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10 coffees to consume in Denver before you die

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Megan Quicke

The Mile High City has some unique offerings when it comes to getting your coffee fix. Relish in the fact that it’s never the same old cup o' joe in the 303—get out there and discover what coffee can taste like at 5,280 feet above sea level.

Coffee on the go from Salvagetti's bike through window

According to, Colorado is the thirteenth healthiest state in 2009; Denverites are an active bunch and with 300 days of sunshine each year, Happy Coffee does their part to keep cyclists moving by offering coffee and parts through the window at Salvagetti’s Bike Workshop.

Arabic coffee at Jerusalem Restaurant

Way back in the day, Arab Sufi monks used to drink coffee to stay awake for midnight prayers. Fortunate for you, these days it’s possible to order a sweet Arabic coffee (try pairing it with a side of baklava) late night until 4a.m. right here in Denver.

Danger Monkey at Pablos

What’s not to love? An adventurous monkey who’s all about coffee? Yes, please! This dark and full bodied blend is available to take home by the pound or you can sit in Pablo’s iconic Denver coffee shop on 6th Avenue and get down with the regulars who play Go for hours on end.

Public cupping at Novo

Sign up for a cupping at the family run Novo Roastery—your palate will thank you. Achieve coffee connoisseur status and compare coffees side-by-side; you don’t know what coffee is capable of tasting like until you attend a cupping at Novo.

Dirty Bhakti Chai Shake at Hooked on Colfax

Colfax Avenue is pure magic. It can turn anything into a more gritty version of itself. Think ladies. Think motels. Think Bhakti Chai. Hooked on Colfax transforms the standard dirty chai (chai tea with a shot of espresso) into a Colfax favorite when they use micro-brewed Bhakti Chai and serve in shake form.

Coffee Rocket at Rooster & Moon

Ride a Coffee Rocket to the moon during Happy Hour any weekday. Shaken, not stirred—this espresso and flavored liquor (vanilla, hazelnut or mint) beverage is served in style and will make you want to shout, “Cock-a-doodle-doo!”

Triple filtered, ground to order latte at Metropolis Coffee

They filter the water used to pull your shot of espresso not once, not twice, but three times and never re-steam milk. No flavored syrup necessary when ordering here; their espresso that is ground to order stands on its own. Coffee geekery at its finest.

Air roasted Trieste Caffe at Kaladi Brothers Coffee

Opinions about roasting methods in the coffee world are strong and contentious. Some people swear by drum roasters while others declare air roasting is superior. Taste the air-roasted Trieste Caffe blend that made Kaladi famous—available in decaf too.

Midnight Express at Paris on the Platte

Tremble with caffeinated glee at Denver’s oldest coffeehouse from the sugar high that this vanilla ice cream with Hershey’s chocolate, iced espresso and espresso grounds concoction gives you.

Oatmeal Latte at Crema Coffeehouse

Sheer brilliance. Period.


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    Keyser Soze 4 years ago

    A nice selection. But where might one find Kopi Luwak locally?

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    Megan Quicke 4 years ago

    I have yet to find Kopi Luwak coffee in Denver. I'm guessing this is due to the fact that there is not a high demand. Although, if you order online, beware of the chemically simulated versions that have been passed off as authentic. If you're going for beans that have been defecated, you want the real deal, riiiiight?

  • greg 4 years ago

    Ugh. Coffee joints that push cuppings are like butchers pushing consumer meat inspection sessions.

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    Megan Quicke 4 years ago

    Well, fortunate (or not) for you, Novo isn't going to shove their coffee down your throat. I don't see the correlation with the meat inspection thing, but my interest is piqued; what local butcher hosts meat inspection sessions?

    If by "pushing consumer meat inspection sessions," you mean sessions that are staged or otherwise contrary to an ordinary experience, well then, I'd argue that the beans used for cuppings at Novo are not specially roasted for the cupping. They are of the same variety distributed to their accounts throughout the country.

  • greg 4 years ago

    Ugh. Coffee joints that push cuppings are like butchers pushing consumer meat inspection sessions.

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