Need Caffeine? Let's Talk Coffee in Denver and Boulder.
While most folks have a pretty standard workweek, real estate agents often work around the clock.
Open houses on weekends, meeting with sellers and taking buyers to private showings seven days a week. Plus paperwork, analytics, presentations, as well as answering emails and texts from other agents, clients and contacts.
It's no wonder that our brokers know the best places for coffee in Denver and Boulder. And here, we'll share their favorite places to fuel up.
Now, before heading out to one of these tried and true, locally owned cafes, let's go over your options. While a plain cup of drip coffee is certainly a praise-worthy, classic beverage, there are all kinds of options to explore.
- Latte – One shot of espresso with steamed milk, topped with foam. Can be customized with flavored syrups.
- Cappuccino – Espresso shot with more foam than steamed milk, plus a dusting of cocoa powder or cinnamon.
- Americano – Espresso is diluted in hot water, giving you a flavor somewhat similar to drip coffee.
- Cortado – Nearly equal parts espresso and steamed milk with little to no foam. Smaller in size than a latte.
- Espresso / Doppio – One shot or a double shot of straight espresso, hold the bells and whistles.
- Mocha – Similar to a latte, this treat includes the addition of sweet chocolate sauce and maybe whipped cream.
- Cold Brew – Grounds steeped in water for 6-36 hours then diluted with water or cold milk and served over ice.
- Flat White – Double espresso shots with lightly frothed, steamed milk and no foam.
So, now that you know how to tackle the menu, here are a few suggestions from our PorchLight agents for superior coffee, lattes, cold brew drinks and more in Boulder and Denver.
Denver Metro Coffee Shops
Honey Hill Cafe, Park Hill | Website
Located in the Park Hill neighborhood, this local coffee shop is committed to serving coffee and a delicious menu that is fresh, local and sustainable. They offer locally roasted Pablo’s Coffee, Izzio’s Bakery goods, Sweet Action Ice Cream, and DRAM CBD Water. They also host artwork and musicians from Denver to help support their community.
“Honey Hill in Park Hill has been a nice upgrade to the 23rd and Dexter corner. Providing indoor and outdoor space, and a really yummy peanut butter toast!” –Ben Lusz, Broker Associate
Copper Door Coffee Roasters, Denver | Website
Denver's only 100% female-owned coffee roaster, Copper Door serves some of the best coffee around. Their roasting methods reflect the deep traditions and craftsmanship practiced around the world over hundreds of years. You can find Copper Door in Lowry and at The Yard on Santa Fe. Their cafe also offers locally baked pastries and knowledgeable, friendly baristas.
–Recommend by Joan Wood, Senior Graphic Designer
Rivers and Roads, Clayton | Website
Their motto is, “We believe in putting love above all else.” In a world filled with turmoil, they strive to create a place of rest, peace and sanctuary. Love is at the center of all that they do—from fresh-baked goods to coffee roasted in small batches, even scratch-made syrups. Their kitchen is entirely gluten-free with vegetarian, vegan and paleo options served daily.
“Rivers and Roads, they are gluten-free and also have the best sausage breakfast sandwich in the world.” –Jill Kroeker, Broker Associate
More Sip-Worthy Coffee Shops in Denver
Denver's South Suburbs Coffee Shops
Dirt Coffee Bar, Littleton | Website
This spot is on a mission to bring you quality crafted coffee, food and drink while employing and empowering neurodivergent individuals. Dirt’s baristas are neurodiverse, socially conscious, and craft a dang good cup of coffee.
Launched in 2013, this 501(C)3 non-profit organization has trained and employed over 100 individuals with neuro-diversities while providing over $50,000 in scholarships to families in need and their caregivers.
Kaladi Coffee Roasters, Englewood | Website
Brothers, Mark and Andrew, endeavored to restore the promise of the specialty coffee revolution which they felt had devolved into a chain mentality, serving over-sweetened beverages that may or may not contain actual coffee.
So, they devoted themselves to sourcing only the highest quality coffee beans from farmers who demonstrated sustainable growing practices and respected workers' rights. And to skillfully produce excellent tasting coffee, they decided to follow the philosophy and practice of Fluid-bed Air Roasting using customized equipment.
Legends Coffee, Aurora | Website
You can find this locally-owned coffee shop in Aurora’s Southlands. The husband and wife duo knows that good coffee draws in good people and that the greatest legends and stories ever told were shared over a simple cup of coffee. They take great pride in representing their coffee farmers with integrity and providing an environment where everyone feels welcome.
“Legends Coffee in Southlands Mall, Aurora has excellent coffee, healthy breakfast and food, great staff and nice outside and inside dining. Best croissants and brownies ever!” –Mary Ryan, Broker Associate
Where to Rise and Grind in the South Suburbs
Boulder Area Coffee Shops
Cristos Coffee, Erie | Website
Offering tasty coffee, delicious fare and a welcoming space, Cristos strives to serve the local community by roasting high-quality, ethically sourced coffee and creating a warm gathering spot where everyone feels welcome.
With a cozy cafe, delicious treats and perfectly roasted coffee, you’ll want to stay awhile! You can even purchase fresh-roasted coffee to take home with you.
FOX•DOG COFFEE, Erie | Website
This family-owned, independent coffee shop offers a unique environment that celebrates the community by providing great coffee, excellent service, and a space to gather and build relationships with one another. They offer a rotating drip coffee that changes each month and highlights new roasts from vendors spanning the Front Range.
Both Recommended by Jessica Luginbill, Broker Associate
La Vita Bella Cafe, Longmont | Website
This Longmont coffee shop is proud to serve Ampersand coffee, roasted in Boulder. Try a single-origin drip coffee or La Vita Bella’s specialty blend in a latte or by itself. Ampersand Coffee is fair trade, organic, and supports women’s rights. They also serve non-coffee specialty drinks like the outstanding Golden Nectar Latte which combines turmeric honey syrup with steamed milk.
Neptune Cafe & Bar, Boulder | Website
Stop by for all of your favorite café beverages including fresh coffee from local roaster Ampersand Coffee, espresso, herbal teas, yerba mate, chai teas and more. Hungry? The café has you covered with waffles, paninis and soups, plus a rotating selection of breads and sweets from local providers such as Spruce Confections and Kim & Jake’s Cakes.
“I know it sounds weird, but the coffee shop in Neptune (Mountaineering) in South Boulder is great!” –Michi Sakurai, Broker Associate
A Latte More to Love in Boulder
Alpine Modern Café, Boulder
Ampersand Coffee Roasters
Beleza Coffee, Boulder
Boxcar Coffee, Boulder
East Simpson Coffee Co., Lafayette
Otis Craft Collective, Lafayette
Precision Pours Coffee House, Louisville
Red Frog Coffee, Longmont
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