Nestled in the Sangre de Cristo mountains, you’ll find a town steeped in history and beauty. Everywhere you look in Taos, you’re enchanted by its natural beauty, landscape, historical buildings and laid-back attitude. It’s easy to understand why writers, such as D.H. Lawrence and Aldous Huxley lived there and why actress Julia Roberts owns an eco-friendly home, too. It’s far away from the hustle and bustle of a big city and gets your creative juices flowing – even if it’s only for a day or two.
This past weekend, we decided to go up for the day, not knowing what the coffee scene was going to be like and were pleasantly surprised. Taos, a short three hours from Albuquerque, is a whole (brave) new world. It’s a small ski town packed with some of the best places to eat and the quirkiest little shops. We were starving so we found a bite to eat at a place called Guadalajara Grill. Oh man, we were so glad to share a plate of the chimichangas because the portions were HUGE. We love eating, so for us to be full off of a shared plate was great. Highly recommended and a great place to fuel up as we saw tons of cyclists grabbing lunch there too.
But, we know…you’ve come here for coffee and are probably curious what this town of 6,000 people has to offer in the espresso department. And we’re happy to report that it’s exactly what you’d expect in Taos! It’s laid-back, eclectic, and a little bit dirty hippie (in the best way possible).
For our first stop, we went to Elevation Coffee which was a little bit out of town, but as you know, we love going to spots where only the locals (or internet-savvy tourists) go. We shared the mexican mocha and it was pretty darn good. We wanted to try more, but it was cash only (womp womp)…next time!
Still, the environment and the mexican mocha were well-worth the trip! And if you have time to hang out, there’s a great outdoor patio with an awning so you can breathe in the mountain air whilst enjoying your cup of coffee.
Next, we drove back down through town and headed to Wired, which is a very unique internet cafe. Dare we say, the most unique one we’ve ever been in! As you walk up from the parking lot, your eyes take you to a tranquil garden with lots of trees, pieces of art, ponds and seating areas galore. Then, you walk into an indoor/outdoor building with a huge chess table and ample seating in various nooks and crannies. After perusing the menu, we decided to go for a macchiato (Jay) and a vanilla latte (Whit).
We thought deciding on a drink would be hard, but it was definitely choosing where to sit! Every room had something special to offer like a little pond with buddha statues or native american art pieces. It even had a hallway with bookshelves, which is our definition of heaven on earth.
After looking like crazy people going from room to room with our coffees (#bloggerproblems), we decided on the front garden area. Our table was right next to a relaxing bamboo water fountain and was the perfect location for us to sip on our coffees (finally)! The macchiato was decent (cool points for using a cup from the late 80s/early 90s), but the real MVP was the vanilla latte. It came in a huge cup – the kind that you love wrapping both hands around to help warm you up on cold days (side note: this day was not a cold day, but rather a very very hot end-of-summer-day).
We could have sat there all day long under the big trees, enjoying the sounds of nature while sipping on our drinks, but alas, we had to make our way back home. A sweet and simple trip to northern New Mexico was just what the doctor prescribed. If you ever find yourself in Taos (great ski area for all you pro ski bunnies), you must check out these two coffee shops. They’re not third wave or extra fancy, but that’s not why you should be coming to Taos anyways. They’re uniquely Taos and both offer up some great cups of joe and much needed inspiration!
If you visit Taos, we’d love to see what you think of these two coffee shops! Let us know and feel free to hashtag your pictures on Instagram #dailycoffeerun so we can see what you got! Can’t wait for all the fun and exciting adventures we have planned this fall, so follow us on Instagram to keep up!