Indie Ogden Review – Hub City Coffee

 

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Hub City Coffee, one of Ogden’s newest coffee shops has been calling my name since it opened in January. I couldn’t wait to check out all the changes owners Holly and Kyle Hill have made since they moved from their 12th street shop. (Admittedly, I was already hopelessly addicted to their chai. But I digress.)

At the literal intersection of Ogden, South Ogden and Riverdale, Hub City Coffee is an ideal location, right in the heart of all the hustle and bustle of the three cities. Whether you’re planning to meet with a friend, need a quiet place to write or study, or you’re just looking for a quick cup of Joe, Hub City Coffee has you covered. The lobby is a large, open space facing the kitchen and offers comfy sitting areas, a fireplace, plenty of window seating (my personal necessity) and some long wood tables for group gatherings.

One particularly grumpy morning I decided I was going to treat myself. I arrived at Hub City with my laptop and my favorite book and ordered a dirty chai, or what I have come to call The Saving Grace: Hub City’s secret Chai recipe (Holly won’t tell me where she gets it) two shots of espresso, the tallest cup you can get and voila. Mind = blown. Grumpy morning = transformed.

Yes, okay. There are other delectable drinks. Blended concoctions like the Frozen Banana and the Caramel Thing are near legendary now in O-Town. The Hub City baristas can whip up a killer latte (cinnamon mocha is my husband’s favorite.) For the non-caffeinated types, these guys offer not one, not two, but FIVE different kinds of hot chocolate. More if you’re the type who likes to customize your drinks.

Lest I forget to mention that Hub City offers wonderful plain ‘ol coffee. Rich, earthy and decadent, it’s sourced from Ethiopia. Plus with each cup purchased, a percentage goes back to Ethiopia to fund clean water systems, jobs and schools in the villages where the beans are grown.

Hub City Coffee has named itself Ogden’s Living Room, and operates with an aim to “create community and cultivate relationships.” This welcoming approach is evident as soon as you walk in the door. The staff are some of the friendliest people I have ever met; good for a smile, a heart-to-heart or even a hug on those really grumpy days.

Do yourself a favor, stop by Hub City Coffee today and check them out, you won’t be sorry. Did I mention they also have a drive thru? Don’t forget my dirty chai!

Cindy is an Ogden native, aspiring author, freelance writer and mother of two girls. Her idea of a good time is lounging in the sun with a new book or exploring a trail with her quirky daughters. When she isn’t writing, mommying or making eyes at her husband of twenty years, you can find her capturing Ogden’s unique architecture from behind a camera lens, or sipping a dirty Chai at one of O-towns unique coffee shops.