Denver >Food Manufacturers > Kaladi Brothers Coffee
1730 E Evans Ave, Denver, CO | Directions 8021039.678498 -104.967208
Neighborhoods: University, Southeast Denver
Aint No Starbucks – The reviewers who have posted previously should go back in! They must've gotten rid of the bad seeds there, because I've received service from pretty much every barista there at any given time of day and it has always been great.
If you want Starbucks fake, frickin' go to Starbucks. This is a no-bullshit staff. They aren't a bunch of bimbos forced to smile by management. They are professional baristas (some of them career baristas) with a well of knowledge. Don't expect a half-assed, "Hi, how are you today?" if they're having a bad day. They are real and its part of what makes Kaladi Brothers so nice. They aren't hipster rude or coffee snobs, they're just who they are, and you can tell that ownership doesn't try to force them to be anything but that. It's refreshing.
As for the coffee, you won't find it done the same anywhere else. Ask any of the aforementioned baristas when the coffee was roasted and they'll give you an exact date. Ask them why they freeze their coffee, ask what they require of wholesalers who want to carry their coffee, ask them about their roasting process. They know and they will tell you. Once you do that, come back and report to me that it is over-roasted (or, as one reviewer who had his/her sensibilities so troubled said, "charcoaled"). This place holds itself to rigid standards. They are also more than happy to tell you what those standards are and why they do it. They don't keep things a secret and they don't fight anyone about why they think what they do is right. They like their coffee the way they like it, and if you don't agree, go to someone who does light-medium roasts, leaves their coffees out all day and all night, and don't worry about it.
Just because they do things differently, they are bound to get attacked for it. That's the name of the game. That doesn't mean you shouldn't give it a try for yourself. I have to admit that rude service is something that I can't handle, but after I went there and saw that people were confusing RUDE with REAL, I knew that I had to post another perspective. Like I said, if you want fake, there are tons of other coffee shops in Denver with unhappy baristas that smile at you while flipping you off under the counter. If you want something legitimate and honest, Kaladi Brother's Coffee is it.
Won't find better coffee than this – I'm a serious coffee drinker (and home coffee roaster) and in my opinion NOBODY beats kaladi for coffee taste. Like some people who've written, I've had a grumpy service experience or three (usually in the afternoon) but nine out of ten times the staff is pleasant (if not cheerful), chatty, and full of really excellent coffee knowledge. All of their coffee is dark roasted but it is certainly not charcoal (I always freeze it, like they recommend). Occasionally I have a taste for something lighter, too, and i go somewhere else. But in my experience ANY degree of roast at ANY other coffee roaster in Denver doesn't come close to being as good as one randomly selected dark roast from Kaladi. The place is sort of dirty, but the coffee makes it worth it. Really good americanos, too.
Welcome to the Coffe Reich – I tried Kaladi Bros again yesterday for the third time with the same unfortunate result.
When you walk in you think this place could be great. Lots of individualistic touches in the decor, interesting art, books available for reading, etc. You can see their Sivitz roaster through a glass behind the serving area. There is evidence of passion for their craft and a desire to cultivate coffee-passionate clientele.
However, while they have a good selection of varietal coffees on hand, they serve ONLY dark-roasted coffee. If your palate is calibrated to charcoal, this could be your kind of place. My palate is not.
I am a home roaster and have come to apprediate a roasting philosophy that includes light and medium roasted coffee flavor profiles. The staff at Kaladi told me that the owner believes only dark roasted coffees develop an acceptable flavor profile. None others need apply. Evidently the owner believes customers should cater to his/her taste rather than the other way around.
So, if you buy into the "charcoal only" flavor dogma and funky, hip atmosphere, this could be your kind of place. Enjoy the kool-aid!
Best Brew In Town – I love the coffee here; not a great place if you're looking to get a cup and hang out, but for the coffee alone it is by far the best.
Don't bother, the staff sure won't. – I am glad to read that other people have had the same bad service that I have because I was becoming paranoid that it was just me. I live down the street and have been trying to go there off and on for years. While the coffee is great and the foo foo coffee drinks are my favorite in town, the staff managed to break the camel's back in May. A very rude girl with curly dark hair didn't bother to return my greeting, didn't bother telling me the price for the coffee and didn't bother saying thank you. I was going to shrug it off like I have done for years, but then I tried my Latte Viennese (after I had alread driven off) and for the second time that month, it was made wrong. No orange or cinnamon flavor to be found. My suggestion is to do like the curly girl and don't bother.
Excellent coffee, so-so service – Kaladi's has the best coffee and espresso in town, but it's a bit grungy on the inside and the staff acts like you're interrupting their conversation when you come in. It also seems that they try to make you feel as unwelcome as possible in the hour before they close, as they start sweeping the whole place and putting up the chairs 30 mins BEFORE they're actually closed. The whole place needs a thorough deep cleaning and the baristas need an attitude adjustment (unless they're disgruntled because the management is bad, in which case the management needs an attitude adjustment), but I keep going because of the great coffee and the fact that they use and sell fair-trade, shade-grown coffee (it saves the birds!). Just don't plan on hanging out there.
Stay away - try the other coffee shops that are trying hard to make good coffee and provide good service. – The atmosphere is dirty and unkind here. The staff seem to have more important things to do than attend to customers, or answer questions. Like the other reviewer I had the unfortunate experience of having my coupon turned away for a ludicrous reason, and with great snobbery. If you don't want new customers, don't print coupons. If you do want new customers, then act like it. Coffee's not good enough to warrant the attitude.
Not recommended - avoid – I can't recommend this coffee shop - too rude. If you dare try it, don't bring a coupon - they may berate you for trying to use it! If you like snobs and phony attitude, try this place!
Worst coffee shop in Denver. Very rude clerks.
Maybe the best coffee in Denver, but stay away from the crazy staff.
best coffee in Denver – forget Starbucks, forget St. Marks. Kaladi is the place. Fair trade beans, awesome teas, wonderful customer service. I can actually have a conversation with the folks there about coffee, and they are quite knowledgable and willing to share info...this is in stark contrast to the time I asked the barista at St. Marks what kind of beans they used and who roasted them and the guy looked at me with a sneer and gave me a vague answer. Like I was going to steal their secret or something. Guess I wasn't hip enough. At Kaladi Bros., there's no pretension, just great coffee. You can also pick up Kaladi Coffee at Side Effects Flowers and Gifts on S. Broadway, about 1 1/2 blocks north of Evans. Keepin' it in the 'hood!
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