For all of you in town for the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, we know that it is not always easy to keep the pace going. Here are some of the best Aspen coffee shops to go to find a delicious hot, steamy, strong and frothy coffee to keep you on your game.
If you are anything like me, you take your coffee, and the coffee shop experience very seriously and remember every coffee shop experience where upon taking that first sip I am transported to another place. Take the Cuban coffee at the Oasis Sandwich Shop in Key Biscayne for example. A tiny shack of a coffee shop with the most delicious coffee I’ve ever had…in my life (other than the espresso made from my Italian neighbor). When visiting my mother in Miami we slip out in the mornings before my sleeping angels awake and drive onto the Rickenbacker Causeway to get our buzz on, carefully avoiding the cars where all one can see is a mass of coiffed curls and spectacled eyes peaking up above the steering wheel.
It can be a bit of an intimidating experiencing, waiting in a very long line spewing out the door onto the hot pavement as the Florida sun beats down on us with employees shouting out orders to each other in Spanglish. As hot as it is outside it is even hotter and steamier inside as customers melt together like the Cuban sandwiches being pressed on the grill.
If one wants to stay and drink their deliciously sweet Café con Leche and eat their Pan con Bistec at Oasis, it is outside at the take out window where regulars convene to talk about what’s on their agenda for the day. It’s a scene I crave where olive skinned beach bums, clad in skimpy beachwear pull up in sparkling clean expensive cars adorned with kite boards and grab their sandwiches for the beach, as businessmen dressed in beautifully tailored suits joke around with street workers with fingers stained from hard work in the hot sun and cigarettes.
Although Aspen does not have this same kind of exotic experience, one can still find regulars hanging with tourists and swapping stories about the Aspen experience.
FYI: I am only listing the places where I frequent but please know there are many other wonderful places that I may have not included. For those lists please visit my buddies over at eatAspen.
Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning my friends Olivier and Amy Mottier and their French Cafe, Jour de Fete.
Located close to The Gondola Plaza one can find freshly baked bread, home-style cooking and French Pastries as well as a delicious coffee (Olivier prefers to use what he thinks is the best, Lavazza coffee from Italy, a strong coffee without the bitter taste).
Jour de Fete is a welcoming and cozy place to sit in the mornings and watch the regulars as they stop by to stuff a famous breakfast burrito or chocolate Eclair into their pack before heading out to the mountains.
In the winter many a skier will zip down to Jour de Fete for lunch with Olivier, rather than spend their last dime at the Sundeck. Olivier offers a variety of grains, fish, meats and vegetables so you can create your own plate or if you prefer, make your own sandwich. Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Early Dinner. 970-925-5055. 710 East Durant Ave in Aspen (Near City Market).
Hours: 7:00am to 5:00pm daily
Peach’s, with possibly the best corner location in Aspen, is a locally operated Café offering food from local vendors.
Dive into the social scene where you will see many a laptop dawning a table as casually dressed entrepreneurs hash out ideas over coffee, melted chocolate decadent muffins, breakfast sandwiches and other delicious fare. Serving Breakfast and Lunch. Located on the corner of Hopkins and Galena. (970) 544-9866
Hours: Monday-Saturday from 7am to 6pm.
All you have to do is read the philosophy statement on their website to see why you should taste their coffee,
With Australian Owners, one can find many a good looking Aussie at the Cafe enjoying a true Aussie style coffee and a Brekki. 970-920-3001. 510 East Durant, around the corner from Belly Up.
Victoria’s Espresso Hours
|Mon||7:00 am – 7:00 pm|
|Tue||7:00 am – 7:00 pm|
|Wed||7:00 am – 7:00 pm|
|Thu||7:00 am – 7:00 pm||Open now|
|Fri||7:00 am – 8:00 pm|
|Sat||7:00 am – 8:00 pm|
|Sun||7:00 am – 6:00 pm|
iNK! Coffee Company
A favorite coffee shop amongst Aspen locals, non-locals, athletes, ski bums and fur-clad celebs located across the Gondola Plaza, downstairs.
It all began in 1994 when ink! Coffee founder and former ski bum, Keith Herbert, hopped aboard a plane to Italy to study the art of coffee making. He returned with a new appreciation for espresso and set out to make a living making coffee. On a cold winter morning, brewing hot coffee on a stainless steel cart located in Snowmass Village, ink! Coffee was born.
Since then, the love for ink! Coffee’s exceptional brews has expanded his vision from that lone cart to a total of eight locations in Aspen and Denver. (970) 544-0588. 520 E Durant Ave.
Hours: 6:30am – 6:00pm Daily
Main Street Bakery & Cafe
A wonderfully cozy local’s favorite with communal tables and delicious hot and cold vegetarian entrees and homemade soups, pastries, coffees, smoothies and more! Beer and wine service. Cakes made for special occasions. Outdoor dining patio in summer. (970) 925-6446. 201 E. Main St.
Hours: 7am-4pm Daily
An intimate setting in the Airport Business Center, this French cafe offers sandwiches served on fresh baked french bread, salads, and fine french pastries. Populated by word of mouth by the locals that live and work at the AABC. Catering and French Cakes available. (970) 925-3569. 111G AABC in Aspen
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7:30am-3pm