Zava Cafe's various coffee drinks at their Rehoboth Beach location. Photograph by Maria Deforrest.

But First, Coffee

Our quaint coastal towns offer a vibrant coffee culture that serves up exceptional brews but also a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Café a Go-Go
With enticing smells of fresh java and baked goods in its home on N. 1st Street, Café a Go-Go has been a Rehoboth coffee staple since opening its original location in 2005. A local favorite, Café a Go-Go has brought authentic flavors of Mexico to the resort-area coffee scene for years. Customers will find a wide variety of coffee blends, espresso drinks, pastries, wraps, smoothies, Mexican hot chocolate and more.

The Coffee House powered by Schell Brothers
Famed local home builder Schell Brothers spreads its mission of happiness by serving up java. Hand-crafted coffee and a laid-back (and always positive!) beach vibe that shares a space with its showroom are on tap at this bright aqua-painted, Rehoboth Avenue location near the Boardwalk. 

The Coffee Mill
The original, tucked in the alley known as Rehoboth Mews, offers a wide range of freshly ground coffees, from organic to flavored blends, and is the perfect spot to grab a cup while strolling around town or to quell your hangover. A second larger location recently opened on the corner of McKinley Street in Dewey.

Gaia Coffee Co
Owner Ben Masino (who we wrote about in our June 14 edition), spends months on the ground in Costa Rica every year in search of the perfect beans grown with love and sustainability in mind. The coffee is craft-roasted in small batches and can be purchased at local farmers markets, at a permanent kiosk inside Old World Breads, or ordered online and delivered to your door. 

Kaisey’s Delights
For a healthy dose of cultural charm with your morning coffee, head to Kaisey’s in Lewes or on the Avenue in Rehoboth, where owner Thierry Langer and wife Nathalie have embellished every detail of the place with Austrian tradition. For a real treat, snag their signature dish with your coffee, a Kaisey (AKA Kaiserschmarrn) — a cross between a pancake, a funnel cake and fluffy French toast. Those who opt for tea, we have it on good authority that their iced vanilla chai latte might be the best in town.

Lewes Coffee Co.
Have an early morning trip and need a pick-me-up before boarding the ferry? Head to this cafe located inside the terminal. A large chalkboard menu displays the classic offerings — served hot or cold. They locally roast Brazilian Esmeralda coffee beans in small batches for peak freshness. 

Mudslingers
If you blink, you might miss the 112-square-foot drive-thru only kiosk which occupies less than two parking spaces in the parking lot beside Rosenfeld’s Jewish Deli along Coastal Highway. 

Notting Hill Coffee Roasters
The giant roaster sits prominently in the center of its home nestled inside Lewes Bake Shoppe. If you’re lucky enough to belly up to a small table, you can sip from your mug while being mesmerized by the wall of 125 kinds of coffee on display for sale. From traditional roasts to wild concoctions like Snickerdoodle and Hawaiian Hazelnut, it’s a flavored coffee-lovers dream. One of the original roasters in the area, owner Amy Felker opened the shop in 1990 and was on the cutting-edge of coffee culture that has taken root along the coast. 

The Point Coffee House & Bake Shoppe
They serve up fresh espressos, lattes, frappes, iced coffee and cappuccinos from beans selected, roasted, culled and blended in-house from their iconic location which is impossible to miss at the corner of Coastal Highway and the beginning of Rehoboth Avenue. Local owners Jen and Jeff Zerby also own and operate the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel and Victoria’s Restaurant.

Rise Up Coffee Roasters
Tim Cureton was exposed to the art of coffee-growing while in the Peace Corps, which inspired him to open the drive-through coffee trailer in St. Michaels, Md. This hip coffee joint, which now occupies the former 7-11 on the circle in Rehoboth, has garnered an almost cult following here on the Delaware coast.

The Station on Kings
This adorable Insta-worthy coffee cafe (with to-die-for baked goods)  doubles as a garden center and beautifully curated market of unique homewares. Shoppers who lack self-control just may find themselves hauling a set of hand-crafted measuring spoons they didn’t know they needed home with their coffee. 

Swell Joe Coffee Company
Owners Dave and Drew met while catching waves in coastal Delaware and were quick to discover a shared passion for serving the community while exploring their senses of adventure. The guys began a quest to bring fresh-roasted, surf-inspired coffee to the Cape region. Their thriving wholesale division provides some of the coolest cafes, restaurants, grocers and shops throughout coastal Delaware — including Surf Bagel — their six signature roasts with off-the-charts flavor. 

Zava Cafe
Restaurateurs Danio Somoza and Thaina Bittencourt, owners of Harvest Tide Steakhouse in Lewes and Zocca Modern Mexican in Bethany Beach, are behind this adorable cafe concept located on Federal Street in Milton. The interior is super chic and cozy and will make you think you’re in a hip, metropolitan city. You can typically find groups clamoring for one of the 10 al fresco tables at their second location on Wilmington Ave. in the Avenue Inn & Spa building. 

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