By Stephanie and Walt Cameron
Publishers Stephanie and Walt Cameron are sharing some of their finds around New Mexico in edible’s new department, Eight Around the State. Traveling the state in search of great food and stories demands a good cup of coffee from time to time, so in this issue they share some of the coffee shops where they stopped in local communities—New Mexico top to bottom, noting their favorite coffee drinks, tacos, drafts, cocktails, rellenos, and baked goods. They would love to hear of readers’ favorites. Drop them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your best finds from anywhere in the Land of Enchantment.
What we’re drinking: Mexican Mocha
Atmosphere: Charming, friendly neighborhood spot down by the railroad. They very well might have the friendliest staff in New Mexico, making you feel right at home as soon as you walk through the door.
Nibbles: A simple, made-from-scratch menu featuring paninis, sandwiches, and salads.
Find: 111 Park Avenue, Raton
What we’re drinking: Traveler’s Latte, served with white cake.
Atmosphere: Tucked away just off the historic plaza. An old loom stands in the corner with rugs and blankets for sale hanging on the walls in a large, open room. There is a long community table and lots of small table seating.
Nibbles: Breakfast and lunch options with a soup of the day and gorgeous cakes and pastries.
Worth noting: You can pick up fresh eggs, vegetables, and grassfed lamb and beef from a local farm in Mora.
Find: 1814 Plaza Street, Las Vegas
What we’re drinking: Coffee of the day served in a warm mug.
Atmosphere: Log cabin look with multiple spaces to settle into, depending on your mood, from couches and tables to dozing by the fireplace. Great deck for river watching on a warm or chilly day. Live music and movie nights every weekend.
Nibbles: Full restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner in addition to full bakery and cocktail/beer/wine bar.
Find: Located in midtown, 2704 Sudderth Drive, Ruidoso
What we’re drinking: Caffè macchiato, two shots of espresso with a dollop of foam, served with a butter cookie.
Atmosphere: Cozy and bright with games, such as chess and Chinese checkers, scattered about.
Nibbles: Straightforward and easy to navigate food menu with breakfast sandwiches, garlic avocado toast, and their famous Maple Bacon Waffles.
Find: Located across from New Mexico State University, 1001 E University Avenue, Las Cruces
What we’re drinking: Red Eye, coffee of the day plus a shot of espresso. Coffee roasted in-house.
Atmosphere: Great bike-in spot with bright, cheery colors inside and outdoor seating to soak up the rays.
Nibbles: Be sure and try the breakfast tacos with eggs and your choice of mix-ins. Several other hearty breakfast and lunch items are available in addition to pastries.
Find: 2011 Avenida de Mesilla, Las Cruces
What we’re drinking: Double shot of espresso with a blend of Ethiopian and Colombian beans served with sparkling water.
Atmosphere: Modern ambiance with natural light streaming in. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Roasting: Small batches of single-origin beans roasted
Nibbles: Small pastry selection that is often limited, but they encourage you to bring your own.
Find: 616 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur, Taos
What we’re drinking: King’s Mouth Golden Latte, espresso, turmeric, ginger, and honey with steamed coconut milk.
Atmosphere: A funky hang-out space to chill in while between visits into the House of Eternal Return.
Nibbles: Small grab-and-go case in addition to rotating food trucks parked outside. Full bar opens in the afternoon with local brews, wines, and creative cocktails.
Find: 1352 Rufina Circle, Santa Fe
What we’re drinking: Cortado Bon Bon, espresso with sweetened condensed milk.
Worth noting: Cutbow Coffee Roastology is the culmination of more than twenty-five years’ experience by one of the nation’s most accomplished artisan coffee roasters, Paul Gallegos. Personally batch roasting over seventy million pounds for Peet’s Coffee, Gallegos’s acumen is undeniable.
Atmosphere: Cutbow Coffee is named after the cutbow trout, and in honor of Gallegos’s late father, an avid fisherman of the waters in northern New Mexico, and is filled with nostalgic fishing memorabilia.
Find: 1208 Rio Grande Boulevard, Albuquerque