For several years, Denver has ranked at or near the top of all U.S. cities for percentage of people who work from home. According to Census Bureau, nearly 10% of workers here telecommute.
Nowhere in Denver is this trend more common than in Stapleton, where work-friendly cafes and coffee shops abound, each with a unique vibe. Let us know what you think about our selections or send in your own favorite.
First off, let’s go ahead and address the 800 lb. Frappuccino in the room. Say what you want about Starbucks, the early risers among you will appreciate that they open as early as 4:30 AM and have reliable WiFi. When you have family in town sleeping on the pullout couch in your office, there are three convenient locations to get in a couple solid hours of work.
With ample public seating areas, plentiful food options, and WiFi throughout, Stanley Marketplace can be an energizing boost to your workday. For those looking to avoid the big coffeehouse chains, make sure you check out Logan House Coffee the flagship store of local owners, Andre Janusz and Brooks Gagstette. Food selection is spot-on and expert baristas bring to life flavorful beans roasted by Andre himself. With ample seating inside and out and a bright, lively atmosphere, it’s also a perfect place to meetup with clients and coworkers.
The newest addition to the Stapleton coffee shop scene, and welcome addition to the Northfield neighborhood, is Kabod Coffee. Owner and entrepreneur, Muluye Hailemariam, offers single-source organic coffees grown by farmers in her home country of Ethiopia, which gives Kabod its farm-to-cup, unblended style.
Westword recently published an article on Muluye, who immigrated to the U.S. in 1995 and brought along a love for coffee handed down from her grandfather, a farmer who taught Muluye first-hand the traditional Ethiopian methods of production. Now, Heilermariam and her Denver team carry on the customary small-batch roasting methods she learned from her grandfather. Interestingly, Muluye operated a jewelry and clothing kiosk at DIA where her second Kabod location will soon open in the newly remodeled main terminal.
Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea is part of the new row of retail shops in The Mint in Town Center. This locally owned chain has a big focus on teas, shakes and iced drinks in addition to a decent cup o’joe. The modern decor makes for a lively scene on weekday mornings and a south-facing patio is a particularly warm and sunny treat.
If you work from home, spending part of your day at one of these locations can be an energizing boost but can be distracting at times if you are constantly bumping into friends and neighbors. For those wanting to break out of “the bubble,” there are several Park Hill cafes you may want to check out. A short drive down 23rd street offers three great choices.
The newly remodeled Oneida Park retail center features locally owned Torpedo Coffee, a quaint gathering place with a colorful space to enjoy their equally colorful selection of savory treats.
A little further down at 23rd and Kearney is the Park Hill staple, Cake Crumbs Cafe & Bakery. As the name implies, this place is all about the baked goods… and boy do they have something for everyone. Owners Joe and Katie Magner have done quite a bit to refresh the cafe when they took over in 2017 by expanding the hours, the kitchen and the menu. Insider’s tip: afternoons can be a bit busy when McAuliffe lets out at 4 PM.
Finally, Honey Hill Cafe, formerly Spinelli’s Cafe, at 23rd and Dexter, recently underwent a complete makeover that nearly tripled the size of this once quaint coffee shop and bakery when it took over the spot once occupied by Park Hill Dance Academy. The menu offers some truly unique breakfast and lunch sandwiches and the shady patio across the street from Ferguson Park is a great place to bang out a few emails if the kids are home from school for the day.
If you’re the type that can’t focus in a coffee shop type environment then maybe a local coworking spot is more your style. Progress Coworking is just one block from Stanley Marketplace and for as low as $150/month you get 24/7 access to 6k sf of space, WiFi, 2 conference rooms, free Logan House coffee, snacks, & several free lunches a month. For more info, a 360 tour or to set up a personal tour check out the Progress Coworking website.