Publik Coffee opened the doors to its coffee shop a few months ago in a tucked away corner of Salt Lake City. While there are more than a handful of coffee shops in the Salt Lake area, this is not your typical jazz music-playing, drearily dark, cramped coffee shop. It doesn’t serve stale bakery items or mediocre coffee. Publik, which is Dutch for “community,” is a totally different place to go for coffee.
Publik Coffee has been roasting its own beans and selling them for awhile now but wanted their own place to serve cups of caffeine to customers. The owners spent the past year renovating an old building on 975 S. West Temple, using reclaimed doors, windows and wood to create a completely unique place. They even added solar panels to the roof, making it one of the greenest coffee shops in the city.
The two-story space is open and inviting, with long bar-like community tables and tiny individual tables. My favorite part is the rows of windows running the length of the building, flooding the interior with bright light.
The beans are roasted on-site (you can watch it through the window if you time it right) and they serve it in all the classic ways (from drip to latte to cortado). In addition to coffee, sparkling mind lemonade and teas, they serve artisan toasts using bread from Red Bicycle Breadworks from Park City and City Cakes from Salt Lake City (for gluten-free versions), topped with spreads and marmalades from Amour Spreads in Salt Lake City.
The toasts are thick slices of bread topped with creative and comforting concoctions. Cinnamon and sugar with whipped butter ($3), avocado on sprouted wheat ($5) and cream cheese on mocha bread ($2.25) are no doubt familiar favorites but pear, lavender and blue cheese ($3.75), apricot ginger and cream cheese on multigrain ($3.75) and strawberry rhubarb and cream cheese ($3.75) are a bit out of the ordinary.
I tried the heirloom tomato and goat cheese ($3.75), with slightly tangy, slightly sweet tomatoes covering rich cheese. It was a deliciously savory snack to munch on.
Publik is inviting and comfortable; a refreshing take on coffee shops and a relaxing place to enjoy a cup of caffeine.
Go to Publik Coffee for :: coffee, of course! And try the toast while you’re at it. Notes :: Open seven days a week, from 7 am-6 pm weekdays and 8 am-6 pm weekends. There is also a Park City location serving the same menu at 638 Park Avenue, Park City.