I have a few coffee spots that I really love that I thought I might share, and I'm hoping to get some more ideas so I always know where to stop wherever in NH I may be.
A & E Coffee Roastery, Amherst: Really my favorite. I've gotten to know the people in this spot, but it was my favorite even before I was personal with anyone there. They roast their own beans, which is almost a guarantee that you'll get a great cup. They really are incredible roasters though, and I love how careful they are about sourcing their beans. I often give their coffee as a gift to people out of state and people are always impressed. The cafe is a great place to buy beans as well as a quick cup. There has been some great changes to the cafe and there is now a large sitting area, featuring local art and there are even a few toys for (quiet) children to enjoy. They offer some baked goods from The Good Loaf, but I really go for just the coffee.
Fat Daddy's, Nashua: A new spot (opened Sept '10 I believe) in Greystone Plaza on 101A. This is a great spot to sit and hang out with friends (or alone, there's always great people to talk to, especially the owner). They recently started an open mic night on Saturdays, I have yet to attend though. Their website states that all entertainment is family-friendly. FD's serves Java Tree coffee, you serve yourself from 3 blend choices (including one flavored which I could do without) and a decaf. There are espresso and cappuccino drinks, and I believe those are for non-takeout orders only (a plus to me). They don't have a full kitchen, but they offer sandwiches and baked goods.
J Dubs, Manchester: I first learned about them from their past Best Of victories. I finally got to stop in the place last week. They server A&E coffee, so I loved it from the start. They developed their own special blend with the roastery, and offer at least 2 other specialty blends, as well as espresso drinks, creative coffee drinks, and smoothies. There is a panini menu and they offer baked goods from a baker out of Meredith (if I remember correctly). The space is small, but very bright. It is really a place just for takeout, but there were a couple of small cafe tables available.
Mad River Coffee Roasters, Waterville Valley: One thing I love about this place is that they stay open until 5:30 on weekends, so even if you leave the mountain late (I did) you can still grab a cup to help you survive the long drive home. They roast their own coffee and always have plenty of options for a cup. They offer great discounts for those that bring their own mugs. Since I got there late this time, the only food available were muffins and granola bars. I was too busy chasing my son around to read the menu, but I remember there being bagels there last year. The service is always really friendly, they take plenty of time to chat. The woman this time even chatted with my older son while I took my younger boy to the restroom.
Milford Coffee and Provisions, Milford: This place is quite large and has ample space for eating, drinking, sitting and working. They feature a full breakfast and lunch menu. They offer a wide selection of A&E coffees and Monadnock Roasters coffee. I only go there for coffee to go, especially when they have the afternoon $1 any size special.
Those are the places I frequent (or will continue to)...there are probably others that I missed that I just haven't been to in awhile. I'd love to hear about other places, I'm always looking for a great place to get a cup that is not Dunkin's or Starbucks.