Albuquerque is home to so many different coffee shops that there’s really no need to always visit a Starbuck’s to get your daily jolt of caffeine. All of the coffee shops that are featured in this guide have so many yummy drink options for $3.75 or less that you may even think twice before going to Starbuck’s entirely for an overpriced latte!
Furthermore, Albuquerque’s coffee shops offer their patrons much more than just coffee. Yummy food choices, free Wi-Fi Internet service and other good things to drink make visiting Albuquerque’s coffee shops very worthwhile. Here is a listing of three of the nicer coffee shops in Albuquerque, in no particular order.
Of all the coffee shops in Albuquerque, I love going to one of Satellite Coffee’s (www.satcoffee.com) five locations across town. My favorite location is located at 2300 Central Ave. SE ((505)– 256 0345)-right across from the University of New Mexico. They offer their patrons a wide array of coffee drinks, teas and Chai drinks that give you just the right amount of caffeine at a very reasonable price. Add to that yummy food and you have a winning combination!
Some of the better selling coffee drinks at all of Satellite Coffee’s locations include their Cafe Mocha($3.05 for a Tall one, $3.60 for a Grande size and $3.90 for a Mucho Grande size), a rich blend of Colombian Coffee and and your choice of chocolate flavorings, and their cappuccino ($2.75 for a Tall one, $3.30 Grande size, $3.60 Mucho Grande size). For those on tighter budgets, their Brew of the Moment ($1.75-$2.10) and their espresso ($1.65 single, $1.95 double, $2.25) can’t be beat! Don’t forget to try their signature coffee drinks like their Carmel Dulce ($3.50-$4.55). They also offer iced drinks to help you beat the summer time heat, too. Try a Black Velvet ($4.55). It’s iced coffee with lots of vanilla and tons of caffeine! Yummy!
If you’re looking for something other than coffee to drink, Satellite Coffee offers many choices. Satellite Coffee offers tea by the cup ($1.75) or by the pot ($2.85) and offers yummy choices like Earl Grey, Chamomile and Jasmine green tea. They also offer tea drinks like Chair ($2.90-$3.95) and my personal favorite the London Fog, a blend of Earl Grey and steamed milk with just the right amount of vanilla ($3.15-$4.00). And if that weren’t enough, they also offer fresh lemonade ($2.60-$3.40) and hot cocoa ($1.70-$2.80) too!
If you’re looking for something to eat, Satellite Coffee offers light breakfasts like scrambled eggs with sausage($3.99) and breakfast burritos for $3.99 as well as lunch time sandwiches like a yummy turkey club ($3.99) and an Eastern Veggie Melt ($5.99) that is to die for! I almost forgot! They also have a bagel bar that offers yummy things like blueberry bagels ($2.39), English Muffins ($1.19) and six other types of bagels for $1.19. Add butter for $0.30 or homemade jam for $0.70 and you can’t go wrong.
Satellite Coffee also offers pre-packaged custom blended coffees and a wonderful atmosphere where people get together to talk about nothing in particular over a cup of coffee. The customer service at any of the Satellite Coffee locations is the best I have seen in town and if you don’t mind waiting a bit, every order is custom made to your tastes–how lovely! Free Wi-Fi internet is also available. Try to arrive earlier in the day as all of Satellite Coffee’s locations get crowded quickly. Your best time might be earlier in the morning. All of Satellite Coffee’s locations are open from 9am-10pm Monday-Saturday and they are usually packed by 11 AM! Even if it’s packed to the gills, try to come here at least once. The drinks and the food are too good to pass up!
Another great coffee shop located near the University of New Mexico is the Winning Coffee Company ( 111 Harvard Dr SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106 (505)-266-0000). Open Monday through Friday 7am-10pm
and on Saturday’s & Sunday’s from 8am-5pm, they roast their own beans right on the premises and brew each pot of coffee or tea only as it’s needed so every coffee and tea order is freshly made. The atmosphere and service aren’t have bad either. The paintings on the walls by local artists change every couple of weeks and the people who serve you are generally pretty friendly. Try to come here in the mornings because this place gets crowded with students studying and locals chatting about this, that or the other.
