Ghostlight Coffee was voted the Best Coffeehouse for the third year in a row on's Best of 2018 contest.

BEST OF DAYTON: The 3 best coffee shops to try in Dayton

Rise and shine! Don’t wake up with just any cup of coffee.

Treat yourself to the BEST local brew Dayton has to offer.

These are the top three places to grab coffee in Dayton, as voted on by YOU in our Best of Dayton 2018 contest:

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Ghostlight Coffee was voted Best Coffeehouse by users in the Best of Dayton 2018 contest.

Ghostlight Coffee, located at 1201 Wayne Ave. in Dayton’s South Park neighborhood, opened on Nov. 14, 2011.

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Shane Anderson says the community has wholeheartedly embraced what he and his staff are working to do in bringing new flavor profiles and options to coffee cups across the Dayton community. 

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“What I thought would be the South Park neighborhood coffeehouse quickly turned into a great gathering place for the whole city. I am so grateful to the people of this city for their continued support of our shop,” he said.

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The Lumberjack latte from Ghostlight Coffee in Dayton offers all the familiar flavors of fall without relying on pumpkin. Instead, cinnamon and maple flavors take the forefront in this comforting, cozy drink.
Photo: Allegra Czerwinski

There’s always something brewing at Ghostlight it seems — figuratively and literally. The coffee shop continues to expand its breakfast offerings and has launched a coffee mobile truck that serves coffee, tea, iced coffee and an assortment of cookies, muffins and other baked goods from Ghostlight’s bakery. Ghostlight offers catering services as well. Their pies are pretty incredible, if you ask us.

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What: Ghostlight Coffee

Where: 1201 Wayne Ave., Dayton (in historic South Park neighborhood)

Hours: 7 a.m-5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sundays. After hours events announced on Facebook on occasion.

More info: WebsiteFacebook 

🏆’s Best of 2017 Best Coffeehouse winner;’s Best of 2016 Best Coffeehouse winner

🥈2. Boston Stoker

Boston Stoker is having an awesome coffee sale for one day only the month of September 2017. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Boston Stoker recently celebrated its 45th anniversary as one of Ohio’s leading and longest running independent coffee roasters since 1973. 

“The business of coffee has changed a lot in 45 years and though we have too by developing direct relationships with farmers and expanding our sourcing, our commitment to delivering the best roast on the best beans has remained constant,” said Henry Dean, president of Boston Stoker. 

The local coffee chain offers a number of single origin coffees.

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Boston Stoker is celebrating 45 years in Dayton. Source: Photo from Boston Stoker Facebook page

Boston Stoker was founded in Englewood in 1973 by Don and Sally Dean as a pipe and tobacco shop. As a strategy to build their customer base in a new business, the Deans started offering free, freshly brewed specialty coffee to customers while they shopped, according to the company’s web site. 

The demand began to grow to buy the coffee to take it home, eventually leading Boston Stoker into the specialty coffee industry.

“An independent business like our’s doesn’t last as long as it has without great customers, and we’re excited to mark the milestone with all of you,” Dean said

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In this 2006 file photo, freshly roasted coffee beans pour from the cooling tray at a Boston Stoker facility in Vandalia. FILE
Photo: susan carroll


What: Boston Stoker

Where: 34 W. Second St., Dayton; 8321 N. Main St., Clayton; 1293 S. Dorset Road, Troy; 215 N. Main St., Centerville; 740 N. Main St., Springboro (inside Dorothy Lane Market); 6177 Far Hills Ave., Centerville (inside Dorothy Lane Market); 2710 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood (inside Dorothy Lane Market); 10855 Engle Road, Vandalia (Roastery); inside Dayton International Airport.

Hours: Vary by location

More info: WebsiteFacebook 

🥉3. Winans Chocolates + Coffees

Kylee Bernhardt steams milk for a coffee drink in the Winans Chocolates and Coffees in downtown Springfield. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
Photo: Contributing Writers

Piqua-based Winans traces its roots to the late 1800s, and is now under the fourth generation of family ownership of Joe Reiser and Laurie Winans Reiser. Winans has 18 stores, including in the Dayton area, Columbus and Wapakoneta.

Winans brings in both chocolate and coffee beans directly from producers in Central America, and is a “bean-to-cup” coffee producer. 

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But the business originally focused on its chocolates. Some of its signature collection includes Buckeyes, Bourbon Cherries and Cherry Cordials.

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When Joe Reiser, a self-described coffee addict, added coffee to the chocolate shop in 1994, his father-in-law and former owner of the business declared, “It will never work.” today, coffee accounts for 50 percent of Winans’ business.

The Winans Easter line includes a three-foot-tall, 20-pound chocolate Easter bunny that sells for about $200. Really!

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🏆’s Best of 2015 Best Coffeehouse winner


What: Winans Chocolates + Coffees

Where: 3510 Pentagon Blvd., Beavercreek; 2806 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Miami Twp.;45 Plum St., The Greene, Beavercreek;4425 Feedwire Road, Centerville;6735 Miller Lane, Vandalia;5839 Far Hills Ave., Washington Twp.;310 Spring St., Piqua;8090D Looney Road, Piqua;10 W. Main St., Troy;1201A Experiment Farm Road, Troy

More info: WebsiteFacebook


WINNER: Ghostlight Coffee

2nd Place: Boston Stoker

3rd Place: Press

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WINNER: Ghostlight Coffee

2nd Place: 3rd Perk Coffeehouse

3rd Place: Boston Stoker


WINNER: Winans Chocolates + Coffees

2nd Place: Ghostlight Coffee

3rd Place: 3rd Perk Coffeehouse