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UPDATED! Drink Here Now: The Best Ski Town Coffee Shops

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A few months ago, Curbed Ski rounded up the best ski-town coffee shops in Colorado and now we've taken the list nationwide. Whether its a blue-sky groomer day or a cold and deep no-friends-on-a-powder day, a warm cup of joe starts everything off right. From Sun Valley to Sugarloaf, these are the places we love. But this list is just a starting point, so tell us: where do you get that caffeine fix in the high country? Remember, the list is arranged from East to West, not from best to worst.


-By Katie Shapiro
· All Eater Ski [Curbed Ski Archives]

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1. Black Cap Coffee

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144 Main St
Stowe, VT 05672
(802) 253-2123

Tucked right off Main St., Black Cap roasts its beans – all sourced locally – right in the back of the shop. The result is pretty darn good coffee. Don’t miss the Maple Latte…because... when in Vermont, right?

2. Java Joe's

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Access Road
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947

An outpost of Maine’s Carrabassett Coffee Company, it’s one of the only options to get your caffeine before hitting the slopes of Sugarloaf. FYI: it’s closed during the off-season and summer, but if you can’t wake up without it, you can order direct through their website.

3. Liquid Art Coffee House

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37 Miller Brook Rd
Killington, VT 05751
(802) 422-2787
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An espresso bar, art gallery, community event space and gourmet restaurant – all rolled up into a bright blue a-frame. Newer on the Killington scene, the husband and wife duo Jimi and Beth have already turned it into a funky favorite.

4. Java Baba's

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57 Pond St
Ludlow, VT 05149
(802) 228-7810
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This café dedicated to Slow Food has merged the former Mac’s Deli and the State of Bean coffee house spaces into one located directly across from the Okemo Mountain access road. A local favorite, the coffee is consistent, it’s open late and the pizza is surprisingly solid. We just hope their Acoustic Music Series makes a return (currently on hiatus).

5. Coffee Cats

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124 Bent Street
Taos, NM 87571

Featuring the only “coffee house rockbar ever,” baristas here drop a healing stone into drinks (don’t freak, it’s not mandatory). Pale pastel walls, an authentic fireplace, patio and local art give it the perfect southwestern vibe.

6. Cuppa Joe

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118 S Ridge St
Breckenridge, CO 80424
(970) 453-3938

This Breckenridge favorite serves up delicious coffee and a killer breakfast. Check out their unique latte list and grab a breakfast burrito (watch out, they are huge) that's sure to fill you up before you hit the slopes. Photo from Cuppa Joe Breckenridge

7. Kava Cafe

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209 North Main Street, White River National Forest
Breckenridge, CO 80424
(970) 453-2661
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Kava Cafe is known for their made to order miniature donuts, good coffee, and kava, a cold specialty drink that combines kava root, coconut milk, and fresh ginger. Located downtown not far from the gondola, grab your coffee to go and snack on the piping hot donuts on your way up the mountain. Photo from Uncover Colorado

8. Yeti's Grind

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141 E Meadow Dr
Vail, CO 81657
(970) 476-1515

Avoid the Starbucks in Vail and instead head to Yeti's Grind, a place that does everything from black coffee to elaborate seasonal lattes. The latte art can be beautiful and its a comfortable spot if you are taking a break from the slope. Photo from Yeti's Grind

9. Victoria's Coffee & Espresso

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510 E Durant Ave
Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 920-3001
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The local laptop crowd and tourists alike flock to this Aussie meets Aspen coffee house. A perfect espresso means it’s a little bit pricey, but where else can you grab a vegemite on toast? There’s also an extensive wine list and live music on Thursday’s for après ski.

10. Mountainbrew

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427 Oak Street
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

The coffee (and cupcakes) in this quaint white house make up for the slight lack of ambiance and average breakfast and lunch fare. It’s slightly hidden from the main drag, but there’s an app for that.

11. The Blend

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1150 Hwy 133
Carbondale, CO 8623
(970) 510-5048

Join the Colorado locals at this relatively new coffee hot spot. Comfortable and lacking the pretension that permeates many ski town coffee joints, the Blend has organic Novo coffee, great pour overs, and great breakfast options. Photo from The Blend Coffee Company

12. Rumors Coffee and Tea House

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414 Elk Avenue
Crested Butte, CO 81224
(970) 349-7545

Most tourists in town head to the famous Camp 4 Coffee shop, but Curbed Ski prefers Rumors Coffee and Tea House for its relaxed atmosphere and tasty brew. There's also an excellent bookstore next door and plenty of comfortable seating to enjoy your chai tea or espresso.

13. The Steaming Bean

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221 West Colorado
Telluride, CO 81435

This historic building in the heart of town recently changed ownership but still brews the best coffee in the San Juans. “The Bean” hosts nightly events with a full bar boasting Colorado-infused cocktails. Cheers!

