Loudoun is wine and beer country, but in recent years we’ve upped our java game too, with a slate of trendy coffee shops and espresso bars opening in historic downtowns and upscale lifestyle precincts.
These caffeine temples are bringing to Loudoun the kind of skilled baristas, latte art, and coffee connoisseurship often found in big cities.
In celebration of National Coffee Day (Tuesday, September 29th) and International Coffee Day, (October 1st) – and as a reminder that the summer of iced nitro brews and cold pours is giving way to hot drip pours and rich espresso drinks – we bring you 10 of the best coffee shops in Loudoun.
Get your bean game on.
Bean Bar, Leesburg
This spacious, comfy, communal, industrial-chic coffee lounge is located in the Village at Leesburg. Try the Bean Bar Mocha Espresso – a shot poured over single origin specialty chocolate.
King Street Coffee, Leesburg
Friendly staff, masterful pours and a welcoming communal vibe are what makes this stop a must on the list. The side window service and extra outdoor seating during the pandemic has been a godsend. The coffee masters use award-winning Lone Oak beans from Round Hill native Sam Kayser, which is always an advantage. Try the quad shot latte or, if you’re hot and feeling decadent, an affogato: a cup of ice cream with an espresso shot poured over it. Magic.
This cool, Euro-style espresso bar is in a historic building on King Street. This joint would not be out of place in Rome and we love the sidewalk window counter. Ask for a classic cortado and enjoy the coffee art.
Blend Coffee Bar, Ashburn
Located in eastern Loudoun, this spacious, exposed brick space offers comfy sofas, live events such as trivia nights and excellent sandwiches and pastries. But, it’s the expertly poured espresso drinks and delicious nitro-infused cold brew that brings you back.
Cuppa Giddyup, Middleburg
This horse country staple on East Washington Street does a great line of pastries, bagels, and smoothies alongside richly textured, well-balanced drip coffee and espresso drinks.
Common Grounds, Middleburg
This popular neighborhood café on West Washington Street is known for its excellent breakfast and lunch menu, beans roasted specially for the café and for its dog-friendly ambiance. We like the breakfast sandwich paired with an extra shot latte. They do wine and beer later in the day, too.
Ridgetop Coffee & Tea, Sterling
When entering this eastern Loudoun coffee shop it feels like a communal living room for the whole family. Locals come in to play board games, work on puzzles, read the papers, use free wi-fi and catch up with friends while putting their kids in the designated children’s play area. Beverage-wise they do it all, with beans from small-batch artisanal roaster Caffe Amouri in Vienna, and tea from Dominion Tea in Purcellville.
Shoe's Cup and Cork, Leesburg
Located in a former shoe store, this beloved local café also has a “secret garden” out back and a cozy upstairs dining room. Browse the superb breakfast and lunch menu (try the bagel and lox) and a wide range of coffee drinks.
Backstreet Brews Coffee & Teahouse, Lovettsville
This eclectic spot is tucked on a quiet back street in Lovettsville, with great outdoor seating. The owners serve award-winning Lone Oak coffee and a good range of breakfast and lunch dishes. We like the iced latte and the spinach and feta quiche.
Happy Creek, Purcellville
Don’t let the big city prices at this Front Royal transplant put you off. They bring a scientific approach to coffee, serving everything from pour-overs and espresso drinks to nitro cold brew coffee on draft. The food is 100% gluten free.