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The Names of America’s Coffee Shops Cover All the Grounds

(Photos: Chris Stuart (Baguetteaboudit); Yuting (Snakes and Lattes); Phocion Bryer (The Donut Whole); Noah (The Human Bean)

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America’s coffee shops aren’t trying to stump you, and that’s okay. 

The vast majority of submitted establishments stick to four obvious coffee themes: brew, bean, perk, grounds (or grind). Very few of these business names offer the forehead-slapping, spit-out-your-drink sort of puns. They’re more obvious than that, readily understood by any passerby without a second look. They also tend to be comparatively tamer than some of the other industries we explored (shoutout to waxing shops and towing companies!)

Perhaps because of the more conspicuous nature of these puns, there’s lots of repetition here. Brewed Awakenings is the most popular name by far and it knows no geographic bounds. Not only can you get a certified brewed awakening in many states in the lower 48, but up in Alaska and even in Guam. 

And yet, when it comes to sheer number of references, “brew” comes in second place. It seems that, more than anything, the folks responsible for naming the nation’s coffeehouses love riffing on the idea of coffee grounds. From Common Grounds to Uncommon Grounds and from Higher Grounds to Legal Grounds, all the (sorry) grounds are covered. 

But where the nation’s coffeeshop owners really do justice to their signature stimulant’s creative powers is when it comes to musical references. You have Sister Sludge, Scone Pony, Moody Brews, Dark Side of the Spoon, and Rimsky-Korsakoffee House, among others. It makes sense since, after all, coffee shops are so often distinguished by the aural offerings as by the drinks.

A blend of coffeeshop facts:

—38 variations on grind/grounds

—27 variations on “brews”

—14 variations on “bean”

—11 variations on “perk”

—15 shops named “Brewed Awakening”

Editor’s Picks:

Burial Grounds (Olympia, WA)

Coffee Crossing (New Albany, IN) 

Freudian Sip (Northridge, CA)

Rimsky-Korsakoffee House (Portland, OR)

Scone Pony (Spring Lake NJ)

Sister Sludge (Minneapolis, MN)  

Here are the other categories:

Bar/Pubs 

Other (including retail stores, vape shops and lots of yarn stores)

Doctors and Dentists

Food Trucks

Pet Care

Restaurants

Cleaning Businesses/Flower Shops/Portable Bathrooms

Hair/Nail Salons

The full list:

