12/27/2011 10:10 am ET Updated Feb 26, 2012

The 10 Coolest Independent Coffee Shops Across The U.S.

In a lot of areas of the U.S., coffee flows almost abundantly as water (speaking of which -- is it time for a coffee break yet?). While most people know joints like Starbucks, Peaberry and even Stumptown, lucky for us, a lot of great independent coffee houses still survive in different areas of the country. Mainly these places focus on quality drinks, perfectly-roasted coffee, a variety of beans, hip baristas and an artistic quality lacking from the name-brand chains out there. Here are some of our favorites. Which places do you frequent?

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