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Mar 3, 2011 08:32 PM

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

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. 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. 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

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

        1. 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.


          1. 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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            1. re: marelyisdead

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