Ode to Denver Coffee Shops

So let me preface by sharing a couple things:

1.       I’ve been really getting into Instagram lately. (Check out my feed and follow along if you so desire!)

2.       For years, I’ve been a craft brew drinker. IPA’s all day. But something inexplicably happened a few months ago and I’ve kinda lost a taste for drinking. Maybe this is age? Maybe it’s just a phase? I don’t know.

Pour over coffee at Aviano in Cherry Creek. One of my all time favorites! Pour over coffee at Aviano in Cherry Creek. One of my all time favorites! Almond Milk Latte at Black Eye Cap Hill. Sitting at the bar! Their Avocado Toast was awesome, too. Almond Milk Latte at Black Eye Cap Hill. Sitting at the bar! Their Avocado Toast was awesome, too.

As a result of these two facts, coffee has really become my jam. I’ve been bringing my camera along to meetings and stopping off at new coffee shops I discover. It’s been super basic, but delicious and pretty.

Here comes a curve ball - a Rooibus Tea Latte (with Almond Milk, ofc). Here comes a curve ball – a Rooibus Tea Latte (with Almond Milk, ofc).

I guess I don’t have much to say, except to share my delicious wanderings.  And, I love you, coffee. And it may be time for wedding season to get going, ha!

Pistachio macaroon at Devil's Food Bakery (the new one). Black Coffee in the background.  Pistachio macaroon at Devil’s Food Bakery (the new one). Black Coffee in the background. Almond Milk Latte and Croissant at the Source - LOVE this spot and will go back anywhere, any time! Almond Milk Latte and Croissant at the Source – LOVE this spot and will go back anywhere, any time! Hudson Hill - another straight up gem. They have a latte of the day, which I had. That particular day it was lavender vanilla. The ambiance in there is amazing, and they serve cocktails, too. Hudson Hill – another straight up gem. They have a latte of the day, which I had. That particular day it was lavender vanilla. The ambiance in there is amazing, and they serve cocktails, too. Spicy Chai Latte at Quine Essential coffee. This place was super quirky and hippie-feeling, which I really dug. You could write on the tables with pens they provided - very cool for kids and uninhibited adults. Spicy Chai Latte at Quine Essential coffee. This place was super quirky and hippie-feeling, which I really dug. You could write on the tables with pens they provided – very cool for kids and uninhibited adults. And one more from Black Eye. Green tea ginger latte. And one more from Black Eye. Green tea ginger latte.

Basically, I’ll coffee with you whenever.

Did I miss your favorite spot?! Hook me up! Tell me in the comments 😀

60 Comments

  1. lindsay tullar

    I am incredibly draw to minimalist styles and this was oh so satisfying to view. Love the details of everything <3

    1. melissa hirsch

      thank you lindsay! it was super fun once i got over feeling awkward whipping out my nikon d750 lol

  2. Chelsea Brown Ellingson

    This makes me want to go to a coffee shop right now, and I don’t even drink coffee- I do love the smell, though, and I feel like I’m there when I look at this. Gorgeous work!

  3. Jenna Wren

    Thank you for sharing this!!!! I’ve got to try all these amazing places now!!! Such a great idea!

  4. Brittany Slaughter

    Ahhhh I love black eye! I love up north so I rarely get to visit new Denver coffe shops! This is so great!

    1. melissa hirsch

      i’d love to check out the austin coffee scene! never been there and it’s totally on my list! lmk if you do it 😀

  5. Amy Dang

    I’m in the middle of doing Whole30 and had a latte today with almond milk and it was HEAVENLY. I think I prefer it to even normal milk!! The froth on that thing is amazing. I love the diversity in your drinks :P.

    1. melissa hirsch

      oooh hows it going? yes i definitely prefer almond. I flirt with veganism which is what initially made me try it…but then i loved it so much it’s now my go to! hope the rest of the whole 30 is good to you!

  6. Bailey Elizabeth

    Oh my goodness! I gave up coffee recently and this is making me have some serious cravings!! Great shots, those look so delicious!

  7. Eileen Tierney Broderick

    Okay, we NEED to coffee together. You know all the spots and we are both philosophy nerds so let’s do this! 😉

    1. melissa hirsch

      Name the time and place! Just after the 2nd – I’m heading out of town for a bit…but after that I am IN!

    1. melissa hirsch

      Yes, these ones do. I think the Rooibos had some kind of amazing chai flavoring as well? both were delicious, the green tea ginger at black eye was definitely a little more subtle.

  8. Allie Moore

    Ah some great coffee spots. I’m personally partial to Kaladi’s as far as absolutely most delicious coffee, but would probably choose the cafe in the downtown Tattered Cover as the best place to hangout over a coffee! Would love to meet up for coffee one day!

    1. melissa hirsch

      good call on both those spots! kaladi is by DU, right? i’d definitely be down to grab coffee, allie!

  9. Andrea

    Ummm…we should be friends. I cold brew at home and bought my own grinder bc I couldn’t stand the thought of my precious beans fraternizing with other "less than" beans. Check out Precision Pour in Louisville… ; )

    1. melissa hirsch

      i grind my own beans too. we totally should be friends! yay, thanks for the recommendation. gonna check it out for part two 🙂

  10. Jess

    Coffee is life! These images are beautiful! My husband was a barista in college so I wake up every morning with the best coffee at home.

    1. melissa hirsch

      truth! thank you! wow, i am totally jealous! I want my man to learn how to make awesome coffee drinks 🙂

  11. Nicole

    Ahhh I totally hear you! Definitely am more a coffee obsessive now than beer. So queer I know! Must be something with age . But oh well till then coffee will be our jam too! Visit Toronto next time, we have tonssss over here!

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