by Travis Scholl
I am aware that there are individuals out there who do not partake in the morning coffee ritual, but for the rest of us who do, it is a daily rejoice with the beautiful beans that gets us going and feeds our souls with caffeinated comfort.
Living in the Anthem / Seven Hills area of the Valley I have frequented all available coffee shops that are within a convenient driving distance to my residence. Now I will admit, that my favorite may not be the closest, but driving a few extra miles to get your hands on the perfect cup is well worth it.
Here’s My Coffee Countdown:
No. 10 : The Original Sunrise Cafe just North of the 215 on Eastern is a breakfast and lunch restaurant that specializes in egg dishes and American classic fare, but when I visit this place as I often do, they always have a delicious cup of flavored coffee that changes day to day and never disappoints. It is family owned and has consistent service and quality, plus they make jalapeno bacon that is to die for.
No. 9 : Sunrise Coffee located on Sunset just across from Sunset Park is a nice little shop with outdoor seating and a drive-thru. With coffee that comes from micro co-ops in single origin farms that cultivate the finest organic fair trade beans they roast their beans with meticulous attention to detail and it is apparent in the taste of every cup. The food menu leans toward vegan options with gluten-free breads and such, but the coffee here has a distinct taste that comes from the quality of the beans and how they are handled. This location has a convenient and fast drive-thru window with staff that is knowledgeable and friendly, plus the prices are really nice.
No. 8 : Perk Up Coffee Shop located in the heart of Southern Highlands is a must stop whenever I am doing business or visiting friends in the area. Honestly, I have never been inside, but the drive-thru is always fast and friendly with a wide selection of coffee and specialty latte’s that always hit the spot. They also have breakfast burritos and sandwich’s that are delicious as well as an assortment of doughnuts and pastries to please all palate’s.
No. 7: Pressed for Juice located at The District Green Valley Ranch is a new establishment that obviously is a juice bar but also offers nitro cold brew coffee from a tap that has become one of my top choices especially on hot days when I need an afternoon fix and hot coffee is not an option. Infused with Nitrogen this icy brew is smooth, fluffy and incredible caffeinated. The cold pressed juices here are also amazing in selection and taste with prices that beat other juice bars in the area I have found.
No. 6: The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf also located in the District at GVR has been a staple of mine for over 10 years. This establishment sits in the center of the District and has outdoor seating where you can marvel at the beauty of the District with it’s lush Palm tree’s and paver stone streets. Just steps from REI and other stores to shop and browse this is a regular stop for me as I try and visit the District as much as possible to sell and/or lease the Condos there or just grab a bite to eat and walk around a bit. My wife Lauren Stark-Scholl nailed it when she said ,” If you’re having a bad day just go to the District and you’ll feel better !”
No. 5: The other Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in the area sits on the corner of Horizon Ridge and Eastern, this former Starbucks has a quaint outdoor area with a fountain and plenty of seating inside and out for patrons. The staff here is top notch and they really go above and beyond to make your coffee or tea experience a pleasant one.
No. 4: Mothership Coffee Roasters located off of Green Valley Pkwy and Sunset sits in the previous spot of Layer’s Bakery which WAS my number one place till they closed and left an empty place in my heart : ( Mothership is a small shop, but they do function as their own roastery (they roast the beans on site) and although the menu is not extensive, every cup is hand-made and the difference really comes through when you take that first drink.
The crowd here is rather hip and most patrons are plugged in to their iPods while wearing attire that is environmentally friendly, but the staff really knows their coffee and is always informative about offering options that stray from the basic drip coffee you’ll get from any cornerstore or restaurant. They also sit in the same center as Weiss Deli in Henderson which is THE best Jewish Deli I have found in the whole City.
No. 3: Craft Kitchen in Henderson is located on Eastern and Sunridge Heights and is home to Jaret Blinn who was the pastry chef for two decades at the kitchens of Ritz-Carltons in Maui, San Francisco and Lake Las Vegas (before becoming Executive Pastry Chef at Le Cirque and Circo at Bellagio and, later, at Red Rock Resort). This quaint restaurant has the most amazing pastries and goodies of all sorts baked every day on-site and I’m pretty sure their espresso machine is magic because every time I stop in and get a cup of coffee there I have the best day ever. Every cup is made to order and while you wait you can gaze into the glass case of Chef Jaret’s daily creations and indulge yourself with a treat to make that cup of coffee all the more enjoyable.
No. 2: Grouchy John’s is pure caffeinated happiness, this shop has recently taken over the space next door and now offers plentiful seating and an atmosphere that is comfortable and friendly. They do have drive-thru which offers great service but I find myself going inside more often than not as the staff here is great and they usually know your name after a few visits. They have incredible nitro brew iced coffee on tap with a range of almond, soy and dairy creamers to accommodate everyone as well as delicious smoothies and breakfast/lunch wraps and sandwiches.
If you are a fan of Star Wars Movies and anything to do with Jedi’s you’ll love it here (trust me you will). The coffee is just good and I have turned so many friends and family on the this place they should pay me a commission, it is consecutively voted one of the best coffee shops in town year after year and it is well deserved.
No. 1: Bad Owl Coffee shop located on Eastern and Horizon Ridge has been around for a couple years but only recently have I discovered just how good it really is. The iced coffee here is hands down the best I’ve ever had anywhere and they have FOUR different types of cold brew to choose from depending on how long it is brewed and how adventurous you’re taste buds are.
The food menu is highlighted by the waffle creations and they offer salted cream (a fancy creamer option) that they make in house and is delicious. The selection of daily drip coffee changes often and is incredible along with hand made latte’s and americano selections. If you are in Henderson and love good coffee google this place and check it out, you won’t be disappointed.
Well that’s my take on the coffee scene here in Vegas/Henderson. I know there are so many in the City, Downtown and Summerlin but these are the ones I frequent close to home. If you’re in the area and need some Real Estate advice or looking to buy/sell a home home in Southern Nevada give me a call and I’ll buy you a cup of whatever sounds good and we can chat ! 702-232-5376