Colorado’s Homegrown Coffee Culture

Wake up, warm up or simply indulge at one of Colorado’s many independently owned coffee shops that make you feel like a local. Each one has an aura of its own and some even function like small-town community centers — think Central Perk in “Friends,” where you can find out all the best things to do while sipping a frothy coffee drink.

A plate of chocolate-covered donuts with a cup of coffee

Farm House Market in Yuma

A barista makes a drink inside a coffee shop

Westbound General in Idaho Springs

Bean-Slingin’ Shops

Morrison Joe, Morrison

The sound of locals chattering fills this java purveyor’s picture-perfect courtyard any given morning. Kickstart your day with a chocolate-peppermint latte, then head for a brisk hike in nearby Bear Creek Lake Park.

Beleza Coffee BarBoulder

The wavy, arched roof of the Community Plaza Shopping Center looks like something out of “The Jetsons.” Perch under it with a thick, velvety espresso milkshake and you’ll shiver with delight.

Two Arrows Coffee BarVail

Just steps from Gondola One, ski junkies find their nectar from the caffeine gods here before hitting the slopes. Swill down a morning macchiato with a bowl of chilled maple oats topped with golden raisins and crunchy granola.

ROOT HOUSE coffee + shopPagosa Springs

Nestled on a bend in the rushing San Juan River, this porch was made for chilly days. Wrap yourself in a cozy blanket scarf to savor a piping cup of single-origin, pour-over coffee.

Boxcar Coffee Roasters, Boulder

Laptop-toting remote workers meet along the exposed brick walls at Boulder’s premier rocket-fuel provider. Taste the shop-roasted Bareknuckle, a heady blend of dark chocolate and caramel.

Sweet Bloom Coffee RoastersLakewood

Feeling like a cross between a jungle and a warehouse, this industrial parlor’s hand-brewed Kolla Bolcha from Ethiopia is the way to go.

Winot Coffee, Niwot

When you see a sign festooned with a humongous horseshoe, you’ll know you’ve made it! The bustlin’ La Marzocco machine is covered in pithy magnets and does an excellent foamy cappuccino.

Sand Cherry CoffeeOrdway

Pick up a sweet Vietnamese coffee and peruse the locally made jams and vibrant accessories at this cozy Main Street cafe.

Westbound GeneralIdaho Springs

Here, a shot of invigorating espresso comes atop a wooden board cut like an arrow with a mini-pint glass of palate-cleansing water — so, take a picture.

Boho Brew, Flagler

Holler for a fancy salted-caramel frappe at this tiny plains gem and nestle into a plush, bowl-shaped chair to converse with your table neighbor.

Farm House MarketYuma

Found downtown, Farm House screams Western hospitality. The roof extends out over iron benches meant for shady sipping year-round.

Howl Mercantile & CoffeeSalida

With a rich mocha in hand, browse the store for too-cool-for-school knapsacks and jean jackets inundated with patches.

Kiln Coffee BarGrand Junction

The heart and soul of GJ could be Kiln Coffee Bar. Have a glass of nitro cold brew while resting on a turquoise-metal stool and gossip with locals about the Trumbo-in-the-bath statue down the street.

Perkatory Coffee HouseTrinidad

Lodged in a Romanesque-revival building built in 1892, Perkatory is best for people-watching while knocking back a strong Americano.

Loyal CoffeeColorado Springs

Sleek lines, gold-framed menus and hexagon-tile floors give Loyal a cool-girl feel. Park yourself at a booth and get the soft-boiled eggs balanced on sourdough bread with a cortado.

Prodigal Son’s Coffee House & EateryCraig

Signs that say “gather” and “family” dot the walls of Prodigal Son’s, making it feel like your mom’s living room. Nab a butter-pecan latte before taking off for a day of hiking at Dinosaur National Monument.

Big Shooter CoffeeKremmling

Make sure to snap a pic of your to-go joe. The cup’s logo of a cowboy holding two massive mugs is too cute not to share on the ’gram.

East Simpson Coffee CompanyLafayette

The skinny, Western-esque storefront of East Simpson will beckon you with guitar circles and friendly faces. Sit for a spell while indulging in a Colorado-honey latte.

The CrownBreckenridge

Situated on the top floor of a 1980s red-brick, split-level galleria, the house-blend cold brew with vanilla is so good it’s worth the frigid hands.

Camp 4 CoffeeCrested Butte

This tiny cabin, plastered in a hodgepodge of vintage license plates, has been voted “Best Coffee Joint” every year since Crested Butte News started its Best of the Butte poll nearly a decade ago.

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