International Coffee Day is right around the corner on October 1. Why not celebrate with some freshly-roasted java in the Pocono Mountains? From cold brew to single origin to the popular pumpkin spice latte, local cafes and coffee spots craft one-of-a-kind seasonal specialties with ethically-sourced, small-batch beans.
With that extra nip in the air, fall is the perfect time to follow the Pocono Coffee Trail! Keep reading to discover the best coffee in the Poconos at these six local cafes.
Black and Brass Coffee Roasters
With three different locations to choose from in Honesdale on the northern end of the region, Black & Brass Coffee Roasting Company is a must-stop for those looking for that perfect cup in the Poconos. Every bean is roasted right on site, and there are bags to take home as well as a full menu of hot and iced espresso drinks. Choose from blends like "The Darling Dark," "Morning Brass" and "Honey Bourbon" Pick up a pastry and relax amidst the burlap bags and coffee culture atmosphere in their cafes, or shop their online store to have some beans sent straight to your house!
Camp Umpy's Bagels and Stuff
Before or after your autumn outdoor adventure, Camp Umpy's Bagels & Stuff on Main Street in Honesdale is a great place to refuel and re-caffeinate. Try a house blend, a latte or a cold brew with sweet cold foam. Obviously, you're going to need one of those beautiful, freshly-baked bagel sandwiches to go with it! The small-batch beans used by Camp Umpy's in their coffee creations are roasted right across the Delaware River by 2 Queens in Narrowsburg, NY.
This old-fashioned ice cream parlor isn't just a hot spot for sundaes and scoops. Stop in Chantilly Goods in Weissport to try coffee iced or hot, freshly ground or pressed, roasted locally by Morghan Rake Coffee Roasters in Effort, PA. Just steps away from the D&L Trail, Chantilly Goods is a perfect stop to warm up and refuel during your fall hike or bike ride. Pick up a bag of whole or ground beans to take home with you or even a new coffee grinder or French Press pot for your kitchen.
Cocoon Coffeehouse & Bakery
What's a cup of joe without a little something sweet to go with it? The counter at Cocoon Coffeehouse and Bakery in Hawley is filled to the brim with croissants, tarts, muffins, cupcakes and more. You can even grab a fresh, farm-to-table meal from their breakfast, lunch or dinner menus, but the coffee is serious business. The high quality beans are sourced exclusively from Electric City Roasting Co. in Scranton, PA. Enjoy your cup from a table in the atmospheric dining space or on the patio outside with a view of the surrounding mountains. Located just outside the historic Hawley Silk Mill, Cocoon Coffeehouse is named in honor of its original purpose: sheltering the cocoons that supplied the silk!
Nestled in the beautiful grounds of the Himalayan Institute, a scenic old white barn has been transformed into a coffee and chocolate hub that has a global reach. The sustainably-sourced cacao and coffee beans that come to the Moka Origins factory in Honesdale were grown at Moka Farm in Cameroon, founded in 2015 and dedicated to generating employment through education and sustainable farming. Take a tour to see how Moka Origins products are crafted right on site, then order a beverage and relax beneath the towering trees outside. If you're looking for holiday gift ideas for the coffee lover in your life, stop by the factory or browse their online store!
Uncommon Grounds at the Mill
For top notch artisan coffee roasted right in Pennsylvania, don't miss a visit to Uncommon Grounds at the Mill. This Weissport coffee bar is located alongside the Gorge Eatery in the historic Hofford Mill just outside of Jim Thorpe. You'll find a delicious assortment of homemade baked goods, sandwiches, paninis and even crepes to go with your espresso. Try something out-of-the-ordinary like a homemade Horchata, or order a one-of-a-kind seasonal beverage topped frothy foam art or mounds of whipped cream.
Whether it's a cup you just picked up at a local cafe or a thermos you brought brewed from home, coffee goes hand in hand with the stunning fall foliage and autumn adventures in the Pocono Mountains! Check out hiking trails to explore this season and different ways to enjoy the bright leaves.