Parties & Throwdowns Happening During Coffee Fest Denver

Jun 01

Holly Barrett

Parties & Throwdowns Happening During Coffee Fest Denver

By: Holly Barrett

Thanks to Coffee People & Rocky Mountain Craft Coffee Alliance for curating this list.


Onyx Latte Art Takeover 

12-2p hosted by Dandy Lion & Onyx Coffee Lab
@Dandy Lion Coffee (3501 Wazee St) 
Free to attend
Lance Hendrick (Onyx Coffee Lab, 3x CF World Latte Art Champion) and Nicholai Elkins (Dandy Lion & Black Black) will be steaming and giving away free whole milk lattes and capps. Later this week they will both be participating in the Latte Art Competition at Coffee Fest. 

Fact + Folklore Coffee Culture Tasting and Discussion 

3pm -6pm hosted by Amethyst Coffee & Royal Coffee
@Amethyst Coffee (1111 N. Broadway #101) 
Free to attend
“A flight of hand-crafted coffee concoctions & a whirlwind tour of the often-overlooked corners of coffee history, followed by a happy hour!” 

Colorado’s Okayest Barista Competition 

6:30p-late hosted by Huckleberry Roasters
@Huckleberry Dairy Block (1800 Wazee St) 
1st round Triangulation / 2nd round Oatly Latte Art / 3rd round Mystery Brew Method / 4th round Mystery Sig Bev / Final round Total Drink Evaluation

Friday, June 8 

Nepalese Coffee Tasting 

10a hosted by Bhavana Coffee & Copper Door
@Copper Door Coffee (900 W 1st Ave #180) 
Free to attend; “Come find out about one of the newest coffee origins and get a chance to taste some exciting and incredible hard to find coffees.” 

opening-night-reception.jpgCoffee Fest Official Opening Night Reception

5:15 pm - 8:30 pm
@ViewHouse Ballpark (2015 Market Street)
Sponsored by Barista Pro Shop, Dr. Smoothie & Monin
The first 200 people will get a free drink ticket
Must have your Coffee Fest badge to enter

New Space Party 

6:00p-late hosted by MiddleState & Barista Magazine
@MiddleState roastery/shop (212 Santa Fe Dr) 
Free to attend
Special Release Beer from Our Mutual Friend (plus other beer choices)
Raffle prizes & food trucks, specialty cascara cocktails

Nice to Fika: a Coffee Centric Meetup

7:00p - 8:15p "speed dating" part of the event
the informal part of the event will go til 9:30 or later
Presented by Atlas Coffee Importers & Oatly
@Zeppelin Station (3501 Wazee St, Suite #100)

A non-romantic speed dating style event, where ticketed participants will have the opportunity to spend 3-4 minute with a professional from around the industry and ask questions/have a short convo, then get up and do it all over again with someone else.  For more information, visit:

Participants will receive a card with some questions on it to help keep the conversation from feeling awkward or off topic.

The event space is set up like an open market, and panelists will receive food and beverage vouchers that can be used at the surrounding restaurants. Free drinks will be provided for all who attend.

Saturday, June 9 

#shestheroaster Breakfast Bar & Meet-Up

9-11a hosted by #shestheroaster and Copper Door
@Copper Door (900 W 1st Ave #180)
$10 to attend (all proceeds will benefit the #shestheroaster scholarship fund)
cereal bar, coffee from female roasters, all are welcome

“Saved by the Beans” Totally Rad 90’s Party

6:30p-late hosted by Novo Coffee w/Synesso, Ratio Beerworks, The Block Distilling Co, Espresso Supply
@Novo Roastery (3008 Larimer St)
$5 cover (proceeds go to Urban Peak youth shelter and includes 5 raffle tickets)
party and fundraiser benefitting Urban Peak, DJ + dance floor, arcade games, raffle prizes, food trucks, cocktails and beer and Novo Nitro Cold Brew

Corvus Coffee Party

6p hosted by Corvus Coffee w/Ally, Cropster, Created Co., Diedrich, & more
@Corvus Warehouse (1500 W Cedar Ave)
Free to attend
experience the new Corvus Warehouse, “It’s a coffee party for consumers and professionals alike, with raffles, a DJ, pizza, beer, cocktails, etc.”

Hot Box Roasters Party

9p hosted by Hot Box Roasters
@Black Buzzard (1624 Market St.)
No cover with Coffee Fest Badge

Sunday, June 10 

Swap and Sing Hour

6-9p hosted by Copper Door & Cherry Roast @Copper Door (900 W 1st Ave #180)
Free to attend
A space for all coffee friends to wind down after the weekend, cocktails and mocktails, bring your old barista and coffee swag clothes to swap (any unwanted items will be donated)
“This is a safe space to discuss any and all things discovered and learned throughout the weekend, while creating room for future inclusive coffee events for the whole spectrum coffee professionals.”

Monday, June 11

Barista Series Signature Beverage Summit 

8:30a-6p hosted by Pacific Foods @Mile High Station (2027 Old West Colfax Ave) 
Free to attend (includes breakfast, lunch, drinks, and hors d’oeuvres); a series of lectures, panel discussions, and workshops focused on the development and creation of seasonal and signature beverages--both for cafes and Barista Competitions. You’ll hear from business owners, USBC champions and judges, recipe experts, scientists, and more!