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Coffee Treasures

Here are some of my favorite locally-owned independent coffee shops across Colorado.

Denver Metro

Solid Grounds
6504 South Broadway, Littleton, CO 80121, 303-209-7494
Notes: Perhaps the most spacious, friendly coffee shop in the Denver area; free wifi, plenty of tables, overstuffed chairs.

Highlands Cork & Coffee
3701 West 32nd Ave., Denver, CO 80211
Notes: Serving Lavazza coffee and espresso; free wifi; comfortable seating; good pastries; shaded patio for summer!

Café Cafe
2339 W. 44th, Denver, CO 80211, 303.477.9933
Notes: Wonderful pecan rolls!

Mojo Coffee & Tea World
650 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood, CO 80226, 303.922.8800
Notes: Just south of Belmar; also Turkish and Vietnamese coffee, loose leaf teas; snappy little shop with plenty of seating, just south of Belmar.

Aspen Coffee
216 16th St. Mall, Denver; 8286 Northfield Blvd, Denver; 5513 West 88th Ave., Westminster
Notes: Have only visited 16th St. location; nice shop, good mix of tables and overstuffed chairs; good pastries, nice salad bar at lunch; no wifi.

Haney’s Coffee Shop
3814 Lowell Blvd., Denver, CO 80211, 303.433.5880

Pablo’s Coffee
630 East 6th Ave, Denver, CO 80203, 303.744.3323

Gallop Coffee
2401 W. 32nd Avenue (32nd & Zuni), Denver, CO 80211
Notes: wonderful sandwich menu, homemade pastries, disconnected wifi, not computer friendly.

Common Grounds (Highlands)
3484 W 32nd Ave, (32nd & Lowell), Denver, 80211 – (303) 458-5248
Notes: wonderful zucchini bread.

Crowfoot Valley Coffee
390 Perry St., downtown Castle Rock, CO 80104, 303-814-0999
Notes: Mocha smoothie w/ chocolate chips, Ghirardelli chocolate, two shots of espresso


Colorado Springs/ Pikes Peak Region

1019 S Tejon, Colorado Springs, CO 80903 – 4238, 719-520-0672
Notes: best selection of overstuffed arm chairs

Pikes Perk Coffee & Tea House (downtown)
14 S Tejon St, Colorado Springs, 80903 – 719-635-1600
Notes: upstairs seating area with views of downtown, patio faces Pikes Peak

The Coffee Exchange
526 South Tejon St., Colorado Springs, CO, 719-227-8639
Notes: big, roomy conference table

Serrano’s Coffee Company
582 East Highway 105, Monument, CO 80132, 719.481.9455
Notes: free wifi

Serrano’s Coffee Company
7335 North Academy, Colorado Springs, CO, 719-266-0843
Notes: free wifi

Cripple Creek Coffee
166 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, CO 80813, 719-689-2223
Notes: homemade corn bread

Coyote’s Coffee Den
127 Justice Center Road, Canon City 81212, 719-276-3012
Notes: cozy fireplace, quiet loft.

Main Street Espresso & Pastry
615 Main Street, Cañon City, Colorado 81212 719.276.0747
Notes: cinnamon rolls or sticky buns

Canon Coffee Café
1520 Royal Gorge Blvd., Canon City, 81212, 719-276-5348
Notes: spacious seating area & meeting room

The Pour House
202 West Main, Florence, CO

Ski Country

Cool River Bakery & Coffee House
325 S. Main St. (Main & Jefferson on the Riverwalk), Breckenridge, CO 80424, 970.453.1716
Notes: Good breakfast bagels (try jalapeno!), great cinnamon and pecan rolls!

Java Mountain Roasters
1510 Miner Street, Idaho Springs 80402
Notes: Yemen Mocha Sinani coffee

Off The Beaten Path
56 7th St, Steamboat Springs, 80487
Notes: Moleskins

Big Shooter Coffee
204 West Park Ave, Kremmling, 80459

Abbey’s Coffee
720 Main St., Frisco, CO 970-668-8710

Leisure Mountain Studio
158 Moffat Avenue, Yampa, CO 80483, 970-638-4500
Notes: Dan Craig says: “an art gallery for local artists and a high class coffee roasting operation at a price everyone can afford. We conservatives are very welcome here.”


Western Slope

Kiosk in Summit Canyon Mountaineering, 461 Main, Grand Junction, CO 970-208-4927

Traders Coffee & Tea Co
666 Patterson Road, Grand Junction, CO 81506, 970-243-6590

Main Street Bagels
559 Main St., Grand Junction, CO 970-241-2740

Coffee Trader
845 E Main St, Montrose, 81401 – (970) 249-6295
Notes: can’t go wrong with the homemade muffins

The Looney Bean
1601 Oxbow Drive, Montrose, 81401 – (970) 240-4320
Notes: Bill Kennedy says “the best coffee roasting company in all of Colorado.”

