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Cup of Cozy
Do you feel that brisk chill in the air? That’s right, we are officially in the midst of holiday season. In between stressful shopping trips to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones, take a little time to treat yo self. Pick up a cup of something warm to de-stress, like tea, or maybe you need that extra kick of caffeine to survive long lines and crowded parking lots. We’ve got you covered.
7am to 4pm, Monday through Friday 8am to 2pm, Saturday and Sunday (hours can change without notice)
Let’s be clear about something. This isn’t a Starbucks, and if you’re expecting the kind of snappy service you get at the nation’s largest coffee chain, you’re going to be disappointed. Instead, expect a bit of small talk and then a wait while one of the Brothers (none of whom are named Blunt and some of whom might actually be Sisters) puts your order together. With just a little patience on your part, though, you’ll soon be treated to some excellent brew that will put the corporate stuff to shame. Definitely try the Magic mocha and Corey’s Coo Coo Nut.
Cozy without feeling crowded and comfortable without all the trappings, Espresso Fino is a gem of a coffee shop tucked into a narrow building Downtown. A single man (but seriously, a really, really nice one) runs the register and espresso machine, working quickly but still managing a perfect pour every time. Order up your espresso and get snug near the small communal library or sit outside and watch the traffic on Gold pass by. Whether you need a quick fix or you have hours to spend, Espresso Fino is the ideal spot for a personalized cup of very fine joe.
Mon-Fri: 7am-5pm Sat: 10am-2pm Sun: Closed (hours can change without notice)
This friendly staff serves freshly brewed pure and natural teas along with coffee, pastries, and meals like salads and sandwiches.
3222 Silver Ave SE (Nob Hill)
Albuquerque NM 87106
Albuquerque NM 87106
Mon-Fri: 7am-5pm Sat-Sun: 8am-5pm (hours can change without notice)
This sunny café occupies the sweet spot in The Village at Silver and Wellesley. Limonata offers killer espresso and teas, paired with a large array of mouth-watering Italian treats. Try the prosciutto panini, the antipasto platter for two or stock up on authentic Italian groceries in the market. Don’t forget to order a Nutella or strawberry jam crêpe. You’ll have the pleasure of watching the cooking process right before your eyes.
3035 Menaul Blvd NE (Midtown)
Albuquerque NM 87107
Albuquerque NM 87107
Mon-Fri 6am-6pm Sat 7am-5pm Sun 8am-3pm (hours can change without notice)
This is the kind of friendly, local and, above all, comfortable coffee shop that has become a rare breed since the caffeine-laced heyday of the mid-’90s. Napoli Coffee offers a warm and inviting sitting area that makes it a perfect hangout spot on a chilly winter’s day. You can pick up all the usual espresso drinks here as well as sandwiches, burritos and pastries.
Tues-Sun: 10am-6pm Closed Monday (hours can change without notice)
If you’re used to soggy bags of Lipton, this place will be a rare and well-deserved treat. Proprietor David Edwards offers a broad range of loose-leaf and sachet teas, all imported and of excellent quality. Choose from exotic blends like Casablanca and masala chai to easily recognizable stuff like Earl Grey and English breakfast. And, yes, he even has those blooming flower teas. Ask about tastings and classes.
$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Take Out / To-Go • Outdoor Patio • Wireless Internet
Satellite serves up not only coffee but also burritos, sandwiches, desserts and pastries. This is a good choice if you need a quick pick-me-up or you’re hungry late--it’s open until at least 9pm most nights. We recommend the black velvet which is a vanilla coffee with five shots of espresso.
Tues-Wed: 11am,1:30pm,4 pm Thurs-Sat: 11am, 1:30pm, 4pm, 6:30pm Sun: 11am-1:30pm (hours can change without notice)
Meals Served: Lunch
Sure, you’ve had tea before, but have you ever really had tea before? You know, with quaint little scones and clotted cream? Do you even know what clotted cream is? Well, the ladies over at the St. James Tearoom sure do, and they’d love to inform and inspire you with the lost art of proper tea service—the proprietress, Mary Alice Higbie, is a certified tea consultant through the Protocol School of Washington in D.C. (we’re serious). The $44 full afternoon tea includes three pots of different premium loose teas and an elegant three-tiered serving tray that’s loaded with assorted savories and finger sandwiches, scones, clotted cream, homemade lemon curd and other sweets. For a $7 upgrade you can have a Royal Tea, which includes a glass of Gruet (call for reservations). The Tearoom’s Cherriwyn China Shop carries a lovely selection of tea accessories, too.
Mon 7am-3pm Tue 7am-3pm Wed 7am-3pm Thu 7am-3pm Fri 7am-3pm Sat 8am-2pm Sun 8am-2pm (hours can change without notice)
Cuisine: American, Vegetarian/Health Foods, Bakery/Sweets, Coffee/Tea/Espresso, Deli/Sandwiches, Organic/Locally Grown
The reincarnation of Fans of Film Cafe, an Albuquerque staple. Not your ordinary cafe, this quaint little joint tends to attract eclectic folks who want to thumb through the extensive book collection in the back of the store or lounge with a laptop. The staff are well-versed in coffee bean language, offering smooth cold brews from two nitro taps, steamy espresso and the freshest house brew in town. The menu is all plant-based and organic, so you can feel good about ordering that smothered breakfast burrito. (And you should, too. It’s real good.)