8 Pittsburgh Coffee Shops That Take You Beyond the Latte

TABLE staff suggests a few coffee shop offerings shaking up the standards.

De Fer Coffee & Tea

Multiple Locations
From coffee cocktails (ever tried a Coffee Old Fashioned?) to Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin aged in Earl Grey tea, caffeine and alcohol lovers alike will have no trouble finding something to love at this local chain. Did we mention the large selection of house-made pastries?


3410 Penn Avenue
The love for worldwide adventuring and coffee intersect at Lawrenceville’s TOLVE, which offers both unique drinks and travel packages to destinations around the globe. Black Sesame lattes, tonic coffee, and Japanese toddies are just some of their exquisite drink options.

Coffee Tree Roasters

Multiple locations
On a hot workday afternoon, what’s better than a slushy, delicious, frozen coffee drink? Not much. The flavored Frozaccinos at this local chain hit the spot and cool it off.


1601 Penn Avenue
Beyond innovative tapas, cocktails and classic coffee, Soluna’s menu features a rotating cast of specialty coffee-based drinks. Their spring menu, for example, featured a Strawberries & Cream latte and a cold brew mixed with chamomile and rooibos tea concentrate. You never know what options await at Soluna; it’s simply best to stop in and discover for yourself.

Arriviste Coffee Roasters

5730 Ellsworth Avenue
Specialty drinks like the Affogato, a scoop of Leona’s ice cream drowned in espresso, and the Mozart in the Jungle, Malagos chocolate ganache and espresso topped with Malagos cocoa nib cream, are available alongside Japanese-style Flash Brews and conventional coffee drinks.

Commonplace Coffee

Multiple Locations
Julie and TJ Fairchild named their coffee mecca after a Walt Whitman poem. There’s a shaggy, mellow friendliness here that the poet would have enjoyed, Not to mention a consistently great cuppa joe, no matter how you like it.

Redhawk Coffee

Oakland and Sharpsburg
While Redhawk Coffee’s offerings are pretty standard, what makes the small Pittsburgh-based roastery stand out is its use of fresh milk from Brunton Dairy.

Orbis Coffee

675 Washington Road
Located in Mt. Lebanon, coffee, tea, wine, beer, and cocktails are available at this local specialty coffeehouse. Menu highlights include an Earl Grey gin martini, apple cider (which can be spiked with bourbon), and frozen frappes. Don’t skip out on their vegan baked goods.

Story by Jordan Snowden

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