mini-review: Crema Coffee House (Larimer Street)

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Not to be confused with Crema, the coffee and gelato shop in Jersey City, NJ, also found in my directory.

Located in the RiNo district, across the street from ink! Coffee’s flagship outlet. They may not be for everyone, but I found the building and interior beautiful. The black painted exterior is softened by yellow painted artwork and a shock of light blue with red accents around one of the entrances, and two huge windows that brighten one of the mishmash of rooms in this large space covering two separate storefronts which have been opened up. There’s also an eclectic mix of interesting artwork and decoration.

Crema also operates a second location, a coffee counter within the Denver Central Market, a gem of a foodhall a couple blocks away.

Crema gets its beans from a variety of quality roasters, both local stars and national favorites. On my visit the espresso beans were from Herkimer and Counter Culture, both of which could also be found on the shelf alongside Stumptown, Sweet Bloom, Queen City, and Dogwood. The espresso machine is a La Marzocco Strada.

There’s an interesting looking menu for breakfast and lunch.  Having already eaten, my son and I did share a peanut butter and chocolate chunk cookie that was pretty damned good.

My macchiato, made with Herkimer beans, was just about perfect, absolutely one of the finest I came across in my Denver rounds. Complex flavor, neither too strong nor too mild. Lovely crema (fittingly) and a nice job on the latte art by the barista.  One to savor.  Loved it.

Crema Coffee House
2862 Larimer Street, Denver
also in Denver Central Market, 2669 Larimer Street

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