Coffee Noir (the name reflects owner Ben Lanoha’s love of film noir) is a small, clean, well-lighted place that not only draws students and neighbors; it’s also become a favorite of regulars from a nearby senior center. While Lanoha deserves extra credit for enhancing the neighborhood, he’s also introduced a terrific new coffee supplier to Salt Lake. After training in the art of coffee at the American Barista & Coffee School in Portland, Lohana followed his taste buds and his convictions and selected PT’s Coffee Roasting Co. of Topeka, Kansas as his supplier. Winners of Roast Magazine’s 2009 Roaster of the Year award, PT’s sources artisan, organic and sustainably produced beans (grown under a shade canopy, thereby preserving habitat for all manner of creatures) and engages in Direct Trade—a system that exceeds the Fair Trade price by a minimum of 25 percent for any coffee scoring above an 88 on the 100 point scale. Bottom line, Coffee Noir’s brewed coffee and espresso drinks are as rich and complex as they are politically correct.