If you’re like us, you need that first cup of coffee to get going in the morning, and you’re just not so into the ones that taste like mud. Fear not, if you’re visiting Cincinnati for the 2015 All-Star Game (or anytime, really), there are plenty of places to grab the perfect coffee, espresso, latte, or cold brew…

    Like the craft brewing scene of the Queen City, the coffeeshop world is alive and well. Pour-over our list of the best pour overs and other caffeinated creations…

    Rohs Street Cafe

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    Rohs Street Cafe was doing fair-trade and direct-trade coffee before it was the trendy thing to do. A hangout for Bohemian college students, local artists, and Clifton businesspeople, Rohs Street fulfills the requirement that every college campus have a funky coffeeshop near by. The people running the show care not only about your drink tasting fantastic, but also about it being created in a socially just manner. Cincinnati’s first all fair-trade coffee shop is the place in Clifton for a caffeine fix. (That’s a Rohs Street latte in the cover photo, by the way.)

    245 W. McMillan Ave., Cincinnati OH 45219

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    Collective Espresso

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    Before making a splash with their sneaky little spot in Over-the-Rhine, Collective Espresso scoured the country for the best coffee shops, taking little insights from each one to bring one clean, efficient, and awesome spot. Their attention to detail has paid off, and now they have 3 locations in 3 of the coolest parts of town: Downtown (inside the Contemporary Art Center- how cool is that?), Over-the-Rhine, and Northside.

    Downtown: 44 E. 6th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

    Over-the-Rhine: 207 Woodward, Cincinnati, OH 45202

    Northside: 4037 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati, OH, 45223

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    Coffee Emporium

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    Like Rohs Street, the folks at Coffee Emporium were early-to-the-scene with coffee that not only tasted good but was good for the world. They still support multiple philanthropic efforts across the globe, and their locations in Cincinnati each has its own unique personality. If you’re visiting from out of town, their Central Parkway location serves up tasty light lunches and breakfasts and somehow captures the vibes of both Over-the-Rhine and downtown.

    Central Parkway Location: 110 E. Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH, 45202

    Deeper Roots

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    If you’re a Cincinnati coffee nerd, you already know Deeper Roots has been acquiring and roasting the best beans in town, but now they’ve jumped into the mix with their very own stand-alone shop. Located next to a toy store, children’s bookstore, and children’s clothing store in the Oakley neighborhood, it’s the perfect place to treat yourself to a delicious pour-over while you prepare for your kids wanting to buy every LEGO set they see.

    3056 Madison Rd., Cincinnati OH, 45209

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    Redtree

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    If you like your coffee with a little art and some locally-made goods, Redtree is the place for you. With friendly baristas and beautiful art all around, you can’t have a bad morning in this place. Local artists are constantly rotating in-and-out of the space with affordable art. We’re still at the “let’s frame a concert poster” stage of life, but when we decide to be adults, we’re totally buying some art from Redtree.

    3210 Madison Rd., Cincinnati OH, 45209

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    Carabello Coffee

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    Birthed in the Carabello’s garage, this great cafe filled the coffeeshop void in Northern Kentucky with not only the city’s best cold-brew coffee, but also another coffeeshop on a mission to make the world a better place. If you’re spending time on the Kentucky side of Cincinnati, Carabello Coffee is a must-try.

    Read more about Carabello in this article from Casamatic.

    107 E. 9th St. Newport, KY 41071

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    BLOC Coffee Company

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    If Rohs Street Cafe had a west-side sister, it would be BLOC. Located in the now-hip Incline District of Price Hill, BLOC Coffee Company has been serving up some of the very best drinks in town for years. It’s the perfect place to grab a morning latte and take in the unbeatable west-side view of the city from the nearby park.

    3101 Price Ave., Cincinnati, OH, 45205

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    Whether you’re a Cincinnati native, visiting for the 2015 All-Star Game, or in town for a weekend of fun any time of year, Cincinnati has a coffee shop begging to help you get your day off to a good start.

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