At Nowhere Coffee Club, we want to celebrate everyone's vision of what a perfect coffee shop can be. This is why we think it's important to help define the various coffee shop types, so you can choose the one that best suits your individual flavor.

10 Types of Coffee Shops

Mom & Pop

A mom-and-pop coffee shop is a small, independently-owned establishment with a personalized touch, often run by a family, and known for its welcoming atmosphere and authentic, local charm.


A chain coffee shop is part of a larger network of stores with standardized branding, menu offerings, and decor, providing a consistent coffee experience across multiple locations.

Third Wave

A third-wave coffee shop prioritizes the artisanal and nuanced aspects of coffee production.

Haute Cafe

A haute cafe seamlessly blends modern aesthetics with functional elegance, featuring meticulously curated interiors, innovative architecture, and a sophisticated atmosphere that elevates the coffee-drinking experience.


A cultural coffee shop is one that incorporates elements that celebrate and showcase a specific culture.


A co-working coffee shop combines the amenities of a traditional coffee shop with a conducive environment for remote work, providing individuals with a comfortable setting to work, meet, collaborate, and enjoy coffee.


A neighborhood coffee shop is a local and community-focused establishment, often characterized by its cozy ambiance, familiar faces, and a welcoming atmosphere that becomes an integral part of the neighborhood's social fabric.


An urban coffee shop is a bustling and contemporary establishment situated in a city environment, known for its trendy design, diverse clientele, and a dynamic atmosphere that caters to the fast-paced urban lifestyle.

Coffee Truck

A coffee truck is a mobile and on-the-go coffee establishment, offering convenience and flexibility by bringing quality coffee and beverages directly to various locations, catering to customers with a fast-paced lifestyle. 

Drive Thru

A drive thru coffee shop is a compact and convenient roadside establishment where customers can swiftly access quality coffee and beverages without leaving their vehicles.

Coffee Etc.

A Coffee Etc. shop is a coffee shop that also has something else going on. Examples include coffee shops with retail shops or service offerings. These could include coffee + vintage shops, coffee + barber shops, or even coffee + oil change spots.


These are the coffee shops that have legit full plate breakfasts and they usually have well stocked bars.

Ok, so now that we have a shared terminology, we want to invite you to check out our local coffeehouse tours! These are actual shops that we have visited and categorized to help you get a better idea of what to expect when you visit. And if you like a certain type of coffee shop or want to check out more within the above categories, just click the tag and it will take you there!



January 17, 2024

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