A Shot in the Dark Coffee House
Twin Falls, ID
Bad Ass Coffee
Santa Rosa, CA
Bagel Mainea
Augusta, ME
Baguetteaboudit!
Brooklyn, NY
Bean There
San Francisco, CA
Bean There Coffeehouse
Virginia Beach, VA
BeanGood: The Coffee Pub
Arlington, VA
Beans Boro Coffeehouse & Roastery
Greensboro, NC
Beans in the Belfry
Brunswick, MD
Bigelow Gulp
Spokane, WA
Brew Ha Ha
North Adams, MA
Brew Ha-Ha
Baton Rouge, LA
Brew HaHa!
Newark, DE
Brewed Awakening
Ketchikan, AK
Bellingham, WA
Belfair, WA
Metuchen, NJ
Newark, DE
Willits, CA
Berkeley, CA
Brewed Awakening Coffee House
Westmont, IL
Brewed Awakenings
Grand Rapids, MN
Vancouver, WA
Appleton, WI
Wells, ME
Cedar Rapids, IA
Cranston, RI
Tamuning, Guam
BrewHoo Cafe
Livermore, CA
Brews Bros Lounge
Spokane, WA
Bun Bun’s Bake Shop
Brunswick, ME
Burial Grounds
Olympia, WA
Café Ah Roma
Berea, OH
Cafe Diem
Ames, IA
Cafenation
Brighton, MA
Calf Fiend Cafe
Redwood Falls, MN
ChocoLaté Coffee
Decatur, GA
Coffee on the Fly
Creede, CO
Coffee Crossing
New Albany, IN
Coffee Labs Roasters
Tarrytown, NY
Common Ground Cafe and Coffee
Baltimore, MD
Common Grounds Coffee House
Lexington, KY
Common Grounds Coffeehouse
Denver, CO
Confections of a Rock $tar Bakery
Asbury Park, NJ
Corner Perk Cafe
Bluffton, SC
Crimson and Whipped Cream
Norman, OK
Daily Grind
Pullman, WA
Dark Side of the Spoon
Magnolia, TX
Davenport’s Cafe Diem
Pittsboro, NC
Deja Brew
Ellsworth, ME
Bethlehem, PA
Raleigh, NC
Dough Ray and Me
Boerne, TX
Elkins Perk
Elkins Park, PA
Espresso Yourself
Fircrest, WA
Fabled Brew: A Story in Every Cup
Fairhope, AL
Fair Grinds Coffee
New Orleans, LA
Freedom of Espresso
Syracuse, NY
Freudian Sip
Northridge, CA
Full of Beans
Ojai, CA
Get Baked
Windsor, CT
Give Mia Cookie
Bethel Park, PA
Glazed and Confused Bakery
Lansing, MI
Global Libations
Kutztown, PA
Green T Coffee Shop
Boston, MA
Ground Zero
Madison, WI
Grounded
New York, NY
Grounded Coffee
Alexandria, VA
Grounds For Celebration
Des Moines, ID
Grounds for Thought
Bowling Green, OH
HeBrews Coffee
Bedford, PA
High Grounds Coffee
Baltimore, MD
Higher Grounds Cafe
Golden, CO
Higher Grounds Espresso
Port Angeles, WA
Hire Grounds & Goodbooks
Macon, GA
Holy Grounds
Villanova, PA
Austin, TX
Hoosier Mama Pie Company
Chicago, IL
How You Brewin
Beach Haven, NJ
Human Bean
Portland, OR
Bend, OR
Inman Perk Coffee
Atlanta, GA
It’s a Grind
Plainsboro, NJ
IV Drip
Isla Vista, CA
Java Good Day
East Greenville, PA
Java the Hut
Woodland Park, CO
Silver City, NM
Jitters
Joliet, IL
Juan Pelota
Austin, TX
Judge For Yourself
Santa Barbara, CA
Latte Da
York, PA
Legal Grounds
Bend, OR
Rutherfordton, NC
Legal Perks
New Orleans, LA
Lucky Perk
Boise, ID
Massapequa Perk
Massapequa Park, NY
Moody Brews
Dorris, CA
Nervous Dog Coffee Bar
Akron, OH
Never Too Latte
San Bruno, CA
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Eden Prairie, MN
Temecula, CA
On What Grounds?
Berlin, MD
One Of Life’s Perks
Apple Valley, CA
Passion Flour Patisserie
Salt Lake City, UT
Perk Cup Cafe
Berea, OH
PeRx You Up
Portland, ME
Pike’s Perk
Colorado Springs, CO
Plentea
San Francisco, CA
Poplar Perk’n
Memphis, TN
Pour Girls
Roseville, MN
Pour House
Russell, KY
Quince Essential Coffee
Denver, CO
Rimsky-Korsacoffee house
Portland, OR
River Daze
Hood River, OR
Sacred Grounds
Ruidoso, NM
Scone Pony
Spring Lake, NJ
Sconehenge
Berkeley, CA
Sister Sludge
Minneapolis, MN
Slave to the Grind
Bronxville, NY
Sovereign Grounds
Minneapolis, MN
State Grounds
Hastings, MI
SteamPunks
Portland , OR
Sufficient Grounds
Berkeley, CA
Supreme Bean
Port Orchard, WA
Swallow
Brooklyn, NY
Taste Budds
Red Hook, NY
The Bean Counter
Washington, DC
The Bean Gallery
New Orleans, LA
The Central Roast
Pismo Beach, CA
The Daily Grind
Waseca, MN
Cambridge, WI
Baltimore, MD
Pueblo, CO
Santa Barbara, CA
The Donut Whole
Wichita, KS
The Human Bean
Hillsboro, OR
Rocklin, CA
The Neutral Ground
New Orleans, LA
The Sentient Bean
Savannah, GA
Uncommon Grounds
Minneapolis, MN
Saratoga Springs, NY
Indianola, IA
Uranus Fudge Factory
Uranus, MO
Urban Grounds
Avondale Estates, GA
What A Grind
San Francisco, CA
Wit’s End Coffee House
Marion, IA