One of the nice surprises of commuting between Broomfield and Boulder on the back roads of Colorado, is discovering hidden gems of restaurants, coffee shops and antique stores.
Brewing Market Coffee
One of the gems we found on a recent drive through Lafayette was Brewing Market Coffee. Established in 1977 by Artine Yapoujian and located in a strip mall near Rte 7 and Rte 42, the unassuming exterior gives way to an awesome coffee shop experience on the inside. Not only do they offer plenty of seating, but they also have a wine bar! This could quite possibly save a few marriages.
There is a bit of a debate about the name of this location. While during our visits we were convinced the name is Brewing Market Coffee, we see that Google has it listed as Espresso Vino by Brewing Market Coffee. With multiple locations in Boulder County, they must be differentiating this location with its vino (wine) component. This review is for Brewing Market Coffee, so we will continue to refer to this location as such.
So let’s take a deeper look Brewing Market Coffee and see how the seating, treats, drinks, and community stack up.
With a u-shaped seating area around the counter and wine bar, there is plenty of space to settle in, talk and/or work. The best part is the variety. of seating options. Of course, they do offer leather armchairs to lounge and read a book. And they do offer tables from two tops to 6 tops. But what is great about the tables are the different heights. Bar style tables around the outside contrast with the more typical size tables at the center. And there is bar seating available to boot!
Friendly Bean Seating Score: Beans Dancing in the Streets
Coffee & Espresso
Taste test! The drip coffee was good. It wasn’t too dark or bitter and had some wonderful earth tones to it. While not exactly what I consider a dark roast, the coffee was the right temperature and tasted great. I would come back for more.
The mocha was a bit too sweet for our taste. We asked the barista how many pumps they use and she said four. This seems like a bit much for a small. The espresso taste was good, but overwhelmed from the sweetness and reminded us of the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf beverages which always seemed to come loaded with sugar. We recommend asking for light mocha. We will do the same on our follow-up visit.
They also have a variety of teas available, not to mention wine as well!
Friendly Bean Coffee & Espresso Score: It’s Way Better Than a Gas Station
Walking in through the front door on either side are plenty of coffee gizmos and gadgets. Plenty of french press options to choose from. There are also a number of different types of moka pots available too. While not as extensive as some other coffee gear offerings, the selection is good and offers a few unique items to pick as gifts. For our next coffee gear purchase, we will shop here before buying. (They also have a full compliment of tea gear.)
Friendly Bean Coffee Gear Score: It’s Cool
Our first visit was a Saturday afternoon. We were delighted to hear live music from a number of fellows who were playing together around a made up large table which was reserved for them. It was incredibly nice to sit with a cup of coffee and a sausage breakfast sandwich listening to casual music in a new coffee shop. There is also more formal live music on Wednesday and Friday nights.
This location is a great resource for the community as they host various events. One of those fantastic is the monthly car show. While the website lacks any specifics on events, we look forward to repeat visits and checking out some of the events.
Friendly Bean Community Score: The Beans are Still Roasting
Location, Hours, Etc
The location is at the intersection of Arapahoe Rd and N 95th in Lafayette, the location is convenient when traveling between Boulder and Lafayette. The addition of a drive-thru also makes this a great place to stop. While more of a destination coffee shop rather than one you would come across walking (there isn’t much at this interaction), it is a great place to try.
Is it a Friendly Bean?
From our initial few visits, we are happy to welcome Brewing Market Coffee to the Friendly Beans family. We will continue to visit and update our review as we get to know them better. We will also be publishing their events as we get more information.
In the meantime, if you are in Lafayette and need a cup of caffeine, stop by. Heck, you don’t even have to get out of the car when you use their drive thru!