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JUN-JUL 2018

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hood. Koan is no stranger to collaboration, as he is also a partner in Port Side in RiNo, which used to be a tiny branded Huckleberry shop and is now a micro-café. In the summer of 2015, Koan opened Bar Fausto with Jonathan Power of The Populist (another highly regarded RiNo restaurant). Besides expansion, Huckleberry gets a lot of things right, including service and reliable roasts. To punch up a quiet afternoon, I paired their Kercha Inshe, a washed Ethiopian, with Denver's own Happy Leaf Grapefruit Citra kombucha. Yes, it's gluten free, but you'll swear you're drinking a delicious IPA. The aforementioned Cherry Roast founder Elle Jensen is truly the unoffi cial queen of the Denver coffee scene. She reigns from her shop, Amethyst Coffee, on Broadway, and is often found behind the bar there. Although owning a shop was never a dream of hers, after earning a degree in songwriting, the Philadelphia native eventually made her way west. She opened Amethyst after realizing she could build her own shop highlighting her ideals. The Resident Mermaid, as she calls herself, is forthright and simply really freaking good at her job, and even better at inspiring others. Located in the Golden Triangle neighborhood, Amethyst fea- tures Commonwealth Coffee as well as one out-of-town roaster at a time. Upon pulling into the parking lot, you are instantly teleport- ed into an Instagram account of a coffee shop, but in a good way that money can't buy. The light is just right, the eclectic mix of real customers is bonkers nice, and every single drink or edible is, well, perfect. On a recent visit, I hunkered down with a washed Ethio- pian from Brooklyn, N.Y.'s Parlor Coffee on the sofa at the back of the shop, surrounded by cool tchotchkes and a diverse group of people enjoying their coffee bounty. After a rush at the bar, Elle joined me for a quick chat. Her busi- ness model is to empower those around her, including her commu- nity. Elle's resonating personality proves an amazing and powerful resource, not only in coffee but also human activism. Her blog, www.residentmermaid.com, offers a fun and unique perspective on coffee and life in general. In addition to great coffees, Amethyst offers a seasonal, playful drink menu featuring "hard stuff " and rotating beers. Elle's inspiring community is growing so much that she is expanding and opening a second shop in the Berkley neighborhood on West 44th Street early this summer, and a third is in the works, as well. Go for the coffee, go again for the community. Customers at Jubilee Roasting Co. enjoy the relaxed atmosphere while roaster Elliot Lambdin goes to town on a new batch of beans. There are many great things at Jubilee, but make sure to get a li le Moonbuggy in your mug. Also, taking a tour of the artist workshops in the back is defi nitely the way to spend your time while waiting for your order. 38 barista magazine

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