We are checking out coffee shops while on vacation in NM (my husband owns a shop, and it's fun to see what others are doing). We saw a story on Iconik, and it was highly recommended by several people, so we had to check it out. Be aware that it is a destination spot; you won't just happen on this place as it is back on a side road away from the beaten path. However, it is worth the trip. The ambiance is great - urban, a bit quirky, with a funky coffee roaster out front. A variety of seating options to accommodate socializing with groups, or sitting solo doing work or reading (several people were enjoying paper books!). Outdoor seating includes a built-in sandbox for the human kiddies, and no less than three water bowls for the furry kids. Iconik is a coffee roaster, but also a bakery/cafe, so unlike a number of places we have visited they actually have food. The aroma when the baking is at its peak must make people weak in the knees.
I have had lattes at 8 or so places in the last four days, and this was one of the two best. Slowly made, with care. The flavor was rich, full of depth - I could taste and smell the coffee without any bitterness or seeming like it was overpowering. As I have noted throughout other reviews, this was not a sweet drink, but it didn't need any additions. Just savor the coffee (this trip is changing my palate). [This coffee was so good I bought a bag of beans to bring back to Indiana]. My husband had the lemonade, which he pronounced very good, but also not sweet (not Indiana sweet). That leaves the food: they had one white chocolate apricot scone left - if you can get one, do it and have it heated. Drier than, say, Panera's, but wonderful flavor and texture. The oatmeal cranberry cookie and peanut butter Nutella cookie (gluten free, this one!) were also really lovely. They serve lunch, for future reference. If you get the chance to check this place out, do so for sure.
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