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The daily grind in Salt Lake City is ... delicious! Whether you're fueling a study session, searching for the best cup of coffee in Utah or just needing a caffeine-fix while rushing to work, there's a coffee shop to suit every taste. Here are a few of my faves.
The moment you walk in to 3 Cups in Holladay, you know you've found something special. With fresh, modern decor, plenty of open space and natural light, it's a pleasure to spend a few hours here visiting with friends or getting some work done. This friendly neighborhood spot is known for exceptional coffee, gorgeous lattes and delectable pastries. Expect a few surprises on the menu; pastry chef Amber Billingsley is popular for her house-made gelato as well as her daily baked goods. Be sure to indulge in an affogato, a shot of espresso poured over a scoop of vanilla gelato. 4670 S. 2300 East, Holladay, 385-237-3091, 3Cups.Coffee
At Caffe d'Bolla, "the coffee is the experience." Those who are serious about their coffee hold Caffe d'Bolla in high esteem for exceptional knowledge of the coffee it selects, roasts and serves. Featuring single-origin coffees from micro-regions, small farms and estates, each trip to Caffe d'Bolla is like a lesson in coffee. Attention to detail and a passion for the perfect cup of coffee has earned Caffe d'Bolla national acclaim. 249 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City, 801-355-1398, CaffeDBolla.com
The Rose Establishment
Visiting The Rose Establishment will be your favorite part of the day. Without Wi-Fi, guests are encouraged to luxuriate over fine coffee and delicious fare—a refreshing option these days. There is no coffee on tap, so instead opt for French-pressed coffee or even a bubbly nitrogen infused cold brew. The Rose Establishment offers food menus that rival your favorite spot for breakfast, brunch or lunch made with local and seasonal ingredients. Its in-house bakery is also top-notch, with unique and scrumptious treats. 235 S. 400 West, Salt Lake City, 801-990-6270, TheRoseEstb.com
Salt Lake Roasting Co.
One of the city's original coffee houses, Salt Lake Roasting Co. has been serving coffee for about 30 years. Roasting its own coffee with a mind-boggling selection of beans encourages customers to learn about coffees of the world. It also has a fine selection of loose-leaf tea and an affordable, tasty lunch menu. In 2016, the Roasting Co. is slated to move out of its time-honored location to new digs up the street, while its satellite location in the Salt Lake City Main Library continues to bring the familiar coffee shop vibe to grateful library patrons. 320 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City, 801-363-7572; 210 E. 400 South; Roasting.com
Beans & Brews
Beans & Brews is the only coffee shop that can stand up to the corporate siren with more than 20 locations, most offering a speedy drive-thru. This local chain turned franchise has been caffeinating Salt Lakers since 1993. Being a regular pays off with a House Rewards program, which can earn you points toward free drinks with each purchase. Whether you're in the mood for a frozen treat like a Cocoa Bean B&B Frappe or a cup of brewed coffee and a bag of beans to take home, Beans & Brews fits the bill. Multiple locations, BeansAndBrews.com