The Alamosa coffee scene is booming with exciting new coffee houses popping up Downtown! Spend a day touring each of the locations and find a favorite to be had no matter where you go. Coffee, breakfast, pastries, merchandise, and so much more can be found inside each location! Read more about these gems and all that they have to offer below.
Though ROOTS is the newest addition to the Alamosa coffee house scene, it has been rooted in the community since 2004. The formerly known Blessed Brews Coffee Shop was originally founded Dee Cooley. The business was taken over by her daughters Lacey and Marcie 2018. The business received a new name and location with the help of owner Lacey Cooley in 2023 when they made their way to 721 Main Street marking their grand opening in April of 2023. Though she and her sister were great as business partners, between having kids and their lives going in different directions, the pair decided to launch sister stores aiming to serve a widespread market dividing and conquering. Marcie, having a passion for events and mobile coffee launched the Fuel by blessed mobile location and caters to local schools, businesses, and local events as well as outside events in Salidas and Santa Fe! Both locations are still under the "Blessed Brews" umbrella keeping the family business alive, but able to take their own businesses and mark them with their own unique twist. Between Dee, Lacey, and Marcie, Blessed Brews has been making its mark and serving up smiles for nearly 20 years in the Alamosa community!
ROOTS offers more than just coffee, one can find grab-and-go options such as Boomtown burritos, made in Del Norte, CO, sweets like gourmet donuts, cinnamon rolls, and scones made by The Ruby Rose in Hooper, CO, as well as cookies and biscotti made by Seattle's Favorite Bakery in Kent, Washington. Branch out from coffee beverages and try a customer favorite: the Red Bull Mocktail: John Wayne. They offer many flavor combinations for the beverage and even offer sugar-free options! In talking with Lacey and asking her what makes her coffee house special she said, "We strive for a relaxing, local vibe for people to enjoy the outside seating area and thoroughly enjoy their coffee experience. We feel that the days are filled with so much rushing around, so we want people to relax and really enjoy the moment and their time with us. We offer gift cards, plants, mugs, candles, handmade pottery by Kate Martinez/Studio Pensativa in Del Norte, handmade knits by a local knitting group "The Dirty Knitters," our signature chocolate-covered espresso beans, and much more. We want to offer a selection of gifts and local handmade items that are unique and one of a kind. At Roots by Blessed it is our mission to serve our community the best products and to make your coffee experience heavenly. We do this by staying grounded in the Word while keeping open minds and humble hearts. -Hebrews 6:10" With so much local love encapsulated into a relaxing and welcoming environment, it is easy to see why this coffee house needs to be on your list! Find more information about ROOTS including their menu and hours at the link above.
Excited to bring a fresh perspective to Alamosa of what a coffee house can be, Denise Vigil and Nealson Vialpando were thrilled to bring to life The Sanctuary in June of 2022. This unique location can be found at 607 Fourth Street just off Main. Offering hand-crafted coffee, cocktails, and lunch, this eye-catching coffee stop is calling your name. We talked to owner Denise about her stunning location and she had so much to offer. In asking where she got the idea for the Sanctuary, she said "I just knew it. It has been something I had wanted to do for a long time. When the property was bought, I knew that this side would be the perfect location for coffee, wine, and cocktails. I wanted it to be comfortable and classy, but also a place for everyone. The idea came from a love for the speakeasy vibe. I hear a lot from people that it reminds them of a speakeasy. We see a lot of professionals and students and it ends up being a safe place for people to come for interviews, first dates, and more. It is quiet, unlike a sports bar. It is perfect for everyone. Yes, we offer cocktails, but if you don't drink, we offer coffee. It is not only somewhere you can come with friends, but somewhere you can bring your kids and feel comfortable doing so."
