I love coffee. I love coffee in all its forms: plain brewed, a sweet latte, iced. You name it, I’ll probably drink it. I drink so much coffee that one of my co-workers keeps a running tally of how many cups I’ve poured each day. Getting coffee with friends is easily one of my favorite things to do. Lucky for me, there are some great places in Spokane to relax and grab a cup of caffeine. Here are my top five picks!
Thomas Hammer Coffee is one of my all-time favorite spots in Spokane. Their coffee is roasted at their downtown Spokane warehouse, and their baristas are expertly trained. It’s the place that finally converted me from my chocolate-laden mochas to a cup of brewed-with-cream. With locations across Spokane, Spokane Valley and North Idaho, you can stop in and get a drink in one of their iconic orange cups no matter where your day takes you.
Indaba takes craft coffee to a new level. Their lattes look as good as they taste and the latte art… really is art! Indaba also offers coffee brewed in different styles so you can expand your daily 12 oz. brew in a creative way. There are two locations, one in downtown Spokane, and one in the West Central neighborhood, not far from Kendall Yards, where you can watch their team work on single batch roasts right in the store front.
One of Spokane’s original coffee houses, Rocket Bakery started with a single store and bakery in Spokane Valley, and in the 25 years since, has expanded to include stores in the Garland District and downtown Spokane. Looking for a snack? Rocket bakes fresh bagels, cookies, muffins and breads daily and delivers them to each individual store. With a location right across the street from the Visit Spokane offices, it’s become a staff favorite. I worked as a Rocket barista for a short time after college, so the Rocket will always hold a special place in my heart on my journey to ultimate caffeination.
Located on Main Avenue in downtown Spokane, Boots Bakery is truly unique. Instead of serving one brand of coffee, Boots carries roasts from DOMA, Roast House and Evans Brothers – all local coffee roasters. Their signature is their nitrogenated cold-brew coffee served by the pint from a keg. Pair it with one of their famous pumpkin waffles. Morning coffee not your thing? Boots is also a great spot to grab an evening cocktail while taking in some live music.
A resident of the Saranac Commons, Caffe Affogato specializes in Italian style espresso drinks. Plan on spending some time really enjoying your beverage – these aren’t grab and go drinks folks! These espressos are made to be experienced. The best part about Caffe Affogato is their wide variety of specialty drinks that you don’t commonly find. Try an Espresso Con Panna (espresso poured over a dollop of whipped cream and topped with chocolate shavings) or the shop’s namesake, a Caffe Affogato (espresso poured over vanilla ice cream). Like I said, this is coffee made to be savored.