First look: Thump Coffee opens in Capitol Hill
Thump Coffee, a cult-coffee house that started in Bend, Oregon in 2009, opened its first Denver location (and its first location outside of Oregon) on Friday, giving Capitol Hill coffee fiends a serious java joint. "We're trying to educate people that coffee isn't this burnt, pungent, bitter, harsh, carbon-y substance that a lot of corporate brands are making it out to be," explains Bobby Grover, who opened Thump with business partners Zak Anderson and Jay Junkin. "Our mission is to make coffee that doesn't require cream or sugar."
All photos by Nate Hemmert and Lori Midson
While Friday's opening was hushed, the staff, which will soon roast its own coffee on-site in a room designated specifically to roasting, is busy behind the counter making cappuccinos, espresso, mochas, lattes and other caffeine-jolted drinks using single-origin, green coffee beans sourced from small farms around the world, including Africa and Indonesia.
The modern, lofty space, furbished with wooden community tables, a coffee bar that overlooks the baristas and state-of-the-art Steampunk coffee machines, living room lounge furniture, including a coffee table (naturally) and sofa, and plenty of outlets to plug in your electronics, is open daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Here's a sneak peek at the space.