14. Atticus Coffee, Books and Teahouse

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738 Main St
Park City, UT 84060
(435) 214-7241
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Three words: Red Velvet Mocha. Go here for the books (an amazing mix of new and used) and hole up for an hour or few with a treat from the impressive coffee/tea/food menu. Bonus: there’s often an acoustic guitar player any day of the week and dogs are welcome inside!

15. Pearl Street Bagels

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145 W Pearl Ave
Jackson, WY 83001
(307) 739-1218

We know, we know…it’s not just a coffee shop. But Jackson Hole Roasters is a little too touristy for us after their recent remodel and what goes better with coffee than a fresh bagel and schmear? The cappuccino is on point and regular coffee warrants free refills. Warning: do NOT ask them to toast your bagel for you (rumor has it some locals have even nailed toasters to the building in protest. But trust us, it’s not necessary).

16. Java on Fourth

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191 4th Street
Ketchum, ID 83340
(208) 726-2882

The coffee drinks are big, the music is loud and the passion is high at Java on Fourth. Their signature drinks like the Bowl of Soul (a secret espresso concoction) and Mexican hot chocolate are served in ceramic bowls. To adopt their mission “Wake Up and Live” and help you earn your ski legs, opt for the Keith Richards (four espresso shots).

17. Keys Cafe

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2279 Lake Tahoe Blvd. #2
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 542-3800
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Make a pit stop on your way to or from the mountain at this little yellow house with a fun hippie vibe (there’s usually bluegrass blaring through the speakers). Fuel up on strong coffee, fresh fruit smoothies and a bite from their solid breakfast/lunch menus (we love the energizing Acai Bowl). But be prepared to wait a few minutes, it’s usually packed.

18. Coffeebar

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10120 Jibboom St
Truckee, CA 96161
(530) 587-2000

Inspired by Italian street cafes, Coffeebar French presses all of its beans, roasted locally in Reno by Master Roaster Carl Staub. They lessen the daily footprint by using fettuccini as stir sticks, give an “own cup” discount and serving up gelato in compostable cups. Don’t be surprised to see a fish, peacock or snowman looking up at you from your latte – the baristas here are next level.

19. Purebread

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4340 Lorimer Road, Whistler
BC V0N 1B4, Canada
(604) 962-1182
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Whistler’s favorite bakery (and maybe all of Canada for that matter) has popped up shop in the village for the 13/14-ski season. Family owned and operated, the Lamming’s know their coffee just as well as their bread. You can also visit their main shop in Function Junction – just outside of town. Either location you choose, Pure Bread is an absolute Whistler must.

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1. Black Cap Coffee

144 Main St, Stowe, VT 05672

Tucked right off Main St., Black Cap roasts its beans – all sourced locally – right in the back of the shop. The result is pretty darn good coffee. Don’t miss the Maple Latte…because... when in Vermont, right?

144 Main St
Stowe, VT 05672

2. Java Joe's

Access Road, Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947

An outpost of Maine’s Carrabassett Coffee Company, it’s one of the only options to get your caffeine before hitting the slopes of Sugarloaf. FYI: it’s closed during the off-season and summer, but if you can’t wake up without it, you can order direct through their website.

Access Road
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947

3. Liquid Art Coffee House

37 Miller Brook Rd, Killington, VT 05751

An espresso bar, art gallery, community event space and gourmet restaurant – all rolled up into a bright blue a-frame. Newer on the Killington scene, the husband and wife duo Jimi and Beth have already turned it into a funky favorite.

37 Miller Brook Rd
Killington, VT 05751

4. Java Baba's

57 Pond St, Ludlow, VT 05149

This café dedicated to Slow Food has merged the former Mac’s Deli and the State of Bean coffee house spaces into one located directly across from the Okemo Mountain access road. A local favorite, the coffee is consistent, it’s open late and the pizza is surprisingly solid. We just hope their Acoustic Music Series makes a return (currently on hiatus).

57 Pond St
Ludlow, VT 05149

5. Coffee Cats

124 Bent Street, Taos, NM 87571

Featuring the only “coffee house rockbar ever,” baristas here drop a healing stone into drinks (don’t freak, it’s not mandatory). Pale pastel walls, an authentic fireplace, patio and local art give it the perfect southwestern vibe.

124 Bent Street
Taos, NM 87571

6. Cuppa Joe

118 S Ridge St, Breckenridge, CO 80424

This Breckenridge favorite serves up delicious coffee and a killer breakfast. Check out their unique latte list and grab a breakfast burrito (watch out, they are huge) that's sure to fill you up before you hit the slopes. Photo from Cuppa Joe Breckenridge

118 S Ridge St
Breckenridge, CO 80424

7. Kava Cafe

209 North Main Street, White River National Forest, Breckenridge, CO 80424

Kava Cafe is known for their made to order miniature donuts, good coffee, and kava, a cold specialty drink that combines kava root, coconut milk, and fresh ginger. Located downtown not far from the gondola, grab your coffee to go and snack on the piping hot donuts on your way up the mountain. Photo from Uncover Colorado

