Coffee is a morning must-have for many people, and Denver’s coffee culture is growing every day to provide Denver locals and tourists alike their morning “fix”.
Listed are the 10 best coffee shops in Denver so you know where to enjoy a cup of a joe, as well as support local Denver businesses.
10 Best Coffee Shops in Denver
Listed in alphabetical order
Location: 244 Detroit Street, Denver, CO 80206
Hours: Monday – Friday: 6am – 8pm; Saturday: 7am – 8pm; Sunday: 7am – 6pm
Aviano Coffee, located in the Cherry Creek North neighborhood, is a local Colorado coffee company that offers direct trade coffee and organic teas in whole bean, bulk, and their related products. Aviano brews Intelligentsia Coffee, and provides fresh and vintage roasted coffee beans farm to cup.
The coffee shop’s décor is modern, and minimalistic. A great location for stopping for your cup of joe in-between shopping, meeting friends or conducting business meetings.
Carbon Beverage Café
Location: 1553 Platte St, Denver, Colorado 80202
Hours: Monday – Wednesday: 7am – 10pm; Thursday & Friday: 7am – 12am; Saturday: 8am – 12am; Sunday: 7am – 10pm
Carbon Beverage Café, located in the Riverfront neighborhood, is pretty new to the Denver scene, and already is receiving high remarks and an avid following. Carbon has taken residence in the former “Paris on the Platte” location, and its unique in the fact that drinks are priced by the size of the cup, rather than its contents.
At the heart of Carbon is a high-tech “Modbar” tap system manned by knowledgeable “tap tenders” who prepare and serve your coffee, and also features a pop-culture inspired food menu (think menu items such as: “Lil’ Kim Bowl” and “Wu Tang Tots”).
Another unique feature of this coffee shop is that it is attached to Habit Doughnut Dispensary, a chef-driven, premium doughnut shop and bodega featuring sweet, savory and seasonal creations made from fresh brioche dough.
Common Grounds Coffeehouse
Hours: LoDo: Monday – Friday: 6:30am – 9pm; Saturday & Sunday: 7:30am – 6pm; Sunnyside: Daily 6:30am – 9pm
Common Grounds Coffeehouse has two locations in Denver, in the Lower Downtown and Sunnyside neighborhoods. Common Grounds is locally and independently owned, and roasts its own coffee under the name Highlands Coffee & Tea. The coffee shop brew coffee and espresso, made by its own roast, as well as food items such as hand rolled breakfast burritos, sandwiches, and even ice cream.
Common Grounds Coffeehouse’s location in the Sunnyside neighborhood, used to be known as the “the Radiator Shop”, since it only used that space for roasting its coffee, yet recently transitioned into a coffeehouse as well.
Both locations are very community-centric and invite their guests to linger around for as long as they can. Guests can enjoy books, games, newspapers, and more, as well as enjoy their wall-covered art, that is all made by local artists.
Location: 2862 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
Hours: Daily 7am – 5pm
Crema Coffeehouse is a local coffee shop located in the RiNo neighborhood. Crema brews coffee made by various local and national roasters, and its emphasis on a great cup of coffee is also evident in its choice of name (crema is the thick layer of foam that defines a well-crafted espresso right after it is crafted).
Crema also offers unique and eclectic food items such as their Sweet Potato Waffles and Five-Spice Granola, and its décor is minimalistic yet sophisticated.
Location: 955 Lincoln St, Denver, CO 80203
Hours: Monday – Friday: 6am – 6pm; Saturday & Sunday: 7am – 5pm
Drip Denver, located in the Golden Triangle neighborhood, is a locally owned coffee shop that offers food and drink items that are made only by Colorado-based companies. Drip Denver brews Pablo’s Coffee & Strava Coffee, as well as loose-leaf teas from The Tea Spot, and even has a liquor license and sells libations such as craft brews, wine, mimosas and spirits.
