Morning rush

From Juan Valdez to flavor crystals to the extra-large, double shot, low-fat, soy, vanilla latte with a comfortable cardboard insulator, our addiction to coffee stems not only from the invigorating burst of energy found in the comfortable confines of the coffee bean but the daily ritual and the smiling faces found at the local coffee shop. Each morning, lines of dreary-eyed customers, bound for their daily eight hours of servitude, stand in line at the counter waiting to place their order in hopes of clearing away the mental fog. Luckily, Durango contains a multitude of options for the professional coffee connoisseur, and the morning brew never fails to disappoint.

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Sara Colson adds flavor to a customer’s latte as Sadie Asay-Davis, right, works the espresso machine at the Steaming Bean.

Matthew Bachman, of Durango, relaxes to a cup of coffee as he scribbles a note to an ex-girlfriend.

Ellen Caldwell picks out a package of tea at Magpies last week.

Racks of coffee mugs await their future owners behind a sea of bulk teas at the Durango Coffee Company.

Cindi Scheridan, ownder of the Buzz House, greets Joe Quezada, a Buzz House regular, after the morning coffee rush.

Tom Quirk catches up on local news outside Magpies on a warm fall morning last week.

Only a few chairs remain empty at the counter of the Steaming Bean recently as the morning coffee crowd streams in and out.

Early morning light streams into The Buzz House on Friday as a customer puts pen to paper at a side table.





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