Albuquerque may be located in the high desert of Central New Mexico, but it is definitely not in shortage of cafes and coffeehouses, whether you are looking to satisfy your caffeine craving or appreciate local roasts. In New Mexico’s largest city, you can find a wide array of unique local gems, home-grown chains, and specialty coffeehouses that will allow you to enjoy the best coffee during your holiday. Read on for our selection of the top coffee shops in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that will help you kickstart your day of exploring in the city, or offer you a quaint hideout for a well-deserved break in the mid-afternoon.
1. Humble Coffee Company
Look no further if you are craving some caffeine and a solid cuppa. Humble Coffee Company, as its name—and motto: stay grounded—suggests, offers you an honest cup of coffee with a simple menu to start your day on the right foot. The place also serves locally made baked goods and pastries to go along with your drink so you don’t leave on an empty stomach. For non-coffee drinkers, you can order chai, hot teas, and lemonades.
Humble Coffee Company
Address: 4200 Lomas Blvd, Suite C, Albuquerque, NM 87110, United States
Website: Humble Coffee Company
Opening hours: 6am - 6pm (daily)
If you are looking to appreciate some art while sipping your espresso, Zendo will be your favorite haunt. A hip nook and self-proclaimed “finest neighborhood coffee shop,” the place serves locally roasted coffee with beans sourced from around the country. The food menu also has vegan options, including donuts and varying baked goods of the day that you can munch on while you unwind and appreciate the art around.
Address: 413 2nd St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102, United States
Opening hours: 7am - 9pm (daily)
3. Java Joe's
Coffee connoisseurs would be pleased to know that Java Joe’s coffees are roasted, flavored, and blended in-house daily, guaranteed fresh. If you enjoy your coffee enough, you can also purchase some coffee beans for sale. In addition, the coffee shop serves a wide variety of breakfast and lunch food. Pay attention to the art featured on the walls, which is changed monthly to keep the decor fresh and support local artists. Live music is a key part of the Java Joe’s experience. Drop by on Sundays to catch a local favorite, Frank McCulloch y Sus Amigos (Frank McCulloch and Friends), a band that has been playing together since 1999 and a staple at Java Joe’s!
Address: 906 Park Ave SW #3045, Albuquerque, NM 87102, United States
Website: Java Joe’s
Opening hours: 6:30am - 3:30pm (daily)
4. Trifecta Coffee Company
Having opened its doors in 2015 and with its founders boasting more than 20 years of experience in the coffee business, Trifecta Coffee Company prides itself on serving a good cup of coffee and delicious baked goods all prepared in-house down to the syrups, along with great service. All the coffee is roasted on the premises, with a selection of coffee beans from 18 countries and 5 growing regions globally. Trifecta also serves a wide variety of pastries, from cookies and turnovers to seasonal treats, all of which will definitely leave you spoilt for choice.
Trifecta Coffee Company
Address: 413 Montaño Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107, United States
Website: Trifecta Coffee Company
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 6am - 6pm; Sat: 7am - 5pm; Sun: 8:30am - 3pm
5. Espresso Fino
Espresso Fino is a proudly barista-owned-and-operated coffeehouse that invites you to experience “world-class tastes at small-town prices.” A neighborhood gem, it puts no pretense in delivering a good cup of coffee, with beans locally roasted and certified organic and fair-trade. Grab a cuppa and a table by the sidewalk to people-watch, or head into the cozy premises and quietly reflect on your day.
Address: 222 Gold Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102, United States
Website: Espresso Fino
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 7am - 4pm; Sat - Sun: 8am - 12pm
6. Little Bear Coffee
Little Bear Coffee strives to provide a place where all who walk through the doors can share, forge, and grow friendships over a cup of coffee. Its baristas take pride in the art of making coffee, while building a community over it, especially in New Mexico’s Northeast Heights neighborhood. With its modern decor, great natural lighting, and hipster ambiance, it is the perfect place to grab a cuppa with your girlfriends, or just people-watch. Don’t forget to try the signature LB latte.
Little Bear Coffee
Address: 2632 Pennsylvania St NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110, United States
Website: Little Bear Coffee
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 6am - 9pm; Sat - Sun: 7am - 7pm
7. Michael Thomas Coffee Roasters
Family-owned Michael Thomas Coffee Roasters prides itself on maintaining consistency, building community, and delivering quality coffee to the neighborhood since its opening in 2004. Using the method of profile roasting whenever they import a new batch of coffee, the baristas ensure premium aroma and taste for each brew. You can also pick up a bag of beans and check the website for coffee-brewing classes, where you can learn a tip or two for making your own cup back home!
Michael Thomas Coffee Roasters
Address: 298-200 Bryn Mawr Dr SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106, United States
Website: Michael Thomas Coffee Roasters
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 6am - 8pm; Sat - Sun: 7am - 6pm
8. Cutbow Coffee
Every cup of coffee you taste at Cutbow Coffee is a testament to the skills of one of the United States’ most accomplished coffee roasters, Paul Gallegos. With more than 25 years of coffee-roasting experience under his belt and having roasted 70 million pounds for Peet’s Coffee, Gallegos puts his heart into roasting each batch of coffee and delivering a delicious cup, which you have to try for yourself if you are ever in Albuquerque. Email the company and drop by on Friday noon for public cupping sessions.
Address: 1208 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104, United States
Website: Cutbow Coffee
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 7am - 3pm; Sat - Sun: 8am - 3pm
9. Rise + Roast
As its name suggests, Rise + Roast is open at the break of dawn for you to visit and start your day off with. The place opens from 4:30 a.m. on Mondays to Fridays, so you can be guaranteed a cup of fragrant coffee and one of its signature donuts the moment you rise. The donut menu is subject to seasons, so check online to be sure. Go for the classics, including glazed, maple iced, and vanilla sprinkles. Chances are you will be dreaming about these donuts the night before.
Rise + Roast
Address: 401 Eubank SE Unit E, Albuquerque, NM 87123, United States
Website: Rise + Roast
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 4:30am - 4pm; Sat - Sun: 5:30am - 4pm
10. Satellite Coffee
With six locations across Albuquerque, Satellite Coffee is no stranger to locals. Since 1998, the place has prided itself on delivering locally roasted coffees and has been practicing ethical sourcing for its beans whenever possible. With the extensive food and drinks menu, you will be able to satisfy your caffeine craving whether it be in the morning, mid-day, or late afternoon.
Address: 1131 University Blvd NE Suite A-B, Albuquerque, NM 87106, United States
Website: Satellite Coffee
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 6am - 8pm; Sat: 8am - 3pm; Sun: 9am - 2pm
Grab a cuppa and support local businesses
Many of the coffee shops mentioned in this list are homegrown, and all share a passion for serving a fragrant cup of coffee while building up the local community. Do drop by for a cuppa if you find yourself craving some caffeine in ABQ. Take some Insta-worthy photos while you’re at it as these places do have quaint decor!
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