We’ve explored New Mexico north and south, east and west – and one of us cannot go anywhere without sampling the local coffee scene, and let’s just say he’s a coffee snob. So, where do we recommend in New Mexico if you’re looking for an outstanding coffee experience.

Iconik Coffee Roaster – Santa Fe

A boutique roastery. Incorporates everything great about a coffee shop. They roast their own beans and put attention on their coffee. Great aesthetic space inside and outside. Breakfast and lunch, with in house baked goods, including delicious naturally gluten free bread. Some fun interactive activities in and around the coffee shop. In a creative district of santa fe, tucked away. You have to go looking for it- and it is completely worth the drive. Lots of remote workers and local creatives get work done here.

Humble Coffee Co. – Albuquerque

Lives up to its name. Simple, humble, and small space. Popular local hangout. Coffee is on point – especially their cold brew. A variety of roasts that change. A casual spot.

Zendo Art Espresso – Albuquerque

Hip, downtown coffee shop. Lots of baked goods and lots of variety in the roasts and beans. Excellent iced coffee beverages. A fun place to hang out. Good place to get some work done. A good amount of art with a minimalist aesthetic.

Stellar Coffee Co. – Roswell

A diamond in the rough. Surprisingly good coffee in the middle of downtown Roswell. Flat white is particularly excellent. A convenient place to stop on a drive through the eastern part of the state. Astronomically themed art in the midst of alien mad Roswell. Lives up to their name. A place to sit and eat and rest during a roadtrip.

Sacred Grounds Coffee and Tea House– Ruidoso

Extremely popular, and the baked goods and food are more prominent than the coffee itself. What really stands out are the amazing decks – all three levels of them – that overlook a creek. The food is outstanding – curry dumplings is an example of recent offerings – while the coffee is solid.

Mellagro Coffee y Espresso – Las Cruces

True college coffee shop across the street from the New Mexico State University Campus. Lots of students studying, having group meetings, and working. Mellagro roasts their own beans which sets this place apart. They have a variety of roasts with beans from Africa, South America, and Asia. Their baked goods are notable – especially their almond croissant.

Plateau Espresso – Alamogordo

Perched up on the side of mountain of the southern city of Alamogordo, Plateau Espresso boasts amazing views, excellent wifi (we had a number of facetime dates here!), and an excellent selection of agua frescas and teas. Nice inside and outside seating areas, and space to meet with a larger group.

One to look out for: Prismatic Coffee – Albuquerque (now closed)

They describe their coffee roasting and brewing philosophy as “third wave coffee.” They make their own stoopwaffels. Housed in an industrial space near old town Albuquerque it is an experience!

Note: as of February 2021, Prismatic Coffee seems to be closed.


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