Coffee Crawl 2022
Ah, caffeine. Something that gets you through the day, that can match whatever mood or season we are in. Some people like tea and others coffee. We know that people have different tastes and preferences as well. We decide to go to 6 different coffee shops around Burlington to give you the inside sip!
Once a tea shop on bank street is now a mighty and relaxing tea house on North Winooski Ave. I have visited Dobra Tea house multiple times, and I will let you know that this isn’t your place to get a typical latte. Dobra Tea is a place to try teas from all over the world, and such should be drunk as authentically as possible. It takes a bit to find which teas you like here… so I recommend asking the staff to help guide you to which tea suits you the best. I really enjoyed trying their tea sampler and ended up finding my favorite tea to date! This is a great place to have tasty snacks. I had their sweet rice bowls, dumpling, and miso soup (each delicious and pairs perfectly with the tea.) Additionally, you can bring your computer here to do work, just make sure to bring headphones if you need to listen to something. Overall, I always feel zen leaving here, and it is a great place to try once!
Walk into to this coffee shop and you will be transported to another galaxy. Cosmic Grind is located on Church Street and the drinks are out of this world. They have one of the best chia lattes in Burlington, as it is a perfect balance of rich, sweet, and spicy. Additionally, they had a new drink called Latte Davis Eyes (pictured) which is earl grey tea, housemate lavender syrup, vanilla syrup, and oat milk. When I tell you that I drank this in 5 minutes, I am telling the truth; it is that good. They also have specialty coffee lattes, Italian sodas, and other non-caffeinated beverages. Even better, they have a 10% student discount with proof of student ID!
I found August First during my first weekend exploring Burlington as a first year, and it remains one of my favorite places to this day! August First, located right off of Church Street, is a trendy brunch café run right out of a renovated garage. In addition to having delicious drink options including both coffee and tea, their breakfast sandwiches, salads, and pastries are unbelievably good. My personal favorite is their vegan salted chocolate chip cookie 😉
Muddy Waters hands down has the coolest atmosphere of any coffee shop I’ve ever been to.
The dim-lighting, neon monster-like art pieces, and seating options makes it the perfect place to hang out to chat with a friend, get homework done or just relax with yourself. And when I tell you the drinks are the BEST, I mean it. They have smoothies, coffee, tea (including homemade chai…yum) and an assortment of food items to choose from. What could be more Vermont than their steamed maple milk?!
Ah, the campus staple coffee shop that always seems to have a line that’s a little too long. We all know and love Hendersons for its proximity to classes and quality coffees and espressos. You heard that right; espresso beverages are BACK at Hendersons! The best time to grab a beverage is definitely during class times. And did you know you can also get sweet treats to go with your coffee? My personal favorite is their brownie. If you don’t like coffee, they have a variety of teas available, including iced tea! And, for a limited time, Hendersons is now offering both hot apple cider and hot CARMEL apple cider, mmm, a fall must-have! They are also offering a pumpkin flavor shot for the fall season! Boy, do they know how to stick to a fall theme! Even if you’re not looking to purchase something, the cafe is a great study spot!
As a cappuccino connoisseur, Brio Coffeeworks has some of the best espressos. They roast their coffee lightly to bring sweeter, more vibrant flavors to the tip of your tongue! Not only are they experts in roasting, but they also are a staple within the Burlington community. Brio is a fair trade certified roaster, meaning they purchase coffee above the fair trade minimum price, assuring livable wages for their farmers! They also partner with Food 4 Farmers, who strive to build better food security and livelihoods for coffee-farming families! This is the best place to go if you’re looking for a cup o’ joe that makes a positive impact on the world around you!! You can also buy bags of coffee roasted in-house!
From all the BOREDies, we hope you find a place that feels like home away from home. And remember, be kind to your baristas! We wouldn’t have coffee shops without them.