Various studies cite many benefits to drinking coffee, including strengthening long and short-term memory, boosting metabolism, increasing endurance, and an AMA study even reported it lowers the risk of Parkinsons Disease. So, no matter what you call it—Wakey Juice, Dirt, Mud, Java, Brew, Jitter Juice—coffee is a great way to get “grounded.” Get your morning jolt and jumpstart your day at one of Park City’s favorite latte lounges.
Jax Mariash takes coffee very seriously—after a summer job as “coffee runner,” followed by a stint as a barista, to a six-month internship with a master coffee roaster in Jackson Hole, Jax founded STOKED Roasters + Coffeehouse. She became an expert at meticulously crafting coffee that meets the high standards of SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America) even down to the science of foam and latte art. A professional ultra-runner and the first woman to complete the 4 Deserts Race Series, Jax hopes to inspire others to get “stoked” about the outside with blends like Dawn Patrol Breakfast Blend, Bluebird Medium-Dark Roast or Double Overhead French Roast.
Continuing the brews and books theme, stop by Randy and Ericah Winzeler’s family-run Atticus Coff ee & Teahouse on lower Main Street. Named for the character in To Kill a Mockingbird, this delightful bookstore cafe serves up an artsy vibe, a large selection of teas, espresso drinks, baked goods, books, journals, gift s and healthy snacks/sandwiches, while also supporting local nonprofits.
Husband and wife team, Andrew and Tiff any Percy, opened Five5eeds with a definitive nod to their Australian roots. With bright open seating and a friendly staff , the cafe off ers patrons a wide range of coffee selections. Whether you favor a latte, espresso or machiatto, the smiling barista is happy to please. Make sure you try their delicious iced coffee; a cold brew made with ice cream, “aussie style!” And if an appetite accompanies your thirst, Five5eeds serves breakfast all day with a menu craft ed from the best local and seasonal products.
After an active morning on the slopes, there’s no better way to warm up than at the new Stein Eriksen Lodge slopeside coffee shop, First Tracks Kaffe. You can ski right in for a warm coffee and grab-and-go items prepared daily. Or stay awhile in the casual dining area and watch the skiers come and go from the trails. Sip and savor a classic latte or your favorite tea, or try the Stein’s signature coff ee blend, which is hand-craft ed by local experts at Millcreek Coffee Roasters, combining flavors of fruit and wine with sweet, nutty nuances and smoky undertones that contribute to the overall rich-bodied flavor. Enjoy a selection of fresh pastries, biscotti, yogurt parfaits, or house made chocolates prepared by Stein’s award-winning culinary team. Like everything at Stein Eriksen Lodge, this brand new coffee shop offers an incomparable luxury experience mere steps from Deer Valley Resort.
By Corinne Humphrey