You can get a quick coffee and snack to go, but you may want to linger a little longer at Moab Coffee Roasters these days.
The local mainstay expanded its food offerings and indoor seating after completing a remodel in March.
“So many people wanted breakfast and more seating,” manager Tiara Hunter said.
Regular customer and longtime Moab resident Ken Malas appreciates the changes. He said he comes most every day and that it’s a “favorite hangout.”
“I’ve seen the shop evolve over time,” he said. “It’s a bigger, more open space with extra windows – it’s brighter and lighter. They continue to have great coffee; they roast their own. They have a following for sure.”
“We roast our coffee in-house and ship our coffee to customers all over the United States,” Hunter said.
All coffee drinks are made from organic beans roasted fresh. Beans are roasted daily in the fall, winter and spring; during the summer, beans are roasted three times a week. Fair Trade coffee is sold when available, Hunter added.
With the new space, Moab Coffee Roasters now carries many breakfast and lunch items prepared by the Peace Tree Juice Café. The new offerings include sandwiches, breakfast burritos, breakfast bagels, and high-protein breakfast and lunch bowls.
Before the remodel, seating was extremely limited. Owner Jana Knowles decided to stop selling clothing, which used to occupy a lot of space — although a few “Life is Good” T-shirts and other Moab souvenirs are still for sale.
The added space allows for more café seating, with eight tables and a long bar at the window where people can watch the passersby or do computer work on the free wi-fi.
Moab Coffee Roasters attracts a local clientele, as well as “tons and tons of tourists,” Hunter said.
Moab Coffee Roasters has long served ice cream and gelato and now offers Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory candies for the sweet tooth, as well.
“Tourists love their ice cream and coffee,” she said. “We have five gelato flavors and six different flavors of ice cream.”
The shop also offers gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan popsicles.
“We try and cater to different needs out there,” Hunter said. “We have a few vegan options. We have a variety of grab and go items,” including fruit, nut bars, meat and cheese packages and pizza sticks.
Moab Coffee Roasters’ signature item, Hunter said, is their cold-brew coffee. The icy drink takes 24 hours to brew and is made with coffee ice-cubes so that when the ice melts it doesn’t weaken the taste.
They offer hot and cold drink specials each month. For August, it’s a chocolate cherry mocha and a refreshing tangerine Italian soda.
Moab Coffee Roasters employees between 14 and 20 people, and has been in business for 10 years, Hunter said.