Your Guide To The Best Colorado Mountain Coffee Shops

Posted On | April 25, 2024

There’s something magical about sipping a steaming cup of something warm in a cozy coffee shop in the mountains of Colorado. Whether you’re fueling up for a day of skiing or simply seeking refuge from the hustle and bustle, the best local coffee shops offer more than just a caffeine fix—they provide a warm, welcoming atmosphere and a taste of local flavor. Join us on a journey to discover the hidden gems of Colorado’s mountain coffee shop.

Outside front of Pour House coffee shop in the mountains of Dillon, CO

What makes a great coffee shop?

At the heart of every great coffee shop lies a blend of key qualities that elevate the experience from ordinary to extraordinary. From top-notch brews to inviting ambiance, these essential elements ensure a memorable visit. For a deeper dive into what makes a coffee shop truly exceptional, check out this guide to the top 7 qualities of a great coffee shop.

Why Support Local Colorado Mountain Coffee Shops?

Behind every locally-owned coffee shop is a passionate community of baristas and entrepreneurs dedicated to serving up more than just java—they offer a taste of local culture and a sense of belonging. Supporting these businesses not only fosters economic vitality but also contributes to the unique fabric of each mountain town. Discover more reasons to support your local coffee shop here.

Yes, do we also stop at Starbucks when we have a gift card? Of course. But, you can’t compare Starbucks to the cozy uniqueness of a local spot.

iced coffee and hot coffee sitting on wood table in Steep Brewing & Coffee Co, in Keystone, CO

The Best Colorado Mountain Coffee Shops

Now, let’s embark on a caffeinated journey through some of Colorado’s best mountain towns, where the aroma of freshly brewed coffee beckons both skiers and non-skiers alike.

black and white photo looking through a window to the inside of the Bird's Nest Cafe coffee shop with a couple kissing while holding coffee cups

Best Aspen, CO Coffee Shops

Jour De Fête | Aspen, CO

This gem has a quaint French-inspired ambiance and superb coffee selections. Their delectable pastries, friendly service, and charming outdoor seating, create a charming experience reminiscent of a Parisian café nestled in the heart of Aspen.

Felix Roasting Bar | Aspen, CO

With a focus on quality and sustainability, this old-world café serves up meticulously crafted brews. For those wanting a refined experience, their knowledgeable staff and chic space inside the Hotel Jerome are perfect.

Best Buena Vista, CO Coffee Shops

Brown Dog Coffee Company | Buena Vista, CO  

With locations in Buena Vista and Salida, Brown Dog Coffee is a local favorite, and for good reason. The Buena Vista location is an easy stop, whether you’re driving through town or staying for a while. With a collection of board games to enjoy, local goods for sale, and a good selection of breakfast and lunch options alongside an impressive drink menu, it can’t be missed! 

Buena Vista Roastery | Buena Vista, CO 

Buena Vista Roastery is the perfect choice if you’re looking to enjoy a brew on a patio on a sunny Colorado morning. They have a wide selection of coffees, teas, and baked goods in addition to their welcoming atmosphere! 

Cool River Cafe | Buena Vista, CO 

Whether you’re looking for a quick drink or a full breakfast, Cool River Cafe has a little bit of everything. They’re known for their breakfast burritos and welcoming staff. 

wedding couple snuggled up on a couch with coffees in hand at Mountain Dwellers Coffee in Frisco, CO

Best Crested Butte, CO Coffee Shops

Rumors Coffee and Tea House | Crested Butte, CO

One of the best coffee shops for people watching, Rumors Coffee and Tea House is located in the heart of downton Crested Butte. This cozy coffee shop is connected to Townie Books. Browse their great selection of novels or grab a seat on their beautiful outdoor patio while you sip on your drink! 

Camp 4 Coffee  | Crested Butte, CO

This quirky coffee shop is known for their wall of license plates and is a local favorite. Visit one of their three locations to enjoy their hand roasted, small batch espresso, a warm cup of tea, or fresh pastries. 

Sherpa Cafe | Crested Butte, CO

While not technically a coffee shop, this hidden gem has some of the best masala chai in the state and can’t be missed. Head downstairs to grab a cup of chai to go. Be sure to bring cash! 

Best Grand Lake, CO Coffee Shops

The Wake | Grand Lake

Nestled along the shores of Grand Lake, The Wake beckons visitors with its warm hospitality and panoramic views. Whether you’re enjoying a leisurely summer day or seeking refuge from the winter chill, this lakeside café offers a tranquil escape for families and coffee aficionados alike.

The Hub | Grand Lake, CO

The Hub in Grand Lake isn’t just a coffee hub; it’s a vibrant gathering place where locals and visitors come together to share stories and fuel their adventures in this cozy mountain town. With its commitment to locally roasted brews and friendly atmosphere, this bustling café embodies the spirit of Grand Lake’s tight-knit community, serving as a beloved cornerstone of mountain living.

