Friday, July 1, 2016

Short & Sweet - Albuquerque Coffee Shops

Satellite Coffee

You simply cannot go wrong at Satellite. Wanting something sweet? Try the Iced Java (tastes like cool, melted coffee ice cream). Want something bold? Go for a Black Velvet (the menu refers to it as "ÜBER caffeinated vanilla coffee"). This highly caffeinated concoction is served in their largest cup size, iced.  

Don't worry if you're not a fan of coffee, Satellite offers a variety of teas. Order a pot of Earl Grey and read a book or grab a iced mango tea to go. 

If you're not near a Satellite, find a Flying Star, Satellite's parent company, which also has a full food menu. Flying Star recently revamped their beverage menu, offering some of the Satellite's most popular drinks.

Humble Coffee
Near Lomas and Washington

Humble Coffee does a great job of pairing delicious lattes with locally made savories and sweets. My favorite combination? A vanilla latte with a green chile, ham, and cheddar scone. Yes, a cheddar scone with a kick that would give any Mr. Darcy a run for his money. 

Humble also provides a great indoor and outdoor atmosphere. Enjoying the sunny weather? Keep those sunglasses on and use their walk-up window. 

Don't forget to look at your latte before you drink it, these baristas serve up some of the best latte art in town. 

Empire Board Game Library
Nob Hill
Not only do they have an expansive collection of board games you can pay to play by the hour, Empire also can serve up some great coffee. Their menu also includes sandwiches, pastries, and Rebel Donuts.

If you find yourself here on a Sunday afternoon enjoying a hazelnut latte and a French Toast donut while playing Dixit with 4 of your closest friends, you have made it.

Need some game suggestions? Here are some of my favorites:
Ticket to Ride Europe
Bamboleo (tip: this is not a game for shaky hands so get your caffeine fix after)

Situated on a cozy corner just south of Nob Hill, Limonata is a great coffee shop to sit back and relax in. 

If you're looking for something other than coffee, order their Lavender Lemonade. It's refreshing, but not overly sweet. Try pairing a glass of it with one of Limonata's delicious crepes, made right in front of you. There are several combinations to choose from (I prefer my crepes with strawberries and whipped cream).

Whether you're reading a book or just people watching, Limonata is a great place to transport you out of the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Menaul, just south of Carlisle

Napoli has a menu board full of lattes to choose from. Not sure where to start? My coffee buddy Shawnna recommends the Crazy Nut (english toffee, macadamia nut, hazelnut). If you're feeling romantic try the Mocha Amore (white chocolate, milk chocolate, strawberry). 

Lattes aren't the only thing you'll find on Napoli's giant wall menu - coffee, tea, ice cream, burritos, sandwiches, and pastries have all made their way on the board. You'll have to visit many times before you are able to try it all!

Bike-In Coffee (Old Town Farm)
South of I-40, below Montoya NW
For this coffee experience you want a bike and a sense of adventure. Don't have a bike? That's ok, because you can just park and walk, too. Nestled in a corner in Old Town Farm is Bike-In Coffee, a mini oasis just south of the I-40 bike path, between Montoya St. NW and Gabaldon Dr. NW.

Here you will find a bike stand for repairs, restrooms, outdoor garden seating, and a coffee truck serving up fresh food made with ingredients from the farm itself.

Make sure to check their website for hours and all the different ways you can get there.


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