The Best Colorado Coffee Shops

In honor of National Coffee Day we’ve done the impossible and rounded up our top five coffee shops in all of Colorado. We’ve scoured small mountain towns, and bustling cities, college campuses and boutique bookshops, sampling scalding cups of coffee all for you, our dear readers. Keep reading to find out what we found to be the best Colorado Coffee shops.

Purple Door Coffee – Denver

2962 Welton St, Denver, CO 80205
(720) 515-6639

If you’re a Denver native you’ll know that the historic neighborhood of Five Points has seen some changes over the past few years. With new housing complexes, trendy art galleries, and of course a myriad of high-end coffee shops, the once defunct neighborhood is reenergized and offering some of the best coffee in town. One such shop is Purple Door Coffee. This hidden coffee shop made the top of our list for a few reasons, the first being, you guessed it, the coffee. Famous for their unique house blends, and their use of only locally grown beans, the coffee here is balanced, strong, and superb. Purple Door doesn’t stop its expertise there though. Since opening in 2013, Purple Door has employed homeless youth and young adults who are looking for a safe way out poverty. This company has done a lot for the Denver community, all the while providing top blends and baked goods.

Boxcar Coffee Roasters – Boulder and Denver

1825 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302


3350 Brighton Blvd #110, Denver, CO 80216

Perhaps the most famous name in Colorado Coffee, Boxcar Coffee Roasters supplies many Colorado coffee shops with their house-roasted beans. For the real deal though, pop into their stomping grounds on Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, or at The Source in Denver. Aside from providing local cafés with high-end coffee, Boxcar has also taken the time to develop a Colorado-specific brewing method that works well with the high altitude and the low boiling temperature of water. In every sip you can taste their dedication to the perfect cup of coffee, and you’ll find their knowledgeable and friendly staff will help you navigate their many blends. If you make your way to The Source in Denver you may also get a behind-the-scenes glance at how they roast and sort their beans.

Cuppa Joe – Breckenridge

118 S Ridge St, Breckenridge, CO 80424
(970) 453-3938

We’ll admit that Cuppa Joe gets bonus points for location, but this small-town café will please even the most discerning of coffee drinkers. One of the many Colorado cafés that uses Boxcar beans (delivered fresh every week), Cuppa Joe offers steaming cups of coffee as they were meant to be enjoyed—at high altitude, with cold weather, freshly fallen snow, and an unbeatable view of the Colorado Rockies.

Bean Cycle Roasters – Fort Collins

144 N College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 221-2964

Located in the heart of Old Town Fort Collins with a bookstore in back, this Colorado Coffee shop has ambiance down pat. It also offers a level of customization to your drink order that few other coffee shops allow. Choose any blend one of four ways—French press, yama (cold brewed), pour over, or chemex. Each brings out a subtle range of flavors making for the perfect drink. While you’re sipping your handcrafted coffee, browse Wolverine Farm Publishing Co., which shares a space with Bean Cycle, for your next great read.

Two Rivers Craft Company Coffee – Arvada

7745 Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO 80003
(303) 424-1313

Yes, the name is a tad long, but if length of name is any indication of quality of coffee Two Rivers is right on point. At Two Rivers they take coffee seriously, and offer a range of specialty drinks that will appease any coffee drinker. With a comfortable atmosphere, you can sit and sip or take home a bag of beans to enjoy later. The owner and baristas are passionate about coffee without the pretension and are open to any questions or requests. Here you will enjoy some truly delectable coffee with a unique balance of sweet and bitter that is difficult to find. For coffee aficionados Two Rivers is a must-visit Colorado coffee shop.

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The Top Five Boulder Coffee Shops

As a mountain and college town, Boulder provides the perfect backdrop to world-class cafés. With a different coffee shop on nearly every corner, it can be a difficult task to find the best brew not to mention one that comes with a charming atmosphere. In hopes of helping you put an end to your search, we’ve rounded up the ballots and found the top five Boulder cafés.

The Cup: Undoubtedly some of the best Chai in town, The Cup effortlessly blends atmosphere with delectable blends of your favorite coffees and teas. Take a seat at one of their tables lining the pearl street mall, or enjoy that beautiful Boulder breeze through the garage door that opens off the front of the café.

Our Favorite Drink: The Bhakti Chai Milkshake

The Unseen Bean: This Boulder favorite can fit a total of 10 people, but has coffee busting at the seams with flavor. Brewed blind by Master Coffee Roaster and founder Gerry Leary, the Unseen Bean only serves the highest quality, fair-trade Arabica beans. Leary roasts all of the coffee for his famed café and as he has been blind since birth, offers unique and intensely flavorful mixes.

Our Favorite Drink: Passion Cup Blend

Trident Booksellers and Café: Quite the picturesque café, Trident has a sweet selection of books and an even sweeter selection of teas and coffees. Trident has outside seating off the west end of the Pearl Street Mall and a cozy, quiet interior where you can hunker down with a good book and a great cup of coffee.

Our Favorite Drink: Café Florentine

Ozo: With three locations around Boulder, Ozo has made quite a name for itself in our Colorado mountain town. With a comfortable atmosphere, big tables, good music, and great coffee it’s hard to find a better place to work or study. The staff is friendly, and the selection wide, easily making it one of our favorite Boulder cafés.

Our Favorite Drink: 3rd Street Chai

Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Café: Innisfree combines a wide selection of flavorful blends, with daily poetry readings and book clubs. The atmosphere is upbeat and vibrant, providing a perfect home for studying students and poetry lovers alike. Peruse their selection of books while sipping some of their delectable, free-trade coffee.

Our Favorite Drink: Laté

Boulder has about one coffee shop to every two people. It’s a hard task to narrow it down to the best five, but the above cafés not only have winning drinks, but atmospheres to boot. Let us know what your favorite cafés are by commenting below or on our facebook.