A lot of java junkies are in it for the rush. And I have to say, I do love a good, early morning workout with a foamy cafe au lait chaser to launch me into my day.

But what I enjoy best is a contemplative cup of coffee, writing in my journal, enjoying a view or having a nice conversation. And a good convo with the Coffee Cowboy barista (a Poughkeepsie native familiar with the Gunks!) is what I had this morning at Coffee Cowboy in downtown Telluride. Cute trailer, pay-it-forward ethos, and a great cup of jo.