One of the best things about Maine is the local vibe. From local farm-to-table food to local home brews, it’s easy to make sure all dollars go towards supporting local business and, more importantly, jobs. One of the easiest ways to support local business in Maine is to wake up with beans roasted right here in Vacationland.
This list of local coffee shops will keep you going all day long! Also, it’s important to remember that we love them all and this list is in no particular order.
1. Rock City Coffee Roasters, Rockland
This mid-coast mainstay is consistently rated among the best in the area. They began in 1992 as a part of Second Read Books and Coffee before expanding into a much larger space. Since 1999, they have roasted their own beans. Located at:
252 Main St.
Rockland, ME 04841 / (207) 594-5688
2. 44 North, Deer Isle
There's lots on offer here - from drip to pour over. There are two locations - one in Stonington open during the season and the other year-round in Deer Isle. Come for the coffee, but stay for the good vibes and friendly smiles.
3. Others!, Portland
The coffee at Others! is 100% fair trade and organic and the treats are a delicious variety of gluten-free, vegan and your regular decadent "everything included" variety. The best part of this centrally located shop is that it is completely non-profit. All profits go towards a variety of charitable causes at home and abroad. And bring your pup - they're dog friendly! Located at 15 Monument Square
Portland / (207) 874-7411
4. The Owl & Turtle Bookshop, Camden
If you're passionate about supporting local and independent...well, everything - this is the place for you! In addition to tirelessly promoting local authors, artists, and artisans, the Owl & Turtle hosts poetry readings, author readings and signings, book release events, a writers group and various craft and maker events. And, of course, their coffee is top notch! The locally-roasted coffee is served alongside locally-blended teas, and all baked goods are made in their cafe. Check them out at 33 Bay View Street, Camden / (207) 230-7335
5. Coffee Hound Coffee Bar, Bar Harbor
Serving up delicious, small-batch Carrabassett Coffee Company coffee, this is the place to come before a hike up Cadillac Mountain. Try an organic espresso and enjoy the incredible customer service from owners Chris and Jen. Visit them at 27 Main Street, Bar Harbor / (207) 288-0366
6. Arabica Coffee Co, Portland
We just had to include two Portland coffee shops on this list. In fact, there were so many great ones to choose from, it was hard to limit ourselves, but Arabica's spot is well-deserved. With a small, cozy location near Monument Square and a second, larger one near the Old Port where the beans are roasted, there's a vibe for everyone. In addition to great coffee, Arabica serves up tons of baked goodies and lunch foods, which will make it easy to spend the day caffeinated and full. Here's an insider tip from us - if you head to the smaller location on Free Street and want one of their homemade sandwiches, get there before 1pm or you'll be out of luck. We've learned the hard way. Visit them at either 9 Commercial Street - (207) 210-6473 or 2 Free Street - (207) 899-1833
7. Green Bean Coffee, South China
A lovely spot to enjoy some coffee, baked goods or a breakfast burrito off the coast. You may come in here for a quick bite, but end up staying a while with their many books and games. Take a comfy seat and spend the day! Visit them at: 11 Old Windsor Road, South China / (207) 445-7099
8. Inner Eye, Rangeley
If you prefer your coffee with a side of fun gifts to buy, you should definitely check out Inner Eye in Rangeley. Grab an espresso and sit at one of the window stools for a great view of Main Street. Make sure to try the strudel as well - theirs was voted best at the Oktoberfest Brat & Strudel Contest this year. You'll find them at 2487 Main Street, Rangeley / (207) 864-5100
9. Dastardly Dick's Wicked Good Coffee, Eastport
Peanut butter and jelly, Laverne and Shirley, sunrise and coffee... Some things just go together perfectly! Grab a cup at Dastardly Dick's and then head out to see the first sunrise on the east coast of the USA. Visit them at 62 Water Street, Eastport / (207) 853-2090
10. Joey Kramer's Rockin' & Roastin' Coffee, Sunday River
While we can't exactly vouch for this place just yet (it opens this month) we had to include it on the list out of sheer curiosity. There are so many questions - why Sunday River? And who knew he loved coffee so much? If you have any answers to why the drummer of Aerosmith is opening (what's supposed to be an awesome) coffee shop at one of our Maine mountains, let us know in the comments!
What are your favorites? Let us know in the comments to that we can make this a go-to for local coffee lovers!