If you’re looking for your daily jolt of caffeine, there’s always Starbucks—one on nearly every corner. But why not savor that hot cuppa joe at a locally owned coffee shop and help the community at the same time?
The metro area has dozens of world-class coffee shops, each with their own specialties and personalities. Recently 5280 magazine listed its favorites: “the ones working the hardest to source their beans ethically; the ones where the baristas are warm and hospitable as they pour the perfect rosette design atop your latte; the ones with the best atmosphere for chilling, working, meeting, or just caffeinating.”
Here are a few of their picks:
Corvus Coffee Roasters, 1740 S. Broadway, 4925 S. Newport St.: If you like seeing how your drink is made, try Corvus’s Broadway location, “where bar-style seating gives you a front-row view of the roasting action,” notes 5280. Both locations have personal relationships with coffee growers, adds the magazine, allowing the shops to offer “interesting beans, from buttery-orangey San Pedro from Colombia to the jammy Uraga Natural from Ethiopia.”
Commonwealth Coffee Roasters, 5225 E. 38th Ave.: This shop features a different cereal-infused milk every week. And if you’re looking for healthy desserts, don’t miss the vegan pastries, offered every Saturday from Beet Box Bakery & Café—the perfect complement to the coffee.
Huckleberry Roasters: 1850 Wazee St., 4301 Pecos St.: If you like credibility in your coffee maker, look no further than a shop that sent one of its own to the U.S. Roaster Championship last year – and won! Huckleberry’s Shelby Williamson went all the way to the World Coffee Roasting Championship in Taiwan. “The level of expertise is evident in Huckleberry’s lineup of single-original offerings and blends, from boutique selections like the citrusy Kenya Gatuyaini Peaberry…to approachable, milk-friendly options, like the well-rounded Sound and Vision Blend,” notes 5280.
Queen City Collective Coffee, 305 W. 1st Ave., 2962 Welton St.: Brothers Scott, Luke and Eric Byington became familiar with coffee growers in Africa through their work with a Zimbabwe-based nonprofit. Now, they offer their own “ethically sourced beans,” and support female coffee growers. And if their philanthropy doesn’t impress you, their “fruity Ethiopian Banco Kochere,” a 5280 favorite, surely will.
Weathervane Café, 1725 E. 17th Ave.: The unpretentious atmosphere is part of the appeal here. Weathervane offers hanging plants, “thrift-store art,” and vintage couches, along with “plenty of cozy nooks perfect for working or chatting.” Be sure and try the shop’s signature drink, “Happy Camper Latte,” made with maple syrup and garnished “with a dusting of fragrant pine sugar,” advises 5280.