Do you start your day with a double latte or a cappuccino? Or maybe a shot of espresso or a simple but carefully curated certified fair trade drip cup is more your thing. If you have a day of adventure and exploring planned, Nevada County coffee shops in Truckee all the way down to the foothills are the right place to be for those that appreciate that a fine Cup O’ Joe is a necessary art form.
Nevada County Has You Covered
Whether you’re planning to spend your day on the trail, kicking back at the river, heading to the growers’ markets or farm stands, checking out the local culture at art galleries, record stores and bookstores, or spending the day thrifting, walking the historic downtowns, shopping unique boutiques or wine tasting, we’ve got your caffeine fix covered.
Better Latte Than Never
Fuel your day with our list below of worthy stops for your first jolt or afternoon pick-me-up. Sustainability pro tip: Bring your reusable coffee mug (most coffee shops honor a discount).
Nevada City Coffee Shops
Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co.
211 Commercial Street – website
Co-Owners Shana Maziarz and Dave Cowie are “locavores” and make supporting local farmers a priority. You’ll always find organic fair trade coffee on the menu at this lively community hub. Lots of fresh baked goods with real ingredients too.
306 W Broad St – website
Everyone’s coffeehouse, Java Johns has been a fixture of Broad Street for decades. Open at 7 a.m. seven days a week.
237 Commercial Street – website
This local, seasonal eatery known for its grain bowls, salads, and artisan toasts also makes a mean cup of coffee. Stay in and enjoy sipping from an artisan ceramic mug. Did we mention the cold brew to die for?
233 Broad St. – website
Hello, community. Thalia and Jade have created an artsy gathering place featuring freshly roasted and ethically sourced coffee.
Grass Valley Coffee Shops
Caroline’s Coffee Roasters
128 S. Auburn St. – website
This old-school coffee roaster located in the heart of downtown Grass Valley roasts in-house five days a week, upwards of 12,000 pounds a month!
2 locations: 999 Sutton Way & 109 Neal Street – website
This OG bakery with two Grass Valley locations has been serving up espresso and other coffee beverages with a European flair since 1981.
209 W Main Street – website
This family-owned coffee house features Temple coffee and baked goods made daily. Located conveniently across the street from the Center for the Arts and the (some say haunted) historic Holbrooke Hotel.
BriarPatch Food Co-op
290 Sierra College Drive – website
Locals know this is the place to go to grab a quick pour-your-own brewed Fair Trade coffee or place your order for a specialty beverage. Lots of healthy prepared grab n’ go items and baked goods for the road too.
Honey and Cream
17329 Penn Valley Drive – website
Looking for that hometown vibe? Going to the rodeo? Coffee. Ice Cream. Bites. Need we say more?
Java DREAM Coffee Roasters
11434 Pleasant Valley Rd – website
It’s not like the movie Inception where it’s a dream within a dream but a dreamy experience of the coffee kind. These purveyors of java serve up local coffee alongside the perfect Italian dessert accompaniment – Gelato.
North San Juan
The Ridge Cafe
29318 North Yuba – website
Take a trip to North San Juan and settle in for some back-to-the-land hospitality that is as authentic Nevada County as they come. Great place to fuel up on organic fare made with love before heading up Highway 49 for a scenic drive, hike, or swim in the North Yuba.
A good day in the mountains begins with great coffee. From local coffee roasters to European inspired cafes, Truckee coffee shops will ensure you’re caffeinated AND happy for every adventure.
2 locations: 12047 Donner Pass Rd & 10120 Jibboom St – website
Inspired by the Italian coffee bar culture, these folks take coffee seriously. Almost as much as their hospitality ethos and knack for latte art and ethically sourced beans. They are the real deal.
Drink Coffee Do Stuff
2 locations: 10115 Donner Pass Rd & 10001 Soaring Way (In Raley’s) – website
A specialty coffee company founded by pro snowboarder Nick Visconti inspired by his time in the Swiss Alps in 2012. That zest for the extraordinary continues today by sourcing and roasting coffee in the mountains, resulting in sweetness achieved by altitude roasting.
The Lifthouse Coffee Company
10015 Palisades Drive, Unit A3 – website
Sip premium coffee roasted in Truckee at this coffee house with a casual and comfortable atmosphere (free wifi).
Zuri Coffee Company
11357 Donner Pass Road – website
A uniquely quaint Swiss experience in the alpine town of Truckee featuring an extensive coffee menu, crepes, salads, and paninis.
Wild Cherries Coffeehouse
11429 Donner Pass Road – website
A staple in Truckee for two decades, this coffee house featuring European-style pastries is run by Founder Kristin Krone, a native Truckee resident and two-time Olympian in alpine skiing.
Dark Horse Coffee Roasters
10009 River Street – website
Join Darth Vader and give your dark side a try and head to Dark Horse Coffee Roasters! Where poets, artists, and philosophers are welcome in equal measure in this judgement-free zone. Did we mention the killer coffee?
Pacific Crest Coffee Company
10736 Pioneer Trail UNIT 13 – website
Fresh crop, small batch roasted coffee and espresso with online ordering and a walk-up window. You’ll love the world-class outdoor vibe created by former professional snowboarder Ralph and co-founder Travis, the highest ranked male in Downhill and Super G on the U.S. Ski Team!