We’re not one for much crack-of-dawn chatter before our first cup of java love. That’s no problem at Loose Caboose, where baristas are sure to write your name and your drink of choice on the back of your loyalty punch card. Just hand it over and they’ll take care of the rest, providing you with a perfectly foamed latte or an Americano with an extra shot and room or whatever else ignites your early morning engine. Those baristas also provide the warm smile and cheerful tone to get you to muster up a heartfelt “thanks” and drop a deserving tip in the jar. If you’ve ever seen us in the morning, that makes them damn near miracle workers. Loose Caboose:
Multiple Locations, 728-0833, loosecaboosemissoula.com.
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1900 W. Broadway,