Hi, I’m Tara and I’m a coffeeholic. Not the mindless multiple cups a day drinker, but the appreciative devotee of a superior cup of coffee. While I am usually blogging on my site, Travel Plus Family, about various travel destinations, I leaped at the opportunity to guest post with Crystal at The Cappuccino Traveler to discuss my love of coffee and to highlight one of my favorite coffee houses in my town.
For me, the allure of coffee goes far deeper than the intoxicating aroma and soul pleasing taste. While a fantastic cup of coffee can captivate the taste buds; the right ambiance and surroundings can encourage the entire body to temporarily take a break from the daily stresses of life. This combination is rarely achieved by large commercial coffee houses; but it was seemingly the goal of Fika on the Hill coffee house located in Parker, Colorado.
Fika on the Hill, aptly named from a Swedish verb meaning “to meet over coffee”, is nestled comfortably within the sleepy community of Idyllwilde within the town of Parker(approximately 20 miles south of Denver) and exudes a friendly atmosphere and charm. This neighborhood boosts a community clubhouse, a resort-style pool, lovely parks, and their very own Swedish-American style coffee house. That’s right, this neighborhood has their very own coffee house! Several years ago, the now coffee house, was the sales office for the home builders of the Idyllwilde community. Once all the homes were sold, the owners of the original Fika Coffee House (located in downtown Parker), purchased the building and repurposed it as their second coffee house location.
The innovative concept to open a coffee house within a single neighborhood, but the idea has paid off for both the owners and the residents of the neighborhood. Fika on the Hill has accomplished more than being just a local coffee house, they have cultivated a community hang-out; an inviting place to meet new and old friends – all within walking distance of the residents’ front porches. As a coffee lover stranded in the middle of suburbia with zero walkable coffee houses, their novel concept is heavenly.
The inside of the coffee house is ideally arranged to encourage lingering conversations. You can sit inside to take in the sights and sounds of the coffee house, or you can sit in one of the front porch rocking chairs, with your dog, and soak in the day. Regardless, your time here will be well spent.
Fika on the Hill not only offers an array of traditional coffees and teas, they also specialize in unique latte creations. Sadly, I didn’t see the selections until after my purchase, so I ended up with a Toffee Nut latte and my husband was ecstatic to have an offseason Pumpkin Spice latte; both were delicious!
If you find yourself in Parker, Colorado, I encourage you to seek out a seat at the Fika on the Hill coffee house. You will not be disappointed and might even see me there!
Tara’s 20 years (yikes) in Corporate America have primarily been spent within the fields of Risk, Audit, and Compliance. Her current focus and professional passion is Business Continuity Management. She likes to say, “I love it when a plan comes together!” Over the years, Tara has owned a few hobby blogs, but always found herself blogging mostly about travel. Nearly four months ago, she decided to pursue a new blog, Travel Plus Family, and it has been a blast. This blog is focused on inspiring families to explore the world together, a concept that she loves!
In those precious, few daily seconds each day when she is not working, blogging, or being a mom – Tara enjoys taking long walks and splurging on great coffee, food, or wine.