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Denver Can't Get Enough Caffeine: The Buzz On Local Roasters and Coffee Shops

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Lately in Denver coffee shops are like breweries: popping up left and right. Staying on top of the city's coffee craze is keeping Eater busy, and highly caffeinated. Here's the latest on Denver's java scene, brought to you by a new coffee shop, probably in your neighborhood.

Marie Janiszewski's newly opened Public Coffee is serving Denver coffee with a cause. Spot the mobile coffee bar, made out of repurposed horse trailer, roaming around town serving brews and collaborating on community projects. At its debut last month, Public Coffee served coffee provided by the nonprofit Agáp? Roasting Project at Denver's Museum of Contemporary Art. The nonprofit will be popping up at events all over Denver on a pay-what-you-can system, with proceeds donated to various organizations and efforts. To learn more, visit

The Curtis Park neighborhood's favorite coffee shop Crema expanded in September, providing 10 more feet of space with new tables and an area for the line of customers to stand in the front of the venue, as opposed to out the door. As always, this spot is bustling.

Also in September, Novo Coffee opened its second location on 1700 E. 6th Avenue. The shop has been very successful thus far says owner Herb Brodsky, who feels like the Congress Park neighborhood has been incredibly welcoming. He says the new beer and liquor license at Novo's Glenarm location is also a hit, with wine from Infinite Monkey and beers on tap from Renegade Brewing and Epic Brewing. Epic's Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout is brewed with Novo's coffee beans.

Corvus Coffee specializes in a Norwegien style of roasting that results in a sweeter, more flavorful coffee, not to mention this South Broadway hub only works with single estate and privately owned farms, and roasts small batches a few times a week. Fresh batches of Corvus sell out fast, and when they're gone, their gone. Corvus is moving from 1947 S. Broadway to 1740 S. Broadway. Stay tuned for their grand opening date.

Thump Coffee at 1201 E. 13th Avenue is weeks away from opening. The Bend, Oregon-based Thump Coffee will soon open a Capitol Hill Roastery. Owned by Bobby Grover, who has 20 years of experience in the coffee roasting industry, along with Jay and Tory Junkin. "Denver is like Bend, but bigger," says Grover. "When I got off the plane here I felt welcome. I love the people, the feeling. It's comfortable. And the neighborhood has been so welcoming."

Boxcar Coffee Roasters is almost open in its third location at The Source on Brighton Boulevard. The new shop is a clone of the company's popular Boulder location shared with the gourmet shop Cured, and the Boxcar Coffee at Denver's TAXI community.

Commonwealth Coffee will soon launch an airstream trailer from which they'll sling coffee. Currently the owners Ryan Fisher and Jason Farrar are biking around town in an espresso trike made out of African Sapele wood.

· Aviano Kicks The Brewing Of Inteligentsia Coffee Back Into Gear [EDen]
· Novo Coffee Opens A New Location [EDen]
· Crema's Remodel [EDen]