Hot coffee on a Cool Day: A guide to the best places


Jon Hogenson goes to Morning Light Coffee at least twice a week. He’s not looking for a grab and go experience in his coffee shop, he’s looking for a place to relax and talk with friends. Often Hogenson visits the Morning Light with his mother, Juanita, to play cribbage and, of course, visit with the other regulars.

“You can stay 15 minutes or three hours,” Juanita said. “I enjoy the camaraderie.”

“We have people we know just from here,” Jon said, adding that he likes the atmosphere, and he thinks Morning Light has the best selection of coffee in town.

Great Falls is fortunate to have a wide variety of coffee shops, each with a unique atmosphere. Whether you are looking for a warm up on a winter’s day or a place to study or talk with friends, here are just a few of the many great coffee shops in town.

Schulte’s Coffee House, 3800 3rd Ave

Schulte’s Coffee House is situated in the middle of an area filled with schools and homes and has a neighborhood feeling. It’s a community place with a welcoming atmosphere, according to the staff. A place where people come to hang out. Schulte’s is known for the coffee and also for the baked oatmeal, made by the owner according to a secret recipe. Frozen yogurt with a variety of toppings is also a favorite.

Amy’s Morning Perk, 910 9th St NW

Amy grew up in Great Falls so Amy’s is definitely a local, hometown coffee shop. Walking into the building is like walking into a cozy cabin and the staff pride themselves on friendliness. Coffee drinks and sandwiches are fresh-made when you order and the staff say you will leave with a smile on your face.

Amy Roberts, owner of Amy’s Morning Perk, has opened a new location at 721 6th St. SW in the former Ryan’s Station building. TRIBUNE PHOTO/RION SANDERS

Miss Kitty’s Coffee Cafe, 2501 6th Ave. N
Many years ago, this coffee shop was a gas station and garage and now they make use of the large garage door that can be opened in the summer. During cold months, though the door is shut and the interior is cozy and artsy, with lots of light. They are known for their signature drink, the Cinn Kitty, which is a honey sweetened latte with cinnamon. They also offer breakfast burritos and sandwiches. You don’t have to like cats to go to Miss Kitty’s, the staff insists. You just need to appreciate a non-pretentious atmosphere where people love coffee.

Crooked Tree Coffee and Cakes, 501 1st Ave. N.

Crooked Tree brings more of an urban feel to downtown Great Falls with its open space, mix-matched tables and its loft. They are known for their baked goods, including pastries, cupcakes and larger cakes and everything is made in house. Crooked Tree Coffee is also popular and they offer homemade syrups to add to coffee drinks. The syrups such as whiskey cream, ginger, or hibiscus are infused with teas and can be added to coffee drinks for extra flavor. Their pumpkin syrup using real pumpkin is a favorite this time of year.

Five Loaves Coffee House and Bakery, 4117 2nd Ave. N.

Sisters, Lindsay, left, and Leah Robinson, own and operate Crooked Tree Coffee & Cakes at 501 1st Ave. S. Lindsay heads up the coffee side and Leah is cake specialist. TRIBUNE PHOTO/PETER JOHNSON

In addition to their coffee, Five Loaves has long been known for their in-house bakery, including the popular pumpkin bars. They offer a cozy setting with two rooms and, because of their location they are a favorite for military personnel and offer a 10% military discount.

Electric City Coffee, 312 Central Ave.

Located in a historic brick building downtown, Electric City Coffee House has fast become a local favorite. They were recognized as best coffee in the 2018 Best of Great Falls and are proud of their coffee that is roasted by Montana Coffee Traders, a Montana company. The atmosphere is very social where staff hopes that customers will come to meet friends and neighbors and run into people they haven’t seen in a long time.

Latte Love, 705 Central Ave.

Great Falls even has a coffee shop for bike lovers, located in the Central Bike and Key shop, the coffee counter is offered as a benefit for the bike shop customers. They have flavored latte specials throughout the week along with chai tea, Italian sodas and hot cocoa.

Charlie’s Coffee House, 223 Central Ave.

Charlie’s Coffee House offers a smaller, quieter atmosphere for small groups. It’s a homey shop located in the middle of the Great Falls business district, which does a lot of to go orders during working days. All soups are homemade and coffee drinks can be made to go or enjoyed in the cozy shop that might remind you of home.

Crossroads Coffee owners Kyle and Genii Winter. TRIBUNE PHOTO/TRACI ROSENBAUM

Crossroads Coffee, 202 2nd Ave. S. (in the Machinery Row Building)

This coffee shop opened in March and, along with Al Banco next door, has already attracted a following. The atmosphere is warm and intimate with strings of lights and a stage for special events. They offer a large variety of coffee drinks along with fresh pressed juices and smoothies, no sugar added.

Morning Light Coffee Roasters, 1701 9th Ave. S.

Morning Light was around before coffee shops were cool. Although they are only one year into their new location, they’ve been serving coffee in Great Falls for close to 30 years. This coffee shop roasts their beans on-site so customers can buy beans in addition to their cup of coffee. They are known for their coffee, their loyal customers and recently, their caramel macchiatos. Their new location provides a wide-open space with tables of every size, along with an outdoor patio.

City Brew Coffee. Courtesy Photo, Courtesy Photo

True Brew Espresso, 901 Central Ave.


For anyone needing their caffeine fix to go, True Brew is a quick drive-through with two windows and a large variety of flavored drinks. This fall they offer six pumpkin themed drinks alone. The atmosphere is fun and the coffee and non-coffee drinks are hot and easy for grab and go moments.

Cindy’s Expresso, 2500 10th Ave. S.

Cindy’s business is mostly drive through although they do have a small space inside. They offer a wide variety of coffee drinks along with smoothies and other cold and hot drinks. Customers can also order bagel sandwiches or Luz’s breakfast burritos.

City Brew Coffee, 1816 3rd St. NW

The location is new in Great Falls, offering a cozy environment and a wide variety of drink options on Northwest Bypass.


Starbucks has long been a leader in the coffee world and Great Falls was not left behind, offering five locations throughout the community.