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#39 Cowboy Joe Roasting Co.

Cowboy Joe Roasting Co.

376 5th St.
Elko, NV
Get Directions

Contact: 775-753-5612


IG @cowboyjoeroastingco


Date Visited: October 25, 2019

Yee Haw! Even Cowboys are fueled by coffee. This coffee shop started over 25 years ago in downtown Elko. A gorgeous cafe with hardwood floors, tons of tables, booths, and a sweet patio in the back. Home to many locals and travelers passing through. It was time to find out what this place was all about, I had to keep calm and cowboy on.

This is when I met Christina, the barista. She told me that the owner has many talents. A few of the things he’s done include taking all of the photos in the cafe, making the ceramic mugs, and roasting all of their coffee. Blown away is an understatement, DAMN! I would’ve loved to meet him but I heard I had just missed him for the day, I will have to come back.

Currently, the most popular drink is the Cowboy Joe Latte. And let me tell you, it tastes delicious! I was impressed to see six different milk alternatives: heavy cream, skim, soy, coconut, oat, and almond. They also offer a loyalty card for drink specials and extra punches on Thursday! If you’re hungry, Cowboy Joe’s has you covered too. Bagels, breakfast burritos, and pastries are just a few of the things available to eat. My favorite part though: sipping my coffee at the bar in front of their gorgeous roaster.

Thankfully, when you can’t enjoy a cup next to the roaster, you can make Cowboy Joe’s coffee at home. A wide variety of Cowboy Joe’s roasts are available for purchase, as well as teas in a variety of flavors. Some of my favorite coffee accessories I discovered were the handsewn coffee and Airpot sleeves. I’ll attach a picture below, super cute. Need a new dog collar or leash? They sell awesome ones made by Jordan Wright. You have to come check this place out.

The bathroom was small but cute. I did like the photograph of the saddle and the way they hung a bean bag on the wall. For this, I’ll rate it a clean 8/10.

Coffee Shop

#38 XP Gaming & Cafe

XP Gaming Cafe

730 1250 NV-227
Elko, NV
Get Directions
Drive-thru Available

Contact: 775-299-2848


IG @xpgamingcafe

Date Visited: October 25, 2019

One of the coolest gaming cafes I’ve found so far! You are going to wish this was right down the street from you. This is a haven for kids, gamers, and coffee drinkers. XP Gaming & Cafe was created by Kyle Ashley and Caleb Tapia in May of 2018. I was lucky enough to visit when Kyle happened to be there. Awesome guy, no wonder this place has been doing so well. They are starting to have a large number of regulars come in for coffee, games, and a great place to relax.

This cafe was so beautifully set up – you could tell how much time and thought went into getting this place up and running. Although there were concrete floors, no couches, and strong metal chairs, I felt cozy. I felt like I was back in time at the little game shop down the street from me when I was a kid, with my dad buying some new Magic the Gathering cards, or even playing Pokemon in the cafeteria in middle school. Maybe it was the more recent feeling of watching my friends back home play Dungeons and Dragons, I missed them. I would have loved for my friends to be there playing cards and drinking coffee with me.

XP Gaming did a phenomenal job with the color scheme, soft lighting, game organization, finished concrete floors, full drive-thru, and a super clean shop. I asked Kyle what the most popular drink was on the menu and he told me the “Nick Lewis,” named after one of their most popular customers. This drink was a latte made with caramel and vanilla. Before I knew it Kyle had made me one, it was so freaking delicious! Please put this spot on your must-visit list! They were awarded both the 2018 and 2019 Readers Choice for ‘Best Family Recreation Business’ in the Elko Daily Free Press.

The bathrooms get a perfect 10/10. I loved the original Nintendo controller on the wall, Magic the Gathering posters, and the abstract Pink Floyd looking poster. My favorite sign was on the outside of the doors that read “Whatever, just wash your hands.” Perfect!