Denver >Food Stores > St Mark's Coffee House
2019 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO | Directions 8020639.743359 -104.962975
Neighborhoods: City Park West, Northeast Denver
RUDEST SERVICE EVER; otherwise a popular place to work – I admit that I go to St. Marks because of the convenience-- and only the convenience. I find it's usually a good place to work, I usually run into someone I know, and I like the natural light. That said, SERVICE IS HORRIBLE. Today I witnessed a barista roll his eyes at a customer blatantly, and later, when there was a big crash behind the bar, he came up to my acquaintance (who does not know him that well and had nothing to do with the crash) and actually asked him to help clean up and walked away before he could answer! A bit unprofessional. I know that the service industry is trying, I've worked in it. But please, try and be polite! And if you don't like people, consider getting a desk job instead.
Service was fine, great coffee – Frequent the coffee shop - good pastries, wonderful coffee. Unfortunately there are quite a few douchebag hipsters in Denver and, as someone has previously said a good deal of inane conversation that is distracting at best. If you're looking for people who want a side of pretention with their coffee, the crowd is indeed there, along with their ironic trucker hats and black framed glasses.
If you can ignore some of the crowd, I highly recommend the place.
Rude Service! – I use to love going there and usually dealt with the rude service. I won't return now. I went in and while I was waiting in line I answered my phone. I know your thinking that that is rude, but the second I was asked what I wanted I said, "can I get a--" I was cut off by the employee and told "Get off the phone. Next." I was wasting no one's time. I work in the service industry and that was extremely rude! Even if I was being rude in any way, I'm still the customer and won't return now.
So-so – I live near this coffeeshop and have been here a few times. The baristas are old hipsters with braces and everytime I go, I get the same coffee but for some reason, it tastes different every time. I guess they're not consistent in their craft. Not a lot of places to plug in laptops either. If the cafe is pretty sparse, then you'll definitely find a place to plug in your laptop. One thing that really stinks though is so many damn hipsters come to this place!! Them and their inane conversations drives me crazy. At least the coffee's good.
dushbag michael/ned, or whatever his name is – Wow, I went into this place last saturday (4/11) and I was amazed at how rude the barista was. I spend a lot of time in coffee shops so I know that surly is the norm for baristas (although I have never understood what they have to be so cocky about; I mean making coffee at 30 isn't amazing anyone). However, this guy was just a dushbag through and through.
I asked for an espresso macchiato and he served me a cappuchino (it was in a cappuccino cup and it was roughly 1/3 milk, 1/3 foam, 1/3 espresso). I politely asked him if they maked their espresso differently at Saint Mark's and he just walked away from me. I waited for him to come back because my girlfriend still needed to pay and I asked him what the difference was between my drink and a cappuccino and he responded without looking me in the eyes, "more foam". He clearly hadn't made me a latte macchiato so I said that's odd because the portions seem to be roughly what is called for in a cappuccino and this is a cappuccino cup. And he finally stared at me and yoller, "this ain't a starbucks, man!" Yeah, well, no sh!t dushbag, but that is why you should know what an espresso macchiato is. My actual response was "My understanding of a traditional macchiato is that it is an espresso with a dollop of foam or if you want it seattle-style they will pour a bit of foam into it; either way, it should be a tiny bit of foam." He just smirked and said, "on what planet man?"
I later asked for his name and he said "ned" but when I called to talk to the manager, another barista said his name was michael (tall, skinny douche with a pony tail). So the douchbag was too much of a b to even give me his name.
Bottom line: the guy didn't know his espresso and was a rude douche. Plus, even if I was some naive coffee shop customer, you think a barista could take a few seconds to explain their understanding of the difference and make sure the customer is getting what they ask for. I don't need to be yelled at by some loser barista who doesn't know the difference between a cappuccino and a macchiato. To make it all worse, the espresso pull wasn't any good.
Great coffee & atmosphere... rude service – Love the ambience and coffee... service is iffy.
The best cappuccino outside of Italy – If you love coffee, I mean really love coffee then St. Mark's Coffee House is the place for you. Besides using Fair Trade, they have real Baristas that make truly superior espressos. My favorite barista is Giovanni. His cappuccinos are a work of art and his espresso shots have wonderful tan colored crema. Always a well-shot espresso. High quality espresso joints have a saying: "No crema, no serva." . The cafe is quaint & comfortable with a nice outdoor seating area. So if you long to use the words small, medium or large when ordering your cup of coffee then give St. Mark's a try they won't disappoint.
Worst Service I Have Ever Had – Before I had this terrible experience I thought St. Marks was a cool place to drink coffee and hang out with friends. I have been there my fair share of times and I would always tip well. Never again!!!
My boyfriend and I went in the coffee store to say hi to friend. While I was engaging in conversation, the barista told us that we would either have to buy something or leave in a very rude tone. I told her that we were leaving and that we had just stopped by to say hello. She continued to say that it was the rule and that If I wanted to step inside I needed to buy something. When we left she announced loudly "Thanks for stopping in and buying something."
I understand this is a business and it is there to make money. I was just stopping in to say hello to my friend and I didn't feel like I was obligated especially since my friend had bought and was drinking coffee.
It also was not busy, plenty of empty tables.
Another thing: I noticed they have these signs that say once you are done with coffee you should buy something else or leave.
This is hardly the coffee shop ambiance. I bet even Starbucks would not even stoup so low. This is not a place to hang out. This is a place to buy coffee, drink it fast, and make sure you buy some more before the barista sees you have an empty cup on the table. You might get thrown out.
Favorite coffee shop in Denver – Love it! Great selection of quality teas and super yummy coffee. Ambiance is great. I feel like I'm in New Orleans and Rome at the same time. It's rich!
This coffeehouse offers excellent coffee, tasty eats and an environment that looks nothing like a chain coffee shop. – In Short
A garage door swings up and opens the coffeehouse to the street, exposing a large space filled with irregularly shaped marble-topped tables and a mural of semi-naked classical figures behind the bar. Downtown residents and workers alike flock here for the Espresso Roma java, specially ordered from a Bay Area roasting house. What's more, five varieties of paninis and the "kick bottom" cheesecake make this a good lunch spot.
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