Once upon a time, in a small town right outside of San Francisco, a young Danielle looked up at her coffee-loving mother and thought to herself, "there is no way I will ever drink that AND LIKE IT". A hop, skip, and a jump later, I'm now 20 years old and my day is not complete without a Starbucks run. I constantly find myself craving a skinny vanilla latte or iced vanilla coffee with soy (yes, my coffee orders are that complicated) regardless of the hour of the day! Now that I work downtown, I decided to make my way through the district, trying all sorts of new coffee shops and cafes...living the dream, am I right?! Fun Fact: Downtown Boulder has over 17 different places to get coffee! I'm dedicating this blog post to my five favorite unique coffee places in downtown Boulder. So listen up coffee-lovers...
1) The Cup: Located on the East End of Pearl, this is probably one of my favorite coffee shops downtown. It's a large cafe where you can hang out, do homework, and enjoy one of their delicious homemade sandwiches and pastries. Their garage door patio is the perfect setting to enjoy the beautiful Boulder sunshine! From students to tourists to the "Lance Armstrong's" of Boulder, The Cup offers something for everyone to enjoy!
2) Unseen Bean: This tiny, but mighty coffee shop is absolutely worth checking out! Master coffee roaster, Gerry Leary, has been blind from birth, but that's never stood in his way. He attended the San Francisco Coffee Training Institute before opening his own restaurant. Their creme brulee latte paired with a tasty egg and cheese breakfast bagel is pretty much the key to my happiness on a Monday morning!
3) Boxcar Coffee Roasters: I honestly had never heard of this place until I started my coffee adventures! It's an adorable establishment with a rustic feel to it on the East End. They sell bags of their freshly roasted coffee along the walls, so you can't help but take in every scent of that delicious coffee smell. One thing I love about Boxcar Coffee Roasters is that they highlight the various coffee-connected countries. If you're feeling adventurous, try their Columbia El Pita!
4) Laughing Goat: All you night-owls, look no further! The Laughing Goat has live music, poetry, and entertainment every night of the week. It's the perfect place to get a cup of joe with some good friends ad enjoy the many talents Boulder has to offer. My recommendation: try the Venetian Cream; it's smooth, creamy, and a little sweet. I promise you won't regret it!
5) Trident Booksellers Cafe: Trident is maybe one of the coolest and most unique places I've ever stumbled across during my experience in Boulder. Not only is the coffee tasty, they have an incredible new and used book selection! I spent over 45 minutes browsing through everything from health and cooking books to rare first edition journals. If you love literature and have time to spare, this is the place to be!
These are just a few of the many coffee shops downtown Boulder offers. Check out the extensive list here. Whether it's hot or iced coffee, sandwiches, pastries, or the ambience, the coffee options of Boulder really have it all! The hardest part is deciding where to go...I encourage you to try them all!