Best coffee Indianapolis 2018: Where to get coffee if your Starbucks is closed

Posted at 12:53 PM, May 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-29 23:27:23-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- More than 8,000 Starbucks locations will close Tuesday afternoon for racial-bias training, after a store manager called police to forcibly remove two African-Americans for loitering, drawing backlash and calls for boycotts against Starbucks. 

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If your favorite Starbucks spot is closing, here are some of the best local coffee shops to get your fix:

For a map of all locations, scroll to the end of this story on page 2

Calvin Fletcher's - Calvin Fletcher's received the most amount of attention from our staff at RTV6, and it's easy to see why. Sure, the coffee is great in all forms, but the shop itself is more than just a few baristas preparing your morning beverage: Calvin Fletcher's profits go right back into various community organizations. You can feel good about what you drink, because of the taste and giving back.

Quill's - The Indianapolis canal location is well deserving of landing on this list. While Quill's has other locations in Indiana and Kentucky, this spot's knowledgeable staff and hospitality is uniquely Indianapolis. Our account executive Marcia York says she love, love, loves their Kentucky Cuban iced. That's 3X the love.

Hubbard & Cravens - Boasting a few central Indiana locations, H&C serves all the frothy, caffeinated drinks you're used to ordering, but with a local flair that makes it taste that much better. Dare you to find a better pumpkin latte.

Rustic Root - Located on Main Street in Beech Grove, this tea room also has coffee and pastries. 

Taste of Havana - This Broad Ripple eatery might be most recognizable for their Cuban sandwiches, but a shot of Cubano with every meal will keep you coming back for more. You'll be blown away by the Cuban Coffee.

Bee Roasters - Named Indianapolis' best coffee roaster by our friends at Indianapolis Monthly, it would be remiss not to have this small, craft shop on this list. With a downtown location and another out by Eagle Creek, Bee calls their coffee "culinary."

Coffeehouse Five - On the southside? RTV6 anchor Lauren Casey says this Greenwood cafe is your best bet. Similar to Calvin Fletcher's, this shop is a "for-benefit" spot, where all of the workers are volunteers and the profits go back into the community. Even further, the couple that started it all was going through marriage problems, so they offer free counseling as well as a number of other family services. It's more than just beans, it's about living a good life!

Thirsty Scholar - Part-bar, part-snack shop, part coffeehouse, you can find this combo in the Historic Penn Arts building. Thirsty Scholar's cold brew has just the right nuttiness to get you a pick me up, no matter the time of day or season.

Mo'Joe Coffeehouse - Nestled between luxury apartments just a block off the canal downtown, Mo'Joe is an unsuspecting shop, but embodies the true spirit of the coffeehouse. They bring a variety of unique mixed beverages, as well as solid daily brews to get you off and running each day.

Lulu's - Sweet pastries but even sweet caffeinated beverages, Lulu's caters to all kinds, with or without gluten, and serves up a smooth cup of coffee, no matter the style you prefer. It's just a hop from the Castleton area, and perfect to grab a cup before your daily shopping.