With a Starbucks seemingly on every corner, it may seem like the only option coffee drinkers have when they want a jolt in the morning (or in the afternoon). But there’s more to coffee than just venti espresso frappuccinos—and we don’t mean the drinks at The Coffee Bean, either. Several places in Las Vegas serve coffee made from locally roasted beans, and it’s a difference guests can taste. Not only that, but the cups are typically cheaper than at most major coffee chains, making these local spots worth the trip for coffee lovers no matter where they’re located.
Beanz Coffee Café
4830 Blue Diamond Road, Suite 130
Las Vegas, NV 89139
One of Las Vegas’ newest coffee shops, Beanz Coffee Café is owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Larissa and Brian Hoying, who sought out local sources for Beanz’ coffee and food items in order to support the community. Proudly serving beans that are locally roasted in Boulder City by Colorado River Coffee Roasters, Beanz serves only the freshest, highest quality beans available. Offering a variety of specialty and regular coffee drinks, teas, smoothies and special creations like the Beanz slammer—espresso, cream and a flavor of your choice served in a shot glass—prices range from $1.65 to $2.05 for Beanz’ house drip coffees, $3.95 to $4.90 for its blended coffees and $3.30 to $4.35 for its espresso-based coffees. Must-tries include the white Russian frappe and the white chocolate mocha.
Frankly Good Coffee
Boulder City, NV
This local coffee roaster, which has built a devoted following of customers over the past two years, roasts and serves up to 18 varieties of coffee beans at local farmers’ markets throughout the Las Vegas valley. Popular roasts include the Red Rock Blend (named after Red Rocky Canyon) and the Dam Good Blend (a nod to Hoover Dam, as the company is actually based in Boulder City). Brewed iced coffees retail for $3 a glass while fresh, hot brewed coffees cost $2.50 a cup. Bags of beans are sold by the pound, too, with prices ranging from $12 to $32 (100-percent Kona). Half-pound bags are also available for most coffees. For those who can’t make it to one of Frankly Good Coffee’s local farmers’ market appearances (check out its website for a list of locations), its coffee is also served in the View Wine Bar & Kitchen at Tivoli Village and at Suzuya Pastries & Crepes in the southwest part of town.
Grouchy John’s Coffee
8520 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89123
Offering quality coffee and teas in a relaxing atmosphere, this local coffee shop also uses beans from Colorado River Coffee Roasters. Not only are its beans locally sourced, but its teas, pastries and other food items are as well in order to promote local businesses and keep money in the community. Menu selections range from the Grouchy John latte (white chocolate and amaretto) to the honey latte. Considering Grouchy John’s motto is “life is too short for bad coffee,” you’re always guaranteed a delicious cup.
Layers Bakery Café
665 S. Green Valley Parkway
Henderson, NV 89052
With a focus on using no artificial ingredients, preservatives and trans fats in its items, it should come as no surprise that this popular organically focused bakery/café in Green Valley uses Colorado River Coffee Roasters, too, for its rich espresso. It also buys beans from an organic roaster in Durango, Colorado, called Desert Sun Coffee Roasters for its house drip coffee. A small drip (12 ounces) retails for just $2 while a large drip (16 ounces) costs $2.70; refills are $1. Unlike many other coffee shops, Layers has a purist mentality, so its beans aren’t flavored. However, several syrups are available for those who want to add a little extra flavor to their drink, including caramel, vanilla, hazelnut, white mocha, dark mocha, almond, cinnamon, toffee and a variety of fruit flavors.
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750 S. Rampart Blvd., Suite 9
Las Vegas, NV 89145
This upscale café and espresso lounge in Boca Park offers a menu of rich, locally roasted coffees from Colorado River Coffee Roasters in a comfortable atmosphere. Boasting a range of beans from around the globe, it’s the perfect place for coffee enthusiasts to “sip, savor and socialize.” In addition to its extensive coffee selection, Sambalatte brews its coffee a number of different ways, including its signature default brewing technique: the single brew (or pour-over), which is individually brewed for each customer. Other processes featured at Sambalatte include the vacuum brew, AeroPress, French Press and—for purists—the Chemex pot. Prices range from $2.50 for a small cup (10 ounces) to $3 for a large (16 ounces) with the Brazilian beans being the bestseller. Regardless of which beans you choose, however, coffee lovers won’t be disappointed.
When she’s not interviewing some of Hollywood’s biggest celebs, Heather Turk can often be found visiting some of Las Vegas’ most popular restaurants and spas for Examiner.com. She also covers the Las Vegas market for a variety of other media outlets, including Allegiant Air’s in-flight magazine, Sunseeker. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.