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10 Best Cafe Websites of January 2020

Especially in January, it’s quite easy to slip into a coffee shop, grab your delicious drink, and head back out toward your warm office or home. That’s, of course, by design! The ease of ordering, picking up, and exiting with your drink requires a lot of moving parts that customers don’t necessarily see. A quality cafe website often helps inform visitors about what makes that business’s character unique and how that characterization is connected to the drinks they serve.

The greatest cafe and coffee websites shine a light on important aspects of coffee-making, distribution, and guest-hosting processes.

From growing the beans to cooking them to finding the perfect grind setting for your next cappuccino, such areas of specialty within the industry are vast, and where one business chooses to emphasize quality service and character, another may find something else important from their expertise that describes their values.

Top 10 Best Cafe Websites

  1. Ipsento Coffee

    The website for Ipsento Coffee doesn’t depend on preexisting templates for its image galleries, offering starkly professional photographs that help visitors feel immersed in a high-quality environment. While you’ll quickly notice that there aren’t links to outside information, the site’s internal links are well-displayed on the landing page’s navigation bar without feel overly complex. Each sub-page offers a 1-2 paragraph description in simple language to stay informative, but also time-sensitive for readers on-the-go with their beverage.

  2. America’s Best Coffee Roasting Company

    America’s Best uses a clever design that balances a mostly gray-scale palette with plenty of images with brightly-colored events and spaces scattered throughout for more emphasis on the character and enthusiasm customers bring to the business. The site provides a small grid that’s right-adjacent to help give some visually enticing contrast to the abundance of punchy text on the left side. With such a minimalist homepage presentation, their slogan, “Leveraging Technology to Produce Quality Specialty Coffee” may seem like a mouthful, but it’s an effective longer statement because it expresses their core value as a business and connotatively describes their focus as “no frills, just quality.”

  3. Influx Cafe

    The site for Influx Cafe establishes their brand’s sleek and modern look with a homepage slider that shows off their unique furniture, including long comfortable booths and a wall of cushy chairs along a wooden bar for laptop users who need an electrical outlet. The homepage’s sped-up video loop gives visitors a quick glance at the company’s average day-to-day. Their site’s sub-pages are easy to get too just under the video slider and offer concise descriptions of their coffee types, food options, and ongoing involvement in local community events.

  4. Cafe Henrici

    Cafe Henrici uses a flip-style menu that lets users have fun with navigating the site by making the transition from each larger section into a choose-your-own adventure experience. Visitors get to use their high quality background images as clickable choices that mimic an in-person exploration of the store via directional arrows pointing to comfort and quality coffee within pictures of their shop’s doorways. Each widescreen picture is fundamental to this design tactic and uses different visual perspectives to enhance the individual look of each photo, and thus the user experience when playing around on the site.

  5. CoffeeGeek

    A little different from the other examples on this list, CoffeeGeek is the go-to place for everything to do with coffee, from preparation guides, professional and consumer reviews of technical equipment, and a large community of forum-posters for community-building around the company’s brand. Their unique “opinions” section is selectable from the header’s nav bar and provides regular coffee columnists that offer insights on their particular expertise regarding coffee and the process of making it, including bean farmers, baristas, consumers on-the-hunt for the next great coffee shop, and business professionals breaking down the current econometrics for coffee’s industry as a whole.

  6. Ceremony Coffee

    Ceremony’s design is minimalist and tidy, with a hero header that boldly shows their most popular products. With plenty of white space between homepage sections, their graceful presentation benefits from a great parallax effect and a very interesting menu option for “Taste By Color,” an interactive window where moving the mouse cursor to different areas of the rectangle changes its color accordingly and brings visitors to the corresponding sub-page for coffees with that color. Their sticky header adds more to the seamless design and helps visitors feel how sleek it all looks through easy navigation.

  7. No Coffee Company

    With a unique name, and while probably being the most creative shop on our list, No Coffee Company still uses a general split-screen homepage design that’s easy to find and implement on most major website platforms. From the center of the page, the site’s main navigation menu loads after the homepage’s background video loop of baristas hard at work in their very clean cafe during busy hours downtown. Their branding goes beyond just coffee with an online store that’s easy to access from the main navigation and browse through. Their regularly updated blog also adds a lot of nuances to the business’s general values and specific coffee expertise.

  8. Cloosiv

    A company devoted to offering smaller cafes the ability to implement mobile-ordering for their customers, Cloosiv’s layout does great work promoting the company’s particular mission and values. They advertise the apps that make mobile-order possible right on the homepage, and the design’s elegant cartoon illustrations give an approachableness to the business that smaller shop owners feel comfortable initially engaging with. Their text’s boldness helps give certain sections more visual emphasis without creating a load burden on computers and cell phones like flashy animations or long video loops might.

  9. INeedCoffee

    INeedCoffee specializes in coffee education, and their homepage’s central image comes with a slogan and call to action about learning how to brew for newcomers. Like the homepage, their whole site is devoted to what audiences who include coffee as a regular part of their lifestyle most want to learn. They aren’t constantly updating their blog and feature articles with multiple posts per day, instead going deeper into the technical and cultural affiliations of coffee drinkers and makers so their information is well-researched and sincere.

  10. Third Wave

    Based in Torquay, Australia, Third Wave is a (very) small business with a fantastic, simple design approach. To represent their modest-looking kiosk located right on the shoreline, their appropriate name and weathered-look give the impression of tradition and stability in an unusual, but comforting location. Since their business is so straight-forward, offering quality coffee in an efficient space with a lot of foot traffic, their navigation bar’s limit of only three options provide everything essential about understanding their services and where they’re located for fast and easy trips across the sand.

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