In the tradition of true alchemists, the folks at Alchemy Coffee turn what they touch into pure gold. Okay, maybe not real gold, but you’ll be convinced of their magic touch once you have a sip. Like many coffee shops, the atmosphere is laid-back, but this spot has a hard-rock vibe as well, with skulls and an affinity for The Grateful Dead. And along with great coffee, customers often rave about the food menu as well. So grab your favorite Java drink, a slice of freshly-made quiche and rock out. Alchemy has two locations; the original in a quaint neighborhood south of downtown, and a second that shares a building with a local restaurant on Capitol Hill.
271 N Center Street, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
The Central 9th district is one of Salt Lake’s most up-and-coming, and Blue Copper Coffee Room provides a place for gathering, people-watching, and refueling. Blue Copper was previously known as Nobrow Coffee but revamped their image and branding a few years ago. Customers can still expect the same excellent customer service, but now with small-batch roasted beans and a totally reimagined style. The interior is a mix of a clean, neutral color palette, interesting industrial lines, and rustic warmth. Along with serving their own roasts, they amiably brew beans from other high-quality local roasters, promoting a growing sense of community among Salt Lake coffee enthusiasts.
The mantra of Publik Coffee Roasters is “Quality over quantity. Community over corporate. Planet over profit.” It pretty much makes us want to hug a unicorn and fight for world peace. On a sincere note, Publik really does embody some of the best principles we can think of when it comes to creating great food and beverages, and being part of a community. Through careful sourcing and a true artisan attitude, each coffee brewed shows a high attention to detail and dedication to good coffee. Visitors can try it for themselves at the original Publik in downtown Salt Lake City, Publik Kitchen, which serves their great coffee alongside a full menu in the 9th and 9th district, or in their newest location, a smaller shop in the Avenues.
Publik Coffee Roasters, 975 S W Temple, Salt Lake City, UT, USA, +1 801 355 3161
Long before many of the other coffee shops on our list got their starts, Salt Lake Roasting Company had been humbly roasting, and serving, coffee for years. As Salt Lake’s oldest coffee roaster, this company has experience and longevity to boast of. Sourcing beans that are always Fair Trade and Rain Forest Alliance certified, the company roasts coffee for sale by the pound, and uses it in their cafes. The downtown location on 400 South in Salt Lake City is a favorite hangout for locals, and a newer location near the city’s public library is gaining a loyal following as well. Both offer ideal spaces to gather with friends or to enjoy some alone time while you indulge in great coffee.
Salt Lake Roasting Company, 210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, UT, USA, +1 801 532 0450
Just the name, Sugarhouse Coffee, has significant meaning to locals in the Sugarhouse area south of downtown Salt Lake. The eclectic neighborhood attracts a variety of customers, from students and artists, to professionals and soccer moms, and Sugar House Coffee embraces every bit of the area’s Bohemian tradition. Over the last 10 years, the shop has seen many changes and a handful of location moves, as developments have been made to the historic center of Sugarhouse. But Sugarhouse coffee still provides an atmosphere that is welcoming and friendly, along with amazing coffee from local roaster Rimini Coffee. Sugar House Coffee also hosts live musicians on a regular basis, so check the company’s website for a schedule to get a taste of the local music scene.