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The Cup Espresso Café

Coffee Shop, Café, and Sandwich Place$$$$
Downtown Boulder, Boulder
  • Ranked #3 for coffee shops in Boulder
  • micka
    "Bhakti chai ice tea - best I've ever had"(2 Tips)
    Ashley S.
    "Really good coffee and sandwich place."(2 Tips)
    Shannon R.
    "Get a bottomless iced tea and chill out in the sunshine"(3 Tips)
    Carl F.
    "Great espresso drinks, pastry, and breakfast options."(15 Tips)
85 Tips and reviews
  • coffee
  • espresso drinks
  • bhakti
  • sandwiches
  • chai
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  • Sonja
    SonjaMarch 11
    Been here 10+ times
    Favorite coffee shot for coworking. Fun staff, good coffee and sandwiches!
  • GG
    GGOctober 13, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Quora answer to, "What is the best startup hangout/coffeeshop in Boulder, CO?"
  • micka
    mickaSeptember 24, 2016
    Bhakti chai ice tea - best I've ever had
  • Carl F.
    Carl FigueiredoFebruary 11, 2016
    One of the mainstays of the Boulder coffee scene. You will not be disappointed here. Great espresso drinks, pastry, and breakfast options.
  • Kevin L.
    Kevin LillyJanuary 4, 2016
    Great vibe!!!
  • Ricard S.
    Ricard SoléDecember 7, 2015
    Good WiFi, but the music is a tad too loud.
  • Rachel K.
    Rachel KNovember 25, 2015
    The Bhakti chai is spicy and heavy on the nutmeg, if that's your thing.
  • Sasha B.
    Sasha BNovember 1, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Staff have been known to help out frequent customers by comping their coffee if the forget their wallet.
  • Peter O.
    Peter OrganisciakOctober 20, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't miss the quieter back area, with lots of outlets.
  • Mike D.
    Mike DeLucaOctober 5, 2015
    3rd street milkshake and carrot cake!
  • Kaitlin D.
    Kaitlin DaileyAugust 26, 2015
    one of my favorite places to be
  • Kaitlin D.
    Kaitlin DaileyAugust 20, 2015
    bakti chai milkshakes are to die for
  • Chez S.
    Chez StockMay 29, 2015
    great latte and fast wifi. good playlist too
  • Alex M.
    Alex M.January 20, 2015
    Iced coffee is great
  • Crew
    CrewDecember 30, 2014
    Lots of power outlets. Wi-Fi password: ILoveBeans Read more
  • Benjamin B.
    Benjamin BlackmerNovember 25, 2014
    Excellent coffee. Good amount of seating. The people watching is particularly great.
  • Adrian B.
    Adrian BelinneNovember 23, 2014
    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.
  • Omeed A.
    Omeed AdlparvarNovember 6, 2014
    Ask about their latest coffee invention!
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley SwappNovember 2, 2014
    Really good coffee and sandwich place.
  • Ann S.
    Ann ShekSeptember 13, 2014
    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.
    Downvoted Apr 23
  • Rich M.
    Rich MasonSeptember 13, 2014
    The bagels are super fresh
  • Mike Slinger D.
    Mike Slinger DobezSeptember 7, 2014
    Yummy indeed
  • Lindsay K.
    Lindsay K.August 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the nitro iced coffee- so good. Add some coconut or chocolate milk for added creaminess.
  • Caitlin K.
    Caitlin KilroyAugust 9, 2014
    Quaint little coffee shop. Awesome service and atmosphere on Pearl St
  • Denver Westword
    Denver WestwordAugust 5, 2014
    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
  • Abby P.
    Abby ParsonsJune 27, 2014
    The best tuna sandwich you will ever have in your mouth.
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SobralMarch 28, 2014
    The plain croissant is pretty good.
  • Pascal W.
    Pascal WagnerFebruary 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The purple chairs are the most comfortable in the entire place. Take them when I'm @ The Cup and I'll strangle you =P
  • Julia H.
    Julia HowardDecember 19, 2013
    Seriously, the music is usually pretty awful. Great coffee & food & staff.
  • Michael H.
    Michael HayesNovember 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    It's great they have more seating in the back
  • Sandy R.
    Sandy RichOctober 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The best place to make yourself look busy.
  • Dawn D.
    Dawn DuncanSeptember 11, 2013
    The mini peach and apple pies are delish!
    Name.comJuly 29, 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.
  • Jess R.
    Jess RJuly 6, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    $3 for unlimited iced tea. Summer heaven.
  • The Tap Lab
    The Tap LabJune 10, 2013
    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!
  • William Matthew S.
    Bottomless iced tea. Mate forever! So jacked!
  • Josh M.
    Josh MontagueMay 4, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    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!
  • Tom M.
    Tom MaxwellMarch 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Really good mocha, great atmosphere. Would recommend.
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MartinDecember 22, 2012
    Sick back room, tons of outlets, and solid Internet.
  • Tiana K.
    Tiana KaiDecember 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    get a scone and a caffè americano.
  • Space Agency
    Space AgencyNovember 25, 2012
    The staff here is awesome and so is the coffee!
  • Jon R.
    Jon RolfeOctober 15, 2012
    Theres more seating in the back
  • Angela N.
