Walden in north central Colorado is a town with a population of under 585 people and is the largest municipality in Jackson County. A small town just shy of the Wyoming border. I was passing through from Steamboat Springs, CO, through Poudre Canyon to Ft. Collins, CO when I saw the store and took a u-turn on Main.
Sweet Grass Market, Walden, CO
Sweet Grass is the liveliest little place in town with coffee and burritos for customers like me, feed for some of the locals. YUP! It’s a coffeehouse and feed store! Not to mention a few other gadgets around available for purchase like stained glass and beautiful framed photographs of animals.
Deb McGlaughlin started the business in 2012. She donates a majority of her profits to the North Park Wildlife Rehabilitation center, which she manages. She has a passion not only for community but for small and large animals that are injured, usually on the roadways. Most of the injured animals are birds like eagles and owls.
Pop in and visit them … and tell them I said “hi”!
Sweet Grass Market
420 Main Street
Walden, CO 80480
Freshly harvested peaches, a family reunion, and an indie coffeehouse!
The Western Slope of Colorado gives the country delicious fruit! This time of year fruit stands dot the roadways and hand painted signs indicate the bounty of fruits they sell. There are peaches, pears, plums, apples, cherries, and cantaloupe; peppers, squash, honey and jams.
Bikki Family Farms, Palisade Colorado
Most of the farms are family owned and operated. And when it’s time to harvest the community comes together to pick, sort and pack the produce for market. This is what I love about community coffeehouses across the world, too. They gather people together and give us the chance to get to know our neighbors.
@ the counter
Take Moca Joe’s Espresso on Main Street in Delta … they have delicious roast from a local roaster and serve an Americano (my fav) that is rich and aromatic. The owners put their energy into this one shop and it shows 🙂
When traveling to a wine tasting in Palisade or to ski in Aspen, just stop in. They are on Highway 50 in downtown Delta, Colorado. Tell them we sent you.
Moca Joe’s Espresso
352 Main Street
Delta, CO 81416
Check out that rubber tree plant!
This coffeehouse sits proudly in Denver’s Berkeley Neighborhood near the old Elitch Gardens location surrounded by brick bungalows, art galleries, pubs, music shops, and the old Oriental Theater. I swung by on my way to a fundraiser for Colorado wildfire recovery and found it full of vitality.
The walls covered in art and tall book shelves that create coves for studying and writing ~ great creative spaces!
They are also a full-on internet cafe! For the price of a cuppa joe you can access the world wide web from one of 4 computers. You don’t find this much in the US, but sure hope we see more of it for us travelers 🙂
Visit them at:
Tenn Street Coffee & Books
4418 Tennyson Street
Denver, Colorado 80212
Now, I don’t normally seek out larger roasters (or chain coffeehouses). They usually don’t intrigue me in the slightest. Blah blah … all the same.
And as a lover of coffee and community, I support the local independent mom and pop shops and micro roasters where ever I happen to be. Well …. this Boyer’s Coffee has a coffeehouse attached to their facility! And it’s one of a kind.
A couple of weeks ago I received an invitation from the Mile High Business Alliance to attend a networking meeting at Boyer’s Coffee. I thought they were BIG? Like REALLY BIG … national supplier of coffee.
Our tour guide, Luke.
Not that big is bad, but usually equates to more profit and we have been taught that profit is good. But I feel something gets lost in translation as a company grows. The goal of profit can become an excuse and justify decisions that may be bad for workers or the environment in the name of stakeholder benefit.
Boyer’s Coffee roasts its beans and distributes only in Colorado. Yes, they have large grocer clients, but they maintain a very small company feel, and I like that! The are housed in an old school where they have re-purposed the building, the bleachers, desks and other items that reduced their carbon footprint and honors the building’s past.
The networking group decided we would like a tour of the facility while we were there. It was a last minute request that they were pleased to do. Boyer’s found Luke Williams, Director of Marketing and Fundraising to show us around. How beautiful is that?
Thanks, Luke and crew!