Michael Thomas Coffee

Coffee Michael Thomas

Aileen O'Catherine

Michael Thomas Coffee shops are a great place to have a good cup of coffee and relax. Portland and Seattle may be considered coffee towns, but Albuquerque holds its own in this category. (Some even think of Albuquerque as the Portland of the southwest). Local favorite Michael Thomas is part of a growing list of coffee shops.

Michael Thomas Coffee Locations

What started as a predominantly coffee roasting business in 2002 became a small coffee shop with a roastery. Over the years, their coffee shop has built a regular clientele at the small location on south Carlisle inside the compound known as The Source. 

Now Michael Thomas fans have another location to enjoy a cup of joe. The second Michael Thomas shop opened in Nob Hill the summer of 2014 in a larger location close to UNM. The new location offers the same roasted coffee and coffee drinks as the original shop. Like the original shop, they also have a limited offering of quick bites to eat, to include pastries and pre-made burritos, but the Bryn Mawr shop gets their sandwiches and quick bites from Hartford Square restaurant in east downtown. Breakfast offerings include pre-made breakfast burritos (until they last), granola bars, and baked treats like cinnamon rolls. Deli case treats include quiches, donuts, scones, cupcakes, and other goodies.

The new shop is on Silver Avenue in Nob Hill, in a growing strip that begins at Carlisle and ends at Girard. The shops along Silver are a special mix of storefronts, and the ones between Amherst and Bryn Mawr especially blend into the neighborhood but also manage to stand out with colorful and distinctive facades. The area complements the busy corridor along Central where shopping and eating are kings, but because the strip is tucked away, visiting these places feels, well, special. The area is close to places like La Montanita Coop, Il Vicino and Kelly's Brewpub, but quieter.

Along the Silver strip, just off the corner of Silver and Bryn Mawr is where you'll find the second Michael Thomas location. Michael Thomas is one of Albuquerque's small-roast coffee gems, and the new location brings together the forces of old and new that the area so aptly represents. Before opening, the owners renovated the building and put in a large, moveable glass garage door that can be opened to the outside on warm days. Though the shop's front is on Bryn Mawr, it's also possible to enter from the side door off Silver by going through a patio courtyard.

The Bryn Mawr cafe is long and narrow, but the clear garage door and open space keep the feeling inviting. At the other end of the building, there is an outside patio seating area with tables. Indoors, light filters in through the glass garage door and reflects off the wood floors to create a homey atmosphere--the building was once someone's home. 

The Carlisle cafe is small and cozy. Both offer free wifi, which brings in those who come to work and study. Outside seating and window bars at both locations are ideal for people watchers. And of course, both locations offer great coffee and tea, with drinks ranging from a standard cup to the best espresso.

Michael Thomas still roasts coffee and sells it by the pound. Best selling coffees include the Duke's Runner's Bland, Banda Bear Blend, and their most popular, the Hornet Roast.

Was this page helpful?