Meet Denver’s favorite coffee shops: Denver Bicycle Café
City Park West’s combination coffee shop, bike shop and beer hall is among the final four in our Mile High Coffee Quest.
Our Mile High High Coffee Quest is down to four coffee shops — four caffeine slingers Denverites can’t live without.
Because you love them so dearly, we decided to take some time to get to know them a little better.
Your contender in the east: Denver Bicycle Café.
Where: 1308 E. 17th Ave., City Park West
Who: Owned by Jessica Caouette and Peter Roper
What and why: The Denver Bicycle Café opened in 2011 as a combination coffee shop and bike shop.
“We did a lot of word associations and community was one of our top words, but also vibrant, a little cacophonous — we really liked that word to describe a noisiness and activity,” Cauoette said. “So when we opened, we wanted it to all work as one space — the bike mechanic might be shouting to the baristas who would be serving beer and coffee. We envisioned a space that would look like a large, bustling space.”
Since opening, Bicycle Café has expanded into an additional small room and patio next door, where it can focus on the beer side of business and host live music while leaving more room for the bike mechanic to work.
Short of the expansion, not much else has changed. Cauotte says they have regulars who have been there since day one. They’ve even watched a group of local kids grow into high schoolers over the years.
“What really stands out for us is the stability of the neighborhood here,” she said.
When: The coffee shop is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Bike shop hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
The beer hall is open 3 p.m. to midnight daily.
Voting in our Denver coffee shop bracket round of four in open through 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 29. Vote at denverite.com/coffee.