Boise is crackling with activity, and, in part, it's fueled by the growing number of small-batch coffee roasters who have joined the so-called "third wave" of coffee bringing high-quality, uniquely sourced artisanal joe to a corner stand near you. The District serves locally roasted Saranac Coffee beans, while Neckar Coffee slings its small-batch java in paper cups at the Boise Farmers Market. Afro Phil's hand-roasted coffees, meanwhile, are only sold direct to consumers. For a steampunk flavor, there's the Stream Coffee and Tea Bike, piloted by Jodi Eichelberger. The custom wood-paneled cycle boasts a black-and-white-striped umbrella and serves cold brew coffee made in a Japanese Yama tower along with a variety of teas.
- Ditch the bag with loose-leaf teas.
Loose-leaf tea shops are "popping up like mushrooms" in Boise, says Joyful Tea owner Terry Hathaway. Since summer 2014, three new shops have joined Boise's tea party scene.
At Joyful Tea, located in the Boise International Market, patrons get a traditional British tea experience—they can pick their favorite china teapot and sit in the small shop for tea-time. At Leaf Teahouse downtown, the vibe is more Asian, with modern earth tones and a selection of vegan snacks. Snake River Tea Company on The Grove feels more like a coffee shop, complete with a high-tech tea brewing machine and a menu full of tea lattes.
Though all three shops sell the classics, like green tea or English Breakfast, each one offers a completely unique experience.