This past Saturday I found a lovely surprise in Spearfish, SD. As you might've noticed I'm a coffee snob and am currently in the process of going to every coffee shop I can find within reasonable driving distance. Blackbird Espresso is located on the edge of historic downtown Spearfish (at least I assume its historic). The shiny metal building with natural wood pergola caught my eye as I was driving by. After weaving my way around a couple one-way blocks and victoriously claiming one of the few parking spots, I was a pretty happy camper.  

The white subway tile, vintage marque signs, and the impressive selection of gluten free options left me with a stellar initial impression. The barista working the bar was overwhelmed with a sudden rush,  yet took the time to be fully present as I asked questions about their chai. I settled on a dirty ginger chai and an almond joy donut- which I eagerly consumed while waiting. The eccentric decor and monotone color scheme felt more like ALT or DC than Spearfish.  They also have an excellent selection of tea and Coda coffee.  Oh yeah, here's a picture of that insane donut...

Let me guess, you're drooling right now? Yeah, me too. So next time you find yourself in Spearfish, South Dakota or any surrounding area, this place deserves a visit. Cheers friends!

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