Starbucks has been established as the mainstream chain that serves classic espresso drinks, coffee, tea, pastries, and the frozen delicacy known as Frappuccino since the early 2000s. They have set the standard for what specialty coffee means for many people. This has led to success for many other coffee spots for customers to partake in flavorsome caffeinated beverages and other goodies, all while enjoying a carefully curated café atmosphere.
Many people already frequent their favorite Starbucks location, but there are so many available options that are comparable to this standard. If you are tired of your Starbucks routine, but want a place that has your triple shot, half-caf, skinny, four pump sugar-free caramel mocha, look no further.
When you are ready to branch out and try a new venue for coffee, here is a list of 17 alternate franchises that offer similar drink, pastry, and merchandise options to shake up your routine, with a few specialties of their own. Try one of these shops located all around the US and beyond. Going North? Here are 19 more coffee franchises you can find in Canada.
17. Biggby Coffee
This East Lansing, Michigan based chain is quickly becoming the popular spot to get your caffeine fix across the Midwest. Biggby Coffee has 100 locations that span from Wisconsin through Ohio. They offer espresso based iced and hot drinks, smoothies/milkshakes, brewed coffee, and light food such as pastries and fruit cups. Try their seasonal specials such as the Peppermint Stick Mocha. Also get a free drink on your birthday or surprise your friends by having Biggby Coffee cater your next gathering.
16. Caribou Coffee
Located in many Southeastern states as well as Colorado and the Midwest, Caribou Coffee has many classic coffee drink offerings such blended Caribou Coolers or even tea lattes. They have a list of lighter drinks for the calorie conscious and also the old favorites like the Americano. You can also find their coffee beans for sale in the form of K-Cups or by the pound in the grocery store.
15. Colectivo Coffee
With 16 locations in the Wisconsin locales of Milwaukee and Madison, Colectivo is a state specific station for caffeinating beverages and food. They have an extensive breakfast and lunch menu that exceeds the ready-made options Starbucks is known for, including a smoked salmon bagel and substantial falafel burger or grilled cheese. Their menu is simple, but they have a selection of flavored syrups to add to beverages like the latte or Italian soda. Try the espresso shake, which is scoops of vanilla ice cream blended with shots of espresso.
14. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Operating since 1963, this store not only serves popular coffee and tea drinks, but is also one of the oldest specialty coffee and tea retailers in the United States. They have over 1000 locations worldwide and also sell their products online. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has a large presence in the home brewing coffee market. Look for their products in the grocery store or sign up for a subscription service to have your favorite blends in the form of K-Cups mailed directly to your home to use with your Keurig machine.
13. Crazy Mocha Coffee Company
Taking inspiration from the surrounding areas of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, this coffee company designs each location to compliment the feel of the neighborhood. Visit one of the 29 locations in the region and get a glimpse of the different themes this shop embodies. They allow extensive use of their wireless internet, which is a particular draw for customers who like to work remotely. Try the frozen hot chocolate or their chai latte, both of which have been highlighted as fan favorites.