You’ve got to love when you wake up to your IPhone telling you it’s 7 degrees outside (sarcasm). When the day is forecasted at a high of um…12, I sometimes wonder how exactly to dress myself to WALK to work and school without looking like a total marshmallow and while avoiding death by frostbite. Eli once told me that the cold is like an equalizer among humanity…it’s hard to not look like a total goof when all you care about is keeping warm, so in the cold the playing field becomes quite level. It’s a stretch…but it’s one positive aspect of 7 degrees, right? The only other thing we could possibly enjoy about today is how the cold makes snuggling up by a fire with a hot Cup O Joe sooo much more satisfying. I think the Boulder business owners have tapped into this consumer need quite well considering there’s not one, not two, but SEVENTEEN coffee shops just in downtown. How does one decide where to take their marshmallow self for refuge? Let’s discuss;
Eli loves the coffee at The Unseen Bean (which now that I think about it, I’ve actually never seen it) but apparently its right on Broadway! Still, the slightly hidden storefront is not the reasoning behind the name. Gerry Leary, master roaster at The Unseen Bean has been blind from birth. But his passion for coffee led him to attend the San Francisco Coffee Training Institute and now have his own café in Boulder. Pretty cool!
The Cup is my personal favorite. Mostly due to its spacious interior; there’s always a spot to plop down and study. Also, all of their coffee is fair-trade, organic and roasted locally, which I’m always a fan of supporting. In the back room, they have a clever little “cell phone booth” where they encourage customers to take calls so you don’t disturb others trying to enjoy their cozy time. Practical, and comical.
One day (another cold snowy day) the power went off in the office and we took a stroll down to Ozo coffee. We tried a maple donut with bacon on top. Who would have guessed such a strange topping would be so great on a donut? (I guess it is bacon). Order an espresso drink “for here” and enjoy the cute little maple leaf design they make with the foam. Love coffee? Ozo has Brew Bar Tastings on Fridays at 2 p.m. where you can try one coffee brewed in three different brewing processes.
Amante is another café that’s caught my eye, located on Walnut next to The Parlour hair salon. If you’re looking to wind down after a long day or possibly start layering on your night time liquor coats a little early, Amante has a full bar featuring “Italian wines, coffee-based martinis, Moretti beers, along with traditional standards such as Negronis, Manhattans, and Gimlets.” Quite trendy if you ask me.
These are only a few of the many options to escape from the cold in Downtown Boulder. Find a full list here, pick your favorite, and let’s make this freezing day a wee bit more enjoyable.