One of their better coffee drinks is wickedly simple. their Brew of the Moment at $1.69 per cup or $3.75 for a whole pot might be the best thing on the whole menu. If you add some toast with butter and jam for $1.79, you have a Sunday breakfast that even a Parisian wouldn’t complain about! Their espresso ($1.65 for a single, $1.95 for a double) is strong and their mocha varieties ($1.95-$3.15 depending on the size) will make you jump (literally) for joy! Try their white chocolate mocha drink. It’s very good because you can really taste the white chocolate in it and it blends nicely with the strong coffee. Don’t forget about their iced coffee drinks, either! Their iced mocha ($2.55-$4.00) and their vanilla Frappe ($2.80-$3.95) is yummy and you get huge servings of them, too. They always have daily specials at the Winning Coffee Company and they are always very good.
There are other things to drink at the Winning Coffee Company. Try their teas, hot cocoa and Chai drinks. The hot cocoa ($1.49-$2.29) is the best in town and with over 12 selections of tea to choose from(including peppermint and green tea), their $2.89 Pot of Tea special is always worthwhile. Tea is also served by the cup ($1.49) and you can also take home tea packaged by the box. Their Chai drinks are yummy and of my favorites is Chai served with steamed milk and spices ($3.29) You also must try their limeaide ($2.29) and other juice blends. They are great on a hot summer’s day.
If you want something to eat with all that coffee or tea, the Winning Coffee Company serves breakfast and lunch items at very decent prices. Breakfast selections include breakfast burritos ($4.79) and a yummy egg sandwhich ($3.95). My favorite things for breakfast are their granola ( a huge bowl for $3.59) and their bagels($1.19). They offer a nice selection of add-ons with their bagels (ranging from $0.50 for butter and jam to $1.39 for hummus) but my favorite is plain ol’ cream cheese for $2.25. Sandwiches are also served. They range from $5.49-$6.95 and one of their better ones is their turkey breast sandwhich ($6.95).
One more good choice for a good cup of coffee in Albuquerque is the Daily Grind (http://www.dailygrindunwind.com/menu/). Located in Downtown Albuquerque at 414 Central Ave. SE ( (505) 883-8310) and open from 9 AM to 6 PM everyday, The Daily Grind is a national franchiser who actually cares about what they serve–What a novel concept. Albuquerque’s location combines delicious coffee , fun foods to eat and a very pleasant atmosphere to give patrons a very satisfying experience and a good value for their dollar. With no coffee drink over $3.85 and no food item over $3.00, people can come to the Daily Grind and still have money left over–Hooray! Three of the better selling coffee drinks at the Daily Grind are also very yummy. Try their Caramel Creation or Butterscotch Blitz (both cost $3.15 for a 12 oz cup, $3.50 for a 16 oz cup or $3.85 for 20 oz cup). The blend of Caramel or Butterscotch with coffee is just too good to pass up! If you don’t want to spend quite as much, try their Espresso ($1.30-$1.75) or their Latte ($2.35-$3.20). They are quite good and your pocketbook will thank you later!
If you’re looking for something other than coffee to drink, the Daily Grind also offers a nice Chai Tea ($2.35-$3.22), and very yummy creamy Italian sodas ($2.30-$2.70) that are to die for! The only drawback to this non-coffee menu is that it’s quite small! Maybe they will expand their non-coffee menu soon?
The same goes for their food menu. It’s very small but the snacks are quite good. Try their Biscotti (75 cents), muffins ($1.00) and bagels ($1.25). Everyday the flavors of the muffins and the bagels change and if you add cream cheese for 30 cents, you have a lovely snack that’s very reasonably priced!
I like to come to the Daily Grind because the atmosphere is cozy and the servers are very friendly. (Maybe even a little too friendly!). I like to meet with friends here over a nice drink and talk about nothing in particular. The atmosphere is so inviting that sometimes my friends and I forget about time and what should have been a quick 30 minute lunch turns into a 2 hour conversation! As a result, be sure you have lots of extra time on your hands if you come to the Daily Grind. You’ll need it!
So what are you waiting for? The next time you’re in Albuquerque and are in the mood for some coffee or a muffin or two come check out these coffee shops. You’ll be glad you did!