As most of my friends know, I spend a lot of time at coffee shops. Because of that, they also ask me “Hey Andrew, what’s your favorite shop?”. Well, I figured a fun way to answer that question is to start a series of reviews where I talk about the shops I visit. I hope this is as fun for you as it is for me.
To kick off this series, I wanted to highlight Huckleberry Roasters. Based out of Denver, they have quickly become my favorite roaster. I first started drinking Huck when I picked up a bag that they roasted in collaboration with Topo Designs. I never really took to coffee much before this point, and this was a great way to get introduced to it.
After using this bag to experiment with coffee, I was looking for something a little bit more interesting. One of my friends highly recommended Costa Rican coffee, and at that same time, Huck just released the seasons batch from the Central American county. I picked up the Santa Maria blend, and from there, I didn’t look back. Even Erin, who said she doesn’t really like coffee said it was her favorite to date.
I wanted to talk about the cafe for a moment. The one I have the most experience with is their location at the Dairy Block since it's so close to Union Station. The Dairy Block itself is a cool place with wide, open floor-plans and a host of trendy locations from the Milk Market, a Warby Parker, a fancy cocktail bar, and of course Huck. The cafe is always a clean, welcome space with friendly baristas who always brew a really good americano. When I first visited the cafe about a week after the block opened, the crowds were nonexistent and the walls were still white. The place has really come far since then.
Alright, back to the coffee. Recently, Huck totally revamped the way they package their coffee. As a design student, this new rebrand got me very excited with its bold use of colors and a nice sans-serif font. (Sprudge wrote an article about the process here.) The design of the bags alone got me to pick up a new blend, this time their seasonal Sister Winter Blend. One thing that I think is great about Huck is that some of their blends are paired with organizations that part of the proceeds goes to. This year, the blend went back to helping boost the coffee infrastructure at the sourcing farm. The other blend I’m a fan of is called the Phantom Limb Blend, which goes to local amputee organizations. I’m a sucker for good coffee and good causes.
When people ask me about my favorite place for coffee in Denver, I pretty much always recommend that they check out Huck. To me, it has a great mix of being welcoming and approachable for people new to coffee like I was, but also a place where you can really get into the weeds if you so desire.
Of course, I’m always looking for places I’ve never been so if you have a recommendation, feel free to let me know and I’ll give it a review.