Espresso in Denver
A big part of my ideal vacation is drinking lots of good coffee and espresso. Where can that be found near the Capital in Denver?
A spot that I can sit and soak it all in is nice too.
k (visitor to your fair city)
Novo Coffee by the Denver Art Museum. They actually have little spots in each of the art museum's two buildings, but the main shop is downstairs in the parking garage/apartment structure right across from the Hamilton Building. It is seriously fabulous coffeee--they brew the regular coffee by the cup with the coolest coffee machine I've ever seen. It is also all single origin, both the standard coffee and the espresso.
Ask them to do a coffee tasting for you.
There's a quaint little neighborhood place on Colfax and Marion, about 6 or 7 blocks east of the capital. Caffe Sonora, serving only their own organically grown coffee roasted to preserve antioxidants. Don't be surprised to find yourself in there with the regulars and their pets, but definitely one of my favorites.
Your vacation is drinking coffee in Denver? Here is a link to a Denver coffee blog with a list of independent coffee shops.
I am drawing a blank on places near the capital though. Penn Street Perk is only a few blocks away and is the closest place I can think of. My favorite places in central Denver are St. Marks (uptown), The Market (Larimer Square), and Common Grounds (Lower Downtown - "LoDo"). The Tattered Cover bookstore in LoDo also has a pretty good coffee shop and is great for people watching. Those places are all a quick free shuttle bus away from the capital. As with many cities nowdays there are several Starbucks within a several block radius though.