    Angela NardozziAugust 30, 2012
    Get the turkey club sammie and add Jalapeno cream cheese for a little spice. Delicious!
  • Cheryl L.
    Cheryl LowitzerAugust 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    BEST mocha latte in Boulder!
  • John C.
    John ClausJuly 12, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    The "green chile, jalapeño and habañero quiche" is the greatest thing I've ever put in my mouth.
  • Chrissy M.
    Chrissy MorinApril 28, 2012
    Try the Almond Joy latte
  • Chrissy M.
    Chrissy MorinApril 28, 2012
    Try the Latte
  • Tommy B.
    Tommy BFebruary 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Be nice to the staff because they rock!
    COMMONHype.comJanuary 29, 2012
    If you buy cycling socks and wear them on Saturday you get a free espresso-- every Saturday!
  • Urn L.
    Urn LahzerDecember 24, 2011
    The employees? Doing everyone a favor by serving coffee. What jerks.
  • Mike M.
    Mike MDecember 20, 2011
    Don't bother ordering an everything bagel unless you're early, they have yet to figure out how to order enough.
  • Kaan E.
    Kaan E.November 3, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Lots of gluten free options, including muffins and sandwich bread.
  • Steve W.
    Steve WebbSeptember 26, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Food, caffeine and a place to check your email. What more can you ask for?
  • BestOf
    BestOfSeptember 9, 2011
    Winner of Best Cappuccino 2011. See more of the best at Read more
  • Andrew H.
    Andrew HydeAugust 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Paleo bfast of eggs, bacon and avocado best deal downtown for a quick breakfast.
  • Dave T.
    Dave TaylorAugust 5, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    beware, typically the wifi doesn't work very well at all and it can be noisy. Read more
  • Ben G.
    Ben GarrettAugust 3, 2011
    Great 12 oz americano!
  • Linds P.
    Linds PantherJuly 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The Red Velvet cupcakes are to die for.
  • Keilyn R.
    Keilyn RiceJuly 27, 2011
    Good coffee upbeat environment, eco friendly, loves it!
  • Beth H.
    Beth HestermanJune 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Mmmmm turkey club
  • Kate C.
    Kate ChauxJune 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best coffee in town! Read more
  • Moogi
    MoogiJune 2, 2011
    A five dollar one shot iced americano? Really? Staff was nice but all things considered, would rather be at Ozo or The Unseen Bean
  • Denver Westword
    Denver WestwordApril 18, 2011
    Voted Best Cappuccino in Westword's Best of Denver 2011!
  • Denelle
    DenelleApril 2, 2011
    enjoying icea mate on this beautiful boulder day!
  • Chris H.
    Chris HansonMarch 20, 2011
    It's worth stopping in just for the aroma
  • Alex K.
    Alex KehrJanuary 23, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    I like drinking my coffee naked in the phone booth.
  • Jud V.
    Jud ValeskiJanuary 10, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Amazing breakfast bagel sammies. Egg is done with some pepper to spice it all up.
  • Jason V.
    Jason VolkJanuary 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The carrot cake is amazing and best I've had.
  • Denver Westword
    Denver WestwordDecember 6, 2010
    Winner of Westword's Best of Denver 2010 - Best Conscientious Coffee Shop!
  • Jeffrey B.
    Jeffrey B.October 21, 2010
    Good, expensive even by coffee shop standards
  • Nina B.
    Nina BergerOctober 15, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Best bagel sandwich: everything bagel, cream cheese, avo, tomato, and onion!
  • makeupbyjanine
    makeupbyjanineJuly 10, 2010
    Saturday evening, come here & ask for Salt & Pepa Radio on Pandora. Then enjoy some Boyz 2 Men, Bel Biv Devoe, & Missy Elliot. Kickin it old skool.
  • makeupbyjanine
    makeupbyjanineJuly 10, 2010
    The quiche is bomb. And add a $1 fruit cup. Because... its a dollar. Holla.
  • Ed D.
    Ed DonahueJuly 4, 2010
    They make their own granola! Try it with milk and strawberries, delicious!
  • Mimosa S.
    Mimosa ShinJune 13, 2010
    my favorite cafe!
  • jason z.
    jason zJune 3, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Surreptitiously people-watch from behind the shades
  • Shannon R.
    Shannon RushMay 7, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Get a bottomless iced tea and chill out in the sunshine
  • L.Sizzle
    L.SizzleApril 11, 2010
    The carrot cake is da bomb!
  • Sally F.
    Sally FrancklynMarch 11, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    The Cup has the best baristas in Boulder- and Thai makes the best cappuchinos.
  • Eric W.
    Eric WolfMarch 1, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    The lox cheesecake is awesome!
  • Josh M.
    Josh McClaussJanuary 6, 2010
    Huge sandwiches for lunch, and their iced coffee is the bee's knees, son!
  • Justin R.
    Justin RosenthalJanuary 4, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Get any espresso beverage... Great espresso!
  • Maggie M.
    Maggie MillerNovember 28, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    Best looking staff in town
  • Chris K.
    Chris KahleNovember 16, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    this place might have the best turkey club I've ever eaten
  • Kevin H.
    Kevin HuntApril 21, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    get a 2% 16oz. latte
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