In the swell of new downtown coffee shops, it’s easy to forget that Kudu was a pioneer. The place opened in 2005 and launched the push for locally-owned java purveyors. Kudu has kept college students and area business workers happily caffeinated ever since. Perhaps the best reason for making a trek to Kudu are the coffeehouse’s occasional live music shows in the courtyard — a lovely reprieve on a spring afternoon. Oh, and the artistically dedicated staff who always make our cappuccinos look so pretty, is a plus, too.