The Cup Espresso Café

Coffee Shop, Café, and Sandwich Place · Downtown Boulder
1521 Pearl St (btwn 15th & 16th), Boulder, CO 80302, United States
Closed until 7:00 AM tomorrow (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 7:00 AM–10:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 178 votes

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  • Ranked #2 for coffee shops in Boulder
  • What you need to know
    Shannon R.
    "Get a bottomless iced tea and chill out in the sunshine"(3 Tips)
    Justin R.
    "Get any espresso beverage... Great espresso!"(14 Tips)
    Jason V.
    "The carrot cake is amazing and best I've had."(3 Tips)
    Angela N.
    "turkey club sammie and add Jalapeno cream cheese"(3 Tips)
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  • coffee
  • espresso drinks
  • sandwiches
  • chai
  • desserts
  • carrot cake
  • trendy
  • bottomless iced tea
  • milkshakes
  • bagels
  • quiches
  • breakfast food
  • great value
  • good for dates
  • lox
  • good for a quick meal
  • croissants
  • casual
  • green chili
  • gluten-free food
  • Rachel K.

    The Bhakti chai is spicy and heavy on the nutmeg, if that's your thing.

    Rachel K · 6 days ago
  • Sasha B.

    Staff have been known to help out frequent customers by comping their coffee if the forget their wallet.

    Sasha B · November 1
  • Peter O.

    Don't miss the quieter back area, with lots of outlets.

    Peter Organisciak · October 20
  • Mike D.

    3rd street milkshake and carrot cake!

    Mike DeLuca · October 5
  • Kaitlin D.

    one of my favorite places to be

    Kaitlin Dailey · August 26
  • Kaitlin D.

    bakti chai milkshakes are to die for

    Kaitlin Dailey · August 20
  • Chez S.

    great latte and fast wifi. good playlist too

    Chez Stock · May 29
  • Alex M.

    Iced coffee is great

    Alex M. · January 20
  • Crew

    Lots of power outlets. Wi-Fi password: ILoveBeans Read more

    Crew · December 30, 2014
  • Benjamin B.

    Excellent coffee. Good amount of seating. The people watching is particularly great.

    Benjamin Blackmer · November 25, 2014
  • Adrian B.

    They offer excellent coffee, but what really makes this place great is the wonderful vibe. The staff very friendly and the owner is always flitting around making sure everything is perfect.

    Adrian Belinne · November 23, 2014
  • Omeed A.

    Ask about their latest coffee invention!

    Omeed Adlparvar · November 6, 2014
  • Ashley S.

    Really good coffee and sandwich place.

    Ashley Swapp · November 2, 2014
  • Ann S.

    Coffee was very comparable to what I'm used to in NYC. Sad that they didn't go the extra mile and do latte art. This place is also pretty packed so you'll need to really scout for seating.

    Ann Shek · September 13, 2014
  • Rich M.

    The bagels are super fresh

    Rich Mason · September 13, 2014
  • Mike Slinger D.

    Yummy indeed

    Mike Slinger Dobez · September 7, 2014
  • Lindsay K.

    Try the nitro iced coffee- so good. Add some coconut or chocolate milk for added creaminess.

    Lindsay K. · August 9, 2014
  • Caitlin K.

    Quaint little coffee shop. Awesome service and atmosphere on Pearl St

    Caitlin Kilroy · August 9, 2014
  • Denver Westword

    All of which means you can feel thoroughly virtuous while enjoying the warm, bright atmosphere, pulling apart a flaky croissant and sipping your delicious, artfully drawn brew. Read more

    Denver Westword · August 5, 2014
  • Abby P.

    The best tuna sandwich you will ever have in your mouth.

    Abby Parsons · June 27, 2014
  • Daniel S.

    The plain croissant is pretty good.

    Daniel Sobral · March 28, 2014
  • Pascal W.

    The purple chairs are the most comfortable in the entire place. Take them when I'm @ The Cup and I'll strangle you =P

    Pascal Wagner · February 18, 2014
  • Julia H.

    Seriously, the music is usually pretty awful. Great coffee & food & staff.

    Julia Howard · December 19, 2013
  • Michael H.

    It's great they have more seating in the back

    Michael Hayes · November 13, 2013
  • Sandy R.

    The best place to make yourself look busy.

    Sandy Rich · October 27, 2013
  • Dawn D.

    The mini peach and apple pies are delish!

    Dawn Duncan · September 11, 2013

    The paleo isn't on the menu, but it is a pretty good bang for your buck! It's basically a hunk of egg with your choice of meat. · July 29, 2013
  • Jess R.

    $3 for unlimited iced tea. Summer heaven.

    Jess R · July 6, 2013
  • The Tap Lab

    If 50 cent refills and free wifi isn't enough, The Cup has a great staff and an incredible espresso milkshake. Buy it now in Tiny Tycoons!

    The Tap Lab · June 10, 2013
  • William Matthew S.

    Bottomless iced tea. Mate forever! So jacked!

    William Matthew Skelton · May 25, 2013
  • Josh M.

    Find out when the next 'cupping' is and learn about the intricacies of coffee origin from awesome folks at Conscious Coffees. Also some of the best chocolate chip cookies in town!

    Josh Montague · May 4, 2013
  • Tom M.

    Really good mocha, great atmosphere. Would recommend.

    Tom Maxwell · March 11, 2013
  • Andrew M.

    Sick back room, tons of outlets, and solid Internet.

    Andrew Martin · December 22, 2012
  • Tiana K.

    get a scone and a caffè americano.

    Tiana Kai · December 2, 2012
  • Space Agency

    The staff here is awesome and so is the coffee!

    Space Agency · November 25, 2012
  • Jon R.

    Theres more seating in the back

    Jon Rolfe · October 15, 2012
  • Angela N.

    Get the turkey club sammie and add Jalapeno cream cheese for a little spice. Delicious!

    Angela Nardozzi · August 30, 2012
  • Cheryl L.

    BEST mocha latte in Boulder!

    Cheryl Lowitzer · August 23, 2012
  • John C.

    The "green chile, jalapeño and habañero quiche" is the greatest thing I've ever put in my mouth.

    John Claus · July 12, 2012
  • Chrissy M.

    Try the Almond Joy latte

    Chrissy Morin · April 28, 2012
  • Chrissy M.

    Try the Latte

    Chrissy Morin · April 28, 2012
  • Tommy B.

    Be nice to the staff because they rock!

    Tommy B · February 29, 2012

    If you buy cycling socks and wear them on Saturday you get a free espresso-- every Saturday! · January 29, 2012
  • Urn L.

    The employees? Doing everyone a favor by serving coffee. What jerks.

    Urn Lahzer · December 24, 2011
  • Mike M.

    Don't bother ordering an everything bagel unless you're early, they have yet to figure out how to order enough.

    Mike M · December 20, 2011
  • Kaan E.

    Lots of gluten free options, including muffins and sandwich bread.

    Kaan E. · November 3, 2011
  • Steve W.

    Food, caffeine and a place to check your email. What more can you ask for?

    Steve Webb · September 26, 2011
  • BestOf

    Winner of Best Cappuccino 2011. See more of the best at Read more

    BestOf · September 9, 2011
  • Andrew H.

    Paleo bfast of eggs, bacon and avocado best deal downtown for a quick breakfast.

    Andrew Hyde · August 23, 2011
  • Dave T.

    beware, typically the wifi doesn't work very well at all and it can be noisy. Read more

    Dave Taylor · August 5, 2011

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