If you spend a lot of time in coffee shops and if you appreciate the art of a perfectly pulled shot, you will love Steam Espresso Bar. And I do mean love. The month-old spot, which took over an old photography studio on South Pearl Street, is a stunner. The sun-filled space pulls together a careful mix of the industrial (poured concrete and metal) and the reclaimed (wood and brick) for a breezy, arty effect. And the windows…sigh…they’re huge, they’re open, and they allow sunlight to flood the two rooms. Wait until you see the patio.
The shop serves Boulder-based Box Car Coffee Roasters (which just opened an outpost at TAXI) and Steam owners Hani and Zahi Yaafouri do the exquisite beans justice. Order a cortado—if only for the latte art that holds up to the very last sip.