When the Uptown location of Amante Coffee opened in Boulder in 2005, it quickly became the go to spot to start a ride. As more and more cyclists stopped by for a quick caffeine fix pre-ride, it also became the place to catch anything cycling from the Tour De France to the Spring Classics including Paris- Roubiax and Tour of Flanders. With the Uptown café, a downtown Boulder location and a café off Baseline Rd that opened in 2013 , cyclists and coffee enthusiasts alike can enjoy a little bit of Northern Italy in the heart of the West. I chatted with Jordan Karp, who bought the business in 2009.
RR: What is the story behind Amante Coffee?
Jordan Karp: Amante was founded in 1999 when three buddies were on a wine buying boondoggle in Italy. They kept wondering why they couldn't find coffee that tasted like they were getting in Northern Italy. They asked cafe owners and found the Ghigo family in Bra, Italy who had been roasting for almost a century. So, they started importing coffee with the wine. In '05 most of the original guys were gone but one of them along with Jamie Temple decided to open the cafés. The first was in Nobo and a few months later in downtown Boulder. I bought the business in 2009 from Temple.
RR: What is the connection between Amante Uptown and cycling?
Karp: Amante was always a place that catered to cyclist, but the popularity of Uptown Amante as a place to watch cycling and other "Olympic" sports was an evolution. We will get 20 people in there crowded around an Internet feed watching the Boston Marathon on a Monday morning in April. We are happy to fill a niche as a non-traditional sports viewing venue. During World Cup this summer it will be packed too. It's a little easier to explain to your boss you are going to have a meeting at Amante and watch a game then going to a sports bar.
RR: What are your favorite items on the menu?
I think we have the best cappuccino in town. I also like our Amantino, which is a smaller cappuccino with less dairy but for same espresso. One of my managers makes our breakfast burritos for us in a commercial kitchen. They are called Squaritos and they are great. For our menu, we are going to bring back granita in time for summer (coffee and cream and sugar slushie). It's a great summer drink.
Here are some great routes to start after you get your caffeine fix from the Uptown Location.
From the Baseline location, enjoy these rides, trail runs and hikes.