Serendipity Coffee & Bookstore
576 Yampa, Craig, CO 81625 (970) 824-5847
Notes: half-pound cinnamon rolls and lemon bars

Durango Coffee Company
730 Main Avenue, Durango, CO 81301, 970-259-2059
Notes: enormous selection of coffee cups and ceramic travel mugs

Steaming Bean Coffee Co.
15 Main Avenue, Durango, CO 81301, 970-385-9516
Notes: homemade muffins

Brickhouse Café & Coffee House
1849 Main Avenue, Durango, CO 81301, 970-247-3760
Notes: outstanding breakfasts

Durango Joe’s
1125 South Camino Del Rio, Durango, CO 81301, 970-259-1808
Notes: excellent iced lattes

Main Book Company
34 West Main Street, Cortez, CO 81321, 970-565-8158

Higher Grounds Coffee
189 Talisman Dr, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147, 970-731-3666
Notes: maybe the world’s best carrot cake!

Beaumont Artisan Bakery & Cafe
460 Main Street, Ouray, CO 81427, 970-324-4677
Notes: breakfast wraps, cinnamon rolls

Mouse’s Chocolates and Coffee
520 Main Street, Ouray, CO 81427, 970-325-7585
Notes: gotta try the chocolate!

The Steaming Bean
970) 641-2408, 120 N Main St, Gunnison, CO 81230
Notes: the breakfast burrito



Jumping Bean Coffee House
434 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO 80513, 970-532-1451
Notes: killer carrot cake!

Café at Woody’s
942 9th Ave., Greeley, CO, 970-352-8117
Notes: NY-style coffee cake, vast selection of periodicals

Loveland Coffee Company
620 E. 29th St,, Loveland, 970-278-1321

Circle Moon Coffee House
843 Cleveland Ave., Loveland, CO 80537
Notes: cappuccinos are highly recommended.

400 Main St., Longmont, CO 80501, 303-682-5120
Notes: free wifi, outstanding atmosphere, plenty of room!

Barking Dog Café
447 Main St., Lyons, CO 303-832-9600


Eastern Plains

The Main Cup
399 14th St (Main St), Burlington, CO 80807, 719-346-7166
Notes: free wifi, killer scones and pastries!

Canyon Coffee & Cafe
345 Main St, Wray CO 80758, 970-332-0632
Notes: Great Espresso drinks, ice cream & Root Beer milk!

Farm House Market
110 West 8th Ave., Yuma, CO 80758, 970-396-1605
Notes: Lucy’s blend coffee or Katie’s choice sandwich (add avocado)

Hot Java Cafe
(970) 522-1120, 118 N 2, Sterling, CO 80751
Notes: cozy joint; have an espresso drink because the coffee can be a little wimpy

Hot Java II Drive-Thru
(970) 522-6244, 100 N Division Ave, Sterling, CO 80751

The Gathering Place
Highway 34, downtown Brush, CO 80723

Becca’s Espresso
56620 E Colfax Ave, Strasburg CO 80136, 303-622-4823

Frankie’s Coffee
119 West Beaver Ave., Fort Morgan, CO 80701, 970-542-0172

Café Lotus
307 East Kiowa, Fort Morgan, CO 80701, 970-542-0800


Southern Colorado

The Barista
204 Santa Fe Ave., La Junta, CO 81050, 719-384-2133
Notes: homemade soups and sandwiches

Bongo Billy’s Buena Vista Cafe
713 US Highway 24 S, Buena Vista, CO (719) 395-2634

Sacred Ground Coffee
G Street & Highway 50, Salida, CO 719-539-9530

Sacred Ground Express
Downtown Salida
Notes: Aztec Mocha

Edla’s Annex
Walsenburg, CO

Milagro’s Coffee House
529 Main Street, Alamosa, CO 81101, 719-589-9299
Notes: try their homemade pies


7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dan Craig // Mar 28, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    You should add the Leisure Mountain Studio, Yampa, CO. to your coffee shop list, It is an art gallery for local artists and a high class coffee roasting operation at a price everyone can afford. We conservatives are very welcome here.


  • 2 Nick // Jul 10, 2009 at 8:25 am

    Thanks for including us on your list, I look forward to visiting some of my esteemed colleagues on my next road trip!

  • 3 Bill Kennedy // Sep 4, 2009 at 8:13 am

    Your missed the best coffee roasting company in all of Colorado, which has the lastest technology in roasting the perfect brew, and that is the Looney Bean in Montrose, CO. Stop in some time and you will see (taste) what I mean! Bill Kennedy

  • 4 Ann McCoy Harold // Sep 4, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Mouse’s in Ouray. Best chocolate, too!!
    Roasted on the spot!

  • 5 Ann McCoy Harold // Sep 4, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Durango Joe’s in, you guessed it, Durango.
    S. City Market is the handiest. Excellent iced latte

  • 6 Don Bishop // Sep 4, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Bongo Billy’s in Salida is an excellant place get a coffee fix. My ski buddies and I stop there for our moning fix on our way to Monarch almost every week.

  • 7 Russ Kyncl // May 4, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Ditto the above on Bongo Billy’s. It’s a great stop, just south of Buena Vista on the left. Perhaps Salida is another location.

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