If you spend any time walking around Denver, it becomes apparent the city is powered by two very distinct but disparate beverages — coffee and craft beer.
While craft beer may get the headlines, coffee shops fuel the populace with chain stores as well as cozy, independent neighborhood cafes. Serving up everything from dark roast to lattes, Denver’s brewing scene is dominated, not by the hops, but by the beans.
At last count, Google maps identified over 100 coffee shops in Denver that focus on not only the perfect cup of coffee but also ambiance, food, and barista charm. Whether it’s in a to-go container or a soup-size mug, nothing beats starting the day with a hot beverage in the morning with friends or family. Many of the coffee shops feature local coffee roasters like Kaladi, Kabod, Novo, Corvus, Allegro, Coda, and Sweet Bloom.
From Highlands to Washington Park, Central Park to Ruby Hill, you’ll find an amazing array of coffee shops that are sure to fire up your day. Here is a list of some of the best coffee shops in Denver, in no particular order, according to members of the Usaj Realty brokerage.
Kira Fleischer, Broker Associate
Get your fill of coffee and a whole lot more in this all-day eatery that will fill your breakfast, brunch, and dinner needs. The amazing vibe features an array of tantalizing delights from pastries to tots to burgers (and everything in between). Featuring a full-slate of coffee and tea drinks along with cold brews, cocktails and a big-time happy hour from 3-6 p.m., you can’t go wrong at their fabulous location in LoHi.
1553 Platte St. (LoHi neighborhood)
Tori Bradley, Broker Associate
With the goal of bringing a new standard of coffee quality and a place to celebrate community, Kaladi Coffee Roasters source the highest quality coffee beans from growers focusing on sustainable farming practices. As a result, this coffee is brimming with body, taste and aroma that is often lost in the products of large chains. By employing the Fluid-bed Air Roasting technique and using the best equipment available, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better cup of coffee anywhere.
1730 E. Evans (University neighborhood)
2823 S. Broadway (Englewood)
Quince Coffee House
Megan Ivy, Broker Associate
Through its generations of ownership, Quince has been dedicated to creating a welcoming space for all, one aimed at bringing communities together over warm cups of coffee. This cozy shop serves gluten-free and vegan options!
1447 Quince St, Denver, CO 80220
Maddy Hollar,Broker Associate
Hoja is a breakfast and brunch place but boasts some pretty amazing coffee. This laid-back spot is a great choice for a delicious cup of joe, homemade bread, and Mexican-influenced dishes. You can even get a cocktail to boot. Try their Cafe de Olla drink — it’s their house specialty and includes espresso-strength Mexican cold brew, spiced piloncillo syrup, almond milk and orange.
1284 S Pearl St (Platt Park neighborhood)
Haley Dyer, Broker Associate
Lekker Coffee is a mother-daughter team bringing the dream of starting a business together to reality. Come visit us for some tasty coffee, locally sourced goods & a great customer experience! In supporting this family run, small business, you’re also donating directly back to Care For Wild, the largest rhino orphanage and sanctuary in the world.
3460 Larimer St (in RiNo)
Natalie Randall, Broker Associate
This coffee shop opened in Fort Lupton in October of 2020 with the goal of not only serving the highest quality coffee, tea, and baked goods, but also creating a space where kindness and community thrive. This family-owned shop has the goal to serve a dose of kindness with every interaction!
721 4th St (Fort Lupton)
Queen City Collective Coffee
David Harrison, Broker Associate
Collective coffee means we’re doing this together — Queen City has real, tangible connections with the coffee farmers; they know the conditions of their production; they then small-batch roast their coffee in the city they love and we proudly serve it in Denver’s historic Baker neighborhood. They believe everyone is welcome to this ragtag group because good coffee should build the collective good.
2962 Welton St, Denver, CO 80205
305 W 1st Ave, Denver, CO 80223 (inside Novel Strand Brewing)
2002 E Coalton Rd, Broomfield, CO 80021
10051 W 26th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO 80215
Irene Schiavo, Broker Associate
With two locations this shop has a hipster vibe and makes everything in-house. While you are in RiNo, check out their bodega at the Central Market!
2862 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
2669 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
Jenny Usaj, Employing Broker
Located downtown this adorable shop has amazing craft coffee & espresso drinks that are made with carefully sourced beans, plus you can grab a delicious pastry!
1555 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202
Crystal Treadway, Broker Associate
Red Silo Coffee Roasters is a craft coffee roastery focused on bringing the community together over an exceptional cup of coffee. The cafe is located on what used to be an old grain farm with a silo, a sign of homestead and family. You’ll see a tribute to the original silo recreated inside the Arvada cafe. As Arvada natives, we took inspiration from the history of the silo and feel it truly represents our mission, to provide a gathering place for friends and family.
6590 Holman St Suite #207 (Arvada)
Christina Claxton Paterson, Broker Associate
Back in 2011, the dream of Huckleberry Roasters became a reality in Denver, CO. It’s now owned by friends & proud coffee people, Koan Goedman & Jason Farrar, who both share the core belief that business should build a sense of collective culture and community by investing in people.
