Denver lately is just bursting at the seams with new up-and-coming coffee roasters and we couldn't be more excited about it! We are thrilled over another new company, Method Roasters
, who are delivering some seriously high quality beans out of the Highlands. Currently, Method offers three different single origin beans, as well as the "Madness
" espresso blend! We've got this blend dialed in now and the shop and we are lucky enough to have had our own Jake Hemmerle be a part of creating this blend!
This blend boasts notes of lemon, berry, and cherry with a dark chocolate finish.
Come on by and have a shot!
Our other current offerings:
Today I had the privilege of meeting up with Kyle and Amanda of Flying Baron Roasters
to taste some of their delicious coffees!
I caught up with them and their dogs, Baron and Mowgli, at their house in Lakewood, CO where they are roasting single origin beans out of their garage with their beautiful San Franciscan roaster.
Kyle prepared their Colombia by way of French Press, as well as a Chemex of both their Ethiopia Sidamo and Yirgacheffe, and lastly, pour-overs of the Rwanda Nyamasheke and Guatemelan beans. Needless to say, I was feeling pretty jazzed - not only from the caffeine, but also my excitement over how awesome everything tasted! Each coffee was spectacular and complex in their own ways. The Colombia was smooth and sweet, while the Rwanda was bright and raisin-y.
Basically, Flying Baron hits the nail on the head. Awesome people, awesome coffee. Plain as that. Keep an eye out for their beans at the DBC soon!
Stop by the shop this week to try our current local offerings:
Pablo's Organic El Chaupe Peru - French Press
Corvus' Buena Vista El Salvador - French Press
Huckleberry's Blue Orchid V. 2.2 - Espresso
Pablo's Blend - Espresso
Huckleberry's Peru (Decaf) - Espresso
Hope everyone is having a fantastic summer so far and enjoyed their 4th festivities!
I just wanted to talk about how great of a turnout we had for Bike to Work Day!
the DBC, we had Ryan at the Major Taylor Cycling Club booth fixin' up
bikes, as well as Peter and myself with Group 14 Engineering and Mark
and Koan of Huckleberry Roasters serving up some delicious Huckleberry
pour-overs! In addition to the coffee, we handed out some great prizes
and freebies at the tent. Don't forget to come in to redeem any "Free
Tune!" coupons you received!
We had a ton of fun and can't wait for next year's event!
Welcome to the shiny, new coffee blog of the Denver Bicycle Cafe! I'll be keeping you up to date with what we are offering for espresso, french press, and V60 pour overs!
We're all very excited about what we've got goin' on for french press here at the cafe this week - Boxcar Coffee Roasters' Burundi Gatare! It's a beautiful, well-balanced bean with warm butterscotch and milk chocolate notes, finishing with a hint of lemon. It's also our mechanic, Eric D.'s favorite coffee ever! We are also selling 300 gram bags of the Burundi.
Come by and have a cup....or four.
We are also rockin' the fabulous Pablo's Guatemala for French Press/V60.
See you soon!
While most of us will push on through the winter on our bicycles, the general public demand for bicycle service still drops precipitously with the first snowfall. In order to maintain reliable, efficient service, we're updating our winter schedule. Instead of maintaining drop-in hours between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm, we're scheduling all major service in advance, with our goal of achieving 3 days or less delay, and 1 day or less on minor or spot repairs.
Don't be shy - we welcome all bicycles, and we're open to schedule service any time during our regular operating hours of 6:00 am to 10:00 pm, our baristas are ready to help check you in.
To kick off the winter season, we're offering our first ever off-season special: free service upgrades on all of our pre-set service options through November. A light tune now becomes a full tune, a full tune becomes an overhaul!
We are hosting an art contest to create our next series of wall art that will go behind our wall. We are seeking infographic style art that focuses on the subject of beer and coffee. Winners of the contest will have their design reproduced on our walls, be given appropriate recognition beside the work, and will receive a healthy gift card for our business. Please submit your 2D proof to email@example.com; submission deadline is May 12.
To celebrate the spring and it's glorious patio weather, we are extending our hours.
We are now open daily 6 am to 10 pm.
We will also have a bicycle mechanic available to help with your service needs Thursday through Monday, 10 am to 6 pm.
Go for a ride!
Beginning February, it was clear our espresso machine was in dire need of a rebuild. Its steam boiler sight glass was no longer filling, the brass fittings were seizing, the pump sporadically failing. Pulling an acceptable shot was becoming more and more difficult, and more coffee was being wasted than we could handle.
Most of our work on our machine would not be possible if not for the extraordinary help of Craig and the folks at Pablo's Coffee
. At the first mention of our machine's failing, they generously volunteered their backup machine, and switch-out that same night.
After a month of overhaul, we are excited to announce a few major improvements behind our espresso process. In conjunction with the complete overhaul, we have obtained the official recommended water specifications from La Marzocco, and have installed a reverse osmosis water purification system (thanks to Purewater Dynamics
in Denver) to match them. We have also switched our espresso-roasted coffee to single-origin offerings. All combined, we believe we are delivering the highest quality espresso we can at our cafe.
The following are some photos and [brief] stories of the process.
Original condition of the boiler tanks. This photo was more realistically taken to remember the orientation of the boiler tank plumbing...
The backflow preventers, jammed up with what appeared to be water softener crystals? These fittings took a LOT of newton-meters to loosen.
Each boiler tank soaked for DAYS in 20% citric acid solution to eat away at the impossible-to-reach scaling seizing up the heating elements.
The heating elements; the one on the left is the 3000W element for the steam boiler, the one on the right the 1400W element for the brew boiler. Both simply don't give the full perspective of how much scaling was in each boiler.
Ground zero: the machine is completely disassembled down to the frame, the frame subsequently cleaned and shined.
The main components are reassembled, in all of their shiny glory.
The flow meter. I love how, when assembled, it hovers above the tank.
Each fitting was cleaned and the threads polished to ensure minimum leakage.
The brains of the operation, starting with the power to the left, the wizard box to the right.
The fully reassembled machine, sans removable trays.
We've had some great feedback from our fans on Facebook and Twitter.
Our latest comes from Erin who sent us a photo she found on the Denver Public Library's website
This is the 12 Foot Inn. In the 70's and into the 80's our space held a little dive bar, a barbecue restaurant, and a liquor store! You can still see the outline of the bar and the bolts for the bar stools in the concrete near our patio door.
Next door (where our patio is) was a liquor store. The owners of the liquor store thought they could get a good insurance settlement from blowing up the boiler. Unfortunately, they didn't think through their plan and were both blown into the street when they lit the gas. Fortunately (or unfortunately) they survived the blast and were arrested in their hospital beds. The blast damaged the store so much that it had to be demolished and that's why we have a patio!
Check out the press page
for news about us. We also are featured in February's 5280 Denver's Best Bars issue. Check out the awesome photo of Mike!
It is finally time - all of our ducks are in a row and we're ready to open our guest workshop to the public. Starting January 1, 2012 we're offering a collection of over 60 tools and a dedicated bike stand for registered guests to use during our regular operating hours. Feel free to grab a drink or snack to boot!
Guests must register and obtain an annual membership card for $3o. Workshop use is $5 per hour, and guests may reserve time in advance in the daily planner left at the bench.
Please note that workshop rental does not include our mechanic, and we will offer one-on-one clinics with our mechanic separately. However, you may likely find times that our mechanics are available and within reason they'll always be happy to help.