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The 10 Best Coffee Shops in Denver
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The 10 Best Coffee Shops in Denver

Picture of Michelle Schmid
Updated: 9 February 2017
Nestled right along the front range of the Rocky Mountains, this growing city of the western United States offers a number of fantastic coffee shops to kick-start the morning. Here, we go in search of some of the city’s finest brews…

Black Eye Coffee

In the historical Highlands of Denver, a working-class neighborhood, rests the welcoming environment of Black Eye Coffee. This shop is all about providing the highest coffee craftsmanship in as relaxing manner as possible. The scene: a roll up garage door, classic tiles, and a bar made from distressed wood, provides a pleasant place to sip a smooth cup of rich beans while nibbling on one of the delectable pastries at hand. Try anything from speciality teas and home-made sodas, to high quality coffees and espressos.

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Boxcar Coffee Roasters

With a goal to introduce Denver to the most exciting coffee, Boxcar is a unique coffee and espresso bar tucked into an old foundry building in Denver’s River North District. While the scene of this coffee shop brings an industrial twist to the traditional coffee house, the impeccably courteous service and high-quality drinks transform the setting into a space of new tastes and aromas. Boxcar roasts all its coffee right in the back of the shop, so every cup sold is guaranteed fresh and fabulous!

Boxcar Coffee Roasters, 3350 Brighton Blvd #110, Denver, CO, United States

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Copper Hound Coffee

Inspired by family memories of wafting coffee aromas is the comfortable atmosphere of this fine-tasting coffee shop. Enjoy a smooth cup of joe in this largely open environment that promotes a community experience. Copper Hound Coffee is a great neighborhood stop for breakfast in the morning while also offering space for customers to hold meetings, game nights and classes. Using ingredients right from Colorado, Copper Hound is a supporter of the locals, allowing various artists to display work on the walls, between the twisting aromas of freshly brewed beans.

Copper Hound Coffee, 2137 S Sheridan Blvd, Denver, CO, United States, +1 303 658 0679

Home-made almond milk in coffee
Home-made almond milk in coffee | Courtesy of Corvus Coffee
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Corvus Coffee

Roasting small batches of sweet, vibrant, and delectably clean coffee several times a week is this top-class espresso bar and coffee shop. Corvus Coffee is intent on working with privately owned and single estate farms that work hard to produce some of the best coffee ever roasted. Either leaning against the espresso bar chatting with the baristas or meeting with friends in the open-space atmosphere that provides a look into the roasting process, patrons here can really satisfy their caffeine cravings. .

Corvus Coffee, 1740 S Broadway, Denver, CO, United States, +1 303 715 1740

Espresso shots
Espresso shots | © brian/Flickr
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Crema Coffeehouse

Smooth and creamy only begins to describe the fantastic flavors visitors experience at Crema Coffeehouse. Providing a large variety of espresso drinks, this is a must-stop spot for a great start to the day. Experience the silky flavors of drinks such as the espresso flight, latte, French-pressed coffee, and cold-brew coffee to name just a few. Crema will soon become another home with its cozy setting, decorated with art from various local artists and its offering of Colorado roasters. Located in the River North district, this coffee house brings a friendly touch to the historically industrial area.

Crema Coffeehouse, 2862 Larimer St, Denver, CO, United States, +1 720 284 9648

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Huckleberry Roasters

Appreciating quality in a relaxing environment is part of the experience at Huckleberry Roasters, where a passion for good music joins hands with a zeal for complex flavors and indulgent sweetness. This coffee shop brings the best of seasonal coffees right to the hand of the drinker in a community-centered and local-promoting setting. Cultivating a meaningful and shared moment over a good cup of coffee or espresso, Huckleberry Roasters partners with both a heavy metal brewery as well as the Denver Public Library as a way to engage their love for unique and grass-roots collaborations.

Huckleberry Roasters, 2500 Larimer St, Denver, CO, United States, +1 866 558 2201

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Little Owl Coffee

A chic and simple interior at Little Owl Coffee provides a pleasant realm to meet with that morning mug of hand-brewed coffee and espresso drinks. This shop is bright and open, which is a good way to greet the sun. Try any number of fresh pastries to complement the smooth flavors of espresso made from beans straight from the farm and diligently cared for. Even the almond milk used for some specialty drinks is made in-house, offering an experience of flavor that is particular to Little Owl itself.

Little Owl Coffee, 1555 Blake St #150, Denver, CO, United States

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Purple Door Coffee

Born from a mission to help the homeless teenagers and young adults of Denver learn the skills needed for employment, Purple Door Coffee brings a special culture to the scene. This coffee shop is named for the idea that every person who enters the door, regardless of background or abilities, is treated like royalty – symbolized by the color purple. At this friendly and welcoming establishment, visitors will not only taste a diverse spread of coffee, but also some tasty pastries. Purple Door is a great place to connect with a community that is actively working to make a difference, too.

Purple Door Coffee, 2962 Welton St, Denver, CO, United States, +1 720 515 6639

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Thump Coffee

Through a process controlled and reaching across the globe, Thump Coffee brings an excellent array of coffees for the enjoyment of its customers. Choose from either single origin coffees or blended coffees in a setting that balances a work area and a space for simply socializing. Featuring house-made syrups, the dark chocolate latte is a popular favorite amongst many guests who stumble upon this shop sporting bold and classy coffees for every taste.

Thump Coffee, 1201 E 13th Ave, Denver, CO, US, +1 720 456 6648

Coffee design at Fluid
Coffee design at Fluid | © Boemski/Flickr
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Fluid Coffee Bar

Combining a seating arrangement of comfortable and work-ready spaces, guests to this coffee shop will never struggle to find a spot to settle down and enjoy the local spread of drink options. Serving coffee and special teas produced by Denver companies, Fluid Coffee Bar works to customize drinks to satisfy each visitor’s taste. Sustainability and the environment are important too, which is why by 2012 this coffee bar saved over 100,000 cups from entering the landfill, and raised over $9,000 for community partners. Fluid is also intent on serving its neighbors, which has helped to create the friendly atmosphere of this Uptown shop.

Fluid Coffee Bar, 501 E 19th Ave, Denver, CO, United States, +1 720 519 4681