Top 10 Lake Tahoe Coffee Shops

Food — By christinanellemann on May 20, 2011 at 7:45 am

One part of gearing up for some outdoor fun at Lake Tahoe is grabbing a cup of coffee (and maybe a bagel or muffin) at several of the great coffee shops around the lake. Whether you are craving organic, free-trade coffee or a basic cup of Joe, you can find it at these top ten coffee shops in the Tahoe area.

Tahoma Aroma

Rated as one of the best coffee places on the West Shore, this cute, tiny place serves up great coffee and they allow dogs.

Rude Brothers Bagels

Rude Brothers is known for their great selection of bagels, but their coffee is pretty darn good. Most of their varieties are fair-trade and they serve up mochas, lattes and other speciality drinks.

Sprouts Café

Sprouts in South Lake Tahoe prides themselves on their vegetarian and vegan fare, but their coffee drinks are excellent. They serve fair-trade and organic coffee

Old Post Office Coffee Shop

Coffee the way it was meant to be served: out of a carafe, in a mug, boiling hot. It’s best if it comes with eggs benedict or pancakes. This is a sit-down cup of coffee with free refills.

Ernie’s Coffee Shop

Breakfast is served all day at this restaurant in South Lake Tahoe, so is coffee. They also serve Alpen Sierra organic cofee, espressos, lattes, cappucinos and mochas.

Gear & Grind

The Gear & Grind in Tahoe City serves up Green Star organic coffee and hand-crafted coffee drinks with a smile. They also serve some excellent chai and brewed teas.

Truckee Book & Bean

This little stone building in Truckee serves organic coffee from Alpen Sierra. They use organic milk and soy milk in all their drinks. Enjoy the coffee on their couch or one of their puffy chairs surrounded by books and music.


This chic and stylish place in Truckee serves Italian-style coffee like chocolate cappuccinos, caffee vienesse and a lemon chiffon latte. They can make any kind of coffee drink you ask for.

Alpen Sierra Coffee Co.

Not only does Alpen Sierra serve up excellent coffee, they roast and sell their popular brand around the Sierras. They offer all blends and traditional roasts, dark roasts, flavored and beans for the home roaster.

The Dam Café

This fun place in Tahoe City serves up great coffee drinks and the tea drinkers will be in luck: there is a drawer full of dozens of types of tea ripe for the picking.


Photo Courtesy of [Jennie Faber/Flickr]

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