Coffee, Treasure Valley-style
Big City Coffee and Café
1416 W. Grove St.
Conveniently located on Grove Street, Big City Coffee’s comfortable ambiance is the perfect marriage of urban loft and country chic. With its open industrial interior—exposed ducts, brick and high ceilings—the main seating area softens the bolder hardware by inviting its customers to take a load off with their array of farm tables, benches and vintage chairs. Not only does the seating offer their customers a respite from stressful everyday moments, but their menu also dovetails nicely into a full meal experience or mid-day snack. From gargantuan pastries of pleasing pastels to rich chocolate decadences to full breakfast and lunch fare, their coffee selections are equally pleasing with their wide selection of savory brews or chilled caffeinated confections. Big City Coffee will please patrons of all ages.
Full Stream Bistro
920 E. Park Blvd.
Drawing upon his early experiences working under a Portland-area, third-generation Italian coffee roaster, Koby Funderburg learned all the tricks of the coffee trade. Originally from Twin Falls, Koby was determined to take all this coffee-inspired knowledge back to Idaho. His dream: to make a much better cup of coffee.
“Living in Portland gave me an appreciation for a fine cup of coffee. I wanted to make coffee in Idaho the same way one appreciates a microbrew. You drink one and take the time to really savor the experience,” he says.
Celebrating his second year of business together with his wife Patricia, the two now apply this philosophy to the local Idaho crowd. Due to his very popular bistro located in Park Center, he is expanding his coffee business with a drive-thru version in Twin Falls.
Slow by Slow
404 S. Eighth St.
It’s all about the bean, according to owner Joe Shafer. And he should know. Slow by Slow’s coffee menu can be likened to a wine or spirit bar, a place where one can appreciate the experience of a specialized brew. Joe’s signature mark is found in the roasting and origins of the coffee, something that gives his drinks a unique flavor. By utilizing beans from 25 different sources, he offers his patrons a little break from the daily grind.
“Coffee should be treated like wine,” he says. “It’s not just an agricultural product or energy boost. I look at coffee as a more respectable drink.”
Though Joe’s business has only been open since February 2016, he has made a quite a name in the local coffee scene as witnessed by the constant line of loyal customers, patiently queued up for their daily cup. Conveniently located in downtown Boise in the Linen District.
Slow River Coffee
What’s better than a local coffeehouse to stroll into on a lazy Sunday morning? How about a mobile coffeehouse? One that brings your favorite brew directly to you. Owner Sid Gauby’s Slow River Coffee provides a cup of joe on wheels, often venturing off to different locales as well as small to medium-sized corporate and private events.
“I’ve catered to customers anywhere from out-of-town soccer tournaments to local school’s teacher appreciation days,” he says.
Slow River Coffee delivers throughout the Treasure Valley and beyond, providing it’s within a day’s drive. If looking for a little boost for your next gala or event, consider going mobile.