Many of us require coffee to transition into consciousness. A cup sets the tone for the rest of the day, and weak or burned coffee is a poor start to any morning. If you’re seeking a great cup of joe, head to one of these 12 indie coffeehouses in New Mexico.
1. Holy Spirit Espresso, 225 W San Francisco Street, Santa Fe
Bypass the nearby chain and head to Holy Spirit Espresso instead. This spot is as teeny as it is quirky, but you know what they say about good things and small packages. While you're waiting for a delicious cappuccino or espresso, check out the currency collection and wall decorations.
2. Mock's Crossroads Coffee Mill, 2 S Front Street, Clayton
This family-run business is located in an old feed store. Choose from nine different hand-crafted blends, which have names like gunslinger and train robber. Mock’s Crossroads is also known for scrumptious croissant sandwiches.
3. Milagro Coffee Y Espresso, 1733 E University Avenue,Las Cruces
The folk at Milagro’s are serious about coffee. There’s a roaster in-store so everything's super fresh, and the water used is pre-filtered and treated with reverse osmosis. In addition to standard lattes, you won’t regret ordering an espresso milkshake and the almond croissant.
4. Espresso Fino, 222 Gold Avenue SW, Albuquerque
Follow your nose into Espresso Fino, where you’re welcome to linger over a cappuccino and indulge in a little people watching. The coffee here is organic, fair trade, and locally roasted. This coffeehouse feels like the kind of spot you'd find in Europe.
5. Manzanares Street Coffee House, 110 Manzanares Avenue E,
If you’re looking for fast, friendly service, this is the place to go. Then again, Manzanares is so cozy that you’ll be tempted to prolong your stay and pair your coffee with one of the massive omelets.
6. Enchanted Grounds,
111 Park Avenue, Raton
Two words: Snickers latte. If that doesn’t have you pulling off I-25 in a hurry, then I don’t know what will! Inside you’ll receive a warm welcome. Don’t leave without trying the baked goods – the cinnamon rolls and muffins are excellent – and the paninis are a popular option for lunch.
7. Stellar Coffee Company, 315 N Main Street, Roswell
Coffee aficionados will be thrilled to discover that this coffeehouse offers single origin coffee and even those who have no clue what that means can appreciate the chilled out atmosphere – if you want to nurse your coffee, no one will rush you. Try the flat white or an espresso.
8. Trifecta Coffee Company, 413 Montano Road NE,Albuquerque
Trifecta roasts its beans in-house and has a global selection of coffees. The drinks menu is creative and includes the C & T (coffee and tonic), which is truly unique. The baked goods, both sweet and savory, are addictive.
9. Gallup Coffee Company, 203 W Coal Avenue, Gallup
Gallup Coffee Company is another place that roasts its own beans. Choose from espresso, drip, and pour over coffee. The food is equally good and ranges from smoothies to soups.
10. Elevation Coffee, 1110 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos
Did you know that latte art is a thing? Well, it is at Elevation Coffee. If you think your beverage looks appealing, just wait until you taste it. Once you’re suitably caffeinated, you can switch over to a different hot drink such as mocha or one of the 75 teas available!
11. Sacred Grounds,
2704 Sudderth Drive, Ruidoso
Although Sacred Grounds offers a wide variety of coffee beverages, from caramel macchiatos to caffe breve, this is so much more than a coffee shop, It’s also a performance venue for musical acts, and the perfect spot for breakfast or lunch. Check out the chicken, green chile, and cheddar quiche.
12. Café Bella Coffee,
2115 Golf Course Road SE,
If you describe coffee like it’s the caffeinated answer to wine, then Café Bella is the coffee shop for you. The organic, fair trade beans are locally micro roasted and the food follows the farm to table ethos. Drinks such as the café arancione (an espresso shot with orange and whipped cream) are inventive while the freezes will make you a convert for life.