Bar with lights and chalkboard menu inside the rustic coffee shop in Colorado, Steep Brewing & Coffee Co.

Best Estes Park, CO Coffee Shops

Kind Coffee | Estes Park

Located in the heart of downtown Estes, Kind Coffee is the perfect spot to grab a pick me up throughout the day. The welcoming staff serve a wide selection of drinks, as well as fresh pastries. 

Inkwell & Brew | Estes Park

Tucked away in the charming town of Estes Park, Inkwell & Brew delights visitors with its cozy atmosphere and artisanal coffee blends. Whether you’re seeking a perfectly brewed cup of coffee or a soul-warming chai latte, this local gem has something to satisfy every palate. We also love their cozy corners to snuggle up in, sip your drink, and read a book.

The Bird’s Nest | Estes Park

A charming hideaway in Estes Park, The Bird’s Nest serves up artisanal coffee in a modern mountain setting, where every sip is accompanied by breathtaking views of the Rockies through their floor to ceiling windows.

Coffee on the Rocks | Estes Park 

Minutes from the entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park, Coffee on the Rocks is the perfect spot to relax before or after a day of exploring the trails! Their patio is the perfect spot to soak up some sunshine and watch the ducks in the adjacent pond. 

Best Salida, CO Coffee Shops

Brown Dog Coffee Company | Salida, CO  

With locations in Buena Vista and Salida, Brown Dog Coffee is a local favorite, and for good reason. The Salida store is located on a historic block. The inside is beautiful with exposed brick, copper ceilings, and lots of seating. Whether you’re grabbing a quick drink or staying for breakfast, their menu has something for everyone!  

Howl Mercantile and Coffee | Salida, CO 

Not only does Howl have a great selection of beverages, but they also are home to a variety of local goods for sale. As you sip on your coffee, enjoy browsing art, jewelry, plants, and other one of a kind items. 

Mountain Phoenix Roastery | Salida, CO 

Mountain Phoenix Roastery is a welcoming, quirky spot with lots of art and plants. They’re known for their coffee beans (that they also sell!) as well as their delicious pastries and friendly staff. 

Coffee by Topo | Salida, CO

This beautiful coffee shop is known for their aesthetic and welcoming decor in addition to their delicious beverages. Local art is always for sale alongside fresh pressed juices, tea, espresso, coffee, and pastries. This spot can’t be missed!  

couple holding coffee mugs while looking out the window at Bird's Nest Cafe coffee shop in Estes Park, CO

Best Summit County Coffee Shops (Breckenridge, Frisco, Silverthorne, Dillon)

Cuppa Joe Cafe | Breckenridge, CO

Located in the heart of Breckenridge, Cuppa Joe Cafe is the go-to place for locals and visitors alike! Enjoy their locally roasted Breckenridge Coffee Roasters beans, coffee drinks, quick eats and pastries.

Steep Brewing & Coffee Co. | Keystone, CO

Steep is unique in that it’s both a brewery and coffee shop – perfect for travelers who can’t decide which is better in the afternoon. They have one location off the main Highway 6 and one in Keystone village at the base of the slopes. We prefer the ambiance of the highway location!

Mountain Dweller Coffee | Frisco, CO

This coffee shop captivates us with its inviting mountain-inspired ambiance and flavorful coffee selections (like their house favorite, the baby-spice latte). Located inside a brewery, it has options for everyone – including dietary restrictions like gluten-free and vegan.

Abby’s Coffee | Frisco, CO

A locals’ favorite, Abby’s Coffee has a quaint and cozy interior with a dedicated staff who will make you feel right at home. They’re known for creamy lattes and specialty drinks.

Red Buffalo | Silverthorne, CO

Located close to I-70, Red Buffalo is the perfect spot for a quick stop on the way to your mountain adventures, or to hang out for a few hours! They have a lovely riverside patio as well as a good selection of coffee tea, and fresh baked goods. 

Cofa Coffee | Dillon, CO

This hole in the wall coffee shop is the perfect hangout with lots of art, board games, and delicious breakfast offerings. 

House of Vibes | Silverthorne, CO

House of Vibes in Silverthorne isn’t just a coffee joint; it’s a haven of eclectic charm and creative energy, where patrons can fuel their passions amidst quirky décor and good vibes. With its commitment to artisanal brews and community engagement, this café embodies the spirit of Silverthorne’s dynamic arts scene and mountain culture, inviting visitors to embrace their inner creativity and embrace the mountain lifestyle.

Best Ouray, CO Coffee Shops

Mojo’s Coffee | Ouray, CO

This quirky shop is known for their house made pastries and syrups. Located on the ground floor of a historic house, its cozy atmosphere is the perfect place to start your day, or enjoy an afternoon pick-me-up! 

