There are many adventures to be had in Montana; one is the search for the best coffee. Montana might be known for its pristine natural beauty and delightful small towns, but Montana is also home to some of the best coffee in the nation. For what Montana lacks in quantity, it makes up for in quality. There are many of the “best” coffee roasters in Montana, but here are four to get you started on your own search for the best coffee in the state.
Drum Coffee is a coffee shop located in Missoula, Montana. It is owned and founded by the drummer for Fitz and The Tantrums, John Wicks and his wife Jenna. It’s an Italian inspired shop with a full bakery and espresso bar. Before Wicks’ music career took off, he worked as a barista in a Seattle coffee shop. Much of the shops’ inspiration comes from other coffee shops Wicks’ has visited or worked in. The finished product is a really quaint coffee shop with great coffee.
All of Drum Coffee’s blends are really great, but one that seems to truly stands out would be the Columbia Tolima Excelso blend. You can find the blend directly on their website or if you live in Missoula, the coffee ships directly to your front porch on Tuesdays and Fridays. The coffee itself has cherry, chocolate milk, and caramel undertones. It is also considered a medium/dark roast. This coffee is just one of the many great blends at Drum Coffee, so be sure to check out their website and find the perfect blend for you.
Cold Smoke Coffee
Being from Bozeman, I might be a little biased, but Cold Smoke Coffee has some of the best coffee in the state. Cold Smoke Coffee was founded by Caleb and Laura Walker in 2011 and the goal was to deliver the best cup of coffee to the Bozeman Community. Goal achieved. Cold Smoke Coffee is my go-to coffee shop and their blends are some of the best you can find in the state. The shop roasts their own coffee beans under their in-house roaster, RamsHead Coffee Roasters.
My personal favorite blend of RamsHead is the Lone Peak House blend. This blend has sweet sugar, caramel, chocolate, and citrus undertones and all the flavors really come together to create the perfect cup of coffee. I’ve enjoyed this cup of coffee more times then I can count, and promise you it is one great cup of coffee. If you’re ever in Bozeman, or looking for a new blend of coffee to make at home, be sure to check these guys out.
Valler Coffee is based out of Lincoln, Montana. Founded by Jason Valler, the company offers an incredible dark roast single origin brew that may very well redefine how you think of dark roasts. According to their company, the secret is in the high-mountain roasting. Roasting at high altitudes allows coffee beans to be exposed to hotter temperatures for shorter periods of time. The result is a dark roasted coffee bean that's not bitter nor burnt. What's especially notable is the wide range of flavors you can taste in this brew even though it's dark roasted.
To say this coffee is smooth would be an understatement. At the same time, this brew is delivers a deliciously robust and complex flavor. Check out Best Quality Coffee's full Valler coffee review for more details.
These guys I know less about, but I have heard nothing but great things. Located in Helena, Montana and started by Scott and Rayna Bouma – Caffeic Coffee is a nano-roastery just starting to make its mark on the coffee scene. Like Valler, they roast their beans at well over 4000 feet which allows for quicker development at lower temps. This allows Caffeic to produce some truly stellar coffee beans. One blend that catches my eye is the Ethiopia – Single Origin Coffee Beans. This blend is a smooth and medium bodied blend, with hints of vanilla and berry. Sounds delicious! I will definitely have to check these guys out the next time I’m in Helena.
So, there you have it, a start to some of the best coffee in Montana. If you are visiting or just want to try a new blend of coffee – Montana is a great place. I’m eager to see where the Montana coffee scene will continue to grow. Although Montana already has a host of great coffee options, I know this is only the beginning for this great state.