This post was updated April 18, 2018 to include current information and recommendations.
Coffee is a necessity most days and next time you’re in a caffeine emergency, we wouldn’t want you to be without a cup. To help you track down a shop and find your new local favorite, we rounded up a few of FoCo’s best. We even mapped them out for you so you can easily locate the nearest one.
To find the location nearest you, simply check the interactive Google map below. Then, keep reading to learn more about each spot and find out about its local roots!
The door never closes at Alleycat.This 24/7 coffee shop is the only one of its kind in Fort Collins which makes it the perfect place for late-night studying, working and coffee drinking. They serve coffee and espresso drinks, smoothies and shakes, delectable breakfasts and savory lunches. Besides being the city’s only 24/7 cafe, they’re most famous for their housemade chai so be sure to order one next time you stop in!
Photo courtesy of Bean Cycle Roasters
If you want to highlight a taste of FoCo student culture, coffee culture, bike culture and book culture all at the same time, fuel up at The Bean Cycle. As one of the city’s favorite Old Town hangouts and one of our favorite coffee roasters, you can get an outstanding cup of coffee or crafted espresso drink, snack on pastries, admire vintage bikes hanging on the wall and shop items from local makers. Because The Bean Cycle shares a space with Singularity and Half Crown Creative, you’ll find jewelry, arts, furniture and more!
Photo courtesy of Bindle Coffee
One of the most popular spots in Jessup Farm Artisan Village happens to be one of Fort Collins’ favorite coffee houses: Bindle Coffee. Husband and wife owners Andrew and Jenn Webb care deeply about where their coffee beans come from and how both the farmers and consumers are treated. Their global worldview is obvious while inside their shop, as they have a large world map displayed on the wall which tells where their current beans are from. They roast those beans in-house — a house which is a beautifully transformed 19th-century mechanic’s shop!
This classic coffee shop offers incredible coffee beverages as well as a full bakery. It’s the perfect place to warm up and get a treat while you’re exploring Old Town! The original location is nestled right on Oak Street near the plaza and offers a full menu of specialty coffees, teas, pastries, sandwiches and bakery fare. You can also find The Crooked Cup Too inside the Atrium of the Harmony Library and several other locations throughout NoCo.
Cuppy’s Coffee opened in March 2008 and has always been locally owned and operated. Alongside Caffe’ D’arte coffee, you can order homemade bakery treats as well as made-to-order gourmet sandwiches and salads. And all of it is served in a cozy coffee shop atmosphere we love!
In 2016, Mental Floss named Everyday Joe’s the best coffee shop in Colorado and the volunteer team behind this little neighborhood spot keeps that reputation going day after day. Brewing the beans of Color Roasters out of Eagle, Colorado and Oddly Correct out of Kansas City, the nonprofit coffee house is run by about 30 volunteers and operates as FoCo’s living room. Stop by to catch live music, peruse local art and taste some outstanding coffee.
By day, Genoa serves Cafe Richesse coffees alongside chai, hot cocoa, smoothies and a food menu that includes bagels, breakfast burritos and sandwiches. Then in the evening, you can enjoy local beers, wine and sangria and a menu of flatbread pizzas, appetizers and small plates. this is truly a destination for any occasion!
Jonathan Jarrow founded Harbinger Coffee in 2012 and the entire team has been dedicated to outstanding coffees paired with spectacular service ever since. What was once a small, simple coffee cart quickly grew into a brick and mortar cafe on Mason and then a second one opened in Southeast Fort Collins in 2017. Whether you’re just there for the caffeine or you’re hoping to pair it with a warm and welcoming space to relax, you’ll find everything you need at Harbinger.
If you enjoy gaming like Dungeons & Dragons or The Settlers of Catan chances are high that you also enjoy staying up late and gathering with your friends. This combo comes alive at The Haunted Game Cafe, a full-service retail game store and coffee shop that offers a diverse menu of locally roasted coffee, espresso drinks, chai, hot chocolate, smoothies and tea. But no gaming marathon is complete without food — particularly pizza and candy bars!
A famous NoCo institution, The Human Bean is a locally owned and operated coffee shop with seven stand-alone locations and a coffee truck serving Fort Collins, Greeley, Evans, Loveland and LaSalle. Often spotted at community events throughout the year, we definitely recommend grabbing a cup from the truck! But if you can’t track it down, you can stop in two different Fort Collins cafes: one on South College and one on North College. See a list of all seven locations here.
Momo Lolo is a coffee house for neighbors and friends, a locally owned spot dedicated to using local products as often as possible. This cozy shop is nestled in the Campus West shopping center near the Colorado State University main campus. Come for the coffee and stay for the inviting environment!
Our favorite business qualities are locally-owned, family-owned, economically-focused and community-centered. Mugs Coffee Lounge combines all four of these qualities and throws in an outstanding environment and great coffee. Downtown, you can stop in to study in their underground lounge or chat with friends on the sunny patio. Or, swing by Mugs at The Oval when you need a quick pick-me-up!
Starry Night has proudly served the community of Fort Collins for over 20 years. Every day, they serve up organic fair trade coffee roasted locally by Denver’s Coda Coffee Company. You’ll also find a simple menu of sandwiches, soups, salads and handcrafted baked goods and desserts. You can enjoy it all surrounded by local art in the heart of Old Town!
Another student favorite, Wild Boar Cafe merges coffee house vibes with handmade, artisan bistro foods and craft beer on tap. It’s the perfect FoCo mashup! Highlighting local and sustainable goods, the team does much of their own gardening, makes their own ginger chai and serves Fort Collins’ own Bootleg Boocha. And that’s just the shortlist; stop by to experience it all!
In the comments below, let us know which coffee shops you can’t get enough of — even if it’s not on our list!