Mouse’s Chocolates & Coffee | Ouray, CO

Serving homemade ice cream, chocolates, fudge, and coffee, Mouse’s has something for everyone. Their fast and friendly service makes it a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike. 

Corkscrew Coffee | Ouray, CO

Corkscrew Coffee in Ouray offers more than just a caffeine fix; it provides a tranquil escape amidst the rugged beauty of the San Juan Mountains, where patrons can savor expertly brewed coffees while soaking in the stunning scenery. As a beloved gathering spot for locals and visitors alike, this cozy café embodies the spirit of mountain hospitality, inviting guests to unwind and recharge.

Cimarron Coffee & Books | Ridgeway, CO

Cimarron Coffee and Books in Ridgway isn’t just a café; it’s a sanctuary for literary enthusiasts and coffee lovers alike, offering a curated selection of reads alongside expertly brewed beverages.

wedding couple sitting at a table with their coffees and looking through a photo album in Inkwell & Brew coffee shop in the mountains of Colorado

Best Telluride, CO Coffee Shops

The Butcher & The Baker | Telluride, CO

A local go-to for a caffeine fix and delicious breakfast, The Butcher & The Baker is a wonderful spot for people-watching on Telluride’s main street. Their farm to table sandwiches (both breakfast and lunch) are a staple! 

The Coffee Cowboy | Telluride, CO

This mobile coffee shop is known for its quick service and delicious drinks. It’s a great spot to grab a cup of coffee before hopping on the gondola! 

Best Vail, CO Coffee Shops

Loaded Joe’s | Vail, CO

Located in Vail Village, Loaded Joe’s is the perfect place to stop before hitting the slopes and pursuing the shops. Even though it gets busy during peak hours, their staff is friendly and fast. They have great coffee and a decent food menu.

Yeti’s Grind | Vail, CO

This Vail Village coffee shop has a laid-back vibe and top-notch coffee selections. With charming decor, welcoming staff, and cozy seating options, It’s a perfect retreat after a day of skiing or exploring the town.

Hygge Life | Eagle-Vail, CO

This cute coffee shop exudes Danish coziness with its warm atmosphere and artisanal coffee offerings. We love its tranquil ambiance, stylish decor, and friendly service, making it a delightful retreat for those seeking comfort and relaxation. It’s a part of the Hygge Life showroom which specializes in Danish design and coziness.

Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea | Minturn, CO

This hidden gem is known for its exceptional coffee blends, loose-leaf tea, and behind-glass real-life coffee roasting. Its rustic charm, quiet and spacious location, welcoming staff, and locally sourced ingredients, make it a must-visit destination for coffee and tea enthusiasts exploring the Colorado Rockies.

The Bookworm | Edwards, CO

This sweet number offers a unique blend of literary charm and delicious coffee, making it a beloved spot among locals and visitors alike. Locals praise its cozy atmosphere, extensive book selection, and artisanal beverages, creating a perfect haven for book lovers and coffee connoisseurs alike.

bride taking photo of coffees sitting on table at Steep Brewing & Coffee Co. in Keystone, CO

Best Winter Park, CO Coffee Shops

The Perk | Winter Park, CO

Located inside a cute mountain apparel/gear shop, it’s not really the place for hanging out on the reg, but if you want a really good cuppa joe, The Perk is it. They source their beans from Huckleberry Roasters in Denver, and have the best decaf latte in our humble opinion.

Moon Frog Coffee Shop | Winter Park, CO

Despite being located in the heart of Winter Park, this coffee shop feels like a tropical paradise with walls full of potted plants. They’re known for their great coffee and their moon cakes. 

Unravel Coffee (inside Gravity House) | Winter Park, CO

Unravel Coffee serves both breakfast and lunch, in addition to delicious drinks. For those looking for an aesthetic place to relax, their seating area is beautifully decorated and extra cozy! 

Best Coffee Shops along I-70 on Your Way To Skiing

Plume Coffee Bar | Silver Plume, CO

Located in the historic town of Silver Plume, Plume Coffee Bar offers weary travelers along I-70 a welcome respite from the road. Step inside and savor expertly crafted coffee, refreshing teas, and delectable treats, all served with a side of small-town charm.

Colorado Coffee Caboose | Dumont, CO

This unique coffee shop is located in an old train caboose (hence the name). It’s a great spot to stop along I-70 for a quick caffeine fix with the option to drive through or go in!  

Empire’s Edge Cafe & Coffee Shop | Empire, CO

Empire’s Edge is known for its delicious food, large portions, and quick service in an extremely convenient location!

As you explore the mountain towns of Colorado, be sure to carve out time to sample the local coffee scene. From artisanal roasts to cozy cafés, each cup tells a story of passion and craftsmanship against the backdrop of Colorado’s stunning landscapes. So grab your favorite brew, breathe in the mountain air, and let the adventure begin.

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