pour overs. Spanish style espresso drinks are available, as are loads of pastries, like housemade teacakes and poptarts, and some breakfast/lunch fare.

8. Brigade Coffee

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It's South and Central American coffee on wheels. This converted Citroen H van can usually be found in front Goorin Bros. hat shop in the LGD and sometimes at Juan's Mid City, and also at food truck round ups around town, slinging lots of espresso drinks with their 110V La Cimbali. Follow them on twitter to get their schedule.

9. French Truck at Palmer Park

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Geoffrey Meeker's roasts his French Truck Coffee to order, and because of that, it really is New Orleans' best coffee. While you can find French Truck and various quality restaurants and coffee shops—including Pagoda Cafe, Refuel, and Ruby Slipper— it's so much more fun to find them in person at the monthly Saturday Art Market at Palmer Park, where they do hand pours of their signature roasts and iced coffee too.

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1. Church Alley Cafe

1228 Oretha Castle Hallie Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113
This gorgeously eccentric gem in Central City does it right, from pour overs to espresso, featuring micro roasters French Truck Coffee and Tandem out of Portland. They also have great local pastries on hand including Windowsill Pies and other 'small bites'.
1228 Oretha Castle Hallie Ave
New Orleans, LA 70113

2. Spitfire Coffee

627 St. Peter, New Orleans, LA 70116
Folks in the Quarter can get their pour over fix at this tiny joint (seats about 2 comfortably) with a sleek modern vibe and pour over bar. Miami's Panther and SF's Ritual roasters are featured prominently. They also have legit espresso drinks.
627 St. Peter
New Orleans, LA 70116

3. HiVolt Coffee

1829 Sophie Wright Pl, New Orleans, LA 70130
Rock N Roller/Saint owner/third wave enthusiast Benji Lee brings the only Oji Japanese slow drip to town in the LGD. HiVolt has a five station pour over bar, serving Counter Culture coffee out of North Carolina. Lee's wife, Laura, creates a slew of breakfast/lunch small plates that are on the local and healthy side, and lots of vegan pastry are available.
1829 Sophie Wright Pl
New Orleans, LA 70130

4. Solo Espresso

1301 Poland Ave, New Orleans, LA
You may not have heard of Solo yet, but the secret is out in the Bywater, where this cute little pour over/espresso hideout resides. Panther and French Truck are both served at insanely reasonable prices (also, Solo delivers in the neighborhood). On top of that, they often feature food pop ups, including Wandering Buddah and Sugarmans bagels, and they sell all sorts of local pastries as well as other retail coffee/coffee-related items.
1301 Poland Ave
New Orleans, LA

5. Cherry Coffee

2207 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Former Mojo barista Lauren Fink runs her Cherry Coffee pop up out of Stein's Deli, and features a selection of roasters she rotates weekly, including NOVO and Gimme! Coffee, in all forms of drinks from pour overs to cappuccino.
2207 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

6. District

2209 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
What best accompanies a decadent Tastee-on-steroids donut than an amazing cup of coffee? 1000 Faces Coffee is served at this new LGD fave, and drink offerings include espresso, drip, pour overs, and an on-tap nitro cold brew that comes out frothy and frigid (no ice needed) and takes 30 hours to brew.
2209 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

7. Velvet

5637 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
BGA certified bartista Tamara Muro was one of the first people to bring third wave to New Orleans, with her tiny espresso bar on Magazine. Intellegentsia and Stumptown are served here, and 'slow bar' offerings include the very science-lab-like siphon as well as pour overs. Spanish style espresso drinks are available, as are loads of pastries, like housemade teacakes and poptarts, and some breakfast/lunch fare.
5637 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

8. Brigade Coffee

New Orleans, LA 70115
It's South and Central American coffee on wheels. This converted Citroen H van can usually be found in front Goorin Bros. hat shop in the LGD and sometimes at Juan's Mid City, and also at food truck round ups around town, slinging lots of espresso drinks with their 110V La Cimbali. Follow them on twitter to get their schedule.

9. French Truck at Palmer Park

New Orleans, LA
Geoffrey Meeker's roasts his French Truck Coffee to order, and because of that, it really is New Orleans' best coffee. While you can find French Truck and various quality restaurants and coffee shops—including Pagoda Cafe, Refuel, and Ruby Slipper— it's so much more fun to find them in person at the monthly Saturday Art Market at Palmer Park, where they do hand pours of their signature roasts and iced coffee too.

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