Denver >Food & Dining > Curious Coffee Co
225 E 16TH Ave, Denver, CO | Directions 8020339.742196 -104.984230
Neighborhoods: Northeast Denver, Uptown, North Capitol Hill
I do not normally post reviews on these types of sites, but I had to for this one - I have NEVER been treated so rudely at an establishment before!
I discovered this place a couple of months ago, as it's right near my work, and have been going about once a week for an afternoon drink. Up until today, I enjoyed this place - the people at the counter were perfectly friendly, and the Chai latte (which I normally would get) is pretty good. I try to support the local coffee shops, as opposed to going to large chains.
However, today they lost my business for good. I walked over during my afternoon break, sat at one of their outside tables and took out my book, with the plan to order in about 15 minutes, so I could take some back to my office (if I ordered right away, I knew I would drink it all). A minute later a man came out and asked if he could take my order. I told him I was going to order in a little bit. He seemed to misunderstand, and he said there are public seats over on the other side of the patio. I said no, I am going to order something. He asked again to take the order. I said I didn't want it yet. He gets angry and goes inside, calling a lady's name.
A few minutes later, a lady comes out. She sits down and starts telling me that I did this last week (I had NO idea what she was talking about). I told her that that was not me. She proceeds to ramble on about how people sit down and have meetings, and they have to clean up their mess, and that it makes other customers not end up buying anything as there is no seating. I told her that I understand they don't want people who aren't buying anything to sit here, but that I really was going to order something. She then tries to tell me again how I did this last week, and I again told her that that was NOT me. I told her I come here about once a week, and she said "well I have never seen you before." (Who cares? You remember everyone who walks in?) I pointed to the lady inside and said well I know I have ordered from her before. I again explain that I was planning on ordering soon, and that if I were not going to order something, I would have sat at the other tables to begin with.
She gets up and I believe she is just going to leave it alone, and the man comes outside and says something I did not hear, and she said forget about it, and he said "well call the police then." I am already very irritated at this point, but am still planning on getting my drink, as I thought the issue was being dropped. But after this comment, I get furious. I again repeat for the umpteenth time that I was going to order a drink, and that this is ridiculous. He continues to be rude so I tell them that they have just lost business for good, and he just mumbles "that's fine."
I am very disappointed in this, as it was the closest coffee shop to my work, and the next closest are Starbucks and Dazbog. But I guess I will be supporting the big chains during the week from now on!
Unbelievable food, tasty food; friendly service – Oh my goodness, is this place great! Whether you stop in for a quick lunch or for a coffee break, you won't be disappointed.
The coffee is great. I ordered a mocha to attempt to get rid of my middle of the day headache. It wasn't too sweet, which I like. Other places (i.e. that nameless Seattle-based chain that starts with an S) sweeten the coffee WAY too much. The prices are reasonable, what you would expect at an independent coffee house. The sizes are small, medium, and large. Simple.
This place also had the most creative coffee sleeves that I've seen in a long time. It's a small informational speel about the Anti-Defamation League, that values diversity and encourages folks to steer away from derogatory names. I love it.
I ordered the turkey muffaletta, which an employee told me is in high demand. I can see why. Yum, delicious, tasty, extravagent, cheap, decadent, etc. You get the idea. The sandwich starts off with this amazing rosemary bread (kind of like the bread at Macaroni Grill). There's also the basics... lettuce, turkey, tomato cheese. Ok. Then there's this amazing, chipolte mayo on one side, and DELICIOUS tapenade (a Greek olive paste if you've never had it) on the other. It's a beautiful mix in your mouth as it travels down to your stomach.
There isn't a lot of choices for made to order sandwiches, but it's a coffee house. What do yo expect? There are some already made sandwiches in the refrigerators, along with a big selection of juices and waters.
Curious also has smoothies, which I didn't have a chance to try yet, but the flavors sound tasty. Check out the website for more information.
The only complaint I have is that the inside is quite small, which makes it kind of hot; however, there's plenty of outside seating on the patio if you need some air. The service was friendly and quick. I will definately return.
Curious Coffee Company, I think I have a dietary criush on you.
Curious Coffee Company – Working downtown? Skip Starbucks and walk up the hill to Curious Coffee. You'll be glad you did. A little-known coffee shop and a wonderful find on the corner of 16th and Grant. Go between the Denver Post building and the YMCA, cross Sherman Street, and you'll find this delightful coffee bar "up on the porch" on your left. There's inside and outside seating if you have time to linger. The folks are nice and friendly.
Nice people and good coffee. – This isn't your typical Starbucks super fancy coffee shop, which is good. This nice little corner coffee shop caters to those Uptown area business folk. The coffee is good and the service is friendly.
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