Check out that rubber tree plant!
This coffeehouse sits proudly in Denver’s Berkeley Neighborhood near the old Elitch Gardens location surrounded by brick bungalows, art galleries, pubs, music shops, and the old Oriental Theater. I swung by on my way to a fundraiser for Colorado wildfire recovery and found it full of vitality.
The walls covered in art and tall book shelves that create coves for studying and writing ~ great creative spaces!
They are also a full-on internet cafe! For the price of a cuppa joe you can access the world wide web from one of 4 computers. You don’t find this much in the US, but sure hope we see more of it for us travelers
Visit them at:
Tenn Street Coffee & Books
4418 Tennyson Street
Denver, Colorado 80212
Happy Coffee was grinning from ear to ear on Saturday afternoon!
It was full of people attempting to stay cool from the scorching 100 degree day. The pub next door was hosting a local music festival … and that prime corner in the SoBo (South Broadway) Neighborhood was hopping!
This place has a very crisp vibe to it. The furniture has clean lines made with metal and raw wood. The barista was wearing a lemon-yellow shirt and evoked happiness, and what a smile. Perfect! Haha … he made me laugh as he poured me the strongest iced toddy EVER!
Let’s just say I was very chatty, yet productive all afternoon. Tee hee.
Happy Coffee CO
1 South Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
Now, I don’t normally seek out larger roasters (or chain coffeehouses). They usually don’t intrigue me in the slightest. Blah blah … all the same.
And as a lover of coffee and community, I support the local independent mom and pop shops and micro roasters where ever I happen to be. Well …. this Boyer’s Coffee has a coffeehouse attached to their facility! And it’s one of a kind.
A couple of weeks ago I received an invitation from the Mile High Business Alliance to attend a networking meeting at Boyer’s Coffee. I thought they were BIG? Like REALLY BIG … national supplier of coffee.
Our tour guide, Luke.
Not that big is bad, but usually equates to more profit and we have been taught that profit is good. But I feel something gets lost in translation as a company grows. The goal of profit can become an excuse and justify decisions that may be bad for workers or the environment in the name of stakeholder benefit.
Boyer’s Coffee roasts its beans and distributes only in Colorado. Yes, they have large grocer clients, but they maintain a very small company feel, and I like that! The are housed in an old school where they have re-purposed the building, the bleachers, desks and other items that reduced their carbon footprint and honors the building’s past.
The networking group decided we would like a tour of the facility while we were there. It was a last minute request that they were pleased to do. Boyer’s found Luke Williams, Director of Marketing and Fundraising to show us around. How beautiful is that?
Thanks, Luke and crew!
The coffeehouse Frieda & Jacob have created is a warm, organic space full of hand made decorations and repurposed items. While enjoying my AMAZING burrito (seriously … the BEST I have ever had) I walked around enjoying the eclectic ambiance.
Frieda made lamps out of plastic cups and tissue papers that will dazzle you. And the door they rescued from the dump cleverly disguises the broom closet with cutouts of 1940′s pin-up girls. Nice!
They use local ingredients in their food that is made fresh to order. Who does that? Strange Grounds does! So glad I made a personal visit.
Next time I’m going to try Frieda’s homemade iced chai!
Look what I found on my walk today! A sweet uplifting message from a random stranger to other random strangers. Spread the love!