The couple has aimed to make their location stand out and make a statement, adding to the already unique offerings of Alamosa's historic Downtown by keeping many of the original features of the old church in which they are located. Denise was asked what made her location different from others and she said, " There is so much. First and most obvious, is the location itself. Location and architecture are different from anywhere else, even in the city. The vibe is different, comfortable, safe, but fun! It's a great location, great parking, probably the best parking option of the coffee houses. We are surrounded by 3 lots plus street parking. Plus we have an amazing enclosed patio for the summer months for customers to enjoy! We offer a menu exclusive to the sanctuary for lunch, but also open for dinner next door. People can come for pre or post-dinner cocktails! We have the ability to serve a full bar including adult coffee beverages. It really is a good crossover. We use local ingredients when we can with all of our lamb coming from Colorado use of the seasonal items found at the Alamosa Farmers Market." The Sanctuary recently began offering Sand Dunes merchandise available for purchase on site including water bottles and t-shirts. One can also purchase branded tee shirts as well with all of the branded merchandise being printed locally. This location is calling your name and is a stop you have to add to your next Downtown adventure. You can find more information about this unique gem on their website at the link above.
Established in 2014 by Scott and Angie Graber, this downtown location is special for more than just its delicious coffee! Located at 420 San Juan Avenue just off of Main Street in Alamosa, CO, this coffee house offers a delicious breakfast menu that is made to order. As a proud community supporter, you will find local ingredients on their menu including fresh biscuits from The Tumbleweed Bakery, items from Gosar Ranches, Taos Bakes, and the Valley Roots Food Hub. Nestled in the corner of the shop one will find a wide selection of branded merchandise including mugs, vests, shirts, hats, and pint glasses. Owner Scott has worked to make this a comfortable, community space to enjoy breakfast, lunch, and in-house roasted coffee from 7 am-noon daily. An offering unique to this location is fresh coffee roasted in-house. The coffee can be found for sale along with the merchandise and they will even grind it for you on site for your convenience! Owner Scott offers, "We strive to provide our patrons with ethically sourced coffee of impeccable quality from the finest growing regions around the world. "Our coffee's are roasted, brewed, and packaged fresh for your tasting pleasure in a beautiful facility in downtown Alamosa, CO,We order bulk 'green' coffee from countries all over the world and then roast and blend the beans in-house to create super fresh and unique drip coffee and espresso drinks." The ROAST can be rented for private events in the evenings with advance bookings.
This location has so much to offer, and in asking what makes it so unique and special, we were told, "The ROAST is the only enterprise in Colorado that roasts its own coffee beans, brews its own beer, and offers full menu services under the same roof. The custom metal work, wood and concrete work, quality art, and brewing and roasting equipment also make the space aesthetically beautiful and unique. Our coffee's sourced from the finest growing regions internationally and roasted in-house, full bar and espresso bar, packaged coffee & beer to go, full breakfast and lunch menu, beautiful private dining-social space for evening parties" Find more information about this coffee house at the link above.
Milagros is a coffee house with a mission in mind: serving the community. Their mission is warm and inviting, much like their location stating, "We are committed to providing a welcoming environment to the community and increase awareness of hunger and homelessness in the San Luis Valley." This is the longest standing of the Alamosa coffee houses, being established in 1998 in partnership with La Puente Home. This business is a 501(c)3 non profit business located at 529 Main Street. All of their proceeds go to support the social services of La Puente. Here, you can participate in a "Pay it forward program" designed for the community to be able to purchase meals for someone in need. This opportunity pairs perfectly with their signature tagline, "Drink Coffee and Love Others."
This location offers an array of beverages that will leave you wanting more, a full menu hosting delicious options, as well as pastries. If you are interested in catering, they offer this service with advance booking. One can find solar roasted coffee for purchase by the bag, local crafts and goods from local makers, and artwork on display and for sale by a new local artist each month. With almost 25 years of astounding service and offerings to the community, working hard to build a business worthy of praise, you will definitely want to add this coffee house to your list of Alamosa favorites. Visit their website to find hours of operation, a menu, or to learn more about the location at the link above.
Visiting Downtown can be unique, much like the coffee houses that call Alamosa home. From all of us here at Visit Alamosa, happy sipping!