4301 N Pecos St, Denver, CO 80211
1800 Wazee St, Denver, CO 80202 (in the Dairy Block)
Kristina Casinelli, Broker Associate
Open for nearly 10 years, the shop is a staple in downtown Morrison. Staff sees people coming to work remotely, catch up with friends, and in the warmer months, get a drink after Yoga on the Rocks and other outdoor activities in the town.
211 Bear Creek Rd, Morrison, CO 80465
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Honey Hill is a small local coffee shop located in the Park Hill neighborhood. We are fortunate to be located in such a loving and tight-knit community that we are delighted to serve. We pride ourselves in serving local and fresh foods and coffees. From espresso drinks, freshly brewed coffees, daily baked pastries, sandwiches, and salads, we are committed to serving fresh and sustainably produced foods.
4628 E 23rd Ave, Denver, CO 80207
Queensberry Rules Coffee
Embracing the working-class history and character of the LoHi Denver neighborhood, this cafe has classic good looks with an exposed brick wall, throwback cooler and interior touches that make your visit one to remember. Featuring breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch, everything is fresh and made in-house.
3408 Navajo St. (LoHi neighborhood)
With three locations, Berkeley, Congress Park and South Pearl, this purveyor offers several local coffee roasters, Ritual chocolate, yummy breakfast burritos and pastries. The Congress Park location has a fabulous patio.
3937 Tennyson St. (Berkeley neighborhood)
1200 Clayton St. (Congress Park neighborhood)
1085 S. Pearl St. (Washington Park West neighborhood)
Experience Denver’s only African espresso bar. All of their coffee comes from various African nations including Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee! If you’re not in the mood for coffee, enjoy beer and wine from Africa. Whitter Cafe believes in social justice and supports related causes.
1710 East 25th Ave. (Whittier neighborhood)
Aviano prides itself on the creativity of their coffee beverages and the spaces they create. If the ambiance isn’t enough to get you heading to Cherry Creek, they also serve up Intelligentsia Coffee, a fantastic roasting company out of Chicago.
244 Detroit St + 215 S Paul St (Cherry Creek neighborhood)
Coffee at the Point
Coffee at The Point (The Point) is located in the heart of the historic Five Points neighborhood. The Point provides quality products and excellent customer service. Providing an unparalleled focus on their clients, this coffee and wine lounge features 3,000 square feet of space, free WiFi, the luxury of free covered parking, an experienced staff, a large shaded patio and a broad menu that includes beer, wine, gelato, sandwiches, and more. The Point is community inspired and driven as it donates 95% of space to nonprofits and other meeting groups.
710 East 26th Ave. (Five Points neighborhood)
Buzz Cafe is conveniently located in Alamo Placita and near the historic Country Club and Cheeseman Park neighborhoods. Great coffee brews and exceptional breakfast, lunch and snack items. Free WiFi is available with purchase, and enjoy the outdoor patio seating that is dog-friendly. Lots of nearby parking.
1229 E. 6th Ave. (Alamo Placita neighborhood)
Sojourners Coffee & Tea
Located in Virginia Vale, Sojourners concentrates on providing great coffee and tea to the Denver community. That means brewing espressos on the beloved Synesso Cyncra, offering French Press coffee, and individually brewing teas by the cup or pot using loose leaf teas. Sojourners uses mostly locally roasted coffee (Coda Coffee and Novo Coffee), but occasionally Sojourners brings in guest roasts from outside the Denver area. Our single leaf teas are from Teatulia, a Denver-based company, and The Tea Spot, a company from Boulder. Pastries come from Laurent Gava’s Figaro Bakery and The Last Crumb Bakery, a gluten-free baked goods provider.
1501 S. Holly St. (Virginia Vale neighborhood)
Devil’s Food Bakery & Cookery
Devil’s Food Bakery opened on Old South Gaylord Street in 1999 serving pastries, coffee and tea. Now with an expanded facility, it serves breakfast, lunch, supper brunch and pastries, and is a favorite stop in this popular Denver neighborhood. From chicken and waffles to quinoa cakes and eggs, this cafe is bound to have an offering that satisfies your cravings.
1004 S. Gaylord St. (Old South Gaylord Street neighborhood)
This hidden gem, located in the Oxford Hotel Annex in LoDo, has a great selection of teas and coffees. Amante gets a double-word score for having a low-key, cost-effective happy hour. Its proximity to Union Station keeps this place hopping. Amante is perfect for an espresso and breakfast pastry. In the afternoon, enjoy a glass of wine while people-watching from the patio or window seats.
1612 17th St. (LoDo neighborhood)
Torpedo Coffee is all about coffee, community, and connections. It is great coffee without the attitude. We want to inspire our community to go for it, Full Speed Ahead—and if you can pursue your dreams with a quality cup of coffee and a breakfast burrito, well, we can’t think of anything better!
2231 Oneida St, Denver, CO 80207
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