First look: Thump Coffee opens in Capitol Hill

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All photos by Nate Hemmert and Lori Midson
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."

See also: Thump Coffee will start brewing in Capitol Hill in late August

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.

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Thump Coffee

1201 E. 13th Ave., Denver, CO

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Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

Another coffee shop in yuppified Cap Hill? Stop! Alert the alternative presses. In other news, the sky is gray, bears shit in the woods, and gastro-reviews from self-important liberal arts graduates just plain SUCK.

D3nv3r1t3
D3nv3r1t3

So, I'm looking forward to trying Thump tomorrow... I'm just 5 blocks away & would LOVE a genuine roaster right in the local neighborhood.  I'm thinking the next closest roaster+cafe is Kaladi's.. all the way over on Evans, just W. of the DU campus.  FYI:  Your Google Maps listing is WRONG.. its putting you on E. 13th.. way the hell over near Quebec St.  You don't want people thinking you're over there on E. Colfax... Capital Hill it ain't...  

Jared Forqueran
Jared Forqueran

Yes! Moved here from Bend 2 years ago, good stuff...

clockworkyellow
clockworkyellow

I got a plain ol' coffee from Thump today.  Somewhat fruity and quite good.  Atmosphere, service, and product sure beat the heck out of Gypsy House, which, I think, may not be long for this world.

McShyster
McShyster

A half block from the delicious Gypsy House Cafe / coffee shop ?

O Snap!


a94buff
a94buff

That little strip of real estate has really come up/cleaned up the last year - great addition to our 'hood.

David Barton
David Barton

Don't know for sure, but my wife and I went on a long honeymoon roadtripping the Pac NW over the summer, and felt like OR was the state that best paralleled CO in terms of attitude. I suspect successful businesses there see Denver as a decent-sized market of similarly-minded people. Hipsters, yes, but also the outdoorsy aspect (Bend is a mountain biking town) and friendliness of people in general. Coincidentally we went by Thump when we were in Bend. Cool place, should be a good addition to Cap Hill.

Aaron McMurray
Aaron McMurray

Why are all the Oregon folks coming to Denver all the sudden? My restaurant (fire on the mountain) is from Portland, Voodoo donuts is from Portland and now Thump...I can't hate on it, Just curious what the draw to the Denver market is.... hipsters? Lol

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

@Aaron McMurray Meanwhile, Punch Bowl Social got a cameo in an episode of Portlandia.

McShyster
McShyster

@Aaron McMurray 

HipTip - it might be the WEATHER!


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