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A local chain founded in Aspen in 1994, it feels a little more corporate than indie. This location was bright and airy, if a bit sterile. The barista was friendly enough but didn’t seem to have any level of expertise. A Rancilio machine is used to make your espresso.
So if the experience was a solid meh to meh plus, what about the coffee?
I was left with the feeling that this is what a Starbucks macchiato would taste like if the roaster was turned off in the nick of time. Some strong hints of overroast at first, but then a decent amount of flavor breaks through. A little more milk foam than I would prefer, but not the thick meringue-like collar you get from you know who. Finish is a touch chalky but not too dry.
I’d be perfectly happy to have this as my basic everyday cafe, so long as I could get my hands on better stuff from time to time.
618 16th Street, Denver
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