No matter how insanely hot or cold (not that that ever happens around here) it gets in the RGV, there’s no denying the fact that for some of us, we NEED our coffee anyway. If you often hear something along the lines of, “OMG you’re drinking a hot/iced coffee in this weather?!” then I’d like you to know that you are definitely not alone.

Other than giving us that extra kick when the mid-day snoozefest strikes, for us coffee fanatics, life just wouldn’t be the same without that delicious soy iced coffee with an extra shot. You’re really thinking about it right now, aren’t you?

Whether you’re a Starbucks addict or a DIY coffee lover, it’s time to experiment a little and raise your mug to all the homegrown coffeehouse gems the RGV has to offer.

For a true coffee fiend, there’s nothing more life-changing than a cup (or glass) of artisan brewed coffee. Next time you’re tempted to wait 20 minutes in line for a Frappuccino, stop what you’re doing and give one of the best coffee destinations in the RGV a try—you won’t regret it.

In no particular order (because let’s face it, that would be an impossible task), here are the top 3 coffee hot spots to test out this summer:

Grind Coffee Co. – Edinburg

315 W. University Dr.
Monday-Friday: 7am-10pm
Sat-Sun: 10am-10pm

Nestled in the heart of Edinburg, this quaint coffee shop packs a serious punch. From cortados to craft cold brew and heavenly espresso, this joint is the perfect destination for the serious coffee drinker. If sugary frappuccinos aren’t your thing, Grind will certainly satisfy all your caffeine dreams.

Coffee Time RGV – Alamo

505 E Business Highway 83
Monday-Friday: 7am–9pm
Sat: 8am-8pm

While some coffee enthusiasts are set in their ways, others like to experiment. Luckily, Coffee Time in Alamo is the perfect place to do so! Their menu ranges from traditional favorites like cappuccinos to experimental classics like matcha lattes. Now what could be better than that? In addition to their signature coffees, they also offer a never-ending menu of treats like ice cream and homemade paninis. If your significant other isn’t in to coffee, this might just be the perfect place for the two of you. You can have your coffee and drink it too!

Jitterz Coffee Bar – Mission

jitterz1625 N Conway Ave.
Monday-Friday: 7am-10:30pm
Sat: 8am-10:30pm
Sun: 8am-7pm

Sometimes, all a coffee freak really needs are the classics. At Jitterz in Mission, you’ll fulfill all your heart’s caffeine related desires. From decadent espresso to superb lattes such as their ever popular Latte del Rey, this little spot in downtown Mission is the perfect place to sip on a good old cup o’ joe and get some work done! Whether it’s school work that’s got you down or you had to take work home with you on the weekend, moving through your to-do list will be pleasant with Jitterz as your backdrop.

Next time you’re tempted to order that venti concoction of yours, drop that gold card and treat your tastebuds to a little something from one of these totally Instagram-worthy spots in the RGV instead. You’re welcome in advance.