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    Boxcar Coffee

    Boulder Coffee Shops

    Boulder is brimming with college students, tech students, artists and entrepreneurs, so naturally, this town is highly caffeinated at all times! You’ll find a coffee shop around every corner in Boulder, ready to cater to the laptop-and-latte crowd — and casual coffee connoisseurs, too. Below is a sampling to get you started, but you could well make a grand tour of Boulder coffeehouses that would have you buzzing for days.

    Chefs' Favorite

    Working closely with farmers in far-flung regions, Ozo has a well-deserved reputation in Boulder for its top-quality beans, precise roasting and flavorful brewing. In fact, many of the chefs we interviewed named Ozo as a favorite way to start the day (with three locations to choose from). So well versed in the art of coffee roasting and brewing is Ozo that their training lab is one of the few accredited by the Specialty Coffee Association of America. You can even take roasting or barista courses here if you wish, or attend a fascinating cupping event (the coffee version of a tasting). Men's Journal named Ozo one of the Top 25 Coffee Roasters in America.

    Patrons sitting outside Ozo Coffee Boulder Pearl Street

    Coffee Artisans

    Boxcar's chic space (shared with a gourmet deli) and the science-lab beakers and burners behind the counter clue you in right away to the fact that this coffee shop takes its craft seriously. Boxcar’s knowledgeable baristas take their time creating the perfect cup, so don’t expect to be slung a half-caff soy toffee macchiato in 10 seconds flat — it’s just the basics here, and they are slowly, meticulously hand-crafted to perfection.

    Cutest Cafe on Wheels

    Carabiner Coffee roasts their beans in small batches and then takes to the road in “Ol Blue” — an adorable robin’s egg blue 1971 VW Bus — to serve up cups-of-joe-to-go, everywhere from local climbing gyms to alpine summits. You can track their whereabouts on Instagram at @carabinercoffee.

    Fuel for Your Hike

    In one of the historic cottages at Chautauqua (a historic district at the foot of the Flatirons) is this charming little shop, open from May through September. The General Store is steps away from Boulder’s most popular hiking area, Chautauqua Trail Head, and serves up a mean latte, fragrant local teas, ice cream and other yummy treats, great for a pre- or post-hike pick-me-up.

    Sweet Synergy

    Coffee and chocolate, anyone? This local chocolatier is stocked, floor to ceiling, with mind-blowing confections, and they also have a full espresso bar. Opt for a creamy-dreamy mocha, or forget coffee altogether and go all in with a cup of Piece, Love and Chocolate's famous sipping chocolate.

    Man in Piece Love and Chocolate

    Poetry and Coffee

    One of only three poetry cafes in the country, Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Cafe is a true hub for Boulder’s poets, with weekly readings and poetry events. Have a seat among University of Colorado grad students, unearth a Billy Collins or Margaret Atwood volume from the shelves, and sit and enjoy a bagel and latte. Another coffee shop, The Laughing Goat, hosts “So You’re a Poet” open readings on Monday evenings (a decades-old tradition that has included the likes of Allen Ginsberg and Diane Di Prima). The Pearl Street location is a favorite local haunt, with a new East Boulder location (affectionately referred to as Baby Goat) that's gaining popularity, too.

    Ground Zero of Boulder's Startup Scene

    Great coffee, kombucha and Boulder’s amped-up tech scene are all on tap at Gather. The café is located on the ground floor lobby of Galvanize, a downtown think tank and educational institute that draws a community of digital innovators and students. Gather is open to the public, with a bright, sunny interior and conversations about the next great app happening all around you.

    Gather at Galvanize Boulder

    Mountain Chic

    Boulder tastemakers Lon and Lauren McGowan are the geniuses behind the Alpine Modern gift shop, magazine and cafe trifecta in Boulder — each offering a unique take on modern mountain living. Stop in the Hill location of their coffeeshop for scrumptious avocado toast and a finely crafted espresso drink. Or shop while you sip at their sleek Pearl Street location.

    Outdoor patio at Alpine Modern Hill Boulder

    Baked and Brewed

    A happy marriage of Colorado-roasted coffee and insanely delicious baked goods (you gotta try the Old B. cookie) make this tiny shop on the West End of Pearl Street a go-to for neighbors and those finishing hikes in the nearby foothills. Kick back in Spruce Confection's lovely courtyard on a sunny day and enjoy the people watching. There's a North Boulder location to explore, too.

    Patrons sitting outside Spruce Confections Boulder

    Bike-Coffee Combos

    Two shops on Pearl Street's east end are helping keep Boulder's avid cyclist population caffeine-fueled, outfitted and repaired: Stop into Full Cycle for an espresso maybe a new saddle or enjoy Rapha's quiet atmosphere, great coffee and sick gear — plus check their impressive roster of weekly group rides. The North Boulder location of Amante Coffee is particularly popular with Boulder’s avid cyclist community, too. There’s a Wednesday morning bike ride that leaves from (and returns to) Amante every week. Maybe there's something about an Italian-roasted espresso (the owners of Amante Coffee import beans direct from Northern Italy) that gives Boulder's bikers extra pep.

    Bringing the Outdoors In

    Brewing up Boulder’s own micro-roasted Conscious Coffee, The Cup is full of students and folks working remotely all day long. It’s where to go to just chill and soak up the buzz happening all around you. On warm days, the shop opens two giant garage doors that front to busy Pearl Street, so you can people watch and catch the cool Colorado breeze while you sip your espresso.

    A Shout Out for Tea Drinkers

    Did you know Boulder is home to a hand-carved Persian teahouse, North America's largest tea factory that you can tour, and a pretty serious tea obsession, in general? Get more information on this Tea Tasting in Boulder page.