Where: 3408 Navajo Street, Denver
Pros: The shop has an intimate distressed wood bar that is perfect for catching up with friends.
Cons: The food menu is limited so if you are craving a full blown meal, you should head elsewhere.
In this day and age, many coffee shops only tailor to their “on the go” clientele. Part of the reason why franchise coffee shops are so successful is because they can produce drinks quickly and patrons can be on their way. While this can be helpful from time to time, shops like Black Eye Coffee are bringing back the idea that coffee shops are a place to pull up a chair and relax.
With a distressed wood bar and plenty of seating, Black Eye Coffee is a great place to meet with friends over a brewed cup of coffee. The interior has vintage pieces that give it a warm welcoming aroma. But while decor and mood lighting is important, it’s the coffee that will get you to keep coming back. Black Eye considers itself to be a multi-roaster shop, meaning that they source from multiple roasters from across the country. The shop usually has 3-4 roasters available at a time. When we visited, Sweet Bloom, a roaster out of Lakewood, was the special used for their Ethiopian pour over. It had hints of lavender and was rich in flavor. Since Black Eye also roasts their own coffee, we tried the Cappuccino featuring their own fresh roast. Their version of this classic drink was enjoyable, especially when paired with their homemade Cinnamon Rolls. All of Black Eye’s pastries are made in house and have a fresh out of the oven flavor.oduce drinks quickly and patrons can be on their way. While this can be helpful from time to time, shops like Black Eye Coffee are bringing back the idea that coffee shops are a place to pull up a chair and relax.
While most coffee shops stick with coffee, Black Eye Coffee has also created homemade cold pressed juices that they have named Clever Juice. They contain over two and a half pounds of vegetables and fruit, making for a healthy option. The Citrus GreenJuice was a delicious combination of romaine and kale lettuce, cucumber, green apples and lemon. The juice was not overpowering and the flavors blended together with a good balance. They also had a Beet Juice with pineapple, cucumber and ginger for a fruitier choice or a Lemon Detox with filtered water, lemons, maple and cayenne. All of the juices were on the pricey side which is common for cold pressed.
Black Eye Coffee has been open in the Highlands for about a year and a half, and in that time the shop has created an intimate space for patrons to enjoy a cup of coffee without rushing. It is obvious that a lot of time and effort goes into their high quality coffee drinks and their spin on cold pressed juices gives Black Eye Coffee a unique advantage. They contribute to bringing more traffic to the community and are the perfect hang out spot any day of the week.
Photos by Camille Breslin – 303 Magazine Photographer.