When flowers start blooming and temperatures start rising in the spring and summer, coffee drinkers everywhere let out a collective sigh of disappointment. But it doesn’t have to be that way!
Enter: cold brew. This slightly less acidic but equally as flavorful version of coffee satisfies our coffee cravings in the hotter months. And thankfully, there are several coffee shops in Fort Collins that have mastered the art of cold brew, some even taking on the nitro method, which uses nitrogen gas to create a smoother, almost beer-like texture.
How many of these cold brew creations can you try before summer comes to a close?
Sharing a space with Makerfolk and Half Crown Creative, Bean Cycle Roasters is a creative hub in the heart of Old Town. Here, you can fuel up with a cup of coffee and a pastry before you shop at Makerfolk or take a stroll through Old Town. And on a hot day, their cold brew hits the spot. Don’t believe us? Maybe this slow-motion video will convince you!
Bindle Coffee is a highlight at Jessup Farm Artisan Village. 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. They roast their own beans in-house in their space, which was once a 19th-century mechanic’s shop. This process results in a delicious cup of coffee, whether you like it hot or cold. Bindle’s iced coffee is a rotating feature of one of their single-origin coffees or blends.
Make your way to Loveland to visit the Conundrum Coffee truck, which is parked at 3706 Aldrin Drive Tuesdays through Fridays from 8–11 a.m. In addition to “hot brew” coffee and tea, Conundrum serves a delicious cold brew as well as their special nitro. The Conundrum Coffee Nitro brings you a superior coffee flavor, plus a creamy texture reminiscent of beer (and the foam to match!). Click here for more details about their nitro.
What started as a coffee bike serving chilled coffee from a nitro draft tap has evolved into a brick-and-mortar production facility (with two bikes still roaming the streets with coffee on tap!). Cranked Up Coffee’s nitro is out of this world — so much so that restaurants, offices and other businesses in town order their kegged nitro on the regular. If you can’t track down their bikes, don’t worry — you can order their nitro at Scrumpy’s, Mountain Avenue Market, Tap and Handle, Snack Attack, and Stuft Burger Bar!
By day, Genoa Coffee & Wine serves Cafe Richesse coffees alongside chai, hot cocoa, smoothies and a food menu that includes bagels, breakfast burritos and sandwiches. And in the evening, you can enjoy local beers, wine and sangria and a menu of flatbread pizzas, appetizers and small plates. On a hot day, order their iced cold brew toddy!
Harbinger Coffee is one of our favorite coffee shops in town for a few reasons. Their clean and modern locations are the perfect place to get some work done or meet with a friend. Plus, the Harbinger teams roasts their own beans, resulting in an exquisite cup of coffee, whether it’s hot or iced. Their iced coffee is best enjoyed on their spacious patios!
A famous NoCo institution, The Human Bean is a locally owned and operated coffee shop with nine stand-alone locations and a coffee truck serving Fort Collins, Greeley, Evans, Loveland, LaSalle and Windsor. No matter where you are, you can order just about any coffee (or non-coffee beverage) at The Human Bean. Their Cold Brew Toddy is an in-house brew of their rotating regional roast that extracts rich and complex flavors over time using cold water, resulting in a crisp, clean and less acidic caffeine fix. Or stick to their iced coffee, which is a traditional brewed coffee, chilled immediately after brewing using their medium roast blend.
Lima Coffee Roasters is based here in Fort Collins, offering fair trade and organic coffee to the masses online and at their coffee bar inside Foothills Mall. While everything at Lima Coffee Bar is great, we love sipping on their cold brew or nitro cold brew while perusing the mall on a hot day! Plus, Lima offers a variety of fun iced and frozen drinks, like their Unicorn Cotton Candy Frappe, Iced Peach Espresso Tonic, Iced Lavender White Chocolate Upside Down Latte, and more.
Momo Lolo has been locally owned and family-run since 2010, when Colin Gerety opened the shop as a social gathering place. In 2018, Colin retired from the coffee business and passed it over to his daughter and her sons, who have updated and refreshed the shop, while remaining committed to serving good coffee, tea, pastries, snacks, burritos and smoothies in a clean and welcoming environment. If you’re looking for something refreshing on a hot day, order their iced coffee — or a fruit or matcha smoothie!
Mugs Coffee Lounge checks all the boxes for us; it is locally owned, family-owned, and community-centered — plus, they have excellent coffee served in a welcoming environment. Their downtown Fort Collins location underwent a remodel in 2019, resulting in a modern and updated interior, but their coffee is just as good as the day they opened in 2002. In fact, it’s better! Their cold brew is made with their dark roast Bravo coffee cold brewed for 24 hours, served over ice.
Let us know what cold brew coffee in Fort Collins we need to try next!