Alpina Coffee Cafe
The Alpina Coffee Café is everything you want in a coffee shop, and very little that you don’t. This warm hued bastion of coffee connoisseurship is probably the last great local/independent coffeeshop in South Shore. There are other places in Tahoe to get great coffee, but if you’re after the café experience, then Alpina should be on your itinerary--if it’s not already. Located at 822 Emerald Bay Rd., the Coffee Café is just north of the Y, and well worth the trip!
While there are many reasons to go to the Alpina Coffee Café—the best reason is obviously to buy coffee. Whether we’re talking about a freshly brewed cup, a specialty French press of a newly roasted blend, or a big bag of beans—the Joe at Alpina is a standout. The reason for this is that the good folks at Alpina work closely with Alpen Sierra Coffee Roasters, who by-and-large produce some of the best coffee beans in the Tahoe Basin.
However, the Alpina Coffee Café has a lot going for it besides the namesake. With a comfortable interior that has lots of open seating and workspace—not to mention the free wifi—Alpina manages to give locals and visitors a reason to come back again. Couple the atmosphere with daily $5 sandwich specials and the Alpina Coffee Café becomes a place that not only serves great coffee, but also a warm atmosphere in which to hang out…