Ahhh coffee, Elixir of productivity. Giver of life. A staple in any Young Professional’s daily routine. Hot, iced, with cream or without – it’s the best way to start the day. Whether you’re new to Utah or just looking to mix up your coffee routine, we’ve sipped and sampled our way around town to bring you our top 5 picks. Know of another great one we should add to the list? Sound off in the comment section!
Given all of the benefits of coffee, it’s not a matter of if you’re drinking it, it’s where you’re drinking it. Utah’s coffee culture is becoming increasingly diverse as more millennials move into the area. From airy urban warehouse atmospheres to cozy corner couches, there’s something for everyone.
Hours: M-F, 7am-6pm, Sat/Sun, 8am-6pm
This shop is quickly becoming a local favorite, especially among Young Professionals who are looking for a signature place to call their own. With values that include Quality over Quantity, Community Over Corporate, and Planet Over Profit, it’s easy to see why additional locations are in demand. Look for a new location in The Avenues to open in late 2015.
Atmosphere-Bright, airy, urban
Best Suited For-Creativity sessions and important work projects
Bonus-The crazy cool bathrooms
Hours: M-F, 7am-6pm, Sat/Sun, 8am-5pm
The Rose Establishment feels like the ideal mix of classic coffeehouse comforts and creative modern twists. Situated in the heart of downtown, it’s a great place to pick up coffee on your way to work or linger over the paper on a Sunday morning. Fun fact: Ty Burrell (of Modern Family and Beer Bar fame) was spotted waiting in line in front of us at this exact location.
Atmosphere-Cozy, rustic, serene
Best Suited For-Catching up with an old friend or reading that new book you’ve been carrying around
Hours: Sun-Sun, 6am-12am
Coffee Garden’s prime location in the 9th&9th district is just one of its many selling points. The beautiful surroundings, consistent quality and charming staff make you feel right at home – even if you just moved into town. With an ever-changing menu and plenty of outlets for your laptop, this is a great spot to spend a Saturday afternoon before you head out on the town.
Atmosphere-Vibrant, active, eclectic
Best Suited For-Pinterest browsing and people watching
Hours: M-Sat, 7am-10pm
Salt Lake Roasting Company is hard to miss. At two stories-high, it’s arguably the most visible and well-known shop in town - and with good reason. Offering a central location, a ski-lodge type atmosphere, and a shaded patio, it truly lends itself to all kinds of gatherings. Meeting up with your Tinder date but don’t want to be overheard by the entire place? Shoot for a spot downstairs in the corner. Working on your thesis? Head upstairs to enjoy the natural light from the windows and spread out on one of the round tables.
Atmosphere-Spacious, inviting, dynamic
Best Suited For-First dates and late-night study sessions
Hours: Open 24 hours, 365 days a year
Sometimes, you want to be in the driver’s seat when it comes to crafting the perfect brew. Playing barista at your very own coffee station can be just as fun as going out to a local shop. The next time you’re out and about, pick up a grinder and coffee maker to experiment at home. Have a favorite roast? Most shops in town sell their beans so you can get the taste without the trip. The set-up pictured above only cost a total of $25 (incl. the beans).
Atmosphere-Completely customizable with the best playlist in town (yours!)
Best Suited For-When you want to enjoy your caffeine fix in the comfort of your pajamas or add a dash of Bailey’s to your brew during a Saturday brunch
Caffeine may help protect brain cells from the damage that causes Parkinson’s, dementia, and Alzheimer’s.The antioxidants in coffee could also help prevent liver disease.
No. 2: It boosts your brainpower
Java keeps you juiced when you’re sleep-deprived, but a cup before a presentation can also sharpen memory and keep you alert. If it makes you too jittery, mix regular with decaf, or drink it with breakfast. Just avoid caffeine for at least four hours before bedtime.
No. 3: It keeps you slim
The caffeine in coffee can speed up metabolism and fat-burning, which helps lower your risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity. And black coffee is one of the lowest-calorie drink choices around.
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