Exploring Burlington Through Coffee

It truly cannot be denied that nothing goes better with a fine fall day than a hot cup of coffee.

Or a latte, or a cappuccino, or an americano or a shot of espresso for that matter. icp1

Thanks to Burlington’s latest foodie phenomenon, I’ve been exploring our beautiful city through its various and abundant cafes, bakeries, and coffee-shops, guided by the help of the Indie Coffee Passport.

The idea is simple: one city, 10 coffees, twelve dollars. Not bad eh? Particularly because the Indie Coffee Passport is not only selling coffee, it’s also selling an experience. Although twelve dollars for ten coffees is already a marvelous deal, the passport also gives you the opportunity to get off your couch and away from your desk, and into the nooks and crannies that comprise Burlington’s beautiful downtown.

I took off for my first stop on my Indie Coffee Passport adventure on a quiet Sunday morning. The sun was shining but there was a chill in the air, and campus was still lost in the quiet moments before the students who stayed out late on Saturday night shook off their fuzziness enough to get out of bed. Being the rare sort of person who actually loves getting up early, I was feeling particularly blissful to have the stillness of the morning all to myself as a I set off down Main Street.

Once I got to the bottom of Main, I took a left instead of following the crowds of tourists over to Church Street, and wandered down until I found Maple Street; the quiet residential street where the cafe called Maglianero’s resides. Maglianero’s is part of a gorgeously remodeled building in a very “industrial chic” style. The style is consistent inside, where the cafe uses the warehouse-studio feel of the space to its benefit, creating a very urban and artistic vibe. Huge windows overlook Lake Champlain and let in tons of natural light, which reflects really nicely on the light floors and whitewashed walls, covered in artwork from local artists. Coffee

The art not only covers the walls though, because each drink that is made by Maglianero’s baristas is a piece of artwork in itself. The drinks not only taste like a symphony, but are visually stunning–Instagram worthy to say the least. I usually stick with cappuccinos whenever I’m at a new place, and this drink did not disappoint in the least. Dare I say, that it was one of the most fantastic coffees that I’ve ever had (and I’ve had a LOT of coffees). Cappuccino in hand, perched on a stool by the window, watching the passerby meander down the sidewalks on a lazy sunday morning; this is my heaven.

For your own taste of coffee and adventure, look for Indie Coffee Passport here.

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Comment and let us know where your passport takes you, or take a picture and tag us on Instagram with @uvmbored or #uvmpotd. Good luck exploring!