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Three Ships Coffee in Virginia Beach recently landed on Cosmopolitan's list of the country's best coffee shop. (Photo courtesy Three Ships Coffee Facebook)
Three Ships Coffee Roaster in Virginia Beach was recently named the state’s best coffee shop by Cosmopolitan Magazine. (Photo courtesy Three Ships Coffee Facebook)

Virginia Beach has the state’s best place for coffee, according to Cosmopolitan Magazine.

Three Ships Coffee Roaster, 607 19th St., recently landed on the publication’s 50-state tally of the country’s best java joints. The citation includes feedback from two Yelp reviewers, including one, “Marcus G.,” who said a line of customers stretched out the door.

“Here, small batches of fresh, seasonal coffee are roasted right on site, and then whipped into simple pour-overs, or creative strawberry-infused espressos, that people just can’t get enough of,” Cosmopolitan said.

Three Ships has seen an uptick in interest since the announcement, especially among regular customers, said owner Brad Ewing.

He and his wife Amy, a classically trained violinist who also serves as the coffee roaster, started in their garage; they sold their coffee at farmers markets and ran production from their home for roughly three years before opening a brick-and-mortar store in April. They’ve focused on building a brand and an enterprise that would appeal to young customers in search of something cool.

“I think that’s the energy Cosmo found,” Ewing said. “It’s just insane that they found us.”

Social media has played a part, too.

Three Ships posted on Facebook about the announcement on Sept. 29.

“Could not be more stoked to be mentioned as one of the Best Coffee Shops in America,” the post said. “Thanks Cosmopolitan Magazine for including us.”

And Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms tweeted about it Saturday, offering his congratulations.

For Ewing, the Cosmo nod is surreal and validating at the same time.

“We’re pushing to become the best,” he said. “It’s amazing. We put a lot of work into the details.”


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Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post,, and Talking Points Memo. Her recent book, Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation’s Capital, was shortlisted for the 2017 Mark Lynton History Prize. Her first book, The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy, won the 2005 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award.