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Need an afternoon pick-me-up? Readers weigh in on best local coffee shops

In this April 2014 photo, Katie Bell, 29, and her dog Rugby, 7, visit The Shop in the South Perry District. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
In this April 2014 photo, Katie Bell, 29, and her dog Rugby, 7, visit The Shop in the South Perry District. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

We’re collectively obsessed with coffee in the Pacific Northwest.

So when The Spokesman-Review ran its recent list of the region’s 12 best coffee shops, of course, folks had strong feelings about their favorites. Here are a few more, with much thanks to some of our – maybe more caffeinated – readers.

Robert Holman likes The Shop in South Perry District. “Good food and Anvil coffee, but also live music and comfortable outdoor seating with two large garage doors to open up the place in good weather,” he said. 924 S. Perry St. (509) 534-1647.

With a heart emoji, Marianne Bornhoft recommends Rockwood Bakery near Manito Park. The neighborhood shop offers pastries, coffee, soups, salads, sandwiches and quiche in a comfortable, well-lighted space. 315 E. 18th Ave. (509) 747-8691.

Agnes Reizek, Kathleen Robertson Schilb and Mary Terhaar recommend Tom Sawyer Country Coffee in Kendall Yards. “My favorite roast there is African Sunrise. And Tom will talk at length about his beans!” Terhaar said. “Great atmosphere. Friendliest and most welcoming staff. And the coffee is just absolutely delicious – best around. Sure, they don’t have a large selection of pastries, but that’s not a measure for me when going to a coffee shop. I’m about the coffee and the ambiance. Oh, and did I mention FREE parking!?!” Reizek said. 608 N. maple St. (509) 818-3355.

Patrick Valentine and Chris Gatewood like Rocket Bakery, which has multiple locations.

Faith Lind and Katelynn Poe like Wake Up Call Fine Coffee and Espresso. The Spokane Valley-based local chain has multiple locations.

Lauren Devine prefers Cool Beans Coffee. “They have a Shark Week drink, a drink with Peachie-O’s, and overall just the best tasting drinks in my opinion. I think my favorite was called ‘Fall in a Cup.’” 4337 S. Regal St. (509) 443-6402.

Nevada Street Brew is my all time favorite!” said Kate Hood-Hoffman. 4519 N. Nevada St. (509) 482-5504.

Whistle Stop must be doing something right because they are crazy busy all the time!” April Hoffman Matlack said. 16409 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley. (509) 891-5852.

Janet Nelson likes “Rise and Grind Espresso.” 6107 E. Trent Ave., Spokane Valley. (509) 309-8882

Scott Kusel recommends the eclectic, vegan and gluten-free Boots Bakery and Lounge in all caps with three exclamation points. 24 W. Main Ave. (509) 703-7223.

Zeke Fogal goes to Forza Coffee “multiple times a week.” 2829 E. 29th Ave. (509) 535-7179.

White Dog Coffee should be on this list!” Morgan Hall said. Spokane: 2909 E. 57th Ave. Spokane Valley: 1014 N. Pines Road.

Marilyn Courrier prefers Bakery by the Lake. “Bread and pastries baked in house, the best mocha in town and fresh flowers on every table. Not to mention outside seating with views of City Park and Tubbs Hill.” 601 Front Street, Coeur d’Alene. (208) 415-0681.

Mararita Bray recommends Canon Coffee and Cone. “Always consistent, with good quality syrups and local products. They also feature local artists once a month too!” 1925 W. Fourth Ave. (509) 413-1898.

Michelle Dolby Clermont missed Crush Coffee Bar. 13411 E. 32nd Ave. (509) 290-5232.

Meaghan Flowers votes for Mason Jar. “Great drinks, tasty food, and such a fun atmosphere!” 101 F St., Cheney. (509) 359-8052.

Dirk Pratt said he thinks Thomas Hammer has “the best roasted coffee.” The local roaster has multiple locations.

Jacki Martin is a long-time fan of Lean Bean Coffees. “For me it is the consistency that I sought and ended up with. I think it’s been over 11 years, of just that. Always the same nutty bouquet of yum and ahhh!” 1820 Northwest Blvd. and 1207 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene. (208) 676-2326.

Last but not least, Coeur d’Alene Coffee Company opened at the end of July with a rustic-modern feel, exposed duct work, Edison bulbs and large front windows that let in lots of natural light. 418 E. Lakeside Ave.