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Coffee stops on roadtrip CA->AZ->NM->TX->OK->KS->MO->IA->MN

polizei78 Mar 3, 2011 08:32 PM

Hey guys,

I'm leaving LA for the Twin Cities. I'm driving through Flagstaff, Albuquerque, Oklahoma City, and Kansas City. I'm a bit of a coffee snob and can't do the major chains. I would appreciate any recommendations for good coffee for my trip as I'm sure I'll need as much caffeine as gas to make it to Minnesota.


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  1. finlero RE: polizei78 Mar 4, 2011 06:35 AM

    ABQ - the Grove, full stop. Intelligentsia coffee, the drip is good, and they even seem to know how to pull a half-decent espresso. Before I started roasting my own beans at home, this was my go-to for whole bean in the city. The food is generally excellent as well, although ironically, I wouldn't recommend the NM-style stuff (overpriced and bland).

    1. DebitNM RE: polizei78 Mar 4, 2011 08:02 PM

      We really like this local shop, good coffee and great pastries:

      A short hop from I 40.

      Napoli Coffee
      2839 Carlisle Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

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        lemons RE: polizei78 Mar 5, 2011 06:29 AM

        When are you going? I may have a report from Flag (staff) in a few weeks.

        1. Davydd RE: polizei78 Mar 5, 2011 04:35 PM

          I made a suggestion about the Southwest in my home Twin Cities board. Here it is again but you will have to alter your route more northerly into Southern Utah.


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            marelyisdead RE: polizei78 Mar 10, 2011 09:46 AM

            The best coffee I had in New Mexico was at the Coffee House in Los Alamos (https://www.thecoffeebooth.com/Home_P...) I literally could not get a good espresso in Santa Fe. If you go thru Durango there is a place called Bread that is not to be missed:
            (970) 247-5100
            42 County Rd 250 Ste 100
            Durango, CO 81301

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              GuinnessGuy RE: marelyisdead Apr 22, 2011 01:21 PM

              So my hopes of finding a local NM roaster who does great espresso, single origin and/or microlots is futile?

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