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Savoring—and supporting—your favorite Park City coffee shop from afar (or your car)

By Jane Gendron April 15, 2020

Image: Jane Gendron


Ed Note: Since we originally posted this piece, many of the coffee/tea shops mentioned here have opened their doors and are operating within the health department's evolving guidelines. Check with your favorite shop for the latest on hours and offerings, whether curbside, delivery, or dine-in.

With the exception of Silver King Coffee and some curbside offerings, most of Park City’s favorite caffeinated hot spots are temporarily shuttered as we hunker in place. But that doesn’t mean your favorite brew can’t still be in your hot little hands as you dutifully socially distance. Here are a few ways you can sip your beloved coffee, tea, or hot cocoa and support your local roaster/barista at the same time.

Drive-Through/Curbside Joy

For starters, Silver King Coffee is “business as usual” at 1409 Kearns Blvd, with slightly reduced hours, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, and Venmo and credit card sales only (i.e. no cash). So, swing by for that famous lavender latté (“a spa treatment in a cup,” according to owner Kristie Buehner), or a Green Monster smoothie, or a Superfood coffee (think blended matcha, cacao, coffee, and herbs). Maybe throw in a CBD add-on for its immune-enhancing, stress-reducing qualities. Of Note: the scrumptious goodies at Silver King are locally sourced from Auntie Em'sSavoury Kitchen, Wasatch Bagel, City Cakes & Cafe, and Mamachari Kombucha. So, consider a coffee-and-eats stop a boost for numerous local, small businesses. Coming soon: A “Buy a Coffee for a Friend” campaign. Look for it online starting next week.

Brothers Rob and Ray Hibl and their staff are keeping Park City Coffee Roaster (1764 Uinta Way) regulars smiling, thanks to curbside drink pick-up via their easy-peasy app (or phone at 435.647.9097). Be sure to order that Americano or cappuccino between 7 a.m. and noon, Monday through Saturday. And don’t fret, the granddaddy of Summit County’s coffee scene is continuing to roast those beans and deliver bags of signature coffees (Locals Secret, anyone?) via online orders as well.      

Coffee (and Tea and Sipping Chocolate) Delivered

Though you may not be able to settle into that comfy chair at your usual haunt, many local purveyors of high-altitude brew (like the aforementioned Park City Coffee Roaster) are heating up—or starting—online delivery.

Get your favorite Bonafido, Dog Daze, New Trick, or other canine-themed roast online. Ever-energetic owner Claudia McMullin is doing her own Hugo Coffee Roaster deliveries in the 84060, 84068, and 84098 ZIP codes—and including a mask created by her aerospace engineer husband in the package; the mask, made from hypo-allergenic filters may not be N-95 certified, but it does have a stamp of her dog Hugo’s cute face on it. A percentage of Hugo’s retail sales go to animal rescue nonprofits, so you get warm fuzzies along with your toasty brew, too.

Missing that steamy Goblet of Fire (cinnamon-spiced black tea with orange peel and cloves) or cup of Toasted Almond (herbal blend of caramelized almonds, cinnamon baked apples, and beetroot)? Atticus Coffee and Teahouse swoops to the rescue with orders via email and phone (435.214.7241) for bulk loose tea and coffee beans (pick-up on Mondays). According to Atticus’s Erica Winzeler, an online ordering system via the website is also in the works for the Main Street business. Stay tuned.

Lucky Ones Coffee, the nonprofit and coffee shop located inside the Park City Library, is delivering online purchases of merchandise (think cozy sweatshirts and baby onesies) as well as bags of coffee. Lucky Ones is also planning some Zoom coffee hours to connect regulars and the café’s baristas (all adults with disabilities).

If that hankering for an indulgent cup of Ritual’s hot chocolate strikes, order it online. Yes, the chocolate factory is still humming while the café is closed, which means you can sneak some small-batch nibbles into that order as well.

That’s not all, coffee aficionados. Pink Elephant Coffee Roasters and new-ish Coffee Chicks Co are keeping the online orders going. Get your STOKED on(line) as well. And even though Campos is closed for the season, you can still say g’day to the slopeside café’s brews, roasted in Salt Lake City, via Internet order.

Of note: Almost all of these coffee and tea companies are offering shipping and/or subscription deals, plus tips and tidbits on social media.

BYOB (Be Your Own Barista) Tips:

From Ritual Chocolate:

Making Ritual hot chocolate is a simple affair. Simply place the desired amount of sipping cocoa in your cup, boil water in a teakettle or saucepan, pour, and whisk. As Ritual’s Anna Davies says, be sure to “slow down” and whisk until the chocolate is completely melted.

From Hugo Coffee Roaster:

If you have a French press, use coarsely ground beans, very hot water, and steep at least five minutes before plunging. No French press? Consider Hugo’s cold brew, pre-packed in 4-ounce bamboo (and compostable) bags, which you simply dunk into a pitcher of cold water and allow to brew for 12 to 24 hours. Voilà.

From Park City Coffee Roaster:

“The best thing about staying at home for so long is that you can try different methods of brewing to see what type of coffee presentation you like best,” says co-owner Rob Hibl. Try everything from the typical espresso to French press to cowboy-style brewing (think tin pot over a campfire, but a stove will do). Hibl’s favorite? The Chemex-style brewing method,“because it brings out all our distinct flavors and attributes.”

From Pink Elephant:

Having a good grinder at home goes a long way. Grind right before you are going to brew a cup. With your stock of quality, freshly ground coffee, you have lots of options for brewing it at home. Our favorite is the pour-over method; it’s a simple way to make one cup of coffee at a time.
What you’ll need: coffee, pour-over cone, cone-shaped filter, hot water (just off boil), kitchen scale, timer
Coffee: 26 grams
Grind: Medium fine
Brew time: 3–4 minutes
Steps to the perfect cup: Place 26 grams ground coffee in filter. Zero out your scale. Pour 52 grams of water over the coffee and allow it to bloom for 30 seconds. Pour 70 grams of water at a time until you’ve reached a total of 375 grams. 

From the Editor’s grandmother:

When making tea, always bring water to a rolling boil on the stove. If using a teapot, warm the teapot with a splash of boiling water, sloshed about in the pot and dumped out before adding the tea (loose leaf or bags). Return the water to a boil before pouring it over the tea. Let it steep for at least five minutes.

Drive-through coffee is still available at Silver King Coffee.


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