The coffee shop also offers savory and sweet food items, such as bagels, sandwiches, breakfast burritos, muffins, scones, rolls and more.
Drip Denver is a great place to make a coffee stop when visiting nearby Denver attractions such as the Denver Art Museum and the History Colorado Center. If you love to relax with a cup of coffee during the weekend, check out their spontaneous live concerts that take place sporadically at 5pm on Saturday afternoons.
Hours: Daily 7:30am – 6pm
Huckleberry Roasters has two locations in Denver, in the Five Points and Sunnyside neighborhoods. Huckleberry Roasters’ locally owned coffee shop brews its own roasted coffee, which is also available for purchase on-site and online.
Huckleberry Roasters’ coffee features unique and various types of coffee blends and flavors and their décor is bright and inviting. The coffee shops offer ample and comfortable seating, and also feature accessible electrical outlets for charging your portable electric devices.
They also offer unique community events such as educational coffee brew workshops, craft workshops and speciality events (such as a free bicycle tune-up).
Purple Door Coffee
Location: 2962 Welton St, Denver, CO 80205
Hours: Monday – Friday: 6:30am – 5:30pm; Saturday: 7:30am – 2:30pm. Sunday: Closed
Purple Door Coffee, located in the Five Points neighborhood, is one of the most unique coffee shops around. Purple Door Coffee is a non-profit coffee shop that employs teens and young adults who have been homeless, in order to support them with a meaningful employment.
Their purple color named derives from the color of royalty, and is meant to convey that every single one of us is considered royalty, regardless of our circumstances.
Their strong and noble mission isn’t the only reason to visit this great coffee shop, their coffee and espresso are truly delicious. It’s a great way to start your day with a wonderful cup of joe, while also making a difference in other people’s lives.
Steam Espresso Bar
Location: 1801 S Pearl St, Denver, CO 80210
Hours: Daily 7am – 5pm
Steam Espresso Bar, located in the Platt Park neighborhood, is locally and independently owned and offers coffee made by using cutting edge and sustainable brewing techniques. Steam is a conscious coffee shop that brews coffee that is ethically sourced from micro-roasters.
Steam also offers speciality tea and chai options, as well as baked goods that also include gluten-free and vegan options.
The coffee shop’s décor resembles a modern, rustic and chic warehouse, with exposed brick, industrial lighting and garage doors. On days where the weather is warm, you should check out their outdoor patio space, which offers plenty of seating (including a non-operational Beechcraft jet!).
For the work on-the-go community, Steam also includes free Wi-Fi, and plenty of electrical outlets.
Steep Tea & Coffee
Hours: Monday – Thursday: 6am – 8pm; Friday: 6am – 7pm; Saturday & Sunday: 7am – 7pm
Steep Tea & Coffee, located in the Hale neighborhood, is a locally owned and operated café that brews award-winning Novo Coffee & espresso, as well as innovative tea based beverages. Steep also offers delicious sandwiches, breakfast items, and pastries from the Sugar Bake Shop.
Steep Tea & Coffee features indoor and outdoor seating, and the friendliness of their staff, and bright setting, makes this coffee shop a place you could find yourself sitting at for hours without wanting to leave.
Location: 853 E Ohio Ave, Denver, CO 80209
Hours: Monday – Friday: 6am – 7pm; Saturday & Sunday: 7am – 7pm
Wash Perk, located in the Washington Park neighborhood, is a local coffee shop that serves environmentally friendly products, and its coffee is brewed with Kaladi Coffee. Wash Perk also offers baked goods, breakfast items such as burritos and bagels, as well as gluten-free options.
The coffee shop’s décor is colorful, inviting, with various types of seating options, and its walls are covered with art that is available for sale. Its outdoor seating features tables for large groups, as well as relaxing lawn chairs and benches.
Wash Perk’s community-centric atmosphere is showcased through its local live music events, its art & craft events, its support of local schools, and its holiday markets, as well as its dog-friendliness.
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