Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Uptown Hearth / Azul Coffee Bar

Subject: Uptown Hearth / Azul Coffee Bar
Location visited: Columbia Falls, MT
WiFi?: yes
Rating: 6+ [see key]

For gorgeous mountain majesty, no place in the USA compares to Glacier National Park. Few places bring such unique beauty in a single place and thanks to the ever-rising popularity, the area outside of Glacier improves every time I visit. 

On a recent detour to Columbia Falls, the latest gem new to my eyes was the culinary excellence of Uptown Hearth. The shop consists of an in-house bakery and kitchen paired with a separate coffee entity called Azul Coffee Bar. While the pandemic has made the interior realities different (if not off-limits), when the inside has seating it is full of many tables and chairs to house their many eager patrons.

As for my coffee that day, I went with an espresso of Black Coffee's Vinyl blend and a pour over of a single origin Mexican coffee from Grim's Point. The espresso, pulled short/medium with brown crema, smacked of chocolate cake, cream, lime zest, hibiscus and a little sage, proving sugary-sweet and satisfying. The pour over also impressed, with bright notes of strawberry and gala apple supported by the smooth flavors of heavy cream, birch beer and a touch of seaweed. 

All too quickly, I finished my drinks and was off to see some mountains. The next time you are in Columbia Falls, definitely give Uptown Hearth a visit, though if you do plan a detour, keep an eye on their social media as they are closed for the winter but should be back up in the new year. 

These wonderful folks made this visit possible in part. Make sure to check them out!

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