Coffee with your paper: The Frothy Cup

The Frothy Cup in Idaho Springs is a decades-old shop welcoming locals and travelers

Olivia Jewell Love
olove@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 10/14/22

When you walk into the Frothy Cup in Idaho Springs, you’ll likely be greeted by a table of locals, a wall of compliments and a smiling barista ready to help kickstart your day.

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Coffee with your paper: The Frothy Cup

The Frothy Cup in Idaho Springs is a decades-old shop welcoming locals and travelers

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When you walk into the Frothy Cup in Idaho Springs, you’ll likely be greeted by a table of locals, a wall of compliments and a smiling barista ready to help kickstart your day.

The Frothy Cup in Idaho Springs sees a mix of travelers passing through town, as well as locals enjoying their daily cup of joe. With fresh coffee roasted in-house and pastries baked fresh daily, the shop is a favorite for slowing down or taking a cup to go. 

Amanda Moeller and her fiance have owned the Frothy Cup for one year as of Oct. 20. Moeller said the mix of customers is a big part of the shop’s charm.

“We meet people from all over,” she said. “It’s also our sleepy little mountain town.” 

Mornings at the Frothy Cup usually consist of the round table full of locals, armed with their own coffee cups that hang on the wall waiting for them.

The shop has an aesthetic Moeller likens to “grandma’s house.” An old piano, topiaries and fabric-lined tables can make anyone feel nostalgic. The mountain rustic design aims to pay homage to Idaho Springs, Moeller explained. 

The Frothy Cup roasts all its beans in-house. When packaging the beans, the roaster lists their name and what music they are listening to, just to add a more personal touch when you pick up a bag. 

The shop utilizes a roasting machine they’ve lovingly dubbed, “the snowflake,” because it's one of a kind. The machine was built by the Diedrich brothers, in their garage, and has been in the backroom for decades. 

With coffee at the forefront of the menu, the shop has a wall full of unique espresso drinks to try, as well as options to craft your own creation. People come from all over for blueberry muffins, cookies and other pastries made with love on the daily.

The walls of the Frothy Cup are lined with “love notes” singing praises of the shop and sharing good news, uplifting quotes and fun doodles. Moeller says these pops of happiness create the friendly environment she hopes customers see when they walk in. 

Moeller advises taking a gander at the wall “if you ever need a little sunshine in your day.”

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