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Rejoice! Morning Glory Coffee & Tea – West Yellowstone, MT

This is a public service announcement for all Australians who are seeking a real cup of coffee in the USA. Make your way immediately to the town of West Yellowstone in Montana. There you will find the true secret of happiness. An elixir that you will recall with fondness for many months and bad coffees to come. It is here that you will find Morning Glory Coffee & Tea. The home of the flat white.

I don’t consider myself a coffee snob but like most Australians these day, I do enjoy a good cup of coffee. I’m not talking about the light florals of Geisha beans which are one of the most expensive beans on earth. I’m not talking about cold drip, single origin beans that have been picked from an east facing slope and brewed by a Millennial hipster. No, I’m talking about a relaxing cup of coffee at breakfast or morning tea. Whilst I drink espresso when I go out, at home and most days at work, it’s plunger coffee. I have a plunger that I travel with in both Australia and overseas as whilst I’m not seeking perfection in every cup, I am seeking consistency. This unfortunately is not something you are going to get as you travel through Midwest of America.

A Truly Flat White
Morning Glory Roaster Pair

Some research on places to eat in West Yellowstone turned up Morning Glory Coffee & Tea. We visited one morning on our way to Yellowstone NP and knew we were onto a good thing when we saw the coffee roaster. Imagine my surprise when I was able to order a flat white. As I looked around the cafe, I noted a coffee bean bag with a kangaroo on it. As I struck up a conversation with owner Chris Bourke, the scales fell from my eyes. Chris had spent some time in Australia and had even considered emigrating at one point. In particular he had spent time around Byron Bay, working with a local coffee company. After spending time in Australia, that close to coffee beans, of course he knew what a flat white was!

Though dining in, our coffee came in the requisite takeaway cup that is such a part of coffee culture in the US. What a tonic it was to enjoy a simple flat white with the coffee/milk mixture all the way to the rim, without half of it comprising foam or limited to one espresso shot in what is clearly a two shot cup. A word to those who live in the metric world – think twice before ordering the ‘medium’ or 16 oz cup as I did on auto-pilot. That’s nearly 500ml or half a litre of coffee! A more reasonable 12 oz or 350ml will probably see you right.

Morning Glory Pair

Huckleberry Secrets
Morning Glory do all of their roasting on site in small batches. They have a range of blends including the evocative Hellroaring Espresso, named after Hellroaring Creek, the headwaters to Yellowstone NP. A specialty coffee was on offer in the form of Montana Huckleberry. Huckleberries grow wild in the Pacific Northwest and only in mountain regions. They are much beloved by Montanans who go on picking expeditions to berry patches that are in locations that have been family secrets for generations. Huckleberry Coffee seemed like a fitting souvenir so I purchased a small pouch to bring back to Australia. It’s berry/raisin scent and medium roast were the perfect thing to get me through the mornings in those first long days back at work after Christmas.

Morning Glory Coffee Trio

As I said, any Australian who is in need of a decent coffee and is in the area, should be seeking out Morning Glory Coffee and Tea. If you’re not in the area, I’d ask, why not? West Yellowstone is a great town, with much better facilities than the options inside the park. There’s heaps of accommodation, an old fashioned soda fountain, laundromat and a couple of supermarkets as well as plenty of restaurants. They also have an amazing Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Centre which I highly recommend. Did I mention there’s a good coffee shop?

A friendly wave from owner Chris Bourke...

A friendly wave from owner Chris Bourke…

Morning Glory Coffee & Tea
129 Dunraven St
West Yellowstone  MO

7 comments… add one
  • RobertL June 10, 2015, 7:23 am

    Q. Why did the hipster burn his mouth?

    A. Because he was drinking coffee before it was cool.

    • Fiona Ryan June 10, 2015, 9:34 am

      Thanks for that Dad joke – at least I know you’ve subscribed with your new email address.

  • Jan Rhoades June 10, 2015, 4:07 pm

    Thanks for the head’s up Tiffin and remember, if you can’t get to Montana you can always go to Collins Quarter in Savannah, Georgia. This cafe and bar is run by Anthony, an Aussie from Port Macquarie (also from Gold Coast and Melbourne). They do breakfast/brunch/lunch at the moment and are open until around 3.30pm. They know exactly what you want when you ask for a skinny flat white…hot please.

    • Fiona Ryan June 12, 2015, 1:15 pm

      Is he paying you to advertise on my blog?

      • Jan Rhoades June 15, 2015, 5:40 pm

        No he isn’t. Should I ask him to? :~}

  • Tandy | Lavender and Lime June 10, 2015, 4:12 pm

    I am such a coffee snob, and this would be the perfect stop for me. I love my espresso’s the most 🙂

    • Fiona Ryan June 12, 2015, 1:17 pm

      People keep telling me the coffee is improving in America Tandy but the improvement in the last 10 years is tiny as far as I’m concerned. I’ll be long gone by the time they are serving coffee to my standards on a regular basis. Thanks heavens for Morning Glory.

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