When I started my career as a Personal Trainer, I worked for a multi-million dollar company. A Globo Gym. Prior to that, I had always worked for small, local, family-owned businesses, so working for such a large company was an eye-opening experience. For the most part, it was alright. I worked my way up through the ranks and was on the fast track to a management position. I soon realized how large corporations can take advantage of their employees. There were problems – there were big problems. I vowed to never work for a company like that again.
In doing my research for this review, I was reminded of the Little Guy in business and how they can easily become mislead, losing everything they have. Cuppy’s Coffee, Smoothies and More! has seen some dark days dealing with franchise CEO’s, but despite that mess, (and it’s a big one spilling into the blogging community) they are still making coffee and creating a homey atmosphere for locals to enjoy their morning hug in a mug.
Cuppy’s Coffee opened shop in March of 2008 on Drake next to Breath Yoga and The Cork Club and Grill, across the street from the vet hospital. That year was rocky, but they hung on and made it through. They offer Caffe D’arte Italian roast coffee, crushed fruit smoothies, a variety of baked goods and burritos from local vendors, and soups, sandwiches and quiche from The Quiche Lady in Fort Collins.
I’ve been to Cuppy’s a handful of times since it’s on the way to some different playgroup locations. With The Preschooler in school, The Toddler and I had some free-time to hang out and have breakfast together.
I ordered a blueberry muffin for him ($1.50). For myself, I ordered the sausage-potato quiche ($4.95) and a 20 ounce Skinny Latte ($3.70).
We hung out in the comfortable corner by the front door where there were leather couches and a few magazines. The coffee house tries to make it look like an actual house, with home-style colors, and a mini-living room of sorts with a TV and a couple of armchairs.
The Toddler devoured his muffin as if he is never fed at home, despite this being his second breakfast. He toddled around the cafe making the customers smile and wave to him (he’s such a ham). When he was out socializing, I’d sneak a bite of his muffin for a taste. It was fluffy and sweet with a doughy, sticky top. Huge and yummy. It was no wonder why he shoved handfuls into his mouth and got upset when I threw away the crumbs.
My latte came out to me in a to-go cup, because the barista thought it would be safer than a mug with the little kid running around. What a smart lady. The coffee is pretty good – but no better or worse than other places around town. It’s just a good predictable java.
The quiche is actually pretty good. I’ve had a few different types and I particularly like the spinach. The sausage-potato was also decent with large slices of sausage and shredded potato on top (which reminded me of shredded frozen hash browns). While they may taste alright, I do wish the crust was a bit more flaky. It’s consistency is doughy, as if it is undercooked and should be baked a touch more.
Cuppy’s is a nice neighborhood coffee house where you feel comfortable sticking around for a while. They offer free wifi, so if you have some work to do, this is a good place to hang out. It’s quiet and quaint. Some other coffee houses have better food, but their coffee is good and the service is friendly. I’d much rather support this local joint instead of Starbucks down the street. Plus, their endurance when fighting The Man is pretty admirable.
Cuppy’s Coffee, Smoothies and More!
353 West Drake Road, #120
Kid-Friendly? Sure, kids will love the hot chocolate, Cremosa and smoothie choices.
Parking: Small lot parking
Healthy Options? The smoothies don’t have any added sugar and the items that come from The Quiche Lady aren’t so bad for you either.
Budget-Friendly? I’d say so.
Recent Health Inspection: Excellent