A sense of community isn't something you'll find in every industry, as Aaron Underwood knows, and that's what drew him into Denver's coffee scene. The owner of newcomer Copper Hound Coffee, which opens tomorrow, has a background in the oil and gas industry as an engineer. After a layoff about a year ago he needed a change of pace, and settled on coffee with the help of friends, one of whom will serve as Copper Hound's manager.
Located at 2137 South Sheridan Boulevard, Copper Hound will serve a neighborhood that hasn't had many local options for a cuppa joe in the past. To kick things off, a grand opening celebration will take place tomorrow night, Saturday, January 31, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Underwood picked the name Copper Hound based on the childhood memory of spending the holidays at his grandparents' house, where he would curl up with his grandpa's hound and wait for the others to wake up, signaled by the smell of coffee from the kitchen.
The 2,700-square-foot space, large for a coffee shop, invites gathering, especially with a separate meeting room that can host meet-up groups, business presentations, and even game nights. Underwood also plans to eventually add a small projector and sound system, as well as decorate the venue's walls with community art submissions.
The beans are sourced from Denver's Commonwealth Coffee Roasters, with three single-origin offerings from Costa Rica, Papua New Guinea, and Rwanda; espresso drinks will get their strength from the roaster's Ontology espresso blend. Copper Hound is focusing on the pour-over method for individual cups, though a French press will be used for quick coffee service in the mornings.
Underwood also has plans for a unique, one-off charity drink to rotate every four to six weeks, with a portion of the proceeds going to a different charity in town. First up is a maple latte that will benefit Purple Door Coffee, which employs homeless teens and young adults.
Other items on the menu include kombucha on tap from Happy Leaf, a bright-blue lavender iced tea, and a mojito-flavored tea soda made with muddled lime and mint leaves, tea concentrate, and carbonated water. Organic pastries like a mocha-infused walnut cinnamon roll and chocolate-dipped palmiers come from Iksuca Artisan Bakery, though an in-house specialty is the smoked-apple crowdie, made with cold oats steeped overnight and a shot of espresso poured over the top in the morning.
Copper Hound Coffee's hours are daily from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.