One of the strangest feelings I’ve ever felt was watching the sun rise and listening to the birds sing their good morning songs at the crack of dawn…after not sleeping the entire night.For a few months of a very rough time in my life, I was an insomniac.Members of the Food Co-op, the Alley Cat likes to keep it real and close to home. They use locally roasted Jackie’s Java, an organic and fair-trade coffee.The dairy comes from Morning Fresh Farm which is free of pesticides and artificial hormones.“On the morrow, the water will leave me and my home will be dry as before.” Then the water gushed, “Nevermore.” .Staring at the water dripping, my stomach fluttering hard and sinking, “Doubtless,” said I, “it will stop dripping from the ceiling to the floor. Demon still, if ghost or devil, By the water that drips above us, by the water I now abhor, Tell this soul with sorrow drippy, and hopefully quite quickly, If it shall see an arid future in the townhome I once adored— See a dry and peaceful future in the place I once adored? “Be that word our sign of parting, dripping mess,” I shrieked, upstarting, “Get thee back into the tempest and the night’s downpouring roar!It was a great, healthy way to start out the meeting.During our meeting on the patio, I noticed how dog-friendly the cafe is.
The rest of it was fine and the vegetables were fresh and crisp.I ordered a latte (.25) and their Western Bagel sandwich – egg, cheddar cheese, onions, peppers, cucumbers and sprouts on a whole wheat bagel (.85).The barista working that morning was especially friendly, talking about another writing group that frequently meets there (The Young Republicans, which we are not and this made me laugh).Living in Fort Collins, it never occurred to me that anything was open past pm other than 24 Hour Fitness and Wal-Mart. The Alley Cat Cafe is a 24 hour coffee house concealed, literally, in the alley between College and Mason off of Laurel.Full of colorful artwork on the ceiling tiles created by customers, comfortable couches and armchairs to sit on, free internet and computer stations and a very active events calender including poetry nights on Mondays and Open Mic on Fridays, this funky spot is a great hang out for everything in between late night studying to early morning breakfast.