Denver’s Huckleberry Roasters has a new roasting facility and cafe on Pecos street in the Sunnyside neighborhood. They renovated an old neighborhood filling station, and when the renovation proved more difficult than expected, they ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to help get over the hump.
The result is a fantastic light, open, cleanly designed roaster/cafe with comfortable tables and seating at the bar and also what will be a garage door/counter opening to the outside when it’s nice out. They did much of the work themselves on the space. We were enjoying our drinks, talking to one of the owners at a large concrete table and commented about how much we liked the table. Turns out that he not only poured the table himself, he gave us instructions on how we can make one as well!
They have a La Marzocco GB5 that they put to good use with two different espressos and a decaf. I had to taste both espressos when my wife and I stopped by at lunch one day, and both were excellent. Almost more impressively, my wife’s decaf Cortado was very flavorful and complex. Decaf espresso is a difficult thing to do well, and Huckleberry is providing a solid quality decaf option for those who don’t want the caffeine.
On a few trips, I’ve had three different espressos in a Cortado, and all are interesting and complex. They currently have a Single Origin Rwanda that is a fascinating chameleon in the cup: for me, it started off with a floral, lemony note with a hint of sweetness, and then the sweetness took over as the drink cooled. The sweetness turned to a huge sugary note that kept changing as it cooled. Yummy.
I haven’t yet had a chance to try it, but they also have the now-seemingly-required V60 pour over for drip, and I also spotted an Aeropress as well.
There’s a window over to their roasting room with their Giesen roaster: they do their roasting in the same facility. It’s fun to peek in and see the remnants of the day’s cupping of their roasts to evaluate their coffees and also to see the burlap sacks of unroasted beans.
All in all, it’s a great addition to Denver’s ever-growing craft coffee community, and definitely worth a visit.