OK.. I’ll be honest. When I think fancy coffee– the kind of coffee from a place that gets you a bajillion likes on Instagram– Casper, Wyoming is not the first (or second) place that comes to mind.
But if you look around, we actually have a ton of coffee shops in this town and they’re not just your cup of average Joe joints. Sure, we’ve got a few– errr– a ton of Starbucks, but we are also rockin’ a handful of trendy local shops. So, whether you’re a triple shot non-fat extra whip coconut milk cappuccino goddess or you take it strong, bitter and black, here’s everything you need to know about Casper’s caffeine situation.
If we’re talking coffee, we have to start with Metro Coffee Company. It was kind of the original coffee hangout before the big guys came to town and it continues to be a staple. Not only does it provide the ultimate antique vibe with retro couches and a ton of gathering space, they always have live musical performances, local artists’ art on the walls and crazy friendly baristas who greet you by name.
Thank goodness for Blue Ridge Coffee. For those of us who have to take the trek across town too many times a day via Outer Drive, a coffee shop is an actual lifesaver. They’ve got a huge but cozy interior space and a (much appreciated) drive through. And if you’re looking to get the aforementioned bajillion Instagram likes, pair your afternoon iced coffee with a stuffed avocado or a maple bacon croissant donut. **drooling**
If you’ve ever driven down 12th or 2nd streets (and of course you have), you’ve probably seen cars lining up at tiny huts. Well, good things come in small packages. While you can’t post up at La Barista for an afternoon, their deliciously crafted drinks are worth a quick stop.
Another one of my local loves: Java Jitters Espresso. There’s a chance you may have missed this place driving by on 2nd street. It’s tucked in a strip mall across from Albertson’s on the east side of town. This place is always thinking up new and exciting drinks. So, if you’re in the market for a new latte fav, here’s your place.
When Crescent Moon Coffee Shop moved in downtown last summer, I was pumped. One of Casper’s newest coffee joints, it was opened by an EIGHTEEN year old. Not only is she impressive as heck, you can find her working there just about every day coming up with the most incredibly unique coffee and tea drinks. If you’re up for something new and seasonal, it’s worth a trip downtown.
With that, my mouth is drooling and I’m itching for a cup of the good stuff. I just KNOW I missed some amazing vibey coffee shops in the Oil City. If I missed your favorite, leave a comment and tell me where I need to get my next caffeine fix!
Go forth and be caffeinated, Casper.