Indie Ogden’s guide to coffee

Coffee, the finest organic suspension ever devised.~Star Trek: Voyager

As a Northwesterner, one hell of a barista and a certifiable coffee addict I think it is safe to say  that I know a thing or two about coffee. As soon as I moved to O-town I went in search of the perfect brew and discovered something surprising about Utah- 90% of the cafes are doing it wrong.  Luckily Ogden and surrounding areas  have quite a few places to get that flawless cup of joe you need to start your day.

There are a ton of reasons why I love coffee from the smell of coffee in the morning to the endless possibilities you can create with a few tablespoons of freshly ground beans but why should you drink coffee?

Lowers blood sugar: And as a result, at least eight clinical studies have shown that heavy coffee drinkers are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than non-drinkers and those who limit themselves to just one or two cups.

Protects against dementia and Parkinson’s Diseases: Since type 2 diabetes is linked to dementia and coffee lowers the risk of developing diabetes, this may be the link.

Increases your resting metabolic rate: Your resting metabolic rate is the rate at which you burn calories when you’re doing nothing more than sitting around breathing.

Lowers your risk of developing liver and colon cancer: And at the same time, coffee is unlikely to increase your risk of developing any type of cancer.

Fights cell damage: Coffee naturally contains more antioxidants than green tea, and roasting the beans brings out even more beneficial substances.  Antioxidants interfere with a normal body process known as oxidation, which damages and destroys healthy cells and leads to disease.

Live longer: Coffee, caffeinated or decaffeinated, may help extend the lives of people who drink it daily, a U.S. study found.Men who drank 2 to 3 cups a day had a 10 percent chance of outliving those who drank no coffee, while women had a 13 percent advantage, according to research published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Coffee (Or At Least, The Caffeine!) Can Help You Proofread Better. The caffeine in coffee could actually help you to spot grammar errors, according to a new study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology. Researchers found that caffeine helped students to correct errors in subject-verb agreement and verb tense, MSNBC reported.

Coffee Could Lower Women’s Depression Risk. Women who drink a few cups of caffeinated coffee have a lower risk of depression than women who don’t drink any coffee, according to a Harvard study. That research, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, shows that women who drink two to three cups of coffee a day have a 15 percent lower risk, while women who drink four or more cups of coffee a day have a 20 percent lower risk.

Here are just a few LOCAL places you can get a really good cup of coffee!

Ground for coffee Harrison– a great place to hang out, have a meeting, get work done or even garden (yes garden!). There is always beautiful art to check out and they have a great patio. Run by Suzy Dailey, this location has been open for over 20 years!

Grounds for Coffee 25th– Both grounds locations are local favorite hangouts and this one is right in downtown. With yoga upstairs,  beautiful art downstairs and awesome stores all around this cafe has it all. The baristas always have a  smile and they even have gluten-free treats. Check out their Facebook for specials.

Grounds for Coffee Wisebird Bookery– Cute little cafe inside a bookstore, a cozy place to get work done or enjoy a book in quiet.

The daily rise– Run by local Utah lovers, this place is a quick and easy cafe to get a cup of Joe at and I  hear their baristas are awesome Their drive through is super convenient and they are always excited to create new drinks! Must try:cold brew

Kaffe mercantile–  A very cute cafe in a beautiful building hosting Portland quality coffee. They brew up cafe ibis and host a ton of local artists and goods.The closest i have gotten to Portland style coffee here. be sure to check out their Facebook page for daily deals!

Rovalis– Rovali’s  is a family owned and operated Italian restaurant on Historic 25th street. You might not know this but Rovalis also has an espresso bar in their restaurant! The have quite a few unique flavors in their espresso bar and they also have non caffeinated drinks such as Italian ice, chillers and iced teas.

HUB City Coffee-  This little cafe is hidden from major streets, but is definitely worth finding. They have a drive in for convenience and inside is full of fun games to play and tons of outlets for those of you looking for a place to work.  Must try: Oliver Special- cinnamon and vanilla latte.

Cafe villa belle– a cute little cafe on Harrison with everything from breakfast to boba tea! They also have a new handy drive through to get your fix quicker. Must try: Extreme toffee coffee

Mason Jar coffee roasters- Mason Jar is now located inside the Parlour on Washington Blvd. Hand crafted, house roasted and delectable coffee for those who treat coffee as an art. This is more than a cup of coffee, this is artisan craftsmanship. Must try: brown sugar latte

Weber State Downtown Cafe– Located inside the Weber State Downtown building, this little cafe serves up Cafe Ibis brew! Great deals for a good cup of joe on the go!

Worlds End Coffee– “World’s End Coffee is the best cup of coffee in Utah where you can relax, connect, and read one of the many interesting Graphic Novels or books available.”

Beans & Brews– “Beans & Brews Coffee House was established in 1993 by the Laramie family in Salt Lake City Utah. Our focus from our inception has been an unwavering commitment to the principles of Quality, Freshness, and Integrity. ”

The Coffee Compound- “Located in the historic building in quaint Downtown Ogden. Offering delicious espresso drinks, coffee, homemade baked goods, and exceptional service!”

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Mikaela is a transplant from Portland, fell in love with Ogden her first day in town and created Indie Ogden the next week. She enjoys outdoor adventures with her 2 kiddos and making a mess crafting. You can find her at a local cafe or cycling around town with her family.