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The Best Coffee Shops in Buffalo (2022 Edition)

Third wave coffee has arrived in Buffalo! Discover our picks for the best Buffalo coffee shops serving flat whites, cappuccinos and pour overs.

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As is the case with most American cities, coffee is hot in Buffalo.

We’re not talking about diner coffee that you may associate with the hard-scrabble city with an industrial past. Nope. We’re talking about coffee crafted with lightly roasted, single origin beans.

Flat White at Public Espresso and Coffee in Buffalo
We always seek out good coffee wherever we travel. We were successful in our search in Buffalo.

Some people call this type of coffee third wave coffee. Others call it specialty coffee. As for us, we don’t care what it’s called. We just want to drink it every single day of the week.

Since there’s only so much coffee you can drink, discover our favorite Buffalo restaurants as well as our favorite Buffalo activities.

Our Favorite Buffalo Cafes for Specialty Coffee

Female Barista at Public Espresso and Coffee in Buffalo
Buffalo has several spots to drink specialty coffee drinks like flat whites and pour overs.

Buffalo now has hipster coffee shops downtown and in residential neighborhoods. As faithful fans of third wave coffee, we drank a lot of coffee during our week in New York’s Queen City.

These are our favorite Buffalo coffee shops:

1. Public Espresso

Tim Zdrojewski at Public Espresso and Coffee in Buffalo
Tim Zdrojewski crafted our cappuccino with care at Buffalo’s Public Espresso.

Located in the historic yet trendy Hotel Lafayette in downtown Buffalo, Public Espresso has a cool vibe and serves equally cool coffee. Baristas craft drinks to order using globally sourced, locally sourced beans.

While their downtown cafe has been open since 2015, James Rayburg and Sam Scarcello started roasting beans two years earlier. The duo has since opened a second Public Espresso cafe in South Buffalo.

Iced Coffee at Public Espresso and Coffee in Buffalo
This Bali espresso tonic was a refreshing afternoon treat.

Public Espresso’s coffee drinks range from typical cappuccinos to more exotic options like the Bali espresso tonic that we couldn’t resist trying. Tall and cold, this unique drink inspired by cafes in Bali gave us the caffeine jolt we needed. Plus, it tasted really good.

Pro Tip
Bring quarters so you can feed the meters and avoid parking tickets while you chill at Public Espresso.

Public Espresso has multiple locations. We visited the original cafe located at 391 Washington Street, Buffalo, NY 14203, USA.

2. Remedy House

Andrew Trautman at Remedy House in Buffalo
Andrew Trautman served us excellent coffee drinks at Remedy House in Buffalo’s Five Points neighborhood.

Remedy House would be the coffee shop we’d frequent if we lived in Buffalo.

Bright and airy, this cafe has large windows and a friendly vibe that make it ideal for both hanging out with friends over a cup or two of coffee. More important, its flat whites and pour overs are top notch.

Cappuccino at Remedy House in Buffalo
This flat white kickstarted our day of food tripping in Buffalo.

Expect sun to stream through the those windows regardless of the temperature when you visit this Five Points cafe. We can only imagine the summer sunshine since we visited during the winter.

Also expect to drink coffee made with locally roasted beans. While this cafe originally sourced beans from Toronto, it now roasts its own beans and sells them by the bagful.

Pro Tip
Not in the mood for coffee? Order a mimosa or G+T instead. Remedy House has a fully loaded cocktail bar.

Remedy House is located at 429 Rhode Island Street, Buffalo, NY 14213, USA.

3. Tipico Coffee

Tipico Coffee in Buffalo
Tipico Coffee is one of Buffalo’s most popular coffee shops. Pictured here is Tipico’s original West Side location.

Originally located in Buffalo’s lower west side, Tipico Coffee is now a great spot to linger over crafted coffee drinks in Buffalo’s Elmwood Village. Despite moving to a different neighborhood, Tipico’s popularity has not waned. Instead, it continues to percolate and grow.

Jesse Crouse was a seasoned coffee veteran when he opened Tipico Coffee in 2015. Just two years later, Pete Herman joined the team and the two started roasting their own beans. Not surprisingly, Tipico’s Elmwood Park cafe is located near its roastery.

Two Coffees at Tipico in Buffalo
Two flat whites are always better than one at Tipico Coffee.

Popular food items include avocado toast and grilled cheese sandwiches. However, coffee is the main event and the primary reason why we visited Tipico. And, for those who match our obsession with brewing quality coffee at home, the cafe sells freshly roasted beans both online and at the cafe.

Pro Tip
Switch it up and try a cold brew coco crafted with housemade coconut milk.

Tipico Coffee is located at 1084 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222, USA.

4. Undergrounds Coffee House and Roastery

Undergrounds Coffee in Buffalo
Located in a former funeral home, Undergrounds Coffee is one of Buffalo’s most unique coffee shops.

Undergrounds Coffee House and Roastery is unique compared to all coffee shops we’ve visited around the world – but not because of its third wave coffee program. Its uniqueness is due to the First Ward coffee shop’s building which previously operated as a funeral home. Yes, this Buffalo coffee shop had a former life that focused on death.

Also, unlike other third wave coffee shops in Buffalo, Undergrounds is female owned and operated. Erin Morris, Sara Heidinger and Bridget Morris opened Undergrounds Coffee and Roastery in 2016. Six years later, they opened a second cafe in Buffalo’s Seneca One Tower.

Mugs at Undergrounds Coffee in Buffalo
Membership has its privilege at Undergrounds Coffee. In this case, the privilege is a mug fittingly decorated with a picture of a famous dead person.

Despite (or perhaps due to) its unusual past and progressive ownership, the original Undergrounds Coffee has become a vibrant spot spot for Buffalo locals to relax over coffee and food. While the building’s quirky layout and morbid history add a unique twist, its freshly roasted coffee speaks for itself.

Pro Tip
You’ll get a free mug if you join the cafe’s roastery clubs. And not just any mug – each of these mugs is designed by local artist Jody Selin and features the picture of a famous person who passed away.

Undergrounds Coffee House and Roastery has two cafes. We visited the original cafe located at 580 South Park Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14210, USA.

Additional Buffalo Coffee Shops

Public Espresso and Coffee in Buffalo
Coffee shops like Public Espresso & Coffee are happy places in Buffalo.

Our favorite Buffalo coffee shops should be enough to kickstart your days in Buffalo. However, here are a few more to visit if you’re an overachiever when it comes to drinking good coffee:

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Daryl & Mindi Hirsch

Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.

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We thank Visit Buffalo Niagara for sponsoring our trip to Buffalo to facilitate this and other articles.

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Patricia

Thursday 25th of August 2022

You missed Daily Planet on Hertel Avenue.

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Thursday 25th of August 2022

Thanks for the tip; however, it looks like Daily Planet is permanently closed.