Ah, coffee shops… They are eddies of calm amidst the chaotic currents of the daily grind. At This is Boise, we could be accused of holding coffee to a near religious standard. It’s the medicine that makes the morning madness go down smooth.

Now, like any black-blooded, coffee-glorifying American, we love a good coffee house nearly as much as we love the coffee we order. There’s nothing quite like the rich aroma of roasting beans to soothe the rough edges of a morning as you settle into a comfy couch for a bit of work. We all have favorites that we like to rotate through as a team, and we’d love to share those special, saintly spaces with you!

So below, in no particular order, is the TIB team’s current Select Six coffee shops in Boise!

picture of Flying M Coffee Shop in Boise Idaho

Flying M Coffee

(Aaron’s Pick)

No list of coffee shops in Boise would be complete without the iconic Flying M Coffee House in Downtown Boise. This well-known espresso house is renowned for its quirky style, unique gift shop, and welcoming, inclusive patrons.

Aside from all of that, our owner and CEO swears there is one standout reason to visit Flying M: THE BEANS! Flying M’s coffee and espresso drinks are second-to-none, with a smooth, rich flavor absent of the bitterness you’ll find in many corporate chain locations. You can even purchase Flying M blends to take home and make for yourself, but we think Flying M’s atmosphere is worth the trip. Stop on by, browse the fun and eclectic gift shop while you’re drink is made, and enjoy all the cool art! Who knows, you might even make a new friend!

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Certified Kitchen & Bakery

(Jaedyn’s Pick)

If you are looking for a discrete shop with amazing pastries and food, Certified Kitchen & Bakery is the spot for you! This delicious shop is located in Hyde Park, and the first time you visit, you’ll understand why they deserve a spot on this list.

Their dining options surpass most traditional coffee shop offerings with a delicious selection of counter-service-style breakfast, lunch, and pastry options – but it doesn’t stop there! Their coffee menu is complete with a variety of unique flavor combinations and hand-crafted syrups. Your coffee options range from traditional to boutique crafted beverages. Stop on by, grab yourself an order of the French Style Pancakes with some nutella and fresh berries, and give their Havanna Latte a try. We promise you’ll be back for more!

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Broadcast Coffee

(Eli’s Pick)

Looking for a coffee shop to work in? Maybe enjoy a Borgia? Or a Sparkle Pony?

If only some of that sentence made any sense, then you’ve never checked out Broadcast Coffee.

Located right next to the Cherie Buckner-Webb Park on 11th and Idaho, Broadcast not only offers traditional lattes, mochas, americanos, and the like – they also offer incredibly unique creations you won’t find anywhere else. It’s these amazing drinks that will have you coming back again and again. The Borgia is a velvety oat milk mocha taken to the next level by the addition of orange oils and topped with a rind (it also happens to be Eli’s personal favorite – hot or iced!).

Maybe that’s not your thing though, and you are more of a classic americano fan. Well, let’s put a Broadcast spin on it with a combination of sparkling water and espresso – that makes it a Sparkle Pony! Sure you can keep it classic at Broadcast Coffee, but the fact that you have the option to trying something truly unique is what makes them Eli’s personal pick.

The Amazing coffee, ample seating for work or relaxation, and floor-to-ceiling windows with a unique aesthetic is what puts Broadcast Coffee in our select six no questions asked.

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Alchemist Coffee

(Chris’ Pick)

The first thing you notice walking into the Alchemist Coffee’s Overland Road location is the space – it’s HUGE! Couches, tables, cushy chairs, and booths fill the spacious, open floorplan of this delicious-smelling coffee shop. There’s an eclectic comfort that permeates every corner, and the decor across the cafe plays off Alchemist’s vintage, old-world renaissance aesthetic. It’s fun, charming, and wonderfully inviting.

Whether you’re there with a group of friends to hang out, or you have your laptop tucked under your arm ready for work, Alchemist Coffee is a place you can thrive in. You can order a variety of specialty drinks, like the Sun & Moon Golden Late, or just sip on a cup of joe made from one of their incredible in-house roasts!

And what’s better than one great Alchemist coffee houses? Two Alchemist Coffee houses!

Alchemist Coffee has just opened up a new location on Stewart Avenue and 27th St. to better service the Boise area. Each location kind of has its own vibe but still stays true to all the things that we love about Alchemist Coffee.

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Hyde Perk

(Melissa’s Pick)

If you’re searching for a go-to gathering spot in the Hyde Park community, then Hyde Perk Coffee House is perfect for you! It’s no secret why their motto is, “A coffee house where customers become family over a cup of coffee!” Family and tradition is the heart and soul of this little coffee shop, and you’ll see it served with every cup!

When you first walk into Hyde Perk, you’re greeted by that classic coffee house vibe that might have you convinced you are in a “Friends” episode. It is the perfect meeting spot to get some work done, catch up with an old friend, or just people watch over a comforting brew. During the week, grab a window seat and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Hyde Park. If you like black coffee, this is a great place with a good roast and only fifty-cent refills! Plus, they have their own specialty drinks if you want to fancy it up!

Give them a visit and you’ll easily see why Hyde Perk made an easy spot on the select six!

picture of the Hyde Park Java location in Boise Idaho


(Zach’s Pick)

Java has been a staple in the Idaho coffee community since its origins in 1991. Picture retro colors, stained glass windows, and Andy Warhol prints throughout the shop. Java describes themselves as “an inviting, rock n’ roll atmosphere where the music is played a bit too loud!” Their retro, pop-art aesthetic immediately warms and welcomes you as you step through the door.

Boise is home to two different Java locations, one in downtown Boise and the other located in Boise’s Hyde Park District. Both locations offer additional patio seating, but it must be noted that the Hyde Park location has one of the best coffee shop patios in Boise. Their Hyde Park patio features a large elevated deck that faces the sun and provides a great view of its Hyde Park neighbors and surroundings.

Java has a HUGE and fantastic food menu, not to mention their incredible fresh roasted, fair trade coffees. Zach’s recommendation is to order a Bowl of Soul (Zach’s favorite mocha in Bosie) and a breakfast burrito. You will not be disappointed!