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Top 10 Denver Coffee Shops

A barista making an espresso drink

Roughly 210 million Americans drink a cup of coffee to get their morning started. If you fall into this demographic, then there are countless shops serving up fresh brews around the Denver luxury apartments. With so many to choose from, it helps to know where the best coffee spots are in the city. These ten take the cake for top-notch java when you need that early morning caffeine fix.

1. Corvus Coffee Roasters

Corvus is an espresso bar and roastery with an open layout and an industrial vibe. Stepping through the front door, you can immediately smell the coffee beans brewing while watching the roasting process take place.

The menu here is complex with rare coffees, small-batch roasts, and single-bean origins. If you’re unsure about what to order, don’t hesitate to ask the baristas. The staff is here is incredibly friendly and highly knowledgeable.

2. Steam Espresso Bar

Brothers Hani and Zahi Yaafouri opened this coffee shop in 2013. Steam focuses on delivering coffee’s true flavor, which means they refuse to use diluters like syrups or paper filters. Their additive-free roasts are all ethically sourced from micro-roasters. In other words, this is one of the purest cups of coffee in the entire city of Denver.

3. Novo Coffee

Novo offers delicious array of espressos and cappuccinos alongside unique flavors like orange zest mocha. You can grab a cup here anytime, but what sets Novo apart from the rest are their tastings. The shop calls them “cuppings,” serving up select tastes from around the world. Ever wonder what the difference is between Sumatra beans and Nicaraguan beans? Novo has the answer.

4. Crema Coffee House

Crema is a popular stop in Denver thanks to their memorable espresso. The shop also specializes in locally sourced coffee, as well as those sourced from other local coffee scenes throughout the United States.

As a coffee house, Crema offers plenty of appetizing bites to pair with your java. Their pastries are decadent, but you can always opt for a breakfast burrito or pork belly banh mi if you’re hungry. As for the brand’s namesake, you can purchase their crema from The Denver Central Market.

5. Stowaway Coffee + Kitchen

Stowaway offers coffee selections from Boxcar Coffee Roasters, which means it isn’t the fanciest stop in the area. However, people come here for the atmosphere and brunch options. Their chai-spiced porridge and avocado toast make delicious pairings with Boxcar’s brews. It’s an excellent way to kickstart the day.

6. Kaladi Coffee Roasters

Kaladi has been roasting beans in Denver long before the craft coffee craze exploded in the city. The shop has plenty of roasts to choose from, as well as a delicious selection of pastries from local bakers. What keeps Kaladi in the top echelon of coffee shops, however, is its roasting process.

This shop favors air roasting, a process that creates a smooth and sweet blend ideal for espresso. Air roasting also allows the subtle nuances of each bean to come through in full. Whether you head to the location on Evans or South Broadway, you can guarantee the cup you drink is of the highest quality.

7. Carbon Beverage Café

Carbon Beverage Café takes a unique approach to customizing your coffee experience. Instead of charging for the contents of a cup, they simply charge by the size. That means customers can create a custom drink using any of the shop’s ingredients without a single upcharge.

If you’re a fan of flavoring your java, then this is a must-try shop. Best of all, Carbon is located right next door to the Habit Doughnut Dispensary. You can swing into the shop for your own coffee creation, grab a donut next door, then be on your way.

8. Copper Door Coffee

It’s rare to find a craft coffee shop in a strip mall, but Copper breaks the norm of cookie cutter businesses normally found in these shopping hubs. Current owner Hannah Ulbrich got her skills from the shop’s former owner, buying the business and making it the first female-only owned roasting company in Denver. Everything here is small batch, so expect a fresh cup on every visit.

9. Thump Coffee

Thump is an Oregon-based roaster, bringing their unique drink menu to the city of Denver. Their coffee is incredible, but the shop also serves a wide variety of teas alongside local beers and kombucha on tap. After picking your drink of choice, make sure to grab one of their fresh muffins.

10. Whittier Café

Community is the message behind Whittier. Their shop is comprised from local artwork, coffees, and cultures. The atmosphere here is diverse, reminiscent of a small and artsy shop without feeling too pretentious. This is an excellent place to relax and hang out throughout the week, and every Sunday the shop holds an Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony where guests can experience a taste of the region’s culture.

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