Today I have a guest post from an old High School friend. Bob is a real-estate mogul in Colorado and had recently asked friends on FB about the best coffee places. Here's his findings!!
Coffee. Cup of Joe. Ink, Java, Mocha. All terms we might lovingly use to describe that jolt of caffeine. The Boulder community is awash with coffee shops. This list of the best Pearl street coffee shops focuses just on Pearl. There are more great cappuccino haunts around town that are not on this list. Simply because of location.
Best Boulder Coffee A to ZI thought about listing out the shops in the order I visited them. Or possibly making an advanced photo map of the best Pearl street coffee shops (that idea died a quick death, I’m no artist). What seems the most reasonable is to just list out the shops A to Z.
Downside to this is the shop with the letter closest to A gets to be at the top of the list. The upside is that when a new shop opens, I can readily add it to the list.
And for now, I also focused only on coffee shops truly fronting Pearl street.
Ultimate Best Pearl Street Coffee Shops List
Alpine Modern Cafe
I haven’t been yet – can you believe it? Its next on my list of Things-To-Do
Boxcar Coffee Roasters
My first visit to this shop was with a younger alum from my Alma Mater. Thank you Skylar, you turned me onto a great coffee roaster with a nice vibe. My recommendation: skip the To-Go cup and hang out awhile.
Cross Streets: 18th & Pearl
Hours: M-F 7 – 6; Saturday 7:30 – 6; Sunday 8 – 5
My Blog: https://www.boulderrealestatenews.com/java-at-boxcar-and-cure-for-food/
Capital One Cafe
Banking meets coffee. Only in Boulder. I met a builder here last year to discuss a potential sale. Its a bank and a cafe. Great location on Pearl Street near the courthouse. Visit Monday & Friday with your reusable coffee cup for a freebie Peet’s Drip coffee.
Cross Streets: 13th & Pearl
Hours: M-F 7 am to 7 pm, Sat-Sun 9 am to 6 pm
Website: Capital One
Blog: no blog post yet. 🙁
Capital One, Ku Cha and Alpine are not your traditional entries on a list of best Pearl Street coffee shops. But they add character to what makes this community so neat. I mean – most banks offer coffee, but how many coffee shops offer banking?
The Cup Espresso Cafe
Energized scene two blocks from the pedestrian mall. Amazing selection of baked goods. Millennial work space, conversation space, lap tops welcome and they make some excellent brew.
Cross Streets: 15th & Pearl
Hours: Everyday, 7 to 7
My Blog: https://www.boulderrealestatenews.com/the-cup-of-coffee-boulder/
Located on the east edge of Pearl Street, this place hums with local traffic seeking java juice, lunch or a comfortable spot to plug in and work. Shop hawks local art and offers a large outdoor patio with inviting verdant vibe. Power strips available to plug in & connect to the ‘net.
Cross Streets: 21st and Pearl
Hours: M-F, 6-6; Sat-Sun 7-6
My Blog: https://www.boulderrealestatenews.com/espressoria-wired-friendly-hub/
Ku Cha Tea House
More of a shop with a limited backroom tea house. Excellent selection of teas, pots, cups, everything you could ever imagine for brewing the perfect cup of tea.
Cross Streets: 11th & Pearl
Hours: Mon – Sat 10 am to 9 pm; Sun 10-8
Blog: No personal blog story yet. 🙁
The Laughing Goat Coffee House
Old School coffee house reminds me of Penny Lane – once upon a time coffee shop on Pearl Street. This space offers open mic, live music and more. Loads of tables crowd the joint. Worker Bees with laptops in the AM share space with conversationalists. Evenings lively with music.
Cross Streets: 17th & Pearl
Hours: M-F 6 – 11; Sat-Sun 7 – 11 — Open Late
My Blog: https://www.boulderrealestatenews.com/laughing-goat-espresso/
Ozo Coffee Company
Prime Pearl Street Mall location delivers. Plenty of seating, packaged coffee for sale, baked goods. Ozo fuels a number of businesses around town, such as home grown natural grocer Alfalfa’s.
Cross Streets: 10th & Pearl
Hours: M-S, 6 to 7; Sunday 7-7
My Blog: https://www.boulderrealestatenews.com/ozo-coffee-downtown-boulder/
Lovely coffee shop and fresh baked goods. A line out the door in the morning is no surprise. Tables dot the sidewalk. Skip the to-go urge and relax in conversation at quiet end of mall before residential area begins.
Cross Streets: 8th & Pearl
Hours: M-F, 6:30 to 6; Sat-Sun 7am to 6pm
My Blog: https://www.boulderrealestatenews.com/spruce-confections/
Multiple locations. Reliable national chain with the Secret Menu, but no drive through in either of these locations. Nestled near eateries at grab & go 28th Street location. Next door to local burrito maker Illegal Pete’s and close to garage parking at west location.
Cross Streets: 28th and Pearl
Hours: M-T-W, 5 to 8 pm; T-F 5-9 Sat 5:30 to 8:30 Sun 5:30 to 7 — Opens Early
My Blog: No blog yet. 🙁
Cross Streets: 14th & Pearl (beginning of pedestrian mall)
Hours: M-Th, 9 pm; Friday 5:30-10:30; Sat 6 – 9:30; Sun 6 – 8:30
My Blog: No blog yet. 🙁
Trident Booksellers and CafeIn the heart of excellent dining along Pearl Street, Trident is a strikingly Locals respite. They get some tourist business on weekends, but frequently know their customers by name. Grab a latte and hit the ‘Stacks.
Cross Streets: 9th & Pearl
Hours: M-S, 6:30 to 11 pm; Sunday 7-11 — Open Late Daily !!!
My Blog: https://www.boulderrealestatenews.com/trident-cafe-cappuccino/
That’s it as of mid August 2018. Any suggestions for my best Pearl Street coffee shops? Please leave a comment on what I missed, need to add or honorable mentions. Bonus. I asked on Facebook what friends feel is there Go-To caffeinated beverage selection.
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