La Barba by Charming Beard

Cortado with a ham and cheese croissant at La Barba by Charming Beard in Salt Lake City.
Cortado with a ham and cheese croissant.

There once was a time when coffee in Utah seemed like a contradiction.  But now that notion is long gone.  Today there are artisan coffee roasters and quaint coffee shops popping up all around Salt Lake City, making Utah’s coffee culture is so prominent that even the New York Times noticed.

Cortado with a ham and cheese croissant at La Barba by Charming Beard in Salt Lake City.
Cortado with a ham and cheese croissant.

Charming Beard Coffee is one of the newer coffee roasters to the Salt Lake City scene but has made a huge name for itself in the four short years since it started.  Even if you haven’t heard of them or seen their cute logo, you’ve probably tried it without even knowing.  If you’ve ordered a cup of java at Finca, Pago, Tulie Bakery or High West Saloon, you’ve had Charming Beard.

Charming Beard Coffee at La Barba in Salt Lake City.
Charming Beard Coffee at La Barba.

Anxious to serve coffee their way—as they intended it—Charming Beard owners Levi Rogers and Josh Rosenthal decided to open their own coffee shop.  And La Barba by Charming Beard was born.

Pour over coffee at La Barba by Charming Beard in Salt Lake City.
Pour-over coffee with La Barba’s custom-made ceramic mugs.

La Barba, which means “beard” in Spanish, sits inside Finca’s new downtown Salt Lake City location on 327 West 200 South.  In addiction to the famous Charming Beard coffee, the shop sells a variety of pastries made by Finca’s pastry chef, Courtney McDowell, and drinking chocolate by Mezzo Chocolate.

Churros and dipping sauce at La Barba in Salt Lake City.
A bunch of churros paired with three dipping sauces.

One of La Barba’s specialties is churros.  The fried pastries come in two ($4.25), four ($8.50) or six ($12.75) increments and are available with dipping sauces like spiced Mezzo chocolate, dulce de leche or guava ($1.50/each).  Paired with a cup of Mezzo drinking chocolate, the Spanish treat is a deliciously perfect way to end your meal at Finca—or anywhere else for that matter.  La Barba is open until midnight, perfect for your late night dessert craving.

Cortado and ham and cheese croissant at La Barba by Charming Beard.
Finca’s pastry chef, Courtney McDowell, brings her talents to La Barba.

The other pastries range from sweet, like the xuixo—filled with light orange cream, fried and rolled in sugar (yes, it is as good as it sounds)—and the almond brioche sticky bun ($4.25) to savory, like the jamon and mahon croissant (ham and cheese, $4.50).  They are perfect for a pick-me-up snack, a light breakfast or a sweet end to a meal.

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Xuixo, a cream-filled pastry.

As you’d expect, the list of coffees covers everything from Americano ($2.25) to single drip ($3.25), plus the aforementioned Mezzo drinking chocolate in several flavors ($4.25), Tical Chocolate Tea ($2.75) and Queens’ Tea ($2.75).

La Barba by Charming Beard in Finca in Salt Lake City.
La Barba by Charming Beard.

La Barba by Charming Beard is both a great start to your day or a sweet end to a meal at Finca.  Or preferably even both.

Go to La Barba by Charming Beard for :: a relaxing cup of Charming Beard coffee and a pastry.  Notes :: Open Monday-Friday 7 am-midnight, Saturday-Sunday 8 am-midnight.

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