Welcome to Trinidad, CO. This old mining town boasts a population of 8,771, has more bricks than the land of Oz and is known as the sex-change capital of the U.S. You better believe I'm going to be drawn to a quirky old mountain town like this and I was very pleased to find Cafe What a Grind.
Cafe What a Grind has taken up residency in a building that has been family owned since 1908. It was originally a Snodgrass grocery store and since been many things. It has recently been remodeled and is now home to not only a coffee bar up front, but (beginning a year ago) also an alcohol bar in the back and a full menu restaurant. I failed to show up with an appetite, but that didn't hold me back from shoving a slice of homemade blackberry pie into my pie hole. That is where pie goes, in case you don't know.
I'll just be talking about the coffee part of Cafe What a Grind. This is, after all, what I do. Their drinks menu offers all of the basics along with signature drinks, sodas and a Red Bull slushie. A RED BULL SLUSHIE! Do you know why I just typed that in all caps? Because that is how your brain will view the world after consuming this drink. Red Bull slushies are not recommended for those with pre-existing heart conditions, women who are pregnant or nursing or anyone with a tendency to run through the streets naked, screaming at the top of their lungs. Part of me wants to say this drink is a horrible idea, but I can guarantee it is probably a best-seller.
As per usual, I ordered an espresso and a drip coffee. Cafe What a Grind gets their beans from roaster Spanish Peaks Coffee in Colorado Springs, CO. Both the espresso and the drip brew were incredibly light. I have the kind of tastebuds that prefer darker flavor, so I combined my espresso with my drip and it made for a great and highly caffeinated cup of coffee. Their bakery case was stocked with homemade cakes, pies, scones, cheesecake and other pastries. There is a small seating area by the window with a couch and a few comfortable chairs. The majority of the space is tables and chairs and then there is a lovely, hand built bar in the back that was crafted buy a local. There were a few regulars set up at tables. One woman even had fresh eggs for sale which I had to buy. I can't say no to farm fresh anything!
Cafe What a Grind will be celebrating six years as a coffee house this coming Halloween. I hope to head back to Trinidad soon and will definitely stop back in to enjoy some pie and coffee, but for the safety of those around me I will stay away from the Red Bull slushie.