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THE BEST COFFEE SHOPS IN BOULDER

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UPDATED OCT 31, 2019

Even the most seasoned caffeine fiend likes to occasionally mix things up. So if you’re looking for a change of scenery, grab your laptop or a friend and head to one of these coffee hot spots.

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ELYSE COSENTINO

FITT BOULDER CONTRIBUTOR

Need a quiet place to meet a friend or co-worker for a quick cup and friendly service in the heart of Boulder? Head to Ozo at the top of Pearl. If you visit often enough, their quick-witted staff will remember your name and your favorite drink too. Here, you can sip outside on warmer days and soak in the signature view of the Flatirons.

Alpine Modern has two incredible locations: one housed in a cozy, architect-restored Chautauqua cabin on the Hill, and one ultra-hip spot on Pearl. Whether you want a simple cup of coffee and super-fast internet or a mocha and some coconut chia pudding, you’ll be at home at Alpine Modern. While you’re there, check out their curated boutique of mountain-inspired goodies.

While close neighbors with Ozo, long-standing Trident breeds totally different vibes. It has a welcoming, homey study where you can focus and get to work. But if you'd rather just relax, this is also a great place to wander the aisles for a solid read while savoring a small batch, locally roasted espresso. And on a summer night, head to the back patio for live music and crisp mountain air.

If you’re not like all the remote workers in Boulder who have the luxury to hunker down in a cafe during work hours, Pekoe Sip House (in the Steelyards, at Alpine & Broadway, and on the CU Campus) may be your new go-to. They're known for their quick service and arguably the best Americano in town.

Looking for a cozy spot to help get those creative juices flowing? Join the daily crowd of freelancers and students at The Laughing Goat on Pearl or at their East Boulder location. They’ll pour a velvety shot of espresso while you scope the local artwork display. The cafe also serves local beer and hosts live entertainment — check out their schedule for a genre that suits your mood!

The baristas at Boxcar Coffee Roasters know their stuff and don’t take coffee-talk lightly. If you ask, they’ll spill all the notes, from dark and earthy to fruity and floral, so you can find a flavor profile right for you. The roastery also shares the space with Cured, so be sure and pair your cold brew with one of the incredible artisan sandwiches.

Boulder fave Full Cycle is more than just a bike shop — in addition to outfitting you for your next ride, they’re now in the business of amping you up beforehand and winding you down afterward. Stop by their gathering spot—The Tune Up— for sustainably-grown coffee, plus good local craft beer, wine, kombucha, and snacks. They open early and close late which we love since the chill community vibe here will have you wanting to stay all day.

Flatiron Coffee has made its home at 28th and Arapahoe. There’s plenty of space to gather your friends or pop open your laptop to get down to business. But for those seriously on the go, you can order your cup online and it’ll be ready when you arrive. Fitt Tip: try the house favorite — the honey pot latte.

Italian coffee is the name of the game at Amante. The cafe only uses coffee beans from a third-generation coffee roaster in Northern Italy, and the recipes used by their roaster have been in his family for over half a century. You can find them in one of three locations in Boulder: Uptown on Broadway, Downtown on Walnut, or at 2850 Baseline.

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