The new Prodigy Coffeehouse has a strong craft coffee program and an even stronger mission statement.
Backed by Whole Foods-owned Allegro Coffee Roasters, the shop opening this weekend at Colorado and 40th is focused on mentoring young adults from surrounding neighborhoods.
Prodigy's apprenticeship program will involve a year-long barista and business training under Jeffrey Knot for young people from Elyria-Swansea, Globeville, and Northeast Park Hill who are struggling with school or work.
Part of a nonprofit organization, Prodigy will receive $10,000 annually for the first three years of operation from Allegro, which also will provide business oversight and wholesale coffee pricing.
Patrons can support the coffee house's mission by becoming members and donating $85 per month in return for 160 free drinks a year (about 3 cups of coffee per week), as well as exclusive event invites, voting rights on new initiatives, a Prodigy Coffeehouse mug, and a year-long relationship with an apprentice.
Prodigy's grand opening party will run from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at 3801 E. 40th Ave. Following the grand opening, the shop will operate from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday throughout August, and then starting in September daily.