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reviewed Spur Coffee

12 reviews · 6 years ago

Spur is a great little shop with a nice environment. Good music with a neat workspace concept. Beans come from Sweet Bloom, of which I am a big fan. Spur has a single group La Marzocco GS3 which is a variable pressure machine for producing excellent shots of espresso. They take great care in "dialing-in" each shot and the results are very good- an excellent showcase of the beans.

reviewed Steam Espresso Bar

12 reviews · 6 years ago

A nice, happy place to come for some good coffee. The Baristas were particularly peppy and knew many of the folks that came in by name. They were pulling shots of Boxcar roasters coffee from their La Marzocco machine. Very large espressos- practically quad shots. Very pleasant coffee. Community seating, nice patio in the back. Good music.

reviewed Thump Coffee

12 reviews · 7 years ago

Nice quiet spot the day I visited. Industrial-clean design inside with reclaimed wood and a mix of community tables and bar seating with a few couches thrown in. This location has two Slayer espresso machines which delivered an excellent shot each time. The espresso blend of two Ethiopian beans and one Kenyan made for an extremely fruit forward pull of espresso. Overall, very nice espresso. This location is awaiting arrival of their own roaster. In the meantime, thehome store in Oregonis handling roasting duties. The location manager said they would have some single origin roasts coming as soon as the new roaster is dialed in. Great location, great service, great coffee.

reviewed Crema Coffee House

12 reviews · 7 years ago

Overall, a disappointing visit. The staff wasn't particularly friendly, which I can generally overlook if the coffee is great. Unfortunately, the coffee wasn't great. Had a roast from Herkimer pulled from their Synesso machine and had high hopes. Mediocre at best. Both the espresso and the seltzer water cups smelled like dirty dishwater that ruined the aroma of the coffee. I like the setting and decorations of the shop, but I'm a coffee guy and the coffee wasn't good.

reviewed Corvus Coffee Co

12 reviews · 7 years ago

This location has moved to 1740 S broadway. Nice atmosphere. The roasting machine is in the same room as the coffee shop and seats surround it. Great music. Super friendly staff. Beards/moustaches required to be a barista apparently (like most other shops in town). I had two espressos. The first one was very nice. The roast has a very deep aroma- very complex. The shot was surprisingly citrusy and bright. Very even, with a roasted chocolate finish. Delightful. The second shot wasn't as good, but could be my palate was tired from the excellent ham and cheese croissant. They have two La Marzocco Strada machines and a third machine (two machines are for training baristas). Overall a great experience, I will definitely be back.

reviewed Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters

12 reviews · 7 years ago

I found this place on the Internet and arrived after the location had closed. Andy, the owner and head roaster let me in and not only pulled me a great cup of espresso, but he also gave mea 10 minute tutorial on coffee roasting while a batch was finishing up on his San Franciscan roaster. He has a nice new La Marzocco machine and, being the former barista champion he is, he dialed in the espresso and gave me a nice education on his roasting methods and the flavor profile of the coffee. The espresso was nice and even. Pleasant and citrusy but not too acidic. He explained that he generally roasts a little lighter than most places. To use a metaphor, his espresso was a Session beer rather than a Porter or Stout. Don't get me wrong, I like a good stout every once in a while, but you could drink a session beer every day and not get tired of it. That is his espresso. Drinkable every day without getting tired of it. Of note, this was meant to be a wholesale roasting operation and in order to get a permit for the space, the city required him to run a retail operation as well, so the café area is in the same large room as the roaster. Andy has done a good job trying to segregate the two areas, but you can tell this is a wholesale operation. May not have the ambiance of the other shops in town, but the coffee is very good and the service was second to none in Denver.

reviewed Ink!

12 reviews · 7 years ago

Service was excellent and very friendly. The espresso was fine. Not stellar. Didn't explode with flavor in my mouth like other places I have been to in Denver. The roast tasted a little too burnt for my taste.

reviewed Pablo's Coffee

12 reviews · 7 years ago

Pablo's has a La Marzocco Strada espresso machine and they only pull double shots, which makes it difficult to directly compare with the other shops around them (novo, Aviano etc.). I had two double shots, but were good. You can tell they have some good roasting skills- both shots were rich and chocolatey. I just wish they would pull a single shot so I could do a good comparison. I bet they would fare well. Atmosphere was typical coffee shop, maybe a few too many tables which made it crowded. No wifi which will tock off a few people. Service was fine, not spectacular.

reviewed Novo Coffee Gilpin

12 reviews · 7 years ago

Espresso was wonderful. Folks- this place has a SLAYER espresso machine. Virtually guarantees you a near perfect espresso. Had two different roasts, I preferred their standard espresso which was much more chocolatey and nutty. Atmosphere was chill and quiet. Espresso came with bubbly water- a nice touch. Excellent service- the staff was super knowledgeable. Exactly what a coffee shop should be.

reviewed Aviano

12 reviews · 7 years ago

First things first- The espresso was good. Not spectacular. Service was great, however as they pulled three shots before they were satisfied with the crema- they wanted to make sure the espresso had the proper flavor profile. The place is wonderfully designed, if very loud. Could use some sound dampening on the ceilings.

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