209 North Main Street, White River National Forest
Breckenridge, CO 80424

8. Yeti's Grind

141 E Meadow Dr, Vail, CO 81657

Avoid the Starbucks in Vail and instead head to Yeti's Grind, a place that does everything from black coffee to elaborate seasonal lattes. The latte art can be beautiful and its a comfortable spot if you are taking a break from the slope. Photo from Yeti's Grind

141 E Meadow Dr
Vail, CO 81657

9. Victoria's Coffee & Espresso

510 E Durant Ave, Aspen, CO 81611

The local laptop crowd and tourists alike flock to this Aussie meets Aspen coffee house. A perfect espresso means it’s a little bit pricey, but where else can you grab a vegemite on toast? There’s also an extensive wine list and live music on Thursday’s for après ski.

510 E Durant Ave
Aspen, CO 81611

10. Mountainbrew

427 Oak Street, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

The coffee (and cupcakes) in this quaint white house make up for the slight lack of ambiance and average breakfast and lunch fare. It’s slightly hidden from the main drag, but there’s an app for that.

427 Oak Street
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

11. The Blend

1150 Hwy 133, Carbondale, CO 8623

Join the Colorado locals at this relatively new coffee hot spot. Comfortable and lacking the pretension that permeates many ski town coffee joints, the Blend has organic Novo coffee, great pour overs, and great breakfast options. Photo from The Blend Coffee Company

1150 Hwy 133
Carbondale, CO 8623

12. Rumors Coffee and Tea House

414 Elk Avenue, Crested Butte, CO 81224

Most tourists in town head to the famous Camp 4 Coffee shop, but Curbed Ski prefers Rumors Coffee and Tea House for its relaxed atmosphere and tasty brew. There's also an excellent bookstore next door and plenty of comfortable seating to enjoy your chai tea or espresso.

414 Elk Avenue
Crested Butte, CO 81224

13. The Steaming Bean

221 West Colorado, Telluride, CO 81435

This historic building in the heart of town recently changed ownership but still brews the best coffee in the San Juans. “The Bean” hosts nightly events with a full bar boasting Colorado-infused cocktails. Cheers!

221 West Colorado
Telluride, CO 81435

14. Atticus Coffee, Books and Teahouse

738 Main St, Park City, UT 84060

Three words: Red Velvet Mocha. Go here for the books (an amazing mix of new and used) and hole up for an hour or few with a treat from the impressive coffee/tea/food menu. Bonus: there’s often an acoustic guitar player any day of the week and dogs are welcome inside!

738 Main St
Park City, UT 84060

15. Pearl Street Bagels

145 W Pearl Ave, Jackson, WY 83001

We know, we know…it’s not just a coffee shop. But Jackson Hole Roasters is a little too touristy for us after their recent remodel and what goes better with coffee than a fresh bagel and schmear? The cappuccino is on point and regular coffee warrants free refills. Warning: do NOT ask them to toast your bagel for you (rumor has it some locals have even nailed toasters to the building in protest. But trust us, it’s not necessary).

145 W Pearl Ave
Jackson, WY 83001

16. Java on Fourth

191 4th Street, Ketchum, ID 83340

The coffee drinks are big, the music is loud and the passion is high at Java on Fourth. Their signature drinks like the Bowl of Soul (a secret espresso concoction) and Mexican hot chocolate are served in ceramic bowls. To adopt their mission “Wake Up and Live” and help you earn your ski legs, opt for the Keith Richards (four espresso shots).

191 4th Street
Ketchum, ID 83340

17. Keys Cafe

2279 Lake Tahoe Blvd. #2, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Make a pit stop on your way to or from the mountain at this little yellow house with a fun hippie vibe (there’s usually bluegrass blaring through the speakers). Fuel up on strong coffee, fresh fruit smoothies and a bite from their solid breakfast/lunch menus (we love the energizing Acai Bowl). But be prepared to wait a few minutes, it’s usually packed.

2279 Lake Tahoe Blvd. #2
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

18. Coffeebar

10120 Jibboom St, Truckee, CA 96161

Inspired by Italian street cafes, Coffeebar French presses all of its beans, roasted locally in Reno by Master Roaster Carl Staub. They lessen the daily footprint by using fettuccini as stir sticks, give an “own cup” discount and serving up gelato in compostable cups. Don’t be surprised to see a fish, peacock or snowman looking up at you from your latte – the baristas here are next level.

10120 Jibboom St
Truckee, CA 96161

19. Purebread

4340 Lorimer Road, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada

Whistler’s favorite bakery (and maybe all of Canada for that matter) has popped up shop in the village for the 13/14-ski season. Family owned and operated, the Lamming’s know their coffee just as well as their bread. You can also visit their main shop in Function Junction – just outside of town. Either location you choose, Pure Bread is an absolute Whistler must.

4340 Lorimer Road, Whistler
BC V0N 1B4, Canada