I’ve bemoaned the lack of coffee shops in Park City for years, but it seems that java aficionados are finally responding to the shortage of flavorful brews. In the past two months alone, three cafes have sprung up, giving a jolt to the underdeveloped coffeehouse community.
Where Publik Coffee Roasters differs is in its daily mantra: “Quality over quantity, community over corporate, planet over profit”—and above all, flavorful, small-batch coffee. Based on that, you could call them a collective brew of javaphiles, artists and scientists. Quite fitting, then, that a couple of bean merchants are experimenting with this new coffee shop inside the Kimball Art Center.
The corner spot has seen a few cafes come and go, most recently with Park City Coffee Roasters, and once the Kimball Art Center shuts down for its year-long renovation, Publik will also close its doors—that is, until relocating to a temporary Kimball Art Center venue and eventually moving back into the gallery space after the expansion is completed.
Nevertheless, Publik is doing what it does best (in their short lifespan). Roasting kernels at their flagship café in Salt Lake (opening late April, 975 S. West Temple), Publik’s signature brews are flavorfully fresh for a pour over, cold press or straight-up espresso. Just don’t expect to dunk a wedge of biscotti in your americano, or nibble a muffin alongside a latte. Publik forgoes the familiar shelves of coffeehouse pastries for a more peculiar—dare I say, curiously hipster—selection of baked goodies: toast. Yep, good ol’ toast.
But the mediocre breakfast table staple gets a glorified makeover that’s as hedonistic as Publik itself. Order one of the dozen-ish sweet or savory slices of toast from the menu, and you’ll need a knife and fork to dig into the thick-cut platform of bread and spreads. Gourmet, locally grown preserves from Salt Lake-based Amour Spreads are slathered across dense and chewy slabs of Park City’s own Red Bicycle Breadworks.
With two more Salt Lake locations proposed, it looks like Publik has quickly made themselves a staple of the community.
Publik Coffee Roasters
Mon–Fri: 7 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sat–Sun: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
638 Park Ave., 435-200-8693
Photos in this post